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May 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


To decorate the mantel, we took plastic watering cans and arranged flowers in them. We put name tags on them, with a sun and cloud which we colored in. Margie Tsoukais told us about the daffodils growing in her yard in Ireland. Anne Argento said her yard had mostly trees and shrubs. Catherine Budd told us about one time she was digging in the dirt with her shorts on and was all muddy when three of her husband’s co-workers drove by, and tooted the horn, much to her embarrassment.

In arts and crafts we made ducks in rain boots. None of us had ducks as pets, and nobody is fond of eating duck. But we all agreed that the wall we hung the ducks on looks beautiful. Helen Link said it really brightens up the room. Tonnie Arena said the rain boots make it look like it’s come alive. Anne Argento’s had her duck laying eggs.

We made a flower garden from paper plates to hang in the sitting area. We used crayons and magic markers and glued on paper flowers. We made back rounds of the sun and sky. Maureen McCarthy did a back round of the hills in Pennsylvania.

For the art in “McPeak’s Gallery we painted abstract paintings. We put dots of paint on paper and used a paint brush to swoosh it around. We each named our art and singed it. Charlotte Hoffmann called hers “Inside the Room”, and Tonnie Arena called hers “What”.

We told jokes before our visit with Pastor Bonfiglio, some were funny, some not so much. He comes to see us twice a month and we sing songs with him and listen to his inspirational services. He even jokes that’s he’s under contract to tell a joke. Celia Wysocki favorite song to sing is “Hallelujah”.

We played word games. For something new we played a game of “Hangman”. Everyone enjoyed the new challenge. Margie Tsoukais and Denise Perrone were very good guessing all the answers. We all did a good job guessing the answers and not many men were hung.

Reminiscing about the good old days when we had no TV’s or refrigerators. Marge Taylor said she would get a piece of ice from the iceman as a treat. Millie Verderosa recalls she was the dishwasher. We had no cell phones, Charlotte said when she was little her family had no phone at all.

We watched “The Dick Van Dyke Show” on DVD. Celia Wysocki laughed and laughed. We all thought it was very funny. A bit of trivia we learned was Morey Amsterdam who played Rob’s colleague Buddy, wrote the WWll song “Rum and Coca-Cola” for the Andrew Sisters. Mary Icolari recalled that song and sung some of the lyrics.

We enjoy these comedy shows, so we also watched “The Carol Burnett Show”. Both Marge Tayler and Catherine Budd think that Tim Conway is really funny. Anne McTiernan likes when the cast cracks up at their own jokes.

We also watched on DVD “The Mickey Mouse Show” with Annette Funicello. Each episode had a musical performance. Helen Link liked the dixie land band, The Fireman Five who played “Tigers Rag”. Then there were the cartoons that Maureen McCarthy liked. Circus day had the Hat Brothers juggling act, a skill none of us can do.

For the sing along we sang some songs from the Ink Spots, Helen Link and Kay Chester knew most of the words. We also listened to some funny songs Millie Verderosa smiled though “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”, and we all laughed along with “The Thing” by Phil Harris.

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests. Nina Et cetera stopped by to sing and play the harmonica. We had a toe tapping and hand clapping good time. We had another good time when Bruce Schneider stopped by with Ronnie, and Charlie. They sang and played the guitar, the bongos, and the piano. We had some cheese and crackers with the music.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Cindy came by with Hans, a standard poodle. We liked him a lot and invited him back. He did come back with Bradley a therapy dog in training. Denise Perrone said Hans looks like a teddy bear with all his fur. The dogs Sambuca and Martini also came with their owner Marlene.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Mike Morgese, with Marge Taylor and Mary Marko placing second and third. The bean bag toss had us cheering for high scores and this month Millie Verderosa came in first place and Anne McTierman coming in second place, and Kay Chester in third place. This month's big bingo winner was Helen Kalinowski winning a prize for the most wins.

Birthdays Celebrated in May

  • Helen Kalinowski on the 6th
  • Marge Taylor on the 7th
  • Ed Weinmann on the 14th
  • Thomasine Mangano on the 21st
  • Millie Verderosa on the 25th

May Entertainment

  • Bob’s Piano Favorites
  • Hank Porter
  • Freddy Prinze

April’s BINGO Winner
With the most games won

  • Helen Kalinowski

Poetry Corner
Spring into action
Mow the lawn
Start the planting
Wait for the flowers to grow
By Catherine Budd

Ongoing Activities

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

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