Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HCC Reunion

I just returned home from the HCC Reunion in Asheville. What an incredible week it was.

HCC is Half Century Club that Mary started online about 14 years ago when we were that age or not far from it. We have met each year in a different state and have always had such a great time. We also meet in small regional groups throughout the year. HCC has been such a gift to me and everyone who has been involved I am sure. It’s a wonder to have this contact with women my age throughout the USA. Women who have been there/done that in just about any situation. We have concentrated on our likenesses and rejoiced in our differences these many years. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned from these women and how much they have added to my life. I get teary eyed just thinking about them and all we have been through in the last 14 years. We’ve lost several members to death and we’ve been there for each other as some have faced diagnosis and illnesses. Most of all we are all adventurers who intend to make the best of each day. The main ingredient is not the tears but rather all the laughter and support, caring and sharing, love and the ability to put ourselves in another’s shoes. This group of women is so important to my life still. I always have a woman to talk to about anything from the saddest to the tremendous happenings in my life. Somebody stop me. I can’t say enough about these wonderful women.

Peggy and Paula came to the mountain house before the gathering. We had five days of wonderful. I showed them around my area here and we did a lot of enjoying of the mountain house. We sat on the deck watching the scenery change as the sun danced across the mountains. We visited a few local small towns and ate at some good country food places. What a joy to have them here and make memories in this place that I love so much.

Therese, Sherrie, and Terri came to the house on Wednesday and we started out our day at Joey’s Pancake House. Then we spent the day in Maggie Valley and Waynesville. What a great day of shopping, walking, talking, and wrecking. Well, one t-ninesy fender bender when I went to pull out of a parking spot. The women were all astounded about how nice everyone was and how slow the police were to get there and get us back on our way. There wasn’t a scratch on my car but there was a small dent in the van we hit.

We went to Asheville to the hotel that Terri had picked out for us in downtown Asheville. She did a great job in getting a good location at a great price. We stayed at Four Points by Sheraton.

Jessie came in later that night and Sharon drove in on Thursday. Sharon was my roommate for this trip and we were a good duo because we were both familiar with Asheville.

It was great seeing these seven women. We were really sorry that more couldn’t come but there were some benefits to a small group. We didn’t have to make reservations to be able to go out to eat for instance but we missed all that weren’t there. Comparing it to the 44 women who were in Seattle, for instance, gave us a feeling of closeness to each other. In Seattle it was hard to spend time with everyone.

We went to the Biltmore Estate one day and our “big” dinner this year ended up to be lunch buffet at the Grove Park Inn which Sherrie planned. We were all blown away by the wonderful food choices and atmosphere for $20 each. Another neat eating place that Sherrie suggested was the Fiddlin Pig. Delicious BBQ and live music and dancing by a square dance/stomping team and also the guests at the restaurant. I look forward to taking Bill to the Fiddlin Pig when he’s back here in a week.

Terri planned a Lazoom Comedy Tour that was funny and very informative. We really enjoyed it and a couple of us won prizes. The tour went to a lot of places that I want to return to including the River Drive arts district where all the studios are open.

We had so many fun times and laughs and made lots of memories of this group gathering. I love that we were in the area that I love so much and where I get so much inspiration.

Everyone put in an effort to make this a wonderful gathering for us all and it was an amazing time.

I picked Lexi up this morning at the kennel and came on home. I sure miss everyone. Peggy and Paula left me several containers of the delicious chicken soup they made the last night at the house here and I thawed a bowl for tonight. Yum.

I went into Peggy’s room when I got back and there was a card with her red hat photo on it. Cracked me up. This woman makes me laugh even when she’s not here. LOL


Mary said...

Judy, I enjoyed very much reading your report on the get-together. I agree about the laughter, support, caring, and sharing. It is hard to believe there was a time we didn't know one another now, as ya'all are so much a part of my life!

I have no doubt you all enjoyed Joey's Pancake House (as I did when there, and I think the lunch buffet at the Grove Park Inn must have been wonderful. Such a beautiful setting.

I'm sure the comedy tour was fun. Glad to hear there wasn't a 'ghost tour.' I have had more than enough 'ghost tours,' I think. Probably everyone has.

Nice report, Judy, and nice picture. And glad everyone had fun.

Diane T said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. Wish I had been able to join you. In addition to seeing the people, I love your mountain home, and Asheville too. What a good idea to have the 'big meal' be a lunch buffet at the Grove Park Inn.

Mary said...

I keep lookihg for updates, Judy. I miss your regular postings.