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Santa Drops in to MHRC to Award Prizes to Winners of Door Decorating Contest!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Photo 4  Bianca Redden and Santa Claus admire each other's pretty red outfits during the Door Decorating Contest hosted by Mars Hill Retirement Community.Dozens of local boys and girls entered the door decorating contest hosted by Mars Hill Retirement on Saturday, Dec. 12, and fortunately not one was naughty—but all were exceptionally nice. That’s good because Santa Claus showed up to add holiday cheer to an already joyful and artistic competition.



The contest was won by Sarah Griffin, who is in second grade at Mars Hill Elementary School. Santa had a gift for every child, and a photo was made of every child and resident who sat on Santa’s knee as a gift from Mars Hill Retirement Community.

Photo 2  Sarah Griffin accepts her prize for winning the Door Decorating Contest Mars Hill Retirement Community.

Sarah Griffin accepts her prize for winning.

“You could feel the excitement of both the children and the residents as the contest got underway,” said Teresa Hammack, marketing director for Mars Hill Retirement Community. “Residents were amazed at how well behaved and talented the groups of young children were, and you could tell each group had  designed and planned the doors ahead of time.” Each of the children’s teams also had an adult leader .



Residents and more than 50 guests watched in wonder as bits of paper, ribbon, and tape turned into wonderful doors of holiday cheer. The residents were as proud as the children and invited each other to view the wonderful displays on their doors.



The Winning Door!


 A lunch of turkey sandwiches, chips, cookies and milk were served to the guests as they waited for Santa to arrive and the winning door to be announced. When the residents and children heard Santa was in the building, it was hard to contain the excitement! Children excitedly got in line along with some of the residents to have that special moment to exchange wishes with Santa and to catch that special look to ensure that their holiday wishes would come true. For such good kids, they probably will.  


 MHRC would like to thank everyone who participated this year!

Happy Holidays!





MHRC to Host Door Decorating

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Mars Hill Retirement Community is “calling all kids” to enter the door decorating contest being held at the senior living community this Saturday, Dec. 12, from 12 p.m to 5 p.m.  Elementary school-aged children are invited to find an adult and form a team to create an attractive holiday-themed door, which will be judged between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Winners will receive Toys-R-Us gift cards and lunch will be provided at no charge. 

“We thought the local community would enjoy sharing the holiday season with some of our senior residents while competing for some great prizes,” said Teresa Hammack, marketing director for the Mars Hill Retirement Community. “There’s even been a report that Santa Claus himself will make a visit. I am happy to confirm that report.”

Besides fun with Santa, great food and exciting prizes, the children and their adult team leaders will also enjoy visits from the Sugar Plum Fairies, elves, and a princess.  

As an added bonus for taking part, kids and their parents will receive a free photo of themselves taken with Santa as a gift from Mars Hill Retirement Community.  There will also be plenty of hot cocoa and cookies on hand throughout the afternoon.


Mars Hill Retirement Hosts Talent Show for the Hertiage Festival

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Bring your sunglasses! The talent will be brillant!

Mars Hill Retirement Community hosts “So You Think You Have Talent Show” at the Hertiage Festival, October 3, 2009 in Mars Hill, NC.  Teresa Hammack, Marketing Director will emcee the event on Main Street starting at 10:00am Saturday morning.

Then, later mosey up to Mars Hill Retirement Community on South Main Street and have some hot apple cider and snacks with Tammie. We would love to show you around. There’s a good reason Madison County is know to be “The Jewel of Blue Ridge.” Come discover the best kept secret in WNC!

If you enjoy crafts, art, dance, music, singing and food the Hertiage Festival is for your entire family. Mars Hill is just a hop skip and a jump from Asheville, NC – North on 19-23. Exit 11 Mars Hill.  Take a left off the ramp and follow  Carl Eller Road to Main Street. 

Mars Hill Retirement Community to Host Free Program on Reverse Mortgages for Area Seniors

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Seniors who want to learn how a “reverse mortgage” can fit their financial goals are invited to attend a free presentation by Tom Schunk, reverse mortgage specialist for OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2009.  Schunk will deliver a provocative and informative program about reverse mortgages, the economy, and specifically how each area is affecting seniors today.  Schunk is a North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) Reverse Mortgage Counselor and specialist in senior financial services.  The event will be held at Mars Hill Retirement Community, 170 South Main Street, Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754.  This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  RSVP by calling (828) 689-7970.

Vial of “Life” – Life Saving Information for Emergencies

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Mars Hill Retirement Community is once again providing free “Vial of Life” program materials to local residents and organizations as a way to help emergency workers find vital information in the shortest possible time. The program offers participants a proven and convenient resource to help them record their specific key health information and place it where EMT persons are trained to look for fast answers—usually inside the refrigerator. Gaining access to this kind of information allows them to make treatment decisions in the crucial first few minutes that can make the difference between life and death.

“The program has met with huge acceptance each year we have offered it as a free service to the community,” said Teresa Hammack, marketing director and director of the Vial of Life program at Mars Hill Retirement Community. “But we’re still amazed at how many people still don’t know about it. As long as there’s someone who doesn’t have these life-saving materials, we will keep providing them as a free service as long as our supplies last.”

The Vial of Life program materials include a “vital facts” sheet for each person to fill out, a moisture-proof plastic bag or bottle to place the fact sheet inside, and a special red label that goes on the refrigerator door. Organizations can also place these red labels on the windows of vehicles so that EMT workers know to look inside the glove compartment should their employees encounter emergencies while out on the road. Whenever an accident or health crisis occurs and the person cannot speak for themselves, the Vial of Life will “speak” for them.


“EMT workers are unanimous in supporting the merits of the Vial of Life program,” says Hammack. “It makes their jobs immensely less stressful when they can open a vial and find the name, birth date, medical information and medications, names of family and personal physician with phone numbers, and a photo if there is more than one person in the household. Program sponsors suggest that those who want this kind of safety measure take the information sheet with them on their next doctor’s visit and let their nurse fill it out for them.”

Persons or organizations may request free supplies from Mars Hill Retirement Community by calling Teresa Hammack at (828) 689-7970, or by visiting the website at There is no charge for the materials and they are usually sent out within a few days of each request.

A Welcome Note from Teresa Hammack

Thursday, July 9th, 2009


I want to thank you for your interest in Mars Hill Retirement Communityand let you know a little more about us!

Mars Hill Retirement Community is actually located on the campus of Mars Hill College, about 18 miles north of Asheville, NC.  Our surroundings are beautiful and we still enjoy the sweetness of living in a small town. Our town is friendly and all the folks here are our neighbors.  Mars Hill is steeped in music, culture and art. The prestigious Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater provides us with world class plays and presentations. World renowned artist such as the Vienna Boys Choir and the Chinese Acrobats grace our stage at Moore Auditorium every winter. In the fall as the leaves decorate the landscape, we enjoy the Heritage Festival and the Bascoam Lamar Festival, where bluegrass legends such as Josh Goforth, Appalachian Crafts and the world champion Bailey Mountain Cloggers thrill the audience; all this is just outside our back door!

We here at Mars Hill Retirement Community pride ourselves with your care.  We are a member of the Assisted Living Federation of America which demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development.

When visiting and evaluating a potential new home; we offer an excellent option for seniors seeking independent and vibrant lifestyles while also receiving the help needed with daily activities. Our assistance is customized to meet your needs. We promote independence and dignity for each resident, and our staff is available twenty four hours a day to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs. We offer dining as well as social and wellness activities designed to support a well rounded lifestyle.  We are dedicated to helping you make the best choice, and to help answer any questions or concerns you may have, so please just give me a call at 828-689-7970.

I do look forward to meeting you soon, and sharing the benefits of a “Superior Quality of Life” here at Mars Hill Retirement Community.

Marketing Director

New Website Completed

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

We hope you enjoy our new website. We have worked hard to make the site attractive, easy to use and informative for our residents and those looking for more information on our community.

Our FacilityThe site has a couple of new features:

  1. A Calendar of Events
  2. A Photo Gallery
  3. A News and Information section