COLUMNS

Ravenswood Senior Center updates and trips: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

I was so enjoying the bowl games on New Year’s Day until our cable went out in the third quarter of the Rose Bowl game! This is my favorite day of the year to watch the football games. So as I write this I do not know who won the game!

The cable has been out for several hours now. We also have our phone through Suddenlink and when the cable is out we have no way to call anyone if we need help. When we signed up for the phone no one told us that we’d be “phoneless” if the cable didn’t work. So here we are — no TV, no phone and a lot of aggravation. Some modern conveniences just aren’t that great!!! I’m writing this Saturday night — hopefully the TV will be working Sunday.

We went to the boys basketball game last week when they played Ripley at home. We saw two of the best games you would ever want to watch. The junior varsity won by 2 points when Noah Dawson made a basket with about .6 seconds left on the clock. The varsity game was “back and forth” the entire game and our kids were able to get the win by 5 points.

If you haven’t been to one of the boys games I’d recommend you try to get to one. This “100” team is putting their heart and soul into the games during this special year of basketball at Ravenswood.

The girls are also playing very well. Both of these teams would love to have a big crowd in the gym cheering for them.

Robbie and I went to Williamstown last Thursday to have a belated Christmas dinner and Santa time at our granddaughter’s home (Jennifer and Jeremy Woodard). They are great hosts and we love going there. We love watching the kids open their gifts but this year it was their pet dog Scout who stole the show. Scout is very smart and it didn’t take him long to get his gifts open. One was a small stuffed animal and he could flip it pretty high in the air and catch it with his mouth.

Our daughter Bev Thompson once again made sure we were fed on New Year’s Day. I don’t really know if there is a name for the food she made but Robbie used to make the same dish every New Year’s. It is cabbage, carrots, potatoes and kielbasa cut up and cooked together. We have had it ever since Robbie and I were married 45 years ago. Eating cabbage on New Year’s is a must!

We want to send get well wishes to Jo Miller. Jo suffered a fall at her home last week and broke her right pelvic bone and bruised her right arm and shoulder. She is recuperating at Health South in Parkersburg. Jo and her son Timmy have been spending three months in Florida every year and were getting ready to leave earlier this week. The fall changed plans in a hurry. I know Jo would love cards so if you would like to send her one you can call me at 304-273-3217 and I’ll give you the address for her.

By the time you read this the Christmas displays at Riverfront Park should be down and stored away. We spent nearly every night at the park enjoying them. It’ll seem kinda lonely for a while but before we know it spring will be here and the days will be getting longer and we will still go to the park to enjoy the river and railroad traffic. And Daylight Savings Time will return!!!

Ravenswood Senior Center

Ravenswood Senior News

We are now serving lunch in the dining room. If you feel uncomfortable eating at the center you can still get a pick-up meal to take home and eat. Be sure to call the center at 304-273-5648 to make a reservation for your meal.

We want to remind you that the center operates as the schools do in inclement weather. If the schools are closed, the center will be closed. If the schools are on a two-hour delay, the center will be open and soup and sandwiches will be served for lunch.

The Recycled Teenagers have the following trips scheduled for 2022:

March 19-27 we are traveling 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 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. We will have tours of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, enjoy a boat ride through the Soo Locks, enjoy a trip to the Kewadin Sault Casino, see the Colonial Michillmackinac and more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Sept. 7-19 we are traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. We will visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, the Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park and the Petrified Forest, plus other sites of interest. 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 have shopping time at the Tanger Outlet and the Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners including a family-style dinner and a smorgasbord dinner are included in this fun holiday adventure.

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy time in the Smokies. Highlights of this trip include the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner, 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 Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

We have a trip scheduled to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. The costs of this trip will vary according to the accommodations you select. We want you to have plenty of time make payments on this trip. Pick up a flyer at the center to learn more details on this trip.

We will be adding some one-day trips to our schedule later. We will announce them when the details are finalized.

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 for multiple-day trips. All trip and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks.

You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for learn more about trips of your choice.

Have a great day!