Residents Reinvent “Welcome Wagon”


Deerfield residents Marilyn and Bill Hubbard are actively involved in the vibrant Asheville community, known for its restaurants, galleries, shops, performance venues, outdoor activities, and breweries. Having lived in the area for nearly 20 years before moving to Deerfield in 2013, the Hubbards decided that volunteering for the Deerfield Relations Committee was the best way they could share their knowledge with new residents to help relieve their anxieties about the city, and enable them to enjoy its offerings. “I want them to be aware of what our local businesses and creative culture has to offer and how to take advantage of the opportunities,” said Bill. “I invite them to join our residents only ‘Local Music Scene’ email list which includes openings and events at music venues, museums and art galleries.” The Hubbards also created what they call “R and D” – Ride and Dine. By sharing rides with their new neighbors, eating together, and then enjoying an event, new residents become better acquainted with one another, as well as find new things to do in the area. “We provide them with a five-page introduction to Asheville that includes some history, maps and a list of our favorite area attractions, including brochures from several of the venues,” said Marilyn. “It’s sort of our version of Welcome Wagon!” The Deerfield community is known for its warm and hospitable atmosphere, and the Hubbards are an integral part of making that happen. They are passionately involved in the local area and eager to share that passion and knowledge with others who have chosen to make Deerfield their home.