Friends of Rippey Dedicates Gift of Carson's Piano December 5, 2015

Friends of Rippey welcomed an appreciative crowd at their annual Calendar Day Breakfast that coincides with the calendar day appreciation held at the two banks each year. By the well-filled plates of breakfast casserole, fruit, and cinnamon rolls, it appeared everyone was enjoying the food and visiting with friends, some who hadn’t seen each other for a while.

The room was decorated by our own Christmas Elf, Maralynn Rinker and added a festive feel to the morning.

 A special happening during the morning for the Friends of Rippey was when they were honored to accept from Betty Lint, the personal piano of her late husband, Carson Griffith, for the Rippey Community Room.  What a wonderful gift for the Rippey musicians!!

 

Carson's Piano

Pictured are Dale Hanaman, Betty Lint and Midge Vannatta at Carson’s piano.

 
 

The dedication plaque reads:

Carson Griffith
June 10, 1935 - November 28, 2012
His personal piano given by his wife and daughters
to the Friends of Rippey November 28, 2015
Musician extraordinaire, music teacher, entertainer
Shared many talents and gifts
Left a long legacy

 

 
  Midge Vannatta playing  
  Midge Vannatta provided Christmas music during the morning, with impromptu sing-a-longs every so often.  There’s just something uplifting about a group singing their favorite carols. She is pictured with her granddaughter, Jenn and great-grandson, Weston.  
  Rippey's Claus  
  Rippey Fire Chief, Pete Johnson, delivered Santa and Mrs. Claus in the fire truck. (Also known as Kevin and Mary Ann Hick) They listened to the children and handed out treats provided by the Rippey Lions Club.   
  Ornament Table  
 

There was a table set up for the kids to make a Christmas ornament to take home, with Toni Roberts and Marilyn Stagg helping with this project.

Riley Ovenshire, who was visiting his grandmother, Connie Neese, drew out the names for the winners of the variety packs of meat put together by Fareway in Perry and donated by the Peoples Bank and David and Carol John.  The winners were, Jack Teagarden of Grand Junction, Milton Grotse and David Wells, of Rippey.

The Friends of Rippey sends a thank you to those who came to help make it a great morning and wish all our friends a happy and healthy holiday season.