Once a year, the Rutherford County Extension and Community Association (ECA) members are involved in a fun and fellowship day for themselves, stepping aside from their monthly community service projects and educational programs.
Recently, that Mystery Fun Day was celebrated with approximately thirty members and guests attending. This year's theme was "A Dream Vacation". Prior to the event, County Council President and Mystery Fun Day chair, Cathy Holmes, asked members to think of where they would select as a dream vacation destination and come dressed in typical attire for that place. Many chose Hawaii. Other choices were Italy, France, and Australia. The room decor reflected the colorful "island look" with items such as pineapples, orchids, palm leaves, and seashells. A tri-fold board also depicted various vacation vistas.
Each year there is a Mystery Queen selected; our queen was Jane Waters. The surprised queen receives gifts and a seat of honor. We enjoyed a Christmas In August game with prizes and a mini fashion show featuring those who chose to dress for their dream vacation. Candy Ash greeted each attendee with a lei and a hand-crocheted flower hair accessory. One guest, Mary LoPresti, who lived in Hawaii for nine years, taught us motions to two songs the islanders would sing. This was an unexpected highlight of our afternoon.
The food committee served a bountiful lunch including pulled pork sliders, chicken salad sandwiches, chips, a fruit compote, and desserts of chocolate cookies and a strawberry/banana trifle. Punch and water were beverages. The goal of Mystery Fun Day is to laugh, strengthen friendships, and have FUN. We clearly met our goal!
Rutherford County Extension & Community Association (ECA) is an affiliate of the North Carolina Extension & Community Association (NCECA, Inc.) and serves as an outreach of NC State Extension and its Family & Consumer Sciences programs.
ECA's mission is to strengthen families through education, leadership, and community involvement. Educational programs are provided by NC State University and AT&T State University
Any Rutherford County resident can become an ECA member.
For more information about ECA contact Tracy Davis Extension Agent Family & Consumer Sciences Rutherford County Extension 828-287-6020.
MORE ABOUT ECA
ECA members participate in activities that encourage learning, enhance leadership skills and inspire community involvement.
• TOURS, WORKSHOPS, & PROJECTS: Learning is at the core of ECA. Access to the unlimited resources of two major state universities provides experiences in a variety of educational programs, tours, and projects. These fun, learning activities are available at county, district, or state levels for all members.
• PERSONAL GROWTH & ENRICHMENT: Personal enrichment is a benefit that members list as their top reason for staying involved in ECA. Members gain insight and understanding, develop new talents, and strengthen leadership skills that improve quality of life for themselves, their families, and their community.
• CELEBRATIONS, CONTESTS, & MORE: Fun and fellowship is incorporated into every ECA activity from meetings and workshops to parties and projects. While learning and developing skills is important, having fun is a necessity. We're always looking for a reason to celebrate.