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Snowbirds missing lots of fun in Columbus

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Snowbirds who have flown the coop are smiling, basking in the sun and missing this winter wonderland along with all the fun things we have to do around Columbus.

On Jan. 18, the St. Bartholomew Concert Series presented “The Journey” featuring bass-baritone Everett Greene and a fantastic jazz band with Marvin Chandler on piano, Frank Smith, bass, Kenny Phelps, drums, and Jeff Conrad, trumpet.

They absolutely rocked with some wonderful ballads. My favorite was “Here’s to Life,” along with soulful selections of Duke Ellington’s sacred music.

We will have the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic performing Feb. 1 with “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles;” and the Columbus Symphony “Theme & Variations” on Feb. 23 featuring several selections, including Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with narrator.

We had Dancing with the Stars this past weekend with the smashing dancers, but I think the ballerinas stole the show.

Last fall, members of the Magazine Club met at the Brownstown home of Julie Kieffer, assisted by Kim Pence, Jenny Kim and Debby Pratt.

The guest speaker was Janet Myers with Bentley, a Bernese mountain therapy dog, who delighted everyone.

Myers is a registered nurse who has founded a successful pet therapy program and is a recognized speaker on the subject and its impact on patient care along with the data that supports the animal-human bond.

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The December meeting was at Harrison Lake Country Club, hosted by Helen Haddad, with co-hostesses Wilma Newton, Dede Abts, Helen Sharpnack and Nan Keach. A musical program was given by Jenny Heichelbech.

We had the privilege of attending the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the breathtaking exhibit of Matisse paintings titled “Matisse Life in Color” signifying his bold use of color.

The artist’s life story was shown in photos at the beginning of the exhibit. His career began as a lawyer until he received a set of paints from his mother during an illness that led him to turn to art in the form of paintings and sculptures.

When he was quite advanced in age, he would paint from his bed with a very long bamboo-handled paint brush and do large designs.

Our guide was assistant curator Rebecca J. Long, quite knowledgeable on the subject of everything pertaining to Matisse.

The painter was devoted to his wife and children, was known to be rather grim-faced but was captured smiling at a grandson while painting his portrait.

Tom and Juneann Vickers are very proud of their young grandson, Tommy Olczyk, who plays hockey for Penn State in their new stadium.

As captain of the team, this is his first year to play in the Big Ten.

Tommy has two brothers, Eddie Jr. and Nicholas, who are both hockey players and a lovely sister, Alexandra, who is a freshman at University of Alabama.

The boys are following in Eddie Sr.’s footsteps, a former hockey player for the Blackhawks and other teams and is now a color commentator for NBC.

Eddie Sr. is going to announce for the Winter Olympics in Russia.

Would like to mention an experience with a young entrepreneur, Elizabeth Enfield Henderson.

We met at the Christmas bazaar at Guerin High School in Carmel. She owns Ruffled Feathers Boutique in Fishers and is a delightful person to do business with.

We would like to give credit to the community for how beautiful Columbus was at Christmastime and think this was one of Columbus’ prettiest seasons.

We loved the Christmas trees at City Hall with the blue lights and of course the magnificent Christmas tree.

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