It was a "root-tooting" time when 120 residents and visitors clapped their hands at an old fashioned hoedown held at Fountain Crest at 1230 Taylor Lane Extension. Most visitors were wearing big straw hats and were clapping while Ern Hooten played his guitar.
Denise Stuckey, Fountain Crest's marketing director, said this is but one of the many events held there during the year and that it is open to the people of Lehigh and there is no admittance fee.
"We just want to provide some fun for any of our residents and many visitors who stop by to have a corndog and refreshments, a big straw hat and lots of good country music, mixed in with many favorites from over the years," Stuckey said.
Pete Petritis and Jeanette Veach dance during the annual country music hoedown held at Fountain Crest in Lehigh.
The dining room was packed from wall to wall at Fountain Crest with the crowd spilling out into the front entrance hall.
The band also included Hooten's wife, Patti Hooten. They are from Lehigh Acres and are known as "Two Hoots."
The program began at 2 p.m. and lasted to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7.
"We were really happy with the big crowd," Stuckey said. She also said that different events are planned during the year for the public and residents of the assisted living complex. The next program is scheduled in September and the program will be announced.
"We enjoy performing for this group," said Patti Hooten, the other half of "Two Hoots."
Such entertainment is provided every quarter of the year, Stuckey said.
Pete Petritis and Jeanette Veach, who were sitting at the same table during the show, were the first to get up and dance to the music, tapping their feet as they danced in front of the large crowd.
"That was lots of fun," Petritis, a resident of Fountain Crest said.
Ted Urban and Marie St.Pierre were sitting in the back of the large dining room and said they were enjoying the hoedown but wished the loud speakers in the rear of the dining room were louder, "so we can hear it better," one of them said.
The staff at Fountain Crest was running back and forth throughout the crowd, serving refreshments to those who attended. And Stuckey even provided corn dogs to everyone.
"When was the last time you hand one of those," she asked.
Stuckey even participated in the line dancing and making sure everyone was having fun. Before the program began, she was passing out the big straw hats.
"We have to make this a real hoedown," she laughed.