In the neighborhood

Dec. 5, 2017

Rippey library – Librarian Shawneene Kenan invites residents to come for a Jingle Mingle on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Hot cocoa and Christmas cookies will be served. Candy canes will be handed out and games will be played. Prizes will be given for the “ugliest” Christmas sweater worn and best awkward family photos.
Rippey Lions Club will meet for its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, with the Christmas potluck at 7 pm at the Rippey United Methodist Church. Mark and Cindy Devilbiss are coordinators for the meal and Maralynn and Myron Rinker are in charge of the program.

Rippey United Methodist Church

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Choir practice at 7 pm
Thursday, Dec. 7 – Rippey Ladies Aid meets at 2 pm

Sharon Ulrich and Jean Borgeson enjoyed the Lori Line Christmas concert at the Perry Fine Arts Center on Monday. It was a great way to open the Christmas season.

Doris Brown joined her son and daughter-in-law Ron and Kathy Brown and their two granddaughters Jaycee and Jasmnine, and their cousin Isabella Craig of Sioux City, in Des Moines to view the Jolly Holliday Lights Friday evening. Doris reported it was very beautiful and it was fun listening to the girls’ reactions.

She joined Jean Borgeson on Saturday for a visit with Eleanor Whiton at the Rowley Home in Perry. Eleanor enjoys visiting and her quick wit and laughter always makes a visit fun. She turned 97 on Aug. 4. For Jean, the best part of any visit between those two ladies is listening to their memories of growing up in Rippey.

Holiday music recital – The music students of Janice Johnston performed to an appreciative crowd of 52 relatives and friends on Sunday. The Rippey Community Room and library building was decorated for the season and Midge Vannatta was playing Christmas music before the program started to the audience in the Christmas spirit.

Eight students performed on the piano, violin, saxophone, some with Janice accompanying or playing a duet with them. The performers included Joshuah Sparks, Summer South, Tessa Fisher-Kern, Taylor Lawrence, Keegan Lawrence, Daniel Cervany, JoAllyn Roe, and Ethan Hooper. The evening concluded with a sing-a-long with Midge again, accompanying the group.

Janice thanked those who assisted, including Maralynn Rinker who decorated the tree and Connie Neese, who assisted in the kitchen with Ned Johnston.

She also shared the history of the piano that was given to the building by the family of Carson Griffith on Dec. 5, 2015. Betty Griffith and her husband Jack Lint, as well as Chad and Kelley (Griffith) Bruns were in attendance, also. If there was a prize for attending from the farthest, Chad and Kelley would have won, as they live in Montana and were visiting Iowa for a few days. This evening was a treat for them, as well.

It always is an enjoyable experience watching and listening to the kids do their best, as they perform in front of an audience. Janice deserves credit for making them feel comfortable and stayed by their side, supporting them as they performed. A lot of us listening were remembering our own recitals or solo contests. Most of us never did overcome that feeling of terror, preferring to play or sing with a group. It is much easier on the nerves.

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