Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

May 12, 2014

Pleasant Hill getting ready for a ‘rip-roaring’ good time

CROSSVILLE — The town of Pleasant Hill has all the plans in place for a “rip-roaring” good time at its third town-wide Spring Festival on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maggie Bernabei, daughter of the assistant principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Darci Bernabei, will officially open the festival by singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at 11:15 a.m. next to the Pleasant Hill Community House. Mayor Al Dwenger will welcome everyone and introduce local dignitaries.

The Pleasant Hill Ensemble will start off the festivities at 11:30 a.m. with a wide variety of songs of many genre. Monica and Ray Henson of The Garden will provide musical entertainment and emcee the proceedings announcing door prize winners all day long on the portable stage set up near the Community House. The Girl Scouts and Neighbors Together will manage the cakewalk. Homemade cakes and cookies are provided by a host of volunteers. The audience will be able to enjoy the music any time on the seats from The Garden under a canopy provided by Uplands Village no matter what the weather. Lunch will be served in Heritage Hall from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Most popular with the children last year were the train rides engineered by Joe Gittings on his antique tractor. Inside the Pleasant Hill Community House, more than 100 children practiced sewing, origami, playing dulcimer, painting, crafts, story writing or had their portrait drawn. Face painting will be an attraction this year. Outside there will be carnival games such as corn hole and mini golf with lots of free popcorn to enjoy. Jeanne Chappell-Kingsbury is directing the multitude of volunteers who will help with all activities. A welcome addition to the festival are several volunteers from the new Pleasant Hill Baptist Mission.

Many of the same exhibitors will be present providing advice, literature, sugar and blood testing, prizes and even worms. Classic cars should draw the admiration of the adults. Boy Scout Troop 170 members provide much needed young muscles as they help set up, take down, volunteer and be willing participants. A bounce house, other expenses and the many door prizes are made possible by sponsors such as the town of Pleasant Hill, Ziggy’s Tubes and Wires, Kroger, Flowers Bakery, Brown Insurance, SavMart Rugs, Mountain Farm International, Bargain Beds, Cumberland County Farmers Co-op and Jan’s Wine and Liquor. Volunteer Energy Company has given a $400 grant to the town of Pleasant Hill. Other pending sponsors will be thanked later.

During the Pleasant Hill Academy years, 1894-1947, celebrations centered around the school — harvest festivals, Christmas parties, picnics, plays, concerts, dances, sports, craft shows, teas,and graduations. The Community Church and the Baptist Church sponsored their share of services, potlucks, Easter and Christmas celebrations. The hospital and later the growing retirement community often joined with local townspeople for Fourth of July celebrations, New Year’s Eve parties, Hospital Days, groundbreakings, dedications, and special anniversaries.

In recent memory, two all-town celebrations were held: Pleasant Hill Heritage Days Celebration, Oct. 13-14, 2000, marking the 50th anniversary of Cumberland County Medical Center, whose roots were in Pleasant Hill and the Pleasant Hill Centennial Celebration on Oct. 18, 2003, marking 100 years of incorporation. This annual Spring Festival brings all of the diverse ages and groups together who inhabit this special place we call Pleasant Hill. Don’t miss it.

This week in Pleasant Hill:

Thursday, May 15, 10 a.m. — Conversation with Mary and Bill Ruth about Heifer International Ranch in Pleasant Hill Community House. Call 277-5231 for information.

Sunday, May 18, 2:30 p.m. — Concert by Steve Boyce: “A Love Affair with History Part II” in Pleasant Hill Community Church sanctuary. Sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Historical Society of the Cumberlands. Call 277-5226 or 277-3111 for information.

Tuesday, May 20, 10 a.m. —Meet in the Pleasant Hill Community Church parking lot for a hike of Colditz Cove, Allardt. This is a moderate two-mile loop. Call 277-3518, ext. 103, for information.

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