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Gladbrook Auxiliary hosts Thanksgiving Party at Westbrook

November 11, 2011
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The Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary hosted a Thanksgiving Party for residents of Westbrook Acres on Mon., Nov. 7th. Community Service Chairman Karen Pieper welcomed  the residents and the program started with a skit entitled “The First Thanksgiving”.  Activity Director Michele Wegner played the part of  a pilgrim and Karen stated that Michele was in her kindergarten class “several” years ago and did the same skit. The residents really enjoyed playing Turkey Bingo. For the craft each resident made a turkey out of an apple. Colored toothpicks were used for the feathers. The program ended with  a Thanksgiving word scramble game.  All residents picked out a prize. Refreshments of a variety of sandwiches and bars were served on Thanksgiving plates and napkins. Each resident received a bag of Thanksgiving Day mix signifying: The Bugles are a symbol of the cornucopia, a horn of plenty. The Pretzels represent arms folded in thanks and prayer. The Candy Corn reminds us that during the first winter, the pilgrims were allowed only give kernels of corn per day because food was scarce. The Fruit (orange slices in this case) is a reminder that Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest. The Peanuts represent seeds, the potential of the bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended. Happy Thanksgiving. Participating in the “The First Thanksgiving” skit were: Auxiliary President Jeanne Paustian, the King, Beth Brubaker, Marilyn Peters, and Michele Wegner, pilgrims, and narrator Karen Pieper. The residents are enjoying playing bingo and listening to the play.

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