SEBRING- Copeland Oaks traveled back in time Friday as part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.
The retirement community hosted an old-fashioned "Back to the '50s" community picnic featuring a sock hop hosted by DJ Rex Coombs and a classic car show presented by Gene Johnson and the Salem Arby's Classic Cruisers.
According to Mary Walker, coordinator for community information, Copeland Oaks is presenting a special event each month this year as a gift to the entire tri-county community for supporting the retirement community.
"In half a century, we've touched so many lives- not just people who have lived here, but people who have gone through rehabilitation, used our care facilities, employees," she explained. "We wanted an event where everybody could come together again."
Walker described the event as a family affair, a hangout for a summer evening, and said the administration considered the nostalgic aspect of a community picnic, something that has gone away these days.
"How many times do you get to go to a reunion-like community picnic," she asked. "There's festivals and parades, but not picnics."
In addition to the sock hop and car show, the picnic included fresh popcorn, ice cream and hot dogs for visitors, '50s and '60s classic music by Davis & McKay, inflatables and games with prizes for the children, an exhibit of antique bicycles by Dennis Simmons' Dennis Vintage Bicycles of Alliance and a golf cart cruise-in for the residents featuring golf carts decorated in the '50s theme.
The Sebring Fire Department also flew the American flag from a ladder truck over the event.
In August Copeland Oaks will participate in parades in Alliance, Salem and Canton.