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Spring time for great happenings

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Just made it back from the Sunshine State to be inundated with the ice and snow on the first of March.

That was a blast, but thankful that our return was safe and sound. Our origins are in Illinois but Indiana is our home. One of the many things I love about it are the beautiful open and barren fields of spring and the lone and lost old school buildings like the one at 500 East and Rocky Ford Road. Dated “1892 District 2,” it carries its history for all to see or imagine.

As usual, there are great happenings in town. For the Lenten season, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic will present the “Brahms Requiem: Comfort & Joy” on April 4 at the First Christian Church, with Cathy Rund, Soprano, and Nathaniel Olson, baritone.

On April 26, Kate Hamilton, daughter of Sheryl Elston and David Hamilton, is going to thrill us all, singing with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic “Celebrating America” at Columbus North. Katie is one of our most talented and lovely entertainers who is now working at many of New York’s most illustrious theaters.

Gates Roll, son of Rob and Allyson Roll and grandson of Natalie Roll, has received a top award recognizing trip leaders who consistently represent the highest standards of consumer service at REI Adventures

and for creating a truly unforgettable travel experience for members.

The top guides for 2013, of which Gates is one, included guides from Greece, Croatia, Vietnam, Italy and the United States. Gates, of Charleston, S.C., earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Charleston.

We had the unique pleasure of meeting Tom Stewart, the brother of our former Mayor Bob Stewart, who was in town from Connecticut for the weekend to help Bob celebrate his birthday.

As charming a gentleman as our mayor, we met at the Hotel Indigo having lunch while there to look over the latest exhibit by Columbus Museum of Art & Design. He was sporting a very dashing topcoat, which we admired and were told that it had

been purchased while traveling in England.

The gallery at Hotel Indigo special exhibit is “Paul Rand: The Columbus Connection” through April 15.

Paul Rand was one of the most famous designers of the 20th century. The panels featured depict a portion of his connection to Columbus, with numerous iconic designs for annual reports, logos and brands that connect our city to the international design world.

This is a rare and interesting exhibit, thanks to the donation of this collection by Randy Tucker.

Tri Kappa Associates group met in March at Four Seasons. Natalie Roll was chairman. The theme of the luncheon was St. Patrick’s Day. The decorations included green sprinkles on the table and shamrocks on green St. Patrick hats.

After the luncheon, the business meeting was called to order by Vice President Toots Henderson followed by bridge playing for members who chose to stay.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Columbus Unit will have their annual meeting and style show at Harrison Lake Country Club on April 24.

This will be open to members and guests. The goal of this group is to send all fifth-grade Bartholomew County students to Indianapolis to hear an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Discovery Concert.

If you would like to become a member of this organization, call Diane Funkhauser at 371-0324.

Mill Race Center is swinging into gear with some great programs. A first-time venture will be for IUPUI Women’s Study Class, taught by Professor Aimee Zoeller, to provide hands-on volunteer program experience for students alongside Mill Race Center and Just Friends Adult Day Service Members.

We had some of the students in our class of Body Motion with leader Wilna Braun.

Also, the film “Fleeced “ is playing April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at YES Cinema — a must see! Be sure and check out the yummy Chicken & Cornbread casserole recipe on Page 23 of the “Alive” Mill Race Center publication.

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