June 23rd, 2017

Meet Your Lifestyle Director: Melissa Day

At Orchard Ridge, Freehold Communities’ new master-planned community in Liberty Hill, residents will enjoy fresh, bountiful produce from onsite gardens and orchards, resort-style amenities like the state-of-the-art Fitness Center and family fun pool, and a location that combines the best of small town living with big city attractions just miles away. But the truly unique thing about this community is the health and community-focused lifestyle and year-round calendar of events, clubs and activities that are made possible by our full-time Lifestyle Director.

Orchard Ridge is excited to introduce your new Lifestyle Director, Melissa Day! Melissa is thrilled to lead Orchard Ridge’s lifestyle programming and create a fun and inviting environment for residents, whose interests will shape many of the planned events and activities. “I want to help create memories for residents,” she says. “Whether I am directly involved, or if I simply help bring people together to build relationships, my goal is build a community of warmth and kindness.”

From the Panhandle of Texas to the bakery trays of Liberty Hill, Orchard Ridge’s new Lifestyle Director is a Texas native hoping to bring some small-town charm and connectivity to our community. Melissa is the mother of a teenage son and newly adopted mastiff. She has a background in marketing and communications, and recently helped her boyfriend manage the Liberty Hill Bakery, which catered the Grand Opening of Orchard Ridge in February of this year. “I quickly realized how much fun they were having and looked into the possibility of joining the team,” she explains. “Fortunately, the opportunity became open for me to take the role at Orchard Ridge – the exact spot I catered!”

Having been involved with Orchard Ridge almost since the beginning, Melissa was excited to jump right in and start planning events and activities tailored specifically to Orchard Ridge families. “Liberty Hill is a small, country town,” says Day, and Orchard Ridge was designed to have that same small-town feel and “foster connections” among residents through community programs and a shared focus on healthy living.

Much of the lifestyle programming will be centered around the great amenities available at Orchard Ridge, but residents’ interests will also influence the types of clubs and events offered. “The playground and pool area will be a major attraction for families, but I hope the pond and large park will engage families to have picnics or impromptu soccer games,” says Day. Pool parties at the resort-style pool and splash pad, running clubs on the nearly two miles of trails and community BBQ’s at the outdoor pavilion are just a few of the possible programs. “Eventually, I would love to have residents teaching classes and sharing their talents with the community. Teens teaching the older generation about social media is definitely a possibility!”

Spending time outdoors and connecting with nature are also unique components of the Orchard Ridge lifestyle. “I love the idea of farm to fork, and the gardens and orchards bring such possibilities,” says Melissa, who is most excited for the Community Gardens and orchards. “I can plan so many things around the gardens and orchards! Harvesting, cooking classes, farmers’ markets, exercise classes – this is definitely a unique opportunity!”

The Grand Opening of Orchard Ridge’s amenities will happen later this summer, and Day is planning a kickoff event in August just in time for the first families to start moving in. She adds, “For the fall, I have several plans including harvesting and working in the gardens. The holidays have always had a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to all the festivities surrounding the magical time of year.”

We’re excited to welcome Melissa to the Orchard Ridge family and know she’s excited to meet you! Stay tuned for details about the Amenity Center Grand Opening happening this summer where you can meet Lifestyle Director Melissa in person and experience all of Orchard Ridge’s unique resort-style amenities for yourself! Join the Founders Club to be among the first to receive an invitation and the opportunity to RSVP for this exciting event!