Well, well, well. Where did 2017 go? The years really do pass by so quickly, don't they? But there's still a bit of 2017 left — maybe the best part — with holiday celebrations galore and all sorts of special activities for our residents to enjoy.
Early this month, we'll hold a toy drive for children in need, in cooperation with The Caring Place. The ornaments on the mantle in the Club Room list the gifts that are needed. If you'd like to contribute this holiday, please considering purchasing and donating a gift or two.
Here's the skinny on everything else happening in December here at Deupree House:
Friday, Dec. 1
Card game. We play bridge this and every Friday in the Club Room. Come down and play a few hands with us, neighbor!
Cocktail hour. Come to the Club Room this afternoon for an open bar, holiday happy hour, courtesy of the Home Care Assistance team, who provide our Enriched Living program.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Group outing. Tonight, we're heading down to Music Hall for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's presentation, Andrey Boreyko conducts Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring music by Stravinsky, Arutunian and Mussorgsky.
Movie night. It’s Saturday Cinema night! Come down to the Event Center for our first movie of the month, the 1942 classic drama Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Birthday celebration for Wally Mcauley. Wally Macauley’s family invites all Deupree residents to the Event Center this afternoon to celebrate his 96th birthday!
Singer Kristen Kreft (from Cincinnati band The Perfect Children) and local jazz-and-boogie-woogie piano luminary Ricky Nye will perform a musical tribute to Rosemary Clooney, and we'll enjoy cupcakes and root beer floats in Wally's honor.
Monday, Dec. 4
Concert. Another local jazz legend will grace Deupree House this month. Tonight, in the Event Center, Phil DeGreg and his special guest Joe Lukasik will perform Dixieland music, Benny Goodman and Fats Waller hits, and all your Christmas requests!
Tuesday, Dec. 5
The Caring Place holiday toy drive. Today is our toy drive collection day for The Caring Place. If you purchased a gift for a child in need, please bring it — unwrapped — to the Club Room this afternoon.
Trivia Tuesday. Gather your Deupree House neighbors and smartest friends and meet us in the Conference Room. We play for prizes, bragging rights and laughs every first and third Tuesday afternoon!
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Art show opening and reception. This month, our featured artist is Grace Haggert. Come meet her this afternoon at her show's opening reception in the Dining Room.
Movie night. This week, in the Event Center, we'll hold a special, two-night film engagement: Ben Hur, starring Charlton Heston. Come watch Act I tonight!
Thursday, Dec. 7
Deupree House remembers Pearl Harbor Day.
Movie night. Our special, two-part classic film screening concludes tonight, in the Event Center, with Act II of Ben Hur.
Friday, Dec. 8
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Podiatrist visit. Dr. Adams will be in the Salon today for foot checkups and orthotic fittings.
Group outing. Tonight, we'll attend “O Holy Night: A Classical Christmas,” featuring a full orchestra and a performance by operatic tenor Marco Panuccio, at downtown's Covenant First Presbyterian Church. Tickets to the concert are $25; please turn in your money to Life Enrichment by Dec. 1.
Group outing. Deupree jazz lovers should mark their calendars to attend tonight's Xavier Swing Series performance by Kneebody!
Saturday, Dec. 9
Group outing. This afternoon, we'll attend the Ensemble Theater's matinee performance of its world premiere musical, The Dancing Princesses.
Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. From the creators of last season’s runaway hit Cinderella: After Ever After!
Movie night. Tonight's Saturday Cinema installment is Orson Welles' 1941 opus noir, Citizen Kane, starring himself and Dorothy Comingore.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Computer assistance. Need help figuring out how to operate your new computer, tablet, smart TV, e-reader, or mobile device? Having software issues or outage problems? Do you suspect adware or a virus might be slowing your computer down? No worries! Our volunteer information technician, Ronaldo, can help you (by appointment) every Sunday afternoon between noon and 4 p.m. Check the schedule for available slots.
Worship service. Join us in the Chapel. We meet every Sunday at this time to worship.
Group outing. Love the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra? This afternoon, we're heading downtown for the matinee performance of its 2017 holiday concert!
Monday, Dec. 11
Bible study. Our Bible study group meets every Monday morning at this time in the Private Dining Room.
Concert. We're getting in the holiday spirit tonight in the Event Center. Come listen to the Forest Aires serenade us with Christmas and winter holiday favorites!
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Hanukkah begins at sundown. A blessed holiday to all.
Literary salon. Our resident book club will meet today in the Private Dining Room.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Seamstress visit. Need something altered, mended, or hemmed? Our volunteer seamstress will be in the Art Studio this morning to help you!
Bingo night. It’s time again for everyone’s favorite game! Feeling lucky? Join us in the Event Center every second and fourth Wednesday evening for bingo, prizes and good times with your Deupree House neighbors.
Thursday, Dec. 14
Card games. Fancy a hand or two? Dial up your partner and come play duplicate bridge with us on Thursday afternoons in the Club Room.
Friday, Dec. 15
Group outing. Tonight, we'll attend the Cincinnati Ballet's traditional performance of The Nutcracker, featuring Tchaikovsky's classic score.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Group outing. This morning, we’ll shop at Findlay Market, Cincinnati’s famous Over-the-Rhine grocery and foodie destination.
Movie night. Our third Saturday Cinema event of the month will take place in the Event Center. Tonight, we’re watching director Rob Reiner's 1989 romantic comedy smash, When Harry Met Sally, starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and the late Carrie Fischer.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Dinner outing. Tonight, we'll dine at The Celestial in Mount Adams. On the way home, we'll take in the Christmas lights in scenic Eden Park.
Monday, Dec. 18
Art lessons. Join us this afternoon for Art in the Studio. Get guided lessons from our volunteer art instructor. No experience necessary; all are welcome!
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Christmas carols. This evening, in the Dining Room, carolers from the Church of the Redeemer will regale us with our favorite holiday tunes. Come listen and sing along!
Wednesday, Dec. 20
Hanukkah ends at sundown.
Movie night. To some, a heroic warrior-poet for the modern era. To others, a frightening example of anti-democratic, unhinged authority. To the enemy, a tenacious, ferocious foe. Tonight, we'll watch George C. Scott in his landmark 1970 performance as the tactically-brilliant-but-personally-troubled Patton.
Thursday, Dec. 21
Deupree House holiday party. Today, the staff honors and thanks our Deupree House residents for another wonderful year, and celebrates the joyous season. Don’t miss our annual holiday extravaganza in the Club Room!
Friday, Dec. 22
5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Deupree House holiday dinner. This evening, our Dining Services team invites Deupree House residents and their family and friends to its special holiday feast! Our first seating takes place at 5; the second seating is at 6:30.
Group outing. Tonight, a group of us will attend the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's comedic performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).
Saturday, Dec. 23
Movie night. It’s time again for Saturday Cinema! Come down to the Event Center and remember that, really, It's a Wonderful Life. We'll relive Frank Capra's gorgeous 1946 tale about how one kind and altruistic everyman can mean the difference between light times and dark. Starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers and a who's-who cast of classic Hollywood character actors.
Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve worship service. This afternoon, join us for our special holiday service in the Chapel.
Monday, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas to all our residents, family caregivers and Deupree House staff members!
*Please note: Transportation and Dining Services are unavailable today, as our team members spend the holiday with their families.
Tuesday, Dec. 26
Group outing. Don't take down that stocking just yet; our holiday isn't over! This Boxing Day evening, we'll load up the ERS bus and head over to see Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island, where we'll marvel at larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels, all constructed out of millions of lights. Admission is $5; please turn in your money to Life Enrichment by Dec. 18, if you plan to attend.
Wednesday, Dec. 27
Group outing. Join us on a guided tour of the Taft Museum of Art's annual holiday display of antique ornaments, decorations and toys.
This year, you'll see toys Santa might have left you in years gone by: a jack-in-the-box display, a vintage Lionel toy train set and dancing, antique dolls. Festive decorations include a miniature lighted village of German houses, a heavenly arrangement of angels, a German table-top chandelier, and feather trees.
Admission is $12/person and due to Life Enrichment by Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Friday, Dec. 29
Card games. Come to the Club Room this wintry afternoon for a friendly, quiet game of bridge with your Deupree House neighbors and friends.
Saturday, Dec. 30
Group outing. This afternoon, we'll attend the Boars Head & Yule Log Festival at Christ Church Cathedral downtown! We have 11 complimentary tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Movie night. Tonight, in the Event Center, it’s the last Saturday Cinema screening of the month! We’ll sing along with The Sound of Music, starring the inimitable Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
Sunday, Dec. 31
Happy New Year, Deupree House!
New Year's Eve celebration. Here’s to a great 2018! Episcopal Retirement Services and all the staff here at Deupree House wish our residents, their family and friends continued blessings in the coming year. This evening, we'll celebrate the New Year in the Club Room.