Because we can’t go on any trips this year, I will be putting some websites here in our column for those who have a computer. You will be able to take virtual tours or at least have some entertainment. This week it’s all about entertainment. You need to go to YouTube.com and check out “Michael Flatley’s Greatest Moments in Irish Dance” and for a real laugh check out “Longest Time Quarantine Edition” and Quarantine (A “Dancing Queen” Parody). I hope you enjoy these.
THE HENRY FORD MUSEUM AND GREENFIELD VILLAGE
“I’m going to start up a museum and give people a true picture of the development of the country.” –Henry Ford
Ford kept his promise and created a multi-acre complex of living history in Dearborn, Michigan. (www.thehenryford.org/visit/henry-ford-museum). It opened in 1929 and began with Ford’s own first car. Steam engines, an early printing press, horse carts, airplanes, farm machinery, domestic devices including a coil-topped refrigerator from 1930, and 1880’s bicycles are all in the museum. Next door is Greenfield Village(www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village). Ford gathered buildings from the many corners of our nation to show how both famous and ordinary folks used to live. Artisans from glassblowers to candle makers demonstrate their skills. Visitors can glimpse the birth of American industries—a silk factory, sawmill, machine shop, and more. There is a one-room schoolhouse and the court house in which Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Thomas Edison’s first laboratory is here where he perfected the light bulb, as well as the Ohio home of Wilbur and Orville Wright with their shop. Noah Webster’s Connecticut home where he compiled his famous dictionary is also on the grounds. Also in Dearborn, MI at 4901 Evergreen Rd. is Fair Lane (www.henryfordfairlane.org), the last and largest of the great industrialist’s homes. By the time it was completed, the 56-room mansion cost more than $2 million. This was reprinted with permission from Creative Forecasting.
Can you take a step to your right, left, front, and back? Can you lift one foot off the ground for a small kick? Can you clap your hands? Then you need to attend the easy line dancing party at the Parsons Senior Center the week of September 14th to the 18th. That week is National Line Dancing Week. Our target date is Wednesday, September 16th at 10:30 a.m. Rain date will be the 18th. This is open to anyone 60 years or older. We would love to be able to fill the parking lot (of course with 6 foot social distancing) with seniors for a fun time. We would be very pleased if some seniors that never attend our Center and activities to come join us. This will be a great way to get out of the house, meet some new people, and have a good time. This will last for approximately 30 to 45 minutes then we will be handing out a lunch for you to take home. Hope you can come.