The Home is enjoying some spectacular weather, but if we don’t get this to Ken Nielsen, there will be a price to pay! So here we go.
The sad news is reporting the deaths of three former residents. Sylvia Krupp, a longtime (8 ½ years) hardy Danish resident who moved to Cedar Manor Nursing Home last year, was reported deceased by her daughter Janet Labriola. Sylvia was featured in the Danish Home documentary in 2015 det Danske Hjem. She shared her bright outlook with anyone who walked in the front door of the Home. We have missed her.
Betty Yorburg died two weeks ago. Betty was with us 3 ½ years before moving in May to her granddaughter’s home to be close to her great grandchildren while in hospice care. A retired professor of sociology at CUNY, she was often trying to practice (in the clinical sense) on residents and staff, but we mutually enjoyed each other’s company.
Finally, longtime friend of the Home and resident until the end of 2017, Inger-Marie Tanier died according to daughter Nanna Tanier. Inger and her husband George owned one of the earliest Danish furniture import stores in Manhattan, knew all the designers worth knowing, and her impeccable taste imbued the Home with a cultural aura. (She and this author shared a love for all things Evald Nielsen, a Danish silver designer in the 1920s-1950s.) When Inger moved in, I brought her the Museum of Danish America’s exhibition catalogue Danish Modern. She pointed to the cover and said, “That chair is coming in next.” Forty-five minutes later the chair was in place, and she showed me an ad in the exhibit catalogue (p.30) for their store featuring Hans Wegner’s design.
On the Home front, the courtyard fountain has been parged and is functional, thanks to newest hire Frank Farrell. Frank used to be our printer, and is willing to put his hand in anything.
We are in the process of replacing heating oil tanks-they do have a finite useful life, and better a tad premature than in up to your knees. We are going to spend some time (and money) sorting our various communications systems here as well. By the end of the fall, we will have rebuilt the cottage barn and it the change won’t be believable. We’ll include before and after in the next Beacon.
We had a wonderful visit in July with Torben Nielsen, proprietor of Nielsen Trading out of Texas, exclusive representative for Flensted Mobiles in the US. He and Henrik Dufresne of ByDesign out of Arlington, TX were going to a trade show at Jacob Javits in the city, and had time to come see the Home and visit a customer (namely us!)
We expect the Croton Girl Scouts here in September for their kick off program, and we hope to see them later in the year for an astronomical Star Party; the Home’s skies are quite dark, with 15 miles of reservoir to our north.