The Lost Art Of Whistling



What ever happened to whistling? I seldom hear anyone whistling any more. Way back when I was a child, my best friend and I had our own whistle by which we signaled each other, and to this day I remember and can still whistle it. I wonder if she can, too?

"Whistling is probably the earliest musical instrument known to man," according to Robert Stemmons, full-time whistler. Stemmons has performed more than 1,000 musical whistling concerts, made numerous recordings, and is winner of several whistling competitions.

Whistling most likely got its start when early man tried to mimic bird sounds. It was banned in the dark ages, believed to be a part of witchcraft. Some whistlers have a range of four octaves.

An International Whistlers Convention and Musical Festival is held annually in Louisberg, N.C., where whistlers get together for competition, performances and fellowship.

Whether you whistle while you work, it's a cheery sound to hear.

Senior Circle

Have you let yourself be lazy during this warm weather? Perhaps it is time to get back to regular exercise. The Senior Circle offers five different programs to suit individual needs and preferences.

The Circle Walkers Program meets at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Rim Country Mall. Research has shown that activity involving 10,000 steps per day effectively lessens body fat, improves blood pressure and increases fitness.

If you're searching for a program that will lessen joint stiffness, increase your stamina and is fun, aquatic exercise may be for you. The summer schedule, through the end of August, is held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Days Inn Pool.

PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) is a safe and enjoyable class designed to improve self-image and self-esteem through increased well being. It convenes at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Belly Dancing increases poise, grace and stamina. This class is held at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Senior Circle.

Line Dancing reduces stress, increases energy, improves strength and muscle tone. It is friendly and social, no partner is needed, age is not a factor, nor are any special clothes required. This program is offered at 9 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Senior circle.

For information about any of the above classes, call the Circle at (928) 468-1012.

In my last column, I promised that information about a trip to New York City that was in the planning stages for December would be forthcoming. Imagine my surprise, when I called for further details, to learn that the trip is already sold out! Sorry about that, but if you still have the bug to travel, there are several other tours planned through Senior Circle.

San Antonio Christmas, with a departure date of Nov. 30, still has a few openings. This is a five-day trip that will take you to San Antonio, Austin, Fredricksburg, Bandeau and more.

In February, you can cruise the Hawaiian Islands for 13 days, departing Feb. 15, 2005. Trip highlights include Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Kona, Hilo, Maui and Kauai.

Looking further ahead, "Discover Alaska by Land and Cruise" is scheduled for June. This trip takes you to Denali National Park, Mt. McKinley, Juneau, Ketchikan and more. Senior Circle members who book and send deposit before Sept. 1, 2004 get $50 off per person.

For information about these and other trips, visit the Senior Circle office.

Who knows what treasures may be uncovered at the Senior Circle annual rummage and bake sale, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 28? This event will be held at the Senior Circle -- parking available in the rear of the building.

Congratulations to Payson Senior Circle member Ginna Bartlet, for taking first place in Inner Circle's Freeze Frame Foto Contest. Ginna's winning photograph, "Flight of the Wild Geese," can be seen in the summer edition of Inner Circle.

Payson Senior Center

Do you enjoy playing cards? If so, you'll find your choice of games at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. Bridge is played Monday afternoons; Wednesday and Friday afternoons, Pinochle; Thursday is Canasta, and Hand and Foot is on Fridays. Newcomers are always welcome.

Call (928) 474-4876 for information.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store are getting a new look. Handicapped ramps are being installed to both facilities. Please pardon our dust during the installation.

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