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Interesting Events At Warm Springs
A GROUP of diners at the National Patients' Committee Christmas party on the evening of December 23rd, is shown above. This party was arranged and paid for by the Entertainment Group. After dinner, the patients and their friends were entertained by several acts of vaudeville. The performers were: Mr. Bartie, of Columbus, Ga., who gave a black-faced comedian act; a trio of dancers and saxophone players, Julianne and her Buddies, from the studio of Mrs. Senia Solomonoff in Atlanta; Miss Ann Renfroe and Miss Alice Lee, accompanied by Mrs. Renfroe, all from Columbus, Ga.; a Scotch comedian, Mr. John Paterson, of Columbus, Ga.; and a blues singer, Miss Ann Burrell, of Atlanta. A fruit cake, donated by Mrs. Roosevelt, was auctioned off to help pay for the dinner. The Entertainment Group deserves a good deal of credit for the very enjoyable evening.
On Friday, December 2nd, Prof. G. W. Sparks, of the Georgia School of Technology, delivered an interesting and entertaining lecture at the Foundation, entitled "Lost in the Alps."
A great deal of merriment, the latest dance steps, and some very hot music were the most notable features of the dance held in the Playhouse on Saturday, December 3rd. Some of the patients showed a most surprising ability to rhythmically move apparently paralyzed limbs.
The yearly visits of the Boxing Squad from Fort Benning, Ga., are a real treat for everyone at Warm Springs. Their performance this year took place in the Playhouse on the evening of December 5th, and consisted of ten exhibition bouts, with singing by the 24th Infantry quartet during the intermissions.
Another talented entertainer at the Foundation last month was Mr. Perry Bechtel, one of this country's foremost tenor banjo players. Mr. Bechtel gave his very excellent performance on Sunday afternoon, December llth.
During the evening of Tuesday, December 13th, a mock trial was held in the hotel lobby. A number of patients leaving the next day to spend the Christmas holidays at home were charged with intent to kill the Christmas spirit at the Foundation. After much deliberation, they were acquitted by the jury.
The hotel dining room was the scene of much laughter, and fun on Christmas night. After a buffet supper, Santa Claus appeared with gifts for everyone.
Mr. Davis Merwin delivered a travel lecture entitled "Big Adventure on a Small Island" on Wednesday, December 28th. The talk was supplemented by movies taken by the speaker during his stay on the Island of Bali, one of the Dutch East Indies.
The regular monthly meeting of the National Patients' Committee was held also on Wednesday evening, December 28th. Reports were given by the various group chairmen.