50 years ago, the Junior League of Asheville started a local senior citizens recreation center, located in the Kenilworth neighborhood of Asheville, called Harvest House. Since opening its doors in 1964, Harvest House has provided a broad range of activities for senior citizens including wood working, weaving, stained glass, pottery, exercise classes, billiards, book and card-playing clubs, and regular outings and potlucks.
Harvest House is open from 9-5 pm daily and they average 40-55 visitors per day. The oldest regular attendee to Harvest House is 95 years old. She still drives herself to the center, and never misses her weekly “Slimnastics” class at the Harvest House.
On September 18th, they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a luncheon where they recognized their volunteers as well as the Junior League of Asheville. Keri Wilson, League President, spoke briefly at the luncheon as well as past Junior League President Jane Hilldebrand. Jane was President of the League in 1964 when Harvest House opened and it was wonderful to hear her remarks about working on the project 50 years ago and how exciting it is to see what a long term impact the league can make within a community.
In past years, Harvest House has participated in local craft fairs selling the items they create in the various studios and classes, but for now they use their skills and talents to beautify and improve Harvest House. The woodworking shop has produced some beautiful pieces including the planters in front of Harvest House as well as the small birdhouse structures that make up the new “lending library” just outside of Harvest House. The lending library includes books for both adults and children.
It was a wonderful celebration to commemorate the anniversary as well as exciting to witness firsthand the long-term and positive impact the Junior League can make in our community!