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Carolina Bay At Autumn Hall Senior Living Holds Its Second Annual Pinewood Derby

August 29, 2023

Residents and staff of Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall senior living community in Wilmington, NC, held their second annual Pinewood Derby earlier this month.

Pinewood Derby LineupThe Boy Scouts of America first created the Pinewood Derby 70 years ago. The races pitted miniature wooden cars against each other with the purpose of inspiring a sense of accomplishment, sportsmanship and excitement.

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall’s Pinewood Derby was the culmination of weeks of designing, decorating, and assembling the cars. The finished products sported playful themes, including the Taylor Swift Eras Tour, Angry Birds, a pirate ship, mermaids, the Batmobile, Bazooka Gum, plus many others.

The derby could not have been executed without Cub Scout Troop 242 of Wilmington. The scout master came to Carolina Bay the night before the race to set up their professional derby track. He and one of his scouts assisted racers on the day of the event to assure everything went smoothly.

The race drew 35 participants in a total of 33 heats. Following the heats, the scores were averaged and awards were given to first, second and third-place entries. The champion, Judy Meyers, who was incredibly excited to win the first time she ever participated, declared, “Girl power!” Residents Jerry Harris and Bill Johnson won second and third place after two tied races, followed by one almost too close to call.

Pinewood Derby 2023 WinnerThe eagerly anticipated event at Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall was an opportunity for some residents to relive cherished memories, as well as others who experienced the Pinewood Derby for the first time.

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall is a full-service luxury rental retirement community set amid a greenery-filled campus and easily accessible to Wilmington, North Carolina’s bustling shopping, historic and dining districts and island beaches. Carolina Bay offers independent living that supports a vibrant lifestyle for active seniors. Bradley Creek Health Center, located onsite, provides assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing for both residents of Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall and the surrounding area, thus providing a complete continuum of care for seniors. Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall is owned and operated by Liberty Senior Living, LLC, a division of Liberty Healthcare Management that specializes in senior living and retirement communities. To learn more about Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall, please visit To learn more about Liberty Senior Living and the communities they offer, please visit .

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Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall

630 Carolina Bay Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403


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740 Diamond Shoals Road
Wilmington, NC 28403