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Ravenswood Senior Center updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

We decided to “finally” make a trip up to Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, to see Robbie’s brother Robert and Judy.

I had planned on leaving last Tuesday morning which was Robert’s 91st birthday.

We did our usual errands around town Monday morning and about 1:30 p.m. Robbie said “I’m going to Robert’s.”

I said “I know — we’re going in the morning.”

He said “No, I’m going NOW.”

We have never left for Robert’s that late in the day as it takes a good five to six hours to get there. But by 2 p.m. we had packed a change of clothes, got our medicines together, filled the car with gas and gathered up some snacks and we were on the road. We like the Motel 6 motel in Geneva and we arrived there about 7:30 p.m. Then Robbie called Robert’s house (knowing he would already be in bed as he goes to bed early) to let him know we were in Geneva. Robert’s son Carl answered the call and said he would let them know.

We had planned on being there until Wednesday so I had paid for two nights at the motel. In the meantime Robbie changed his mind and said we were going home Tuesday! So Tuesday morning Robert and Judy were at the motel waiting outside for us. I went to the front desk and told them we weren’t staying that night and they refunded our money for that night.

We took Robert and Judy to breakfast at the Honeybee’s Restaurant in Geneva for his birthday and had a nice time chatting about things we haven’t got to talk about the past two years. When we left we gave each other hugs knowing this might be the last time we ever got to see each other.

It was a fast trip for us but we are glad we got to go. Of course, I would have loved to have a foot-long hot dog from Eddie’s Grill but the restaurant is not open after Labor Day. Maybe — just maybe — we will be able to go back up next summer when Geneva-on-the-Lake businesses are open!

Driving around town this past week we noticed there is a new business on Walnut Street called Wilkes Cabinetry & Furniture. It is located in the building that housed the old Stewart and Somerville Grocery Store many years ago. I’m not sure when it is open but they have painted the front of the building and it looks really nice. There is a phone number listed you may call for information. We also noticed there is a lot of activity in clearing land at Eastwood that has been posted for development of businesses for several years. It looks like things are opening up around town!

We decided Friday to go shopping at the mall in Parkersburg for shoes for both of us which we found at the Shoe Dept. store. I went to Penney’s for some items and really appreciated the young ladies who helped me find what I needed without me having to walk all over the place. I’m at the point where I know “what” I want and I just want to get it and pay for it and leave! Shopping days are over for me — I don’t need to bring anything more into the house! We just need to get rid of stuff!

Ravenswood Senior Center

Ravenswood Senior News

I haven’t been informed of any new activities going on at the center right now. I do know meals are being served each day. You need to call our site supervisor, Stephanie Rhodes, at 304-273-5648 to make a meal reservation. She can also advise you as to when the center will be open for activities again.

The Recycled Teenagers travel schedule for 2021 has been altered once again. For various reasons we have had to cancel three trips. We canceled the shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6; the Wheeling trip to Oglebay Park on Nov. 13; and the trip to Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C., Dec. 6-9. If you have paid for any of these trips and have not heard from our trip coordinator Kay Parsons you may reach her at 304-372-3970 for information concerning refunds.

We are still planning to go on the trip to Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 16-18. This trip includes 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.

We have several trips scheduled for the 2022 travel season.

March 19-27 we will be traveling to Miami and Key West, Fla. Highlights of this trip include a stop at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, S.C., a tour of the Coral Castle, a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, a visit to the Bayside Marketplace, a cruise by celebrity homes on Biscayne Bay, a visit to the southernmost city in the continental USA, Key West, and much more. Eight breakfast and five dinners are also included.

June 20-25 we will journey to Mackinac Island, Mich. This trip includes tours of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, a boat ride through the Soo Locks, a trip to the Kewadin Sault Casino, admission to Colonial Michillmackinac and more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this adventure.

Sept. 7-19 we are traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Visits to the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park and the Petrified Forest are highlights of this trip. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Nov. 15-17 we will go to Lancaster, Pa., for an Amish holiday tour. We will see a Christmas show at the American Music Theater, see the show “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater and shop at the Tanger Outlets and the Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners including a family-style dinner and a smorgasbord dinner are included in this trip.

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy Christmas time in the Smokies. Highlights include Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show, the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, two Christmas shows, a tour and tasting at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery, a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included.

We want to mention also that we are planning a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. This trip is over a year away but we want you to have plenty of time to make payments for it.

Other one-day trips may be added to the 2022 travel schedule. We will let you know as plans develop. We remind you that multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. You may pick up a trip schedule at the senior center. We also have trip insurance available on multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks. I remind you again that our trip coordinator Kay Parsons' phone number is 304-372-3970. She will be happy to assist you with your concerns.

Have a great day!