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Ravenswood Senior Center updates and trips: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

Snow! Either you like it or hate it. I used to like it — when I was much younger and could get out and sleigh ride and had no fear of riding in a vehicle on icy and snowy roads. But now snow is something I’d rather not have to deal with.

I remember when we lived at Silverton in the 1940s that we had a big snow. My parents didn’t have money to buy a sled for us so my two brothers decided to build one. My mom let them bring lumber and whatever else they needed into the living room where it was warm and that is where the sled was built. It was really heavy when finished. They used bits of old bars of soap on the runners to make them slick so the sled would go down the hill faster.

We lived on the property where the Silverton Fire Department is now and the property across the road was used as a big hay field. There was a little hill near the old barn so that is where we would sleigh ride. It was fun riding the sled down the hill but the climb back up the hill was hard as we pulled the sled back up the hill since it was so heavy.

I recall that in the winter of 1965 we had a big snow. We had just moved into our new house that was built adjacent to my mom and dad’s property. All the neighborhood came to our place to sleigh ride on “mom’s hill.” We even had kids come from town. That hill is still used for sleigh riding.

It was so much fun to “double up” on a sled — the person on top had to keep their balance so you wouldn’t fall off the sled. We even built a fire and burned old tires for heat. We had 10 straight nights of fun on that hill. I’m happy for the wonderful memories of my youthful days of sleigh riding. But now — snow isn’t so much fun for us.

We are grateful for our super neighbor Kevin Currey who was out bright and early on Friday morning after the snowstorm on Thursday night. He cleared our driveway of snow so we could get to town to make our usual rounds. Our son-in-law Mark Thompson was also ready to help clear our driveway. It’s nice to have neighbors who look after your needs when you are in your 80s and you can’t do the work you used to do.

We were all set to go to some basketball games but of course the snow canceled the ones we intended to go see. Mark Martin has had a couple of very good articles in the local paper recently about both the girls and boys teams. The boys did get to play their game at Roane County on Saturday. They won it by a good margin. Try to come out and see these two teams play a game if you can. You’ll have a fun evening.

We’ve been going down to the Riverfront Park every day to watch the train and river traffic.

There are a couple of “big birds” which I think are some species of egrets that have been at the river edge almost every day. It looks like they might be “a pair” as their heads are just a shade different in the color of the feathers. So I’m guessing the more colorful one is a male and the other is a female — similar to the way you distinguish cardinals. These two big birds eat a lot of fish. Sometimes you can see their prey in their mouth flopping around as the bird tries to swallow it.

We watched one of the barges change some of their crew one day last week. The barge had pulled over toward the bank just below the boat ramp and was there for some three hours before all the men arrived to start their time working on the barge. One of the crew members even shoveled some of the debris off the boat ramp area to help with their footing on the muddy concrete. One never knows what you might see going on at the river!!!

Ravenswood Senior Center

Ravenswood Senior News

Lunch is now being served in the dining room at the center. Call the center at 304-273-5648 to make a reservation for your meal. If you feel uncomfortable eating inside the center you can get your lunch “to go.”

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 celebrities 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 Mackinaw 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 fun trip.

Sept. 7-19 we are going 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 places 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 Theater, see the show “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater 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 Christmastime 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 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 Christmas holiday 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 choose. We want you to have plenty of time to make payments on this trip. Pick up a detailed flyer at the center to learn more about this fabulous cruise trip.

We plan to add some one-day trips to our trip schedule. We will announce those as they become available.

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

Have a great day!