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September 17, 2013 > Masonic communities celebrate Autumnal harvest

Masonic communities celebrate Autumnal harvest

Submitted By Terry Mendez

More than 300 residents and staff of Acacia Creek continuing care retirement community and the Masonic Home at Union City celebrated "Tomato Palooza" on Sept. 5, 2013.

Tomato Palooza is the retirement communities' annual celebration of the tomato harvest at their on-site organic garden. The garden, which grows more than 27 varieties of tomatoes, is tended by community residents, whose age averages 85. All plants are grown from seeds and sprouted in the community's greenhouse.

As part of the celebration, a king and queen were crowned and more than 100 residents paraded, showcasing dance and musical talents; those with walkers and power chairs also took part. The Fremont Christian School Jazz Band provided Dixieland Jazz music throughout the parade. Guests enjoyed a variety of tomato-themed foods, including two varieties of Bloody Mary's, fried green tomatoes, stuffed tomatoes, and fresh salsas.

The Masonic Home at Union City and Acacia Creek are committed to a vibrant culture of successful aging, which emphasizes healthy, active living at every stage of life. Learn more at and

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