Hiers-Baxley opens innovative Life Event Center in The Villages

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services has opened a new multi-purpose facility in The Villages to better serve families and the community in Central Florida. The 12,000 sq. ft. building offers a versatile space featuring three multi-purpose rooms that can host a variety of life’s celebratory events.
“This Life Event Center offers the business community an outstanding location with top-notch facilities and state-of-the-art amenities. The center was specifically designed with the flexibility to hold meetings, celebrations and conferences for groups large and small,” said Justin Baxley, Senior Vice President of Hiers-Baxley. “In addition, it further expands Hiers-Baxley’s capability to provide families with a venue to host all of their important milestone events, not just funerals.”

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services has opened a new multi-purpose facility in The Villages.

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services has opened a new multi-purpose facility in The Villages.

The building, designed by KP Studio Architects of Ocala, sits on 2.5 acres in the Buffalo Ridge area. It has been in the planning stages for more than two years and construction has been ongoing for almost a year. It boasts the latest in technology and includes a 12 ft. tall by 34 ft. wide projection screen, which is an important component of the firm’s proprietary ShareLife® multi-sensory technology platform.
“Our objective is to offer relaxed surroundings and inviting décor in every room of the Life Event Center to make our guests as comfortable as possible when they are here for an event,” said Lisa High, the location manager of the facility. “We want people coming back to us to hold every meaningful family celebration in our facility, including weddings, parties, reunions and receptions.”
An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for May 20. Tours showcasing the features of each room within the facility will be offered as well as food and entertainment.


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  1. hal kapell says

    Reminds me of Jack Paar’s famous “Water Closet” joke in 1960:

    “An English lady, while visiting Switzerland, was looking for a room, and she asked the schoolmaster if he could recommend any to her. He took her to see several rooms, and when everything was settled, the lady returned to her home to make the final preparations to move.

    When she arrived home, the thought suddenly occurred to her that she had not seen a “W.C.” [water closet, a euphemism for toilet] around the place. So she immediately wrote a note to the schoolmaster asking him if there were a “W.C.” around. The [Swiss] schoolmaster was a very poor student of English, so he asked the [Swiss] parish priest if he could help in the matter. Together they tried to discover the meaning of the letters “W.C.,” and the only solution they could find for the letters was “Wayside Chapel.” The schoolmaster then wrote to the English lady the following note:

    Dear Madam:
    I take great pleasure in informing you that the W.C. is situated nine miles from the house you occupy, in the center of a beautiful grove of pine trees surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people and it is open on Sunday and Thursday only. As there are a great number of people and they are expected during the summer months, I would suggest that you come early: although there is plenty of standing room as a rule. You will no doubt be glad to hear that a good number of people bring their lunch and make a day of it; while others who can afford to go by car arrive just in time. I would especially recommend that your ladyship go on Thursday when there is a musical accompaniment. It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the W.C. and it was there that she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats. There were ten people to a seat ordinarily occupied by one. It was wonderful to see the expression on their faces. The newest attraction is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held to provide plush seats for all the people, since they feel it is a long felt need. My wife is rather delicate, so she can’t attend regularly. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children, there is a special time and place so that they will not disturb the elders. Hoping to have been of service to you, I remain,
    The Schoolmaster”

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