Ravenswood Senior Center updates and trip schedule: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

The museum at Riverfront Park is now open Tuesday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Faith Walker has been hired as the caretaker of the facility. We got to meet her and she has a bubbly personality and is eager to chat with everyone who comes to visit the museum. She will answer your questions to the best of her ability and if she doesn’t know the answer she will try to find out for you. Faith has a beautiful smile too. So if you’re driving through the park you might want to stop and see Faith and all the artifacts that are displayed in the museum. The “open” flag is displayed outside the museum when Faith is there.

Robbie and I went to the girls volleyball game against Wirt County on Thursday evening, Sept. 16. We were hoping for a victory but the ball didn’t always bounce the right way so the score ended up with Ravenswood in the loss column. We are trying to learn the name of each player but it is hard. We do know that one player is Abby Scritchfield. Abby’s grandparents are Linda and Jim Scritchfield. Linda was our senior center site supervisor for a number of years and retired several years ago. Abby is playing volleyball very well and I understand she will be playing basketball also. She plays with determination and will get better each game.

We also went to our football game against Wirt County on Friday night, Sept. 17. We sat on the Wirt County side of the field simply because it was closer to where we had to park our car. I did behave myself — I didn’t say anything to upset the visitors! After all, you have to have two teams to play a game so naturally not everyone is going to root for the same side. In fact it is kind of fun to listen to the fans of the opponents — especially when they don’t think the referees are making some calls they would like to see made. You can almost tell sometimes who a “parent” is! No parent wants to see a flag thrown against their child. That’s football!!!

We missed getting to see Wyatt Milhoan play Friday. He suffered a broken finger and ended up in the emergency room during the game. He was frustrated because he couldn’t play. I know Wyatt is a good player and I think he would have made a difference in the final score of the game. But you have to deal with injuries. Hopefully Wyatt will get to play in the Sept. 24 game.

Speaking of football — don’t forget to support the Ravenswood Football Boosters fall gun giveaway fundraiser. You can buy tickets from the boosters or stop by the Affectionately Yours Floral Shop on Washington Street and make your purchase there.

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There have been some changes made concerning the center being open at this time. Due to the rise in COVID virus cases the center has been closed as far as activities are concerned. Meals have returned to pick-up only status for the present time. You can pick up meals from 11 a.m.-noon. If you are uncertain about meals or activities of your interest, the best thing to do is call our site supervisor Stephanie Rhodes at 304-273-5648 and she can advise you. It’s been a challenging time for Stephanie also trying to keep everyone informed.

The Recycled Teenagers travel schedule has had to be altered at different times this year. If you planned on a particular trip and aren’t sure if it is still being taken you can call our trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 and she will assist you. As of now the following trips are scheduled:

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 Cave of the Winds, tour Old 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 a concert by The Isaacs. A buffet meal is included at the Dutch Valley Restaurant.

Nov. 6 we will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a day of shopping. Meals are on your own this day.

Nov. 13 will be our annual trip to Wheeling 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 Melmann’s Cafeteria.

Nov. 16-18 we will go 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 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. The motor coach company we will be traveling on on this trip requires all passengers to 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 of this trip at the center or call Kay Parsons to learn more details. Prices vary according to what accommodations you choose.

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 on multiple-day trips. Each trip and insurance policy must be paid by separate checks.

The River Rats will continue to play music at Riverfront Park each Thursday evening as the weather permits. Bring your lawn chair and snacks and enjoy listening to these talented local musician and their guest bands.

Have a great day!