An American B-17 bombardier and a German fighter pilot, artists and Fortune 500 business executives, singers, sailors and doctors, some have traveled the world and some have traveled by horse drawn wagon. But all have common thread that ties them into the rich fabric of residents' lives here at Spring Arbor. To celebrate the joy of every day and live life to the fullest.
Cora Lee joined three other Spring Arbor of Albermarle residents as competitors in the 2016 Unwharrie Senior Games, a local level part of the North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. Cora took home several medals including a Silver in Bocce Ball and a Gold medal in Checkers. Her poem entered in the Silver Arts competition of the Senior Games won Second Place. In 2015, another one of Cora's poems won the First Place award. A published author, Cora's book of poetry. "I asked...He gave" came out in 2005. She is a very active and vibrant resident.
Martha became very self-sufficient at an early age, she took care of her two bothers after her mother passed when she was only eight years old. Married at 17 and having three children by the time she was 21, Martha made all the family's clothes, sometimes using feed bags for cloth. To help support her family Martha began selling the clothes she made. Now, her sewing skills and creativity are focused on teddy bears. Martha made a few teddy bears for her local SPCA hoping to help raise money. Once people saw her bears orders started flooding in. Martha was a winners in the National Art Contest with her Orange Halloween themed teddy bear she named "Lil Pumpkin." Martha said she never thought it would blow up like it did but she has made well over 80 teddy bears. Each bear is unique. She has made Anna & Elsa from Frozen teddy bears, Carolina and Christmas bears, Wonder Woman, Batman and Spide Man bears. Martha said what inspired her most about making the teddy bears is all the compliments and enthusiasm she received from those saw her bears and wanted their own.
Winter Scene, a painting by Charlie Ott of Spring Arbor of Greensboro, has been voted a winner in the 2nd Annual Senior SMART Holiday Contest. Charlie was one of 368 entries, and more than 2500 votes were cast in this year's competition.