October Activites Hub

Check out these four articles.

Here is our hub of articles for October activities. Hope you find some inspiration here.

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The Moon Program

moon
The moon is in the spotlight this month. Ian Hitchcock

When you think of October and I say the word "Harvest" my residents then say "Moon." So a moon theme seemed like the perfect way to kickoff our October activity program.

Blue Moon

  1. Play the song.
     
  2. The term Blue Moon has at least three different meanings. One is a common phrase for a rare event – “Once in a blue moon!” -  that really has little to do with the moon itself. Another is a description of the apparent color of the moon, which is frequently yellowish and rarely bluish. The third full moon in a quarter that has four is counted as the "extra" full moon and named blue moon.

    The origin of the term Blue Moon is steeped in folklore, and its meaning has changed and acquired new and interesting meanings and nuances over time. The earliest known recorded usage was in 1528.

    The most obvious meaning of blue moon is when the moon (not necessarily a full moon) appears to a casual observer to be unusually bluish, which is a rare event. The effect can be caused by smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere, such as happens after forest fires or volcanic eruptions.

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Famous Birthdays

John Lennon
John Lennon. Getty Images

For our second article on activities for October we look at famous birthdays.

Chuck Berry, John Lennon, Chubby Checker
 

  • Find the song Johnny B Goode and play the song.
     
  • Chuck Berry’s birthday is October 18. Chuck is older than many of your residents and he is still touring. Here is some information. Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri and was part of the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986.

    His father was a contractor and a deacon of a nearby baptist church, his mother a schoolteacher. His middle class upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age and he made his first public performances while still in high school. Chuck Berry had been playing a form of the "blues" since his teens and by early 1953 was performing with "Sir John's Trio," a band that played at a popular club in St. Louis. In May of 1955, he traveled to Chicago where he met Muddy Waters who suggested he contact Chess Records. Signed to a contract, that September he released a unique version of the Bob Wills song, "Ida Red," under the title, "Maybellene." The song eventually peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts. At the end of June 1956, his song "Roll Over Beethoven" reached #29 on the Billboard charts.

3
Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus
Tomb of Columbus. Getty Images

Columbus Day is observed in October.

Christopher Columbus was born October 30, 1451 in Genoa, Italy and died May 20, 1506. He was an explorer and trader who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the Americas on October 12, 1492. Columbus is commonly credited as "the" European discoverer of the Americas because of the profound impact his contact wrought on history. His voyage marked the beginning of the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

In 1476, a commercial expedition gave Columbus his first opportunity to sail into the Atlantic Ocean. By 1477, Columbus was living in Lisbon. Portugal had become a center for maritime activity. Columbus' brother Bartolomeo worked as a mapmaker in Lisbon. At times, the brothers worked together as draftsmen and book collectors.

Christian Europe, which had long enjoyed safe passage to India and China — sources of valued goods such as silk and spices - was now under complete economic blockade by Muslim states. In response to Muslim domination on land, Portugal sought an eastward sea route to the Indies. Columbus had a different idea. By the 1480s, he had developed a plan to travel to the Indies by instead sailing directly west across the "Ocean Sea" (the Atlantic).
 

 

4
Halloween

Halloween
Halloween. Peter Macdiarmid

The Adams Family
 

  • I perform several songs for Halloween  during my October program. One is the Adams Family Theme Song.
     
  • Play the song. Remember the finger snapping done to this song? Demonstrate it to residents.
     
  • While we know it best as a television series, The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. Addams's cartoons in The New Yorker magazine gained popularity in the 1930s. Addams was noted for his morbid sense of humor, and over the years various bizarre people and creatures who lived in a huge decaying Second Empire house became recurring characters. Do your residents recall this cartoonist?
     
  • Here is the history of the characters.

    Gomez Addams studied to be a lawyer, but rarely practices while taking absurd pride in losing his cases. He is wealthy from inheritance and extensive investments, though seems to have little regard for money.

Enjoy!

Have a great October everyone. I just love the fall.

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