The Villages Voice - June 2015

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by Staff

VHA ANNUAL “AN EVENING WITH THE DEVELOPER” Developer Mark Morse addressed a capacity crowd gathered for the VHA annual “An Evening with the Developer” meeting Wednesday night, May 13, at the fabulous new Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. VHA members look forward to this special annual event and to learning about upcoming developments and future events in our home town. This year, in addition to providing details about the past year’s growth, Mr. Morse talked about future new businesses’ planned openings, the revitalization of older neighborhoods, the upgrading of recreational facilities and the “makeover” of Katie Belle’s. The evening began with a trip down memory lane – a video that covered the Morse family’s transition from Michigan to the then Orange Blossom Gardens, the steps they took in the planned transformation from that small development into The Villages, how they built the team that helped make this vision a reality and then concluded with beautiful views of The Villages we enjoy today. Included in the video were Harold Schwartz and Gary and Sharon Morse, and although they are no longer with us, their vision of America’s Favorite Hometown has become home to over 100,000 of us and counting. What will the next year bring?