Ravenswood Senior Center updates and travel schedule: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Wednesday, Sept. 22, is the first day of fall. We love this time of the year. We love it because we can attend the high school sports games — the young athletes are very fun to watch. We haven’t been able to attend all the volleyball games we would like to see because of family events and illnesses. Guess that’s what happens when you live to be in your late 80s! We did get to see some of the midget league football games on Saturday, Sept. 11.

We love to see all the leaves changing color and when the leaves fall we can see much more of the hillsides as we take little “drives” through the countryside. We can also see the Ohio River much clearer as we drive into town. We just wish the state would cut some of the branches off the trees at the observation point so you could view the river from there in the summertime. Fall brings cooler weather too — which Robbie likes. I like it but I do need to wear a sweater or jacket for the cooler temperatures. We are prepared for the colder weather with our propane tank filled to the brim as backup heating for our house. Hopefully our walnut trees will not have an abundance of walnuts this year! It is quite a chore to pick them up each year.

The planned Harvest in the Wood Festival later this month has been canceled to help avoid any large crowds with the COVID problem not solved yet. They are hopeful to bring the festival back again next year.

The River Rats are still singing at the Riverfront Park on Thursday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. and playing until around 7:30 p.m. They will continue each Thursday as long as the weather is good. Bring a lawn chair and snack and enjoy these talented musicians and their guest bands.

Don’t forget to support the Ravenswood Football Boosters and their fall gun giveaway fundraiser. You may purchase a ticket from any of the boosters or stop by the Affectionately Yours Flower Shop on Washington Street to buy a ticket.

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Our center is now open during morning hours. You may come in and play billiards, quilt, use our library and work puzzles.

Meals are being served in the dining area each day. You may pick up a meal from 10:30-11:30 a.m. if you feel uncomfortable to eat in the dining room. Meals are served at 11 a.m. in the dining area. You need to enter the building through the dining room door. You will go through a small screening process as a safety guide for the virus.

The Recycled Teenagers travel schedule is as follows:

Oct. 11-13 we will travel to Niagara Falls. N.Y. We will visit the Made in America Store, visit the Seneca Niagara Casino, enjoy a tour of the Herschell Carrousel Museum, enjoy a Maid of the Mist boat cruise, visit the Cave of the Winds, tour Old Fort Niagara and enjoy other venues of the area. A $30 meal credit and a dinner at the Top of the Falls Restaurant are included in this trip.

Oct. 29 we will travel to the Ohio Star Theater for The Issacs Concert. A buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included in this trip.

Nov. 6 we are going to Columbus for a day of shopping. Meals are on your own this day.

Nov. 13 we will make our annual trip to Wheeling, W.Va., to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall. Dinner will be on your own at the Melmann Cafeteria.

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

Dec. 6-9 we will travel to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, visit the Folk Art Festival, 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. The motor coach company we will be traveling on for this trip requires that all passengers have been vaccinated for the virus.

We have scheduled a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. You may pick up a detailed flyer at the center with trip costs which vary according to the accommodations you prefer.

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 available on multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance must be paid in separate checks. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

Have a great day!