This Week at The Rivers 7-6-12

The continuing story of the activities at The Rivers Senior community by Activity Director, Joe Johnson

Another week gone by at and it was a blast—not from the fireworks of the 4th of July but from all the fun we had this week. 

With all the heat and humidity it was a good time to stay in and partake of all the fun activities we had. There was an emphasis on patriotism and pride with Independence Day in the middle of the week. Monday, Jack Pearson, a wonderful story teller and musician livened but the afternoon with some great American folk songs and stories. He brings along all these fun old time music instruments and loves to show them off. Everyone was clapping and singing along.

It was fun Tuesday, when we did a little American History trivia and created an chronological timeline of great events in American history: From the Vikings (not the football team) to 9/11 we put in order of occurrence all the events that shaped this country. On Wednesday, I grabbed my guitar and led a stirring sing-a-long of great American song. This was fun and well-attended.   

Friday came along with the continuing heat and I did a history lesson on how a bill becomes a law and some of the silly laws states have passed. Not many people know it's illegal to sleep naked in Minnesota.

Next week will be exciting with local musician Gloria Jesperson coming on Monday to entertain us. She is full of energy and lots of fun. On Wednesday we will have a music appreciation of two of the greatest pieces of American classical music, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris." We will listen to each in its entirety. You are always welcome to come along and listen. We will start at 3:00. On Friday our Armchair Travel group will go to the country music capital Nashville and see some of the great sites. Again this will be at 3:00.

I know this hot weather will break soon, hopefully as you are reading this, it will be cooler and drier. In the meantime, stay cool and I will be writing again next week from The Rivers.

Joe Johnson, Activity Director, The Rivers

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