Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


February 24, 2014

Pleasant Hill Ramblings: Crafters continue a Pleasant Hill tradition

CROSSVILLE — Last week, 16 women gathered for a salad luncheon after their usual Monday morning handiwork session to honor their leader, JoAnn Matheson at the Craft House in Pleasant Hill.

There doesn’t seem to be a record of how long ago craft sales were held or individual handmade items sold to benefit the Wharton Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill. After the Adshead Endowment Fund was established in 1971 the Pleasant Hill crafters started donating any funds raised to the Adshead Fund. Soon after Dr. May Wharton and Elizabeth Fletcher opened the first small hospital in Pleasant Hill (Sanex, 1921), Alice Adshead became the third member of the triumvirate which brought understanding of nutrition and sanitation as well as scientific and loving care of the sick to this part of Tennessee. When the Wharton Nursing Home opened in Pleasant Hill in 1957, Adshead was listed as "superintendent.”

The first “official” retirement cottage was occupied in 1958, and Uplands Retirement Village grew steadily thereafter. Miss Adshead moved to the Baird Addition of Wharton Nursing home in 1969 at the age of 80. There she kept busy with many projects including mending and sewing for patients and residents. She was actively engaged with the Monday Morning Occupational Therapy Group — now called the Craft Group (still meeting on Monday mornings), which made useful household items, toys and other things.

JoAnn and Bob (now deceased) Matheson came to Pleasant Hill in 1985, settling on Yonside Dr. Their good friends and Michigan neighbors, Helen and Dr. Fred Munson had moved here in 1968 after medical mission work in India. The Munsons started the Pleasant Hill Silent Auction in 1984, held annually now for 29 years. The Mathesons soon joined them in organizing this popular sale.

JoAnn, always creatively talented became part of the Monday morning Craft Group as well. Over the years she has helped many of its members learn new skills or perfect old ones. JoAnn has been active in Family-Community Education (FCE), ushering at the Cumberland County Playhouse, serving as a docent at Pioneer Hall Museum in Pleasant Hill, volunteering at Wharton Nursing Home, and in her church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran.

JoAnn has spearheaded the annual Craft Boutique, which is usually held the second week in November. Sales also are held all year long either on Monday mornings at the Craft House, 115 Maple Circle, or the second and fourth Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the dining room of Fletcher House for Assisted Living. Items lovingly handcrafted by this dedicated group include quilts, lap robes, knitted and crocheted apparel, hand made baby items, seasonal wreathes, table linens, quilts, Christmas and household decorations, vests, aprons, accessories, costume jewelry, hats, mittens, pillows and other gift items.

Over $4,000 a year is donated by this group to the Adshead Fund of Uplands Village, which is used to enhance the lives of elders in the Wharton Homes. For many years the Craft Group was an independent organization, but is now under the umbrella of the May Cravath Wharton Association related to Uplands Village. The Wharton Association also has a mission of serving the wider community. Although JoAnn is not retiring from her job as a “Crafty Lady,” her fellow “crafty ladies” wished to honor her long and faithful leadership.

This week in Pleasant Hill:

Feb. 25-28 — Tom Eckert’s paintings on exhibit in Adshead Hall on the lower level of Fletcher House across from the Pleasant Hill Post Office.

Wednesday and Friday — Free Tax Aid in Pleasant Hill Community House, Church and Main Streets. Appointments required. Call 277-3096.

Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. — Will Rabert portrayal the cripple healed at the Pool of Bethesda in Fletcher House of Uplands Village. 

Friday, Feb. 28 — Hike at Savage Day Loop. Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Pleasant Hill Community Church parking lot, corner of Church and Main Streets to carpool to the trailhead. Call 277-3518, ext. 103 for information.

Friday, Feb. 28 — Community Supported Agriculture Sign-up at 10 a.m. at Heritage Hall, end of Church St. Share fresh, organically grown vegetables all summer. Call 200-6759 or 277-5534 for more information.

Saturday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. — Mulch Project join Pleasant Hill Baptist Mission in spreading mulch on the Pleasant Hill Elementary School playground. Meet in Pleasant Hill Baptist Mission parking lot at Main St. and Browntown Rd. Call 788-2844 for information.

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