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Ravenswood Senior Center news and updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

I want to say congratulations to the Williamstown High School girls volleyball team for winning the Class A State Championship this past Saturday, Nov. 13. Our great-granddaughter Payton Woodard is a member of the team. Payton’s Ravenswood kinfolk Cindy and David McComas, Bev Thompson and Robbie and I joined her mom Jennifer and brother Brady to watch Payton’s team play Moorefield Friday afternoon, Nov. 12. Payton’s dad Jeremy Woodard is an assistant coach with the team. After that win they played Buffalo in a late game so we had to miss that game. Saturday’s game for the championship was an early game so we decided we’d have to forgo attending that game as well. It’s been fun following this team all season. Hopefully they will return to the title game next year.

The Christmas parade is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. It will end at the Riverfront Park which is the first night the displays in the park will be lit. You still have time to place a tree in memory of a loved one. Ornaments need to be fastened firmly to the tree branches and you need to stabilize your tree so it will withstand inclement weather conditions and strong winds. If you have any questions you can contact Steve Bradley and he will assist you.

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The pool people are selling nuts at the center again this holiday season. Nuts available are pecans, cashews, mixed nuts, double-dipped chocolate peanuts, praline pecans and English walnuts. The cost is $10 per bag. Proceeds go to the pool programs. Nuts may be purchased at the center during the morning hours Monday-Friday.

The center will be closed on Nov. 25 and 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Breakfast only will be served on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 to make a reservation for your meal. Meals are now being served in the dining room each day. If you are uncomfortable eating at the center you can still get a pick-up meal and eat at home.

We are now doing some activities at the center during the morning hours. You need to call our site supervisor Stephanie Rhodes to learn if an activity of your interest is being held yet.

The Recycled Teenagers have scheduled several trips for the 2022 travel year.

March 19-17 we will travel to Miami and Key West, Fla. Highlights of this trip include a stop at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina, 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 breakfasts and five dinners are included in this trip.

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 fantastic 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 Theatre and have shopping time 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 great holiday trip.

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy time in the Smokies. Highlights of this trip include the Dolly Parton 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 in this fun Christmas holiday trip.

We have scheduled 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 your trip payments. The cost of this trip will vary according to the accommodations you choose to travel. You may pick up a flyer at the center with more details of this cruise trip.

We will be planning some one-day trips for next year which will be announced when finalized.

We remind you that multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip schedule. Insurance is also available for the multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks. You may call our trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

It has become too cool for the River Rats to continue their music at Riverfront Park on Thursday evenings. However, they will be playing at the North United Methodist basement area during the winter months. They begin playing around 5:30 p.m and continue until around 7-7:30 p.m. You may bring a snack and a beverage if you wish. This venue was selected since they are still unable to have the gathering of people at the senior center.

Have a great day!