Ravenswood Senior Center updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Fall officially arrived on Wednesday, Sept. 22. It came with cooler temperatures and rain. Robbie and I enjoy sitting at Riverfront Park and watching the rain storms; we sat through two storms that happened within an hour of each other that day.

We also got to see an eagle — a rarity in this part of the state! The eagle landed on some of the debris along the river’s edge. After a while it took flight only to fly back over our vehicle with a fairly large “prey” in its mouth. We couldn’t see exactly what it was but assumed it could have been a rat as it was quite large. It is rare to see an eagle in our area. We do see an owl now and then and every now and then we’ll see an owl perched on the electric wires that are along the bridge spanning Sand Creek as we enter town. We’ve seen owls at our house on Flatwoods Road in the past also, but have never seen an eagle! The eagle spread its wings in flight and was beautiful with its white head and white tail feathers shining brightly.

We missed seeing The Sisters food truck at the park for a couple of weeks but they are back again. We were elated to be able to get a snack from their stand once again. I love the baked beans and macaroni and cheese. Robbie likes the fried green tomato sandwiches. If you have trouble walking to their stand they will gladly come to your car, take your order and then bring your food back to you. I guess you might call this “curb service.” The girls who own the business are very friendly and have a great personality.

Don’t forget to visit the Washington Museum at the park. Faith Walker has been employed to have the Museum open Tuesday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Faith has a very pleasant personality and is willing to visit with you and answer any questions you may have concerning the items in the museum. If she doesn’t know the answer she will try to find out the information you have requested.

I’m not sure who the young lady is that is painting the flower mural on the front of Courtney’s Beauty Shop on Washington Street but she is doing a super job as far as Robbie and I are concerned. I’m sure it has to be hard to paint things up close so it looks good from the distance. It really enhances the city’s appearance as you enter town from the south end of Washington Street.

One of my articles didn’t get published in print a couple of weeks ago which disappointed me. In my ramblings I had thanked everyone for their kind comments and attendance at our son Jamie Robinson’s celebration of life at the Riverfront Park on Sunday, Sept. 5. Robbie and I didn’t get to go as he had a medical problem and ended up in the emergency room at Jackson General Hospital. The celebration went on with our daughters and daughter-in-law taking care of the food and socializing with those in attendance.

Jamie was also honored by Mark Martin in an article in the Jackson Herald newspaper. Mark recalled Jamie’s love for the Ravenswood High School Press Box and those who were a part of Jamie’s “crew” and how he always had a feast of food donated by local merchants for the visiting sports writers. We really appreciated the article.

Speaking of football, I want to remind you to support the Football Boosters fall gun giveaway fundraiser. Tickets may be purchased from any booster or at the Affectionately Yours Flower Shop downtown.

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It hasn’t been easy to let people know when the center is open and when it is partially closed. Things get changed between when this article is written and when the paper comes out with the article. The center was closed for a couple of weeks with no activities taking place inside the building. I understand (as I write this) that the center is open again for limited activities inside the building.

If you want a meal you need to call the center at 304-273-5648 to place your order. Our site supervisor Stephanie Rhodes will let you know if meals are being served inside the center or if they are still on pick-up meals only.

The Recycled Teenagers travel schedule is as follows now:

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 Isaacs Concert. A buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included.

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 view 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 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 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 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 of this Hawaiian cruise tour at the center. Prices on this trip vary according to the accommodations you choose for your travel.

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

The River Rats musicians are playing their music at the Riverfront Park each Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. as long as the weather permits. Bring a lawn chair and a snack and enjoy an evening of music.

Have a great day!