It would be highly unusual for any resident of The Edwinola to be older than the grand lady herself.
After all, the historic structure at 14235 Edwinola Way, is set to turn 110.
A big community party is being planned to celebrate.
The former hotel that’s now an assisted living facility will host a Southern-style picnic block party on April 23.
The gathering will be at Agnes Lamb Park, across the street from The Edwinola, and festivities will include a live band, games and activities for kids, raffles and more.
Of course, residents of the facility and their families will be there, as well as members of the public.
The celebration is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“I think that it’s a great thing to be part of the community, especially as one of the oldest buildings in Dade City,” said Tony David, The Edwinola’s interim executive director. “There’s a lot of history and a lot of families’ memories and loved ones here at The Edwinola, and we’ve never really celebrated The Edwinola like this. We’ve had grand openings when we opened our floors or renovations, but never like this.”
Originally constructed as a hotel in 1912, The Edwinola’s name stems from a combination of the original owners’ names, Edwin and Lola Gasque.
The building’s use didn’t convert into a retirement community until the 1980s.
The three-story structure has gone through a number of renovations, including the latest in 2017, but it still features its iconic Doric columns, wrap-around porches and Mansard roof.
Besides enjoying the party outdoors, The Edwinola is offering tours that day, for folks who want to take a look around.
David is enthusiastic about the upcoming event.
“It looks like we’re having a really good response and we’re excited for everything — the community seems excited, too,” David said. “I really believe that it will really bring the community closer to The Edwinola and absolutely give our residents something to do, which they might not always get to. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The Edwinola’s 110th Celebration
Where: Agnes Lamb Park, 14200 Ninth St., in Dade City
When: April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Southern-style picnic block party featuring live music, games, raffles and more. Open to the public.
Info: Call 352- 567-6500, or visit TheEdwinola.com.
Published April 20, 2022