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Open house set at Irwin mansion


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The Inn at Irwin Gardens will be a winter wonderland and the place to be for a Christmas Open House and Decorators’ Showcase from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

You will be thrilled by what the decorators do for this beautiful old house in our midst. For $1, visitors can vote for their favorite gingerbread house, a very worthwhile fundraiser for the Book Buddies program.

The Research Club met in October at Zaharakos for lunch and a tour of the facilities. Hostesses for this meeting were JoAnn Baker, Ann Ahlbrand, Barbara Fortner, Rosemary Fox and Sally Jamerson. There was a guided tour of the rooms upstairs that have been very nicely refurbished with facilities for meetings and parties.

What a fun and interesting time was had by Barbara Fortner, Debbie Divan and Mary Ann Patterson, who spent time with Justin the horse who paints, and his trainer, Adonna Combs. Justin has a studio with his paintings and DVDs displayed.

Justin is amazing. We had horses for 30 years, and not one could paint. It would be a great place for a school field trip. They can be reached by email at Adonna@artistichorses.com.

From there we went to Vic and Susan Thompson’s for a party at their lovely country home.

Those of you who belong to Mill Race Center, be sure and check your “Alive” publication for December activities and online at www.millracecenter.org. The center has to be one of the busiest places in town, day and night.

We are taking iPad lessons and attend computer classes whenever we need some help. A new knitting class and other activities are open for enrollment. Columbus certainly has an active group of seniors.

The beautiful music of “Vienna In Black and White” at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church was played this month by Mirabella and Bogdan Minut, a piano duo who performed with four hands on one piano. Mirabella and Bogdan are from Romania and hold doctorate of arts degrees in music from Ball State University. Mirabella serves as music director at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, and Bogdan is director of music ministry at St. Bartholomew. We were presented with the glorious music of Mozart, Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss.

Shakespeare Club met this month at the home of Natalie Roll with co-hostesses Ingrid Askerberg and Jody Harter serving a delicious apple crisp for dessert along with tea, coffee and truffles. The program “Shakespeare and the War of the Roses” was an in-depth history given by Sian Goldsmid, dealing with the conflict between the House of Lancaster and the House of York over the throne of England. The War of the Roses inspired a series of four-related plays, Shakespeare’s first historical tetralogy.

Nancy Fritsch and Barbara Fortner can be reached at nancypencefritsch@att.net.

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