Hundreds mingled and explored at a lavish event held at the Del Webb Lake Providence 10th Year Anniversary Celebration Friday and Saturday.
The event, replete with live entertainment, tons of refreshments, demonstrations and dozens of club displays, filled the entire Club House of the 55-up lifestyle community that made its home in south Mt. Juliet a decade ago.
Erin Brown has been the community's Lifestyle Director the past two years.
"We are so excited to celebrate our presence in such a unique community and Del Webb is thriving," Brown said. "This is the only Del Webb in Tennessee."
Friday night was a VIP event with invitation only status. There was a champagne toast, as well as desserts. It was open for residents and members of the press. Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the club was hopping and filled to the brim with dozens of residents with nametags to greet visitors, give tours and talk about how they love the lifestyle there. Friends and family were invited and many other attendees such as past residents, local dignitaries and members of police and fire.
DWLP has grown to 1,029 homes with almost 2,000 residents. While the community is built out, there is always about a 10 percent turnover rate with various homes available for those who want to experience the active, social ambiance.
"We are about mind, body and soul," Brown noted. "Research proves people live longer, healthier lives when they are active and connected with friends."
There are hundreds of daily activities at Del Webb to keep the resident's busy morning, noon and night.
There are over 70 clubs for members to join and these run the gamut to provide joy and a chance to pursue or enhance hobbies. From ballroom dancing, to gardening, painting, exploring wines, to writing and reading, the list goes on and on. Residents can learn the Cha-cha and even join a mini-motorized sailboat club, or go on chartered fishing trips.
"If you are bored here, it's by your own choice," laughed Susan Perkins.
She and her husband are from Canada and moved to Franklin. They found their forever home at Del Webb in Mt. Juliet.
"We were driving around and passed the community and fell in love," said Perkins, who chairs a club. "We were wanting to downsize and settle down. There are a lot of transplants here who simply want to enjoy retirement. Many have worked their entire lives and are ready to have fun."
The entire second story-walking track was lined with different club presentations with residents eager to share schedules, pictures and philosophies.
"We are ageless here," Perkins said. "There are people from Illinois, Wisconsin, Miami, California and out of the country," When we came here we didn't know anyone. We were invited to a Friday night social and met friends immediately.
Brown said the two-day celebration was planned for over a year and was please by the enormous response from both the residents and the community.