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December 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


For the month of November, we month we decorated the mantel with football cups of that we filled with autumn leaves and scarecrows. Catherine Budd said that the changing colors are the best part about the fall. Millie Verderosa said that "Only the Lord could paint a picture so beautiful as the view out the window."

For arts and crafts in the recreation room we made turkeys with bright construction paper feathers. We pasted googly eyes with a beak and waddle on the face, some of us had the turkey smiling with the waddle positioned like a mouth. Both Catherine Budd and Tina Schilling said when they were younger they had to pluck the feathers from chickens for the family dinner. Charlotte said the turkeys look like peacocks and we agreed they did!

For the sitting area, we made scare crows from paper plates. They had hats and we glued toothy smiles on them. Harriet Kulbokas said some of them look like clowns. Margie Tsoukais said clowns can be scary.

For "McPeak's Gallery" we made paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock. We laid a piece of paper in a box, then picked our paint colors and dipped acorns in the paint and then rolled them around in the box. Thomasine Mangano said "Wow" when she saw how nice they all came out.

Poetry reading had us thinking about the changing seasons and the Thanksgiving holiday. Tonnie Arena said she wants "macaroni" for her thanksgiving dinner. We read classics from Edgar Allen Poe, who Kay Chester likes, and Walt Whitman who Margie Tsoukais likes. We read a poem too that Tina Schillings wrote.

Bob Shade played his piano favorites for us. It was his farewell concert before he leaves for warmer weather for the winter. Helen Kalinowski and Anne Lotocke knew the lyrics to just about every song he played. Connie Fisher liked the Christmas songs he played. We all wished him a heartfelt goodbye and look forward to seeing him in the spring.

For Reminiscing we talked about our heritage. Anthony Karabalh told us he spoke Slovenian in his house when he was growing up, as his parents came from Yugoslavia. Tonnie Arena's parents spoke Italian and she does too. Anne Lotocke speaks some Russian. Maureen McCarthy is Greek and she remembers Sunday dinners eating Lahanodolmathes, a Greek stuffed cabbage.

"Trivia" had us talking about this and that. The question was asked "If you had lunch with the present of the United States what would you bring as a gift?" Millie Verderosa said she would bring a cigar. Peggy Tone would bring flowers, Tonnie Arena would bring a bottle of wine. Harriet Kulbokas said she would just bring herself.

On DVD, we watched "Dragnet". Most of us recalled Jack Webb who stared as Joe Friday, and stated "Just the facts mame". Most of us said we did not watch that show. We also saw "The Lucy Show". Frankie Avalon was a guest star, Helen Link said he was in the "beach movies".

We had a special visit from Victory Chapel, they sang and shared with us on a Sunday, we said they would like them to come here again. And we all look forward to the K of C bingo, Anne McTierman is always excited to show off the prize has won.

Bruce Schneider our Friday entertainment guest had us singing some Al Jolson, and Frank Sinatra. Ruth Levy had a special request for "Hava Nagila" that was sang in Hebrew. Ruth and all of us were impressed. Of course, he had Charlie and Ritchie with him playing the keyboards and bongos.

Nina -Et Cetra was here on a Friday, Nina and Tim played for us. Larry Judson says he really likes when they play here. Larry told us he used to sing but now sadly he has no voice. Eugene Raka also enjoyed the music, as did Mike Morgese and Ed Weinmann. The chocolate cookies and soda that was served was also a big hit.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. We had big dogs and little dogs visit us. We all enjoy the four-footed friends who come here. Lucy Palazzo likes the dog kisses. Thomasine Mango says she likes the little dogs.

On the weekends, Skylar has fun and games to keep us busy. We like the bean bag toss and a tic tac toe toss. We did autumn arts & crafts. We also had a candy lotto game, and bingo games which is a favorite.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Marge Taylor, Millie Verderosa was in second place, and Charlette Hoffman was in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Kay Chester

December Birthdays
Jo Ann Brooks on the 20th
Pete Vander Drift on the 25th

Poetry Corner
By Tina Schillings

The cold of December
And warm days of spring
The heat of summer
To my memories bring
Now, I shall soon recall
Seeing these autumn leaves fall


  • Bob's Piano Favorites
  • Bruce Schneider
  • Nina - et - Cetera

November's Winners!!!!

BINGO Winner
  • Kay Chester
  • Marge Taylor
  • Millie Verderosa
  • Charlette Hoffman

  • Ongoing Activities

    • K of C BINGO: second Monday
    • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: every Sunday for Communion
    • Grace Gospel Church: second Saturday
    • Pastor Bonfiglio: first and third Thursday
    • P.R.A.T.T. - Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy: every Wednesday

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