More than 3,000 Linden Oaks residents enjoyed a warm spring afternoon with free food, drinks and fun at the Picerne Military Housing Annual Spring Festival, April 27.
Fort Bragg’s on-post housing provider, along with Brickman Group and Windstream Communications, provided bounce houses, arts and crafts, balloon sculptures, sports games and ‘King Croc,’ a 30 foot inflatable dual slide.
The event at the Linden Oaks Club House was the third carnival Picerne held for on post residents. Festivals were also held at Casablanca/Anzio Acres and Nijmegen neighborhood centers, said Karen Orwin, Picerne Military Housing communications specialist.
“We do this because it’s a great way to have a positive interaction with our residents. We love interacting with our residents every day whether it’s in the neighborhood center or if it’s us fixing something in their home or simply to say hi,” said Orwin.
The Linden Oaks residents seemed to enjoy the day judging by the smiles on their faces as they took in all the fun.
“This is pretty nice. This is good for the kids,” said Kelly Shuler, wife of Sgt. Perry Shuler, Company E., 3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Her children Kortney, 7, and Austin, 4, were creating works of art at the arts and crafts booth. “It makes me feel this is a close community.”
Picerne has put on festivals for post housing residents since 2003, said Scarlett Tyner, Picerne communications manager.