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Annie Merritt poses happily at her 100th birthday celebration at JABA's Mary Williams Community Center, located in the Jefferson School. Annie Merritt poses happily at her 100th birthday celebration at JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center, located in the Jefferson School.

Mary Williams Community Center member turns 100

On Wednesday November 4th, the Mary Williams Community Center celebrated the birthday of 100-year-old Annie Merritt. Friends and family came together in the Carver Recreation Center multi-purpose room filled with balloons, kind words, and tokens of love and appreciation to celebrate the special day. Children from the YMCA’s Intergenerational Learning Center also stopped by with cards and books made in the classroom for the new centennial. Mrs. Merritt grew up in South Carolina, and moved to Charlottesville with her husband some years ago. Her son Kent was the first African American to play football at the University of Virginia on scholarship.

“I feel fine today,” Merritt commented when asked how she was feeling on her birthday. “Everything was a surprise to me. They told me not to do anything and to just be here. Now here I am!” Although her celebration was on Wednesday, Mrs. Merritt’s actual birthday is on Saturday. When she was asked about her plans on the day of her actual birthday, she stated “I don’t have any plans yet. I want to relax and get ready for church on Sunday.” Staff and members of the Mary Williams Community Center at the Jefferson School City Center were just as happy and excited to share this occasion with Mrs. Merritt as she was to spend it with them.

Carver Recreation Center to host a Flea Market with YILC to join

On Saturday, November 8th, Carver Recreation Center at the Jefferson School City Center will host a flea market in the multi-purpose room. This event is free and open to the public from 8am-1pm. In conjunction with Carver’s Flea Market, YMCA’s Intergenerational Learning Center, also located in the Jefferson School City Center, will have a table selling items as well. The Y mentions that “we are collecting donations from families to sell during this time with all proceeds going to our YILC classroom supply fund. We ask that you drop off any unneeded items to the Director’s office on or before Friday November 7th. A donation letter can be provided for your tax purposes. Don’t forget to shop as well!”

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the flea market, a 6’x8′ space is available for $15. There will be staff available to help set up at 5:45am. Vendors must be set up and ready to sell by 7:40. If you would like to bring your own table, please make sure that there are rubber feet on the bottom to protect the floors. Vendors have the choice to sell what they want with the exception of snacks, food or drinks, obscene materials of any kind, and fire arms or fireworks. Please contact Carver Recreation Center at 434-970-3053 for more information.

Vinegar Hill Café Catering Services just in time for Holidays

Vinegar Hill Café is offering catering services to the public just in time for the holidays. Located in the Jefferson School City Center, this café specializes in using local foods to create their menu items. The café serves foods such as shrimp shooters and Korean-style BBQ spare ribs. The manager, Joel Schechtman considers the café as boutique- like, providing an extension of the services they have during normal business s hours to consult with the client to decide on a hands on customized operation for the customer’s event. Vinegar Hill Café also offers the option to travel or host. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as cocktail parties with hors d’oeuvres, or a complete holiday dinner prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Vickery. To book your holiday party today, please contact Joel at 434-245-5811.

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