MOUNT MORRIS – From its beginning as a home for poor widows and orphans for the Church of the Brethren to the senior citizen community it is today, Pinecrest Community has seen a lot of growth and changes throughout its 125-year history.
The life care community will celebrate its quasquicentennial Saturday with a variety of activities.
A worship service will begin at 10 a.m. at Pinecrest’s Grove Auditorium, 414 S. Wesley Ave., with refreshments served at 9:30.
Starting at 11 a.m., East Bank Commanders will perform big band and swing music, Brett Belleque will create balloon art, and there will be pulled pork lunches, bounce houses, buckboard rides, a craft area and a petting zoo.
Steve Messer will continue the music with big band hits at noon, The Voice Bachs barbershop quartet will sing at 1 p.m. and guitarist Doug Poppen will perform at 2 p.m.
Karen Messer, president of Leading Age Illinois, will give the keynote address at 2 p.m., and the program will include the honoring of special guests, facility memories and presentations of the center’s plans for the next 20 years.
Events conclude at 3 p.m. with an ice cream social and entertainment by Mary Ley at the gazebo.
Children 12 and younger will receive a free pair of Pinecrest sunglasses, while supplies last.
Pinecrest houses nearly 200 seniors on 30 acres of property.
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