Car lovers of all generations are invited to Hickory Valley: A Senior Living Community Saturday, Sept. 7 for its Classic Car Show.
With the event taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the day promises to be one of fun and nostalgia.
"I'm looking forward to it, and I really do love classic cars," said resident Dan Campbell, adding that his first car was a 1941 Ford Pontiac. "I bought it from a lady in 1945 in North Carolina and it only had 13,000 miles on it, so it was brand new. I think she paid about $300 for it."
Campbell recalled how he "courted" in his fi rst car and how well it drove. "You could have any color you wanted as long as it was black," he joked. While makes and models may have changed, a love of cars seems to be something that is present from one generation of people to the next, which is the reason for doing this event, said Hickory Valley Sales Director Holley Hasting. "Who doesn't love antique cars and talking about 'the good ol'days?'" she said.
There's no charge to show a vehicle at the show and admission for spectators is also free. Food and T-shirts will be available for sale. "We'll be giving away prizes for Best in Show and a People's Choice," Hasting added. "We'll also have a live band, Route 66, performing classic oldies during the day."
Those wanting to show a car at the event should call Hickory Valley at 423-855-0508. "We think this event will really be something every generation can appreciate," Hasting said.
For those unfamiliar with the community, Hickory Valley is comprised of 118 separate apartments and is designed for people who no longer want to take care of their own home but still want that feeling of independence, Hasting explained.
The community's independent-living apartments are equipped with full kitchens, but there is a full restaurant on-site that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also an on-site beauty salon, which is open to the public, as well as weekly housekeeping services, a nursing staff and full laundry services for residents. An on-site chapel features different church services on a weekly basis, and Hickory Valley boasts a full activities calendar that is catered to residents and voted on by them during weekly meetings.
Hasting added that the community is set up to provide a maintenance-free way of living to help residents further enjoy their retirement and be able to take full advantages of the opportunities provided. Meals, housekeeping services and more are provided along with the wide range of activities, from bingo and crafts to Wii bowling tournaments and a traveling chorus group.
Hasting also noted that Hickory Valley now has an assisted-living wing comprised of 15 different apartments where a higher level of care and more amenities are available to residents.