Vincentia’s Betty Hume has celebrated her 90th birthday in style.
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To mark the event her friends and art colleagues staged two days of celebrations, starting with an afternoon party in Vincentia on February 4 with the mandatory birthday cake and speeches of course.
That was followed by a cruise on the Shoalhaven River, almost to Bundanon, with a second birthday cake and more adulation and speeches.
The Butter Factory at Pyree opened especially on February 5 for lunch with 33 people gathered to complete the celebrations and finish off the birthday cake.
Betty is the definition of fit and active even at 90.
Her schedule leaves most of her younger friends just dizzy with envy.
She was an active diver well into 80s until the sad death of her husband Don recently.
Now she does morning exercises, still drives herself around, has an extensive garden, grows vegetables, and has an orchid collection.
She is a life member of Nowra Players and still works on sets for them, currently working on the set for the next production Uncle Vanya, using her experience from her work with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust and Mary Loveridge’s costume designs, who previously worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She has worked on many productions including the set for Away in 2015.
She recently decided she needed a new interest so took up drawing classes.
And when you think that must be a full calendar, she is probably most well-known for her work with Shoalhaven Potters.
She was a foundation member of Shoalhaven Potters, is the current president, attends most Monday and Friday sessions at the old schoolhouse at Pyree, giving lessons to newcomers and helping all there.
And when you think she must need a rest, she works on nearly every sausage sizzle at the monthly Potters and Craft market at Pyree.
Held on the fourth Sunday of every month except December (where it is the third Sunday).
Betty is always there bright and early, setting up her own table and helping with the sausage sizzle until pack-up time.
Betty probably has only one thing left to do, write a book on how to defeat dementia and alzheimer’s by leading a full, active, and helpful community minded life.
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