By BRENDA BARGER
Hard to believe that on July 18, 1988, the first residents moved into The Pines retirement community in Davidson, at the end of Avinger Lane. The facility became home that day to Grace Dean of Charlotte, Frannie Caldwell of Davidson and Nancy Piephoff of Concord. For members of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church who were instrumental in creating this retirement community, it was a dream come true.
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Not long after that hot summer day in July, the first three residents had plenty of neighbors. Hoping to reach capacity in three years (by 1991), The Pines was full in just 18 months. Now 25 years later, The Pines continues to be a thriving retirement community offering more activities than most residents can take part in. Residents (some 370) can choose to live in “the big house” (the main building), a cottage or a villa. Soon there will two new buildings with two bedroom apartments. In addition, The Pines has attractive rooms in Assisted Living, Health Care and a dementia wing.
In honor of their 25th Anniversary, The Pines is holding a weeklong celebration for its residents with numerous activities including lectures, musical and theatre performances, an art show and receptions for residents. The first couple of days focused on The Pines’ connection to Davidson College, the town of Davidson and the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. On Thursday, July 18, there will be special anniversary gatherings with the residents. And Friday, July 19, is billed as the “launch” of the next chapter of this special retirement community.
All residents will receive a special gift this week: A book entitled, “We Were Meant To Be,” documenting the history of The Pines. Thanks to the work of The Pines’ Archive Committee and especially Pam Kelley’s research and Motria Procyk’s coordination, this volume is a wonderful history of the retirement community as a delightful trip down Memory Lane for Davidson residents who have lived here since the groundbreaking and before.
Congratulations to The Pines! You have indeed enriched our town in so many ways!
(Interested in a copy of “We Were Meant to Be?” The book can be purchased at The Pines beginning in early August. All proceeds go to The Residents’ Support Fund at The Pines.)
Brenda Barger writes the Around Davidson column on DavidsonNews.net.
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