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Soups, art, music provide wonderful wintry mix


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Regardless of the Indiana winter weather and to warm the cockles of our hearts and souls, the soup pot has been busy with Chef Basil at our house.

Two of our favorites are curried chicken, wild rice and apple soup, which was submitted by Cate Hyatt for The Republic 2013 Holiday Cook Book, and green kale and kielbasa soup by Lorraine Wallace from “Mr. Sunday’s Soups” recipe book.

Neither soup is labor intensive nor time consuming; we used a baked, broasted chicken cut in pieces for the first one.

The Columbus Museum of Art and Design recently presented a collaborative family exhibit by Robert, Catherine and Lydia Burris at Hotel Indigo.

Catherine Burris was a professional artist who had a passion for patterns, texture, hidden detail and unexpected imagery. She painted a beautiful MacKenzie child’s box, and Barbara made a needlepoint band for the lid.

It was a work of art that will always be treasured by the family.

This was the first exhibit given by this wonderfully talented family. Robert’s “T.C. Steel Historic Site” and “4th St. Walk” paintings and others were very impressive.

Lydia’s work was more contemporary, bold and extreme with mixed media. Interesting pieces were “Into Beyond,” “Wonderfund” and “Solitude.”

Tony Clecak recently was notified that he was the newest inductee to the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.

Tony touched the lives of many people as head golf professional at Harrison Lake Country Club and is very deserving.

He not only provided an atmosphere of fun and quality instruction to all ages, he is a great friend to all who know him and had the honor to play a round with him.

He had to teach both of us how to play golf after the age of 50; what patience he had! He made it possible for us to enjoy years of golf on a beautiful golf course with wonderful friends; many happy memories. Tony joins a renowned list of golf legends in the hall of fame.

Last fall we were invited to attend a program at the University of Indianapolis Center For Aging and Community.

The evening started with a visit to the home of University  of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manual, a charming and learned scholar formerly of Georgetown University.

Also in attendance at the party were the panelists for the evening discussion. The evening progressed to the campus auditorium for a film titled “Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse,” which included several senior citizens who have been victims.

The film work was done by Kim Jacobs, film producer at WFYI, with the assistance of intern Charlotte Pence, a student at DePaul University in Chicago.

An interesting discussion followed, led by Ellen Miller, executive director of the U of I, H. Ken Bennett, Andy Frazier, Kim Hood Jacobs, Abby Kuzma and Laurel Lybarger.

We were given a copy of the film, which I have given to Mill Race Center for a viewing in the near future. This is a timely and very important subject for those of us in our senior years.

A flurry of wishes for the bride-to-be, Nicole Pence, was given at Hilton Garden Inn by Cindy Rhoades and Barbara Piotrowski.

Joining in showering Nicole with “Linens for the Home” were friends of the mother of the bride, Denise. The tables were done in a “flurry” of tulle, votives and little glass pebbles surrounding a large bowl of lovely white hydrangeas.

Each place had a special star-shaped cookie iced in blue or white with specs of silver, wrapped in a lace bag tied with “Mr. and Mrs.” embossed ribbon.

A delicious luncheon of quiche and salad was served along with a dessert bar with chocolate dipped strawberries, a luscious assortment of Sweet Rose’s cupcakes and tiny chocolate cups of fruit. Very special toasts were given by the hostesses and Nicole’s mom.

The IU Singing Show Choir will perform at Asbury United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. March 1; no admission charge.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Columbus North High School with “Musical Interpretations and Borrowings.”

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church series presents the Young Musicians Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, no admission charge.

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