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Thirsty Thursday at The Villages

Meagan Smith and her team at The Villages at the River Club hosted their inaugural Thirsty Thursday event recently, providing refreshments, an opportunity to meet and greet the staff, and tours of the property's beautiful accommodations and numerous amenities.

“We are super excited that this day has finally come,” Smith said. “I've been with The Villages since February, but this project has been about three years in the making. We are finally to the point where we have our first move-ins.”

Smith describes the facility as a “luxury mid-rise.”

“At this point, we have our independent living suites,” Smith said. “Next, we'll have 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom independent homes with garages, and then we'll have assisted living and memory care residences available.”

Phase 1 has 76 suites with setups for every lifestyle. There are 1-bedroom suites, and 2-bedroom/2-bathroom suites in various sizes. There are washer and dryer hookups, and full kitchens in every unit.

Living at The Villages is somewhat all-inclusive. Meals, prepared by Executive Chef Jimmie Theal, are included as well as housekeeping services, all utilities, and full access to the River Club golf course.

“We have three dining rooms on site, the Screaming Eagle Pub, the main dining area, and the College Cafe,” Smith said. “There is also a salon, a fitness center, a theater, a billiards room, and a game room. Living here is like being on a cruise ship. You get everything," said Smith.

For more information, contact Meagan Smith or Alison Hurt by phone at (931) 552-7455 or visit them online at

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