On Sept. 29, the Hillcrest retirement center held their Annual Country Fair. “There is more stuff than I can possibly do in one day,” said 16-year Hillcrest resident Betty Mellard.
The fair began at 9 a.m. with a breakfast of muffins, doughnuts and pastries and a performance by the Funster Square Dancing group. The dancers were Hillcrest residents dressed from head to toe in elaborate country-style costumes with boots, hats and colorful kerchiefs. The community offers square dancing classes for residents, who did not hesitate to show off their dancing skills.
Booths along Hillcrest’s streets provided guests with the opportunity to purchase hand-made crafts, baked goods, linens, plants and raffle tickets. There was also a silent auction with several items up for bid, including wine, weekend get-aways, jewelry, gift certificates and even a University of La Verne spirit basket. “I had to drag my husband away from the bake sale,” Mellard said.
At 11 a.m., the Hillcrest Wranglers performed, continuing with the country theme. “They have performed for us before inside,” Mellard said. “They are really good.” The group was followed by FireHouse Stomp, which provided a slight change in pace with a very upbeat music style consisting of a wide variety of horns. “They’re pretty good as long as they don’t play that siren too much,” said Hillcrest resident Anne Waddelow.
A hamburger and hot dog barbeque lunch was offered outside, while inside the Mountain View Dining Room residents and guests enjoyed a more formal lunch including southern fried chicken, honey baked beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and fresh fruit. “The fried chicken was wonderful,” said Joe Schechter, a 12-year Hillcrest resident who worked the information booth. “Most of the people here today are friends of residents, people interested in moving here, and employees.” All of the proceeds from the event were contributed to the Hillcrest Good Samaritan Fund.
“I’ve looked at everything and now I’m going back again,” Mellard said.