JUNE     2019




June 2019      Lifestyle 360 theme: Staying Strong

Our theme this month is “Staying Strong?” What does staying strong mean to you? There are so many ways of staying strong – physically, of course, but also mentally and emotionally. From childhood we are told “Every struggle makes you stronger” as we strive for a place on the baseball team, stand up to a bully, or struggle to pass geometry. By the time we’ve had enough birthdays to be called ‘senior citizens” we know that recovering from a broken hip or mourning the loss of a loved one  requires far more strength than a cliche on a get well or sympathy card.  It requires “staying strong.” 



June 26, 2019      Athens: Civic Buildings

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Athens at the height of the classical period. The central images are the are the civic buildings on the Acropolis, the hill rising above the Agora in the center of the city – buildings for governing, public worship, and markets. These were constructed at the end of the fifth century BCE  after the Persian sack of Athens. The city is believed to have had a population of about 120,000 at the time. The Agora was  an open space ringed by long buildings with space for shops and water fountains for filling water jugs, similar in form to a modern shopping center The most prominent building on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, a massive temple of Doric columns crowned by a panoramic frieze 525  long and three feet high.



June 27, 2019     Shopping: Tuttle Mall

This afternoon our bus will take anyone interested to Tuttle Mall for shopping. It’s a good time for sales and not too soon for a spring preview. This two-story enclosed mall is anchored by major department stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears. Over one hundred specialty stores offer men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories, bedding and furnishings, toys, books, electronic goods, and more. For a detailed store directory go to: http://www.simon.com/mall/the-mall-at-tuttle-crossing



June  27, 2019        Johnny Steiner Concert

This evening we’re delighted to welcome back Forum favorite, Johnny Steiner – performer, conductor, teacher, composer. A week after his annual concert at his alma mater, Otterbein University, whose theme this year is ‘Signature,’ we expect a variety of signature songs from his favorite vocalists. Johnny has recently added to his conducting resume becoming the Artistic and Music Director for Vaud-Villities and director of four adult choirs and two children’s choirs at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville. He has made six digital recordings and maintains a roster of twenty-five students weekly at Johnny Steiner Voice Studio. Read more about this musician extraordinaire on his website http://www.johnnysteiner.com




June 28, 2019     Concert: Double Play

This evening we are fortunate to have Amy Ridings and Patrick Sciannella back with us with their unique musical repertoire. This couple from Farmington Hills, Michigan are celebrating their 29th season as the “world’s only full-time professional flute and tuba duo.” Amy graduated from Oberln Conservatory and Patrick from the Eastman School of Music. They have performed in forty-five states plus the District of Columbia and Mexico. We’re so glad they include us on their busy schedule.




June 29, 2019      Saturday Matinee: Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 musical fantasy based on the books by P. L. Travers, and a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins. Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles. Set in 1930s London, twenty-four years after the events of the original film, the film sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning one year after a family tragedy.  The film won numerous nominations for awards including four Golden  Globes and four Academy Awards. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_Returns




July 2019     Lifestyle 360 Theme: Farm to Fork

Summer in central Ohio is the perfect time to emphasize food  prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Local farmer’s markets are piled high with freshly harvested vegetables such as tomatoes and corn on the cob. But Farm to Fork in Ohio is much broader than vegetables because our state is well known for meat and dairy products of many varieties. This theme would actually be appropriate year-round and apply to our breakfast eggs and bacon as well as our dinner desserts of apple dumplings with a dip of ice cream. We can find them all close by and knowing that fresher is better or chefs are trying to source locally as much as possible.



July 1, 2019        Monday Movie: Babe

This 1995 comedy-drama was filmed in Australia. It tells the fantasy story of Babe, the piglet that farmer, Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins in a contest at the county fair. Raised with a couple of Border Collies, Babe decides he wants to become a sheepdog too and practices on a group of chickens. There are many complications but he does eventually win a trophy for his sheep herding success. Forty-eight different pigs played Babe during the course of the film. It was popular with the public and was nominated for eight Oscars and won a Golden Globe as Best Picture. The film sparked interest in vegetarian diets when it was released in the United States.  For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKcFSeyYoLg




July 2, 2019     Flower Arranging with Michele DeSantis

Michele DeSantis of DeSantis Florists on Kenny Rd. will be back this afternoon with fresh flowers for those who sign up to make an arrangement for their apartment or to give to a friend. She’s an expert and patient teacher who will help you create an arrangement you will enjoy or be proud to share.







July 2, 2019      Mark Gaskill: A Patriotic Parade of Songs

Guitarist/vocalist Mark Gaskill with a hit parade of  patriotic songs. Mark’s music  is deeply rooted in Americana, with strands of rock, pop, country, folk and bluegrass. From 1992 to 2005, Mark was the guitarist and lead singer for One Riot One Ranger, an internationally acclaimed acoustic country and bluegrass band. He also sings in the bass section of the Columbus Symphony Chorus. We’re happy to welcome him back to get us in the mood for the 4th of July.




July 3, 2019       Great Courses: Athens Residential Architecture

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Athens’ residential buildings. Many homes had walls of sun-dried clay bricks filled with straw or seaweed, covered with clay plaster, and thatch roofs. Larger houses for the wealthy were built of stone and plastered, roofed with tile, and often had mosaic floors. Many houses had a wide central passage that opened onto a courtyard which admitted light and air.  Shops were sometimes located in the rooms towards the street, but city houses were inward-facing, with rooms opening onto the central courtyard, rather than the street.




July 4, 2019      Happy 4th of July – Buffet Lunch, Bingo with Judy,

Movie Special: Miracles From Heaven

Happy  4th of July and welcome to our patriotic buffet lunch followed by holiday bingo with Judy and a special treat. This even our holiday movie special will be Miracles From Heaven, a 2016  Christian drama based on a true story. Kylie Rogers stars as a 10-year-old girl from Texas who has emergency surgery for an abdominal blockage. The surgery was a success but she is left with a psychological problem and unable to eat without a feeding tube.  Her mother (Jennifer Garner) becomes her advocate and they fly to Boston to consult a specialist. While climbing a tree in a friend’s yard, a limb breaks and she falls thirty feet to the ground. She is seriously hurt but recovers and is miraculously able to eat again. For more detaills, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles_from_Heaven_(film)

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July 5, 2019       Better Balance With Adam

This afternoon Forum physical therapist, Adam Williford will be focusing on our balance. We’ve all heard, “Use it or lose it,” and that is certainly true of our muscles. Adam practices what he preaches as a professional dancer and as the owner of a dozen or so pets (his wife is a vet) including more than one active dog.  He provides monthly balance checks and will suggest some exercise tips to help us strengthen those muscles that keep us from falling.





July 6, 2019     Saturday Matinee: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This 1961 classic romantic comedy stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly of Truman Capote’s novel of the same title.  Holly is an eccentric, but naive, cafe society girl who supports herself taking messages to an imprisoned mobster who is gambling from prison. She breakfasts on a sweet roll in front of Tiffany’s window gazing longingly at the jewels. George Peppard stars as her new neighbor in the next apartment, a writer struggling with writer’s block who falls in love with her. Buddy Ebsen, Micky Rooney and  Patricia Neal are among other well know actors play supporting roles in Holley’s circle of friends. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Hepburn for Best Actress but won only an Oscar for Henry Mancini’s Moon River as Best Original Song. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakfast_at_Tiffany%27s_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJJvjGKhscA



July 8, 2019      Trip to Velvet Ice Cream Company at Utica

Today we’ll be boarding our bus for a trip to Utica for lunch at the Velvet Ice Cream restaurant and a tour of their factory. The Forum serves Velvet ice cream so we already know it is delicious. This 105 year old family business was started by immigrant Joseph Dager in 1914 and two of his great- granddaughters are President and Vice-Present today with their father Chairman of the Board. The company’s headquarters is the site of a historic 1817 grist mill on the southern edge of Utica. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1987  and now houses the factory, restaurant, gift shop and surrounding picnic grounds.



July 8, 2019      Monday Movie: Flicka

Today’s film is the  2006 adventure drama based on the 1941 children’s novel “My Friend Flicka,” which spawned a 1943 movie and 1965  TV series. This 21st century version stars Alison Loman as the daughter of a Wyoming rancher who dreams of one day running the ranch. She tames a wild mustang and names her Flicka but her father is determined that his son will inherit the ranch and sells Flicka to a rodeo. The son confronts his father about not wanting to be a rancher and brother and sister  enter the rodeo to win Flicka back. They manage to escape with Flicka but are caught in a storm and attacked by a mountain lion before reaching home and finally a happy ending. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flicka  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwybqZxdsts



July 10, 2019        Great Courses: Miletus & Ephesus

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Miletus and Ephesus, port cities on the western coast of Turkey that had Greek origins. Miletus  traces its history to the Bronze Age and the influence of Minoan immigrants from Crete. Its well preserved theatre reveals the early wealth of the city. The port city of Ephesus, likewise now in Turkey, traces its Greek heritage to the 10th century BC and its temple to the Greek goddess Artemis, no longer standing. Many of its best archaeological ruins today are from its Roman era around the first century AD. Its theatre seated 25,000  spectators and its Library of Celsus contained 12,000 scrolls.



July 10, 2019      Farm Heritage Day

Today in honor of our July theme “Farm to Fork” our dining staff and a couple of  local farmers will illustrate the theme. In the lobby we’ll have a farm market selling fresh vegetables as well as jams and honey. Under our portico we’ll be visited by some small farm animals such as rabbits, chickens, and pigs or goats while we are entertained by dulcimer player Ray Brooks. Sounds like a fun time to invite our great-grandchildren.


Our dining staff will be preparing a special menu featuring all fresh locally grown products. It will be a great time to invite family members or friends

Soup: Chilled Ohio Blueberry Soup

Salad: Ohio Heirloom Tomato and Basil Salad

Choice of Entrees:  Ohio Beef Short Ribs    —   Herb Roasted Free Range Chicken   —   Pan-fried Corn Meal Crusted Lake Erie Walleye

Choice of Sides:  Sauteed Garden Vegetable Blend   —  Grilled Corn with Lemon Thyme Butter   —   Local Shagbark Farms Organic Coarse Grits with Cheddar Cheese

Dessert: Cherry Pie  with Vanilla Ice Cream



 July 11, 2019       Fused Glass Pendants: Artist Brenda Mason

Many of us have admired the fused glass pendants that resident Norma Butcher wears. She made them herself and learned how from artist Brenda Mason who graduated from Ohio State who teaches a variety of art classes at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center and the Gahanna bead studio. Today Brenda will be here offering a workshop for residents who sign up. She will provide all supplies to create three pendants for $25, will bake them in her oven, attach bales for a necklace and return the finished products. This is beautiful jewelry you will be proud to wear or give to a family member or friend.



July 13, 2019      Saturday Matinee: Clear and Present Danger

This 1994 spy thriller is based on Tom Clancy’s novel by the same title. Harrison Ford stars as the CIA official who arrives in Columbia to investigate the murder of a US businessman, a friend of the president, and his family. The man was skimming funds from a drug cartel and Ford’s character soon finds that some of his colleagues, a black operations team sent by the president to destroy the cartel, are keeping information from him. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_and_Present_Danger_(film)   To view the movie trailer, go to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNzWYVWfRIc

July 13, 2019       Happy Hour with Wilma Snyder

Pianist Wilma Snyder is  becoming one of our favorite Happy Hour entertainers. She knows the music of ‘our era’ and played many of our favorites. She doesn’t advertise her talents but focuses primarily on senior living communities. We’ll look forward to having her back.








July 15, 2019      Monday Movie: Philomena

This 2013 drama tells the true story of a woman who searched for fifty years for the child she was forced to give up to adoption as a baby.  Judi Dench stars as Philomena and Steve Coogan as the London journalist who assists her search and tells her story. Sent to an Irish convent by her father when she becomes pregnant as an unwed teenager, Philomena is forced to work in the convent laundry and the baby is taken from her and adopted without her knowledge or consent. Searching for him with a journalist’s help, they find that such babies were usually sold to wealthy Americans. They eventually his adopted name and that he held high positions in the US government, but died of aids. They discover that he returned to Ireland searching for his mother, but was told she abandoned him and they had lost touch with her. The film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture and Judi Dench as best actress. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philomena_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG3QP8foCvg



July 15, 2019       Shopping Trip: WalgreensThe second largest pharmacy chain in the United States advertises themselves as being “At the corner of Happy and Healthy.” Actually Walgreens is just down the street at the corner of Henderson and Kenny Rds. and they deliver prescriptions to the Forum every Monday.  They are a source of over-the-counter medicines as well as medical equipment from canes to walkers to humidifiers. But they are far more than a drug store, carrying basic foods such as milk, or snacks and even wine. They have a large selection of cosmetic and bath supplies, gift cards and note papers, and can develop your digital photos. Need toothpaste, toilet paper or laundry soap? Convenience is nearby.



July 17, 2019    Great Courses: Olynthus, a Classical Greek City

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features the preserved ruins of the ancient city of Olynthus in northern Greece.  This classical city was established on a large hill and to its eastern slope. The excavations, which cover only 1/10 of the city’s total area, have revealed a Hippodamiangrid plan. Two large avenues 7 meters wide, with vertical and horizontal streets on either side divided the urban area into city blocks. Each had ten houses with two floors and a paved yard. Rich villas that were excavated in the aristocratic suburb of the city located on the eastern part of the hill contain some of the earliest floor mosaics in Greek art.



July  18, 2019      Concert: Trombones Plus with Ali  RyersonThe first of our summer concerts under  the portico this year tonight will feature Trombones Plus together with internationally known flautist Ali Ryerson. She visits Columbus relatives each summer and we’re fortunate to have her on our schedule. This jazz ensemble features five trombones, plus piano, bass and drums. It was formed in the 1970s by a group of former OSU Marching Band members and although the group has changed over the years this continues to be a source of new members as others retire or move from central Ohio. Enjoy an evening of easy listening jazz and patriotic tunes.


July  19, 2019      Dean Martin Variety Show

There’s nothing like a good laugh to chase the blues away on a rainy day or have a good excuse to escape into the air conditioning on a sizzling one. Dean Martin knew that back in the 50s and 60s and thanks to the Valentino’s who are sharing their DVD collection, we’re showing some of his best variety shows. Come this afternoon and join the fun.








July 19, 2019      Sharon Woods: Picnic and Tram Ride

Today we have the opportunity to visit Sharon Woods Metro Park for a picnic box lunch from our dining staff and a ride through the park on the Metro Parks tram.  Sharon Woods Metro Park is a mixture of forests and fields with towering oak, hickory and beech trees and the eleven-acre Shrock lake home to a variety of waterfowl, turtles and fish. Tucked inside the 761-acre park is the Edward Thomas Nature Preserve, named for the renowned Ohio naturalist who was one of the founders of the park system.




July 20, 2019        Saturday Matinee: Crocodile Dundee

This action comedy was the Australian film industry’s first worldwide blockbuster. Paul Hogan stars as the title character, Crocodile Dundee, and Linda Kozlowski as the New York reporter who falls in love with him. She travels to Australia to develop a feature story on an Australian crocodile hunter who lost a leg to a crocodile but crawled many miles to safety. She arrives to find many of the stories were exaggerated, but stays long enough to go into the outback and find some excellent true stories. They begin to be attracted to each other and she invites him back to NYC at the paper’s expense to complete the story. She accepts a proposal from her NYC boyfriend and Dundee is so upset he goes on “Walkabout” in the strange city and has some hilarious adventures before it all ends happily with them together. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_Dundee    To view the trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rijQ5oBFlO0




July 22, 2019      Monday Movie: The Little Princess

This 1995 drama is the story of a  young girl (Liesel Matthews) living with her aristocratic widowed father (Liam Cunninngham) in India when he enlists as a British officer in World War I. He enrolls her in an elite boarding school in New York City, setting her up like a young  princess in a special suite. When word is received that he was killed in combat, the cruel headmistress (Eleanor Born) reduces her to servitude, taking all of her belongings and sending her to a room in the attic where she becomes friends with a servant girl (Vanessa Lee Chester) living in the attic. Word is received that her father actually was not killed but was seriously injured and is suffering from amnesia and being brought to see his daughter. At first he does not recognize her and the headmistress calls the police as his daughter talks to him about her childhood to help him remember. Before the police can take him away, he remembers, and ultimately gains retribution by getting the headmistress reduced to a chimney sweep.  For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Princess_(1995_film)  To view the trailer, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIzcufyDA4g



July 22, 2019      Dinner out at Lindey’s in German Village

This evening a group of us will be going out to dinner at Lindey’s in German Village, consistently voted one of the top ten restaurants in Columbus. Lindey’s traces its history to 1981 when Sue Doody, a divorced mother of four children and a catering business in her home, opened the restaurant with her sons Rick and Chris. The boys have gone on to operate their own restaurants but after their mother’s recent death they are again involved with Lindey’s. Today is the final day of Restaurant Week in Columbus so to see Lindey’s special dinner menu go to: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/4085ce_64e2e0027fd845eea75fd1e6f31e1a21.pdf They have a beautiful patio, and if the weather cooperates, we hope to get a spot there.



July 24, 2019      Great Courses: Alexandria, Egypt

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. Alexandria was founded around the small, ancient Egyptian town of Rhacotis c. 332 BC by Alexander the Great, king of Macedon and leader of the Greek League of Corinth, during his conquest of the Achaemenid Empire. Alexandria became an important port center of Hellenistic civilization and remained the capital of Ptolemaic, Roman and Byzantine Egypt for almost 1,000 years, until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in AD 641. Hellenistic Alexandria was best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and its Great Library, the largest in the ancient world estimated to have 40,000 to 400,000 papyrus scrolls at its height.



July 25, 2019        Shopping: Tuttle Mall

This afternoon our bus will take anyone interested to Tuttle Mall for shopping. It’s a good time for summer sales and not too soon for a fall preview. This two-story enclosed mall is anchored by major department stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears. Over one hundred specialty stores offer men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories, bedding and furnishings, toys, books, electronic goods, and more. For a detailed store directory go to: http://www.simon.com/mall/the-mall-at-tuttle-crossing




July 25, 2019       Concert: Guitarist and Folk Singer Bill Cohen

One of our favorite vocalists, folksinger Bill Cohen, returns this evening with a program of John Denver songs. After retiring as state house reporter for National Public Radio, Bill Cohen picked up his guitar and returned full time to the music and activism of the 1960’s when he was a student at Northwestern University. Since then he’s raised thousands of dollars for local causes such as Habitat For Humanity, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, and various churches with commitments to poor people in countries such as Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Bill  truly believes music is a universal language and we’re delighted to have him back with us.



July 26, 2019      Saturday Matinee: Great Expectations

This film is a 1998 contemporary adaptation of Dicken’s novel set in 1990’s New York City. Ethan Hawke stars as Finn, an orphan boy growing up in Florida who is one day kidnapped by an escaped convict (Robert de Niro) who forces him to bring him supplies until the police rescue him and capture the convict. His brother-in-law gardens for a wealthy woman (Anne Bancroft) while Finn tags along and sketches her niece (Gwyneth Paltrow). Years later Finn has become a talented painter when he is approached by a lawyer for a New York gallery owner offering him a showing. In New York, all the stray threads from his childhood reappear for an unexpected  ending. For more details, go to:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Expectations_(1998_film)   To view the trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_slwSCPtiLM                                                                                       .



July 26, 2019    Happy Hour with Cathi Aldrich

The Forum’s favorite Happy Hour pianist, Cathi Aldrich, will be back tonight playing requests. Cathi has long been the rehearsal pianist for Ballet Met as well as an experienced lounge musician admired throughout the Columbus area. So far we’ve never requested a song she didn’t know from memory. Welcome back, Cathi







July 29, 2019      Monday Movie: My Week with Marilyn

This 2011 drama focuses on a week in London during the shooting of the 1957 film “The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. Michelle Williams stars as Marilyn Monroe and won a Golden Globe for best actress. Kenneth Branagh stars as Olivier. Eddie Redmayne stars as a recent college graduate working his first film and assigned to escort Marilyn around London after her husband Arthur Miller returned to the US. He tends her many needs and defends her when she is late for shooting and has trouble learning her lines. He becomes infatuated by her and she flirts with him and breaks his heart a bit. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Week_with_Marilyn  To view the trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6502KcCgN-Y




July 29, 2019  Concert Under the Portico: Worthington Civic Band

This evening we welcome back the Worthington Civic Band who join us each year for a concert under our front portico. This band was formed in 1973 and is sponsored by the Worthington Department of Parks and Recreation. Their diverse membership includes musicians with a variety of backgrounds from 24 to 85 years of age. Their director is Robert Gibson, a trumpet player who  has been a member of the Worthington Civic Band since 1998. Early in his musical career he was a member of the U.S. Marine Drum  and Bugle Corps and later with the 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band. He had a 32 year career as a teacher, retiring from the Dublin City Schools.




July  31, 2019      Great Courses: Pergamon

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World focuses on Pergamon, the great Hellenistic city now in Turkey about 16  miles inland from the Aegean Sea. There is evidence of settlement at the site as early as the 8th century BCE but the city reached its height in the Hellenistic period 281-133 BCE. It is a treasure trove of significant buildings and ongoing archaeological research which began in the latter part of the 19th century to preserve the Agora, temples to major Greek gods, a library second only Alexandria in the ancient world, a theatre that seated 10,000, a Great Altar second only to the Parthenon with a frieze of 113 meters, the largest bridge from ancient times, and a water system capable of serving 200,000 residents.