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March 6, 2014

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Olympics

(Continued)

On Feb. 18 the Saxophone Combo consisting of Arnie Jungkind, Ed Badgley, Sue Haggerty, Karen Dunlap and Milo Stewart presented a concert. Their music is lively and harmonious and we enjoyed having them here.

We are very fortunate to have a variety of musicians volunteer their time to entertain us. On Feb. 20 Anita Briggs, well known harpist, played her harp for us. The music was lovely as was the harp with its beautifully carved pillar. (I just learned that’s what the large column in the front of a harp is called).  Briggs is a talented and beautiful lady and we appreciated the time she spent with us.

The monthly Thanksgiving Circle was held on Feb. 21. This is the time when we get together with Laurie Blatt, our administrator, and talk about what we are thankful for and what we like or don’t like, (there’s not much that we don’t like), what our simple pleasures are and what the Thanksgiving Home can do to include more of these into our daily lives. It was decided that most of them are already in our daily lives or can easily be implemented.

We ended our two weeks of Olympic Games and held our closing ceremony on Feb. 21. The Chief Judge, John Santello, presided over the ceremony, with the assistance of Blatt. He extinguished the Olympic flame (which you may remember was crumpled up red, yellow and orange tissue paper). Every one on each team was awarded a small gold medal on a red, white and blue ribbon to wear around their necks and an official Olympic pencil. Then, with much fanfare, the judge awarded the large medals to the teams according to how they performed in the games over the last two weeks. There was a tie for gold, between the Black Jacks and the Green Hornets, Silver went to the Glaciers and Bronze to Blood and Guts. Actually, we had so much fun that we felt everyone was a winner.

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part,” said Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee and considered to be the father of the modern Olympic Games.

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