What is it like living in Cumberland Village? One resident, Grayce Weibley, wants to show you – one interview at a time. The writer originally from Lecanto, FL is sharing stories of the interesting and special people that make Cumberland Village a true community.

The campus of Cumberland Village is blanketed in trees and shrubs, with flowers bursting in their glory. It could be inviting you to stroll among its premises. You just might find someone with a very interesting past, or even present! Some residents are still engaged in making the world go ‘round today. It was my pleasure to become a friend of Art and Gwen Graves. Gwen is a very sweet lady and very active in Cumberland’s activities. Ask her about the “cats” project. She is also a cheerleader for her talented husband. Art is a master at wood carving. He made a cane out of one piece of wood, twirled in a circular manner. It’s an amazing piece of art. His home is covered in big and small pieces of furniture he has made. His eyes twinkle when he walks over to the standing jewelry cabinet he made for his charming wife. It is a masterpiece and deserves their pride! When the Graves lived in Augusta,  Art carved a beautiful wooden cross, a curio cabinet and several other pieces for his church, Marvin United Methodist. Thank you, friends, for the beauty, joy and peace you continue to spread with your talents in your world and ours! Cumberland Village is an Aiken retirement community filled with interesting people with fascinating stories.

About Art Graves:  Art Graves joined the Marines at age 17 and served for 28 years until retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He then joined the education field as a professor for another 28 years, teaching most recently