Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

The Monday Night Bass Hookers fishermen would like new members to join their group. They fish from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The cost each week is $20 per boat. You can contact Tommy Goodson at 304-532-7857 to learn more about the fishing rules and what all they have to offer. This is a fun activity each week for those who are participating in the event that occurs at Riverfront Park.

Robbie and I are at Riverfront Park several times a day usually. We love to watch the barge traffic and the trains go by, and of course you always look up for airplanes. It’s a relaxing place to go. We also see a number of friends who also frequent the park. And you always notice anything new that is added to the park. Which brings me to mentioning the new Big Red Chair near the veterans' shelter. I can’t remember any addition to the park that has been as big a hit as this chair is. You can see numerous people taking photos of their family members sitting in the chair. It is truly a nice addition to the park.

We had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Our son Scott Shafer and his wife Diane came to visit us. They live in Sterling, Va., with their two sons Daniel and Matthew who were unable to make the trip with them. We had a nice time eating at some of the local establishments with Scott’s sisters Sue Ann Norman and Bev Thompson and their families. We spent a lot of time at our house looking at some of the old photos of days gone by and recalling some of the fun times the kids had growing up. Scott and Diane also visited and decorated some of his Shafer family graves at the Ravenswood Cemetery.

Robbie and I attended the Memorial Day service at the cemetery. It was a cool day but a blanket over my lap helped keep me warm. It was quite a contrast to Memorial Day of 1954 — which I can remember very well. Sue Ann was just over 2 weeks old and it was a very, very hot day. I had put a cute little sweater and bonnet on her and I nearly burned her up. That’s the way new mothers do, I guess! She was born at home (107 Ann St., Ravenswood) and it was so cold that day (the 13th) that we had to have our fires on to keep the house warm.

I really missed the Alumni Banquet again this year. Hopefully by 2022 we can resume this annual event.

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We are still patiently awaiting for the center to re-open so we can have our normal activities.

We are serving hot meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-noon at the front of the center. Frozen meals are handed out on Thursday to cover meals for Friday and Monday. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 for more information on the meal program and to order meals.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had a few additions. Our one-day trips include The Guy Penrod Concert on July 24 (meal at Dutch Valley Restaurant included), The Isaacs Concert on Oct. 29 (meal at Dutch Valley Restaurant included), shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 (meals on your own) and Wheeling, W.Va., to see the Christmas displays at Oglebay Park on Nov. 13 (meals on your own).

Aug. 18 and 19 we will go to Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter which features Noah’s Ark. One lunch is included in this trip.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota. This trip includes the Badlands, the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. We will visit Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Unique Journey Museum and the town of Deadwood. Eight breakfasts and six dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Sept. 27-30 we will attend the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We will have a day at Dollywood and also enjoy several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-15 we are going to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. You must have a passport for this trip. We will visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queen Victoria Park, see The Falls on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise,” visit the CN Tower and visit other places of interest in Niagara Falls. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in this trip to our northern neighbors.

Nov. 16-18 we will travel to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical productions including “Queen Esther” and “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Two dinners including a family-style dinner and Bird-in-Hand smorgasbord dinner are included in this trip. Shopping time will be at the Kitchen Kettle Village and the Rockvale Square and Tanger outlets.

Dec. 6-9 we will journey to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, visit the Biltmore Estates, visit the Folk Art Center, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

We will be traveling on Diamond Tours motor coach on the Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls and Biltmore trips. The company requires that passengers must be vaccinated for the COVID virus.

One-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is also available for multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks.

You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 to learn more about trips of your choice.

The River Rats musicians are playing music at Riverfront Park on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. weather permitting. Bring your lawn chair and snacks and enjoy a fun time at the park. The group is being sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation.

Have a great day!