Ravenswood Senior Center information, travel schedule changes

We decided to “finally” take a trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, to see Robbie’s brother Robert and Judy.

I had planned to leave last Tuesday morning, it was Robert’s 91st birthday.

We did our usual shopping in town on Monday morning and around 1:30 pm Robbie said “I’m going to Robert’s.”

I said “I know – we go in the morning.”

He said “No, I’m going NOW.”

We have never been to Robert’s place so late in the day as it takes five to six hours to get there. But by 2 p.m. we had packed a change of clothes, gathered our meds, filled the car with gasoline and picked up some snacks and were on the road. We love Motel 6 in Geneva and got there around 7:30 p.m. Then Robbie called Robert’s house (knowing he would already be in bed because he goes to bed early) to let him know we were in Geneva. Robert’s son, Carl, answered the call and said he would let them know.

We had planned to stay there until Wednesday, so I had paid for two nights at the motel. Meanwhile, Robbie changed his mind and said we were coming home on Tuesday! So Tuesday morning Robert and Judy were at the motel waiting for us outside. I went to the front desk and told them we were not staying that night and they refunded our money for that night.

We took Robert and Judy for lunch at Honeybee Restaurant in Geneva for his birthday and had a great time chatting about things we haven’t had to talk about in the past two years. When we left we hugged each other knowing that this might be the last time we would see each other.

It was a quick trip for us but we are glad we were able to go. Sure, I would have loved to have a foot-long hot dog at Eddie’s Grill, but the restaurant isn’t open after Labor Day. Maybe – just maybe – we can go back up next summer when the businesses in Genève-sur-le-Lac are open!

While driving around town last week, we noticed there was a new business on Walnut Street called Wilkes Cabinetry & Furniture. It is located in the building that housed the former Stewart and Somerville grocery store many years ago. I don’t know when it’s open but they painted the front of the building and it looks really nice. There is a phone number you can call for more information. We have also noticed that there is a lot of land clearing activity in Eastwood that has been posted for business development for several years. Looks like things are opening up around town!

We decided on Friday to go shopping at the Parkersburg Mall for some shoes for the two of us which we found at the Shoe Dept store. I went to Penney’s for a few items and really appreciated the young women who helped me find what I needed without having to walk all over the place. I’m at the point where I know “what” I want and I just want to have it, pay for it and go! Shopping days are over for me, I don’t need to bring anything more into the house! We just need to get rid of the stuff!

News from Ravenswood Seniors

I have not been informed of any new activities going on at the center at this time. I know meals are served every day. You must call our Site Supervisor, Stéphanie Rhodes, at 304-273-5648 to make a meal reservation. She can also tell you when the center will be open for activities again.

The Recycled Teenagers travel schedule for 2021 has been changed again. For various reasons, we had to cancel three trips. We canceled the shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio on November 6; the Wheeling trip to Oglebay Park on November 13; and the trip to Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC, December 6-9. If you have paid for any of these trips and have not heard from our Travel Coordinator Kay Parsons, you can reach her at 304-372-3970 for refund information.

We are still planning to make the trip to Lancaster, PA from November 16-18. This trip includes two Bible shows, including “Queen Esther” and “The Christmas Tree Ship”. Two dinners, including a family-style lunch and a Bird-in-Hand dinner, are included with this trip. Shopping time will be at the Kitchen Kettle Village and at Rockvale and Tangier outlets.

We have several trips planned for the 2022 tourist season.

From March 19-27, we’ll be heading to Miami and Key West, Florida. Highlights of this trip include a stop at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC, a visit to the Coral Castle, a visit to the Tropical Botanical Gardens at Fairchild, a visit to the Bayside Marketplace, a cruise to celebrity homes on the Biscayne Bay, a tour of the southernmost city in the continental United States, Key West, and more. Eight breakfasts and five dinners are also included.

From June 20 to 25, we will travel to Mackinac Island, Michigan. This trip includes tours of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, a boat ride through the Soo Locks, a trip to Kewadin Sault Casino, admission to Colonial Michillmackinac and more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this adventure.

From September 7 to 19, we are going to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Tours to the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, Valley of Fire State Park, and the Petrified Forest are the points strengths of this trip. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included on this fabulous journey to the West.

From November 15th to 17th we will be going to Lancaster, PA on an Amish Vacation Tour. We will see a Christmas show at the American Music Theater, the “David” show at the Sight and Sound Theater, and shopping at the Tanger Outlets and Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners, including a family-style lunch and a smorgasbord dinner, are included on this trip.

From December 5 to 8, we will take advantage of the Christmas period in the Smokies. Highlights include Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show, Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Feud Dinner, two Christmas shows, a tour and tasting at the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery, a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains and much more . Three breakfasts and three dinners are included.

We also want to mention that we are planning a trip to Hawaii from February 23 to March 4, 2023. This trip is over a year away, but we want you to have enough time to make the payments.

Additional day trips may be added to the 2022 travel schedule. We will keep you posted as plans evolve. We remind you that multi-day trips can be paid in installments as indicated on the trip leaflet. You can take a travel schedule to the senior center. We also have travel insurance available for multi-day trips. All travel and insurance policies must be paid for by separate checks. I remind you once again that the phone number for our Kay Parsons Travel Coordinator is 304-372-3970. She will be happy to help you with your concerns.

Have a nice day!

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