By Joyce Mueller
There was a “hint of green” on Monday. Those attending Evergreen Outreach enjoyed participating in the St. Patrick’s Day program. Donna Smith was at the piano, accompanied by Jerry Brugoto on his guitar, as they entertained with Irish songs.
The Rev. Jim Fackler, assisted by Genelle Hachat, led the group in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs, as volunteers served refreshments of cookies, iced tea, water and coffee.
He continued with facts regarding the amazing life of Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick. He was of German descent, with blonde hair and blue eyes, although he lived in Britain.
At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and be came a slave tending sheep for six years. He escaped and sailed to France to study to be a priest. He returned to Ireland as a bishop, and founded more than 300 churches. He died a martyr on March 17, 461 A.D.
Fackler spoke of the shamrock planted by St. Patrick, and how the green leaves represent the Holy Trinity.
Marie Sutton led everyone in singing, “Tura Lura Lura,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose.”
Birthday this week include: Mary Woolsey, 14th; Carl Rhodes, 15th; Randy Schukar, 16th; and Pat Rhodes, 18th.
On stage, Jerry Brugoto continued the program with a variety of favorites: “King of the Road,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Fulsom Prison Blues,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
He concluded with two of his own compositions, “Old Bessie Always Got Me Where I Wanted to Go” and “One Big Monster Mushroom.”
Pinochle results at table No. 1 were: John Hunsley and Wolf Schlicht won two games while Peggy Lippold and Shirley Locke won one. At table No. 2, Ruth Ann Scott and Richard Kruenegel won two games while Jill Zimmer and Mary Woolsey didn't win any.
Scheduled next week are: leader, Beverly Hood; pianist, Sandy Dothager; scripture, Carl Rhodes; writer, Pat Rhodes; and entertainment, Judy Varga and Randy Schukar.
A final note: I was in a bookstore recently and saw a plaque which read, “Wag your tail and the world wags with you. Howl and you get put outside.”
CARPE DIEM (seize the day).