For many residents, the decision to move to Deerfield may be our amazing Wellness Center, for others it is the beautifully landscaped, walkable campus. But for Joe Pawlick, Deerfield resident of 3 years, the woodworking center was the main draw.

This time of year, you’ll find him busy as an elf in the woodshop creating toys that he distributes each year to such organizations as the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and Eliada Homes in Asheville. “I spend 20-30 hours a week in the woodshop, and I knew that this facility had to be first class,” said Joe.

Joe’s toy-building began about 25 years ago when the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers asked each of their members to make a toy for the “toys for tots” program. Joe, then a resident of Estill Springs, Tennessee, and a model and furniture builder for over 60 years, settled on a sturdy, all wood truck design.

That design was modified over time to increase its ruggedness, and Joe has since added school buses, locomotives,bulldozers, and even doll cradles and finely crafted jewelry boxes to his portfolio of designs.

Joe’s original truck donation 25 years ago to his woodworkers group has become an annual obsession for him. Again this year, he will be happily crafting his trucks and locomotives, and anticipating how his handiwork will bring a little extra cheer to a deserving child’s Christmas.

Make the holidays extra special for someone special with a feel good gift from Deerfield’s Riverwalk Spa. A gift certificate is perfect for anyone on your gift list – whether family or friend, everyone will enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at our luxurious spa. Gift certificates are available for purchase in any
amount using check, cash or credit card. Call 828-210-4636.

“Longevity” celebrated at the recent 60th Anniversary celebration:

Mrs. Celia Barfield, resident since 1995, and Mrs. Monty Richardson, resident since 1996. Standing are Dick Johannes, Resident Council Chair, Shirley Burnette, Director of Human resources (40 years at Deerfield!), and Robert Wernet, President/CEO.

Asheville Named as One of the World's Best Cities

The National Geographic book calls Asheville "a mecca of awesome mountain scenery, bohemian art and high southern cuisine."


Asheville: The South’s Insider Destination

Long an insider’s escape for Southerners, Asheville, N.C., is catching on fast with the rest of the country.

Deerfield is committed to a tradition of sharing time, talents, and treasures.  To learn more, view Connections: Deerfield's 2015 Report on Social Accountability (PDF).

Please join us for our 60th anniversary celebration on Sunday, October 11th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Blue Ridge Room.

• Site work is currently on schedule.

• Engineering design plans are in process.

• Phase I scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

Deerfield staff and residents participated in a bike ride to raise awareness and money for MemoryCare, a local organization that provides support to people with memory challenges and their families and caregivers. The Ride to the Summits originated here at Deerfield, and participants set out to different mountaintop destinations. 

Cheryl Gettinger, Director of Philanthropy, Rick Hester, Maintenance, and Dr. William Atkins, Deerfield resident, rode up to the top of Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway while Matt Sharpe, Director of Resident Services, summited Mt. Mitchell. Additional residents and staff, including CEO Bob Wernet, got involved in the first stretch, a fun ride around the Deerfield campus before the four main riders departed.

The event began with a brief ceremony where blessings were bestowed upon the riders and their bikes, a few of which were loaned for the event by Liberty Bicycles. Attendees walked or rode to the home of Jerry DeLand for a special breakfast gathering with a pottery demonstration by Clara Gibbons. Mr. DeLand, who serves on MemoryCare’s board of directors, worked alongside Cheryl Gettinger to plan and facilitate the event. To date, $4,130.00 has been raised to help MemoryCare carry out its mission, all of which will be matched dollar for dollar by Deerfield as part of our social accountability program.