June 2015

HHC’s History

How we got here — Where we are going

HHC is a 750-member chartered HOA club, founded in the fall of 2008 by Bill and Jane Daly, Joan Donnelly, Bets Knepley, Frank Lamm and Ken Duck. Becoming a member is as simple as signing up for HHC’s email list which provides you timely announcements of our monthly programs.

          Our constant mission has been:   To present monthly, professional-caliber performances for the enjoyment of Heritage Hunt residents and their guests —the best possible shows at the best possible price.

          In pursuing this mission, HHC has become a central element of Heritage Hunt’s award-winning lifestyle.

          In our first season, Heritage Hunt residents and their guests enjoyed eight classical programs — ranging from small ensembles to a 36-person orchestra. We even had a Viennese waltz program for Valentine’s Day, accompanied by chocolate-covered strawberries! The following summer, we launched a three-month Americana series — featuring distinctly-American musical genres such as bluegrass, jazz, ragtime, cajun, dixieland, swing and rock ‘n roll.

          September’s resumption of classical programming  featured a solo piano performance by South African pianist, Petronel Malan — unfortunately resulting in the breakdown of the clubhouse piano, causing the artist to cancel her planned encore presentation. As a result, HHC donated to the HOA a brand new Mason and Hamlin AA piano, selected by a piano search committee assembled under the auspices of the HOA Facilities Committee. The following May, while receiving six standing ovations, Ukrainian pianist, Elena Ulyanove dedicated this marvelous instrument to the memory of Fritzee Lank, late wife of HHC member John J. Lank who provided three-quarters of the funds for its purchase. Audience members and artists alike continue to thoroughly enjoy this instrument. John Eaton, a frequent performer at the Barns of Wolftrap, remarked: “You have to come all the way to Gainesville to get a decent piano.”

          “Fritzee’s piano” plays a central role in our programming: in 2014 alone, we presented two classical solo performances, a trio reprising 30s & 40s movie and show tunes, a solo presentation of Hoagie Carmichael, George Gershwin and other favorites and a quintet dedicated to performing Brazilian tangos.

          Building on this successful record, HHC has adopted a yearly program mix of: four classical programs, four rock ‘n roll programs and four “best of the rest” programs. We are also moving upscale, by seeking out more prominent acts, national acts — sometimes with correspondingly higher costs, as we continue to present “the best possible shows at the best possible price.”

HHC President

Bill Daly