Community Center

We opened our Community Center on August 29th, 2015. Since then, it has become a valued community resource.  It is open Monday through Friday, and is located located in the Meadow Mall in the former bank space between Boothbay Harbor Framers and the Family Dollar store. The Community Center is staffed, furnished, and run entirely by volunteers. We offer free tea and coffee, snacks, and wifi and a warm welcome to visitors of all ages. We also offer about 40 classes per week, all free, and all taught by volunteers. The center has several rooms, including a lovely lobby area, office space, an arts and crafts room, a puzzle room, a resource room, and areas to hold classes, meetings, and/or play cards or board games, a teaching room, and a computer area. Across the hall, we have an Exercise Annex and a Fiber Arts room for weaving, knitting, crocheting, etc.

The Community Center won the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce “Community Improvement Award” in 2016 and 2017, and the Community Service award in 2017.

Meadow Mall, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME

Community Center Phone: 633-9876

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday (September thru June)

10 am to 2 pm Monday-Friday (July and August)

All Ages Welcome            Free WiFi, Coffee, Tea, and Snacks

Here’s a brief Intro Video:

Intro to the Community Center Video

The video was created by Boothbay Region Community Television, Channel 7 BRCTV.org.

The Community Center was a healing gift to our community from the Wellness Foundation. It is free and open to all ages. Come by for a smile, a hug, and a free cup of coffee or tea and a home-baked snack. Free WiFi, too!

The Wellness Foundation Community Center Committee leased and furnished this lovely, welcoming space and is making it available, free of charge, staffed by volunteers.

 

Cribbage is a popular activity every day at the Community Center.

Cribbage is a popular activity every day at the Community Center.                                          Photo by Bob Crink

There is a buffet area for potluck lunches and quiet spaces to sit and read or enjoy a conversation with a friend. There are tables for playing games or using a computer, and a room for puzzles and reading.

Photo by Bob Crink

Serious Puzzlers’ Mary Nolan and Dwight Lewis and friends                                            Photo by Bob Crink

From the beginning, the committee decided that The Community Center will become what people need it to be. We have two sign up boards for people. One asks:

  • “What would you like to have here?”

and the other asks:

  • “What can you provide?’”

People who would like to teach classes or start groups fill in a form and post their class/session times. In this way everyone using the center makes it their own.

Women practicing with cameras

Taking a photography class                                                                                                   Photo by Bob Crink

The center is a place where people teach and help each other. As a result, volunteers and teachers are area residents of all ages who have an interest or expertise in a particular subject. Classes include crafts, knitting, quilting, genealogy, cribbage, and a variety of other subjects. “Maybe someone wants to see saxophone lessons,” Good said. “Another person could write that they’d be willing to come in and teach those classes. This is a community-driven and community-powered center, a project to bring people together. This is a place where everyone is welcome and no one has to sit home alone and lonely.

School kids teach adults how to master social media. (Photo by Bob Crink)

School kids teach adults how to master social media. Photo by Bob Crink

Operating Hours

The Community Center is currently open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm during July and August, and 10 to 4 pm from September through June.  Classes and support groups are also held in the evenings and on weekends.

How and Why a Community Center Came to be?

A senior center had been discussed by the Foundation for the past 1-1/2 years and a committee of five members was formed to explore options. Three members of the committee visited the Bangor Senior Center, which Shawn Lewin knew from his previous residence in that area. He, Jane Good, and Margaret Perritt were given a tour of the Bangor center and they quickly realized that the same type of center would benefit Boothbay region’s seniors. Other members of the committee are Donna Morey and Ted Schmidt.

Community Center Governance Committee: (from left) Capt. Ted Schmidt, Shawn Lewin, Jane B. Good, Margaret Perritt, Donna Morey

Community Center Governance Committee: (from left) Capt. Ted Schmidt, Shawn Lewin, Jane B. Good, Margaret Perritt, Donna Morey

The Committee pitched the idea to the Wellness Foundation Board in June, 2015. The proposal was accepted to run the Center for a year as a pilot. Within 30 days, the Committee had raised enough money to feel confident that the Foundation could fund the Center (with the help of donations from the community), and leased the space.

Incredible Community Support!

The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. Many people have contributed their time, talent, and elbow grease to get the Community Center set up with furniture, books, and supplies. Donations of furniture, manual labor, carpentry, cleaning, plumbing, and computer support have been pouring in. Local residents are excited about using the Community Center.

Moving Organ to Senior CenterPhoto: Courtesy Katrina Clark–Boothbay Register

Ira Machon (back), Stephen Pitcher, and Daren Graves (right) move the organ donated by Jessie Lewis into the Community Center.

Free for All!

There are no membership fees, and no dues to pay. If the Community Center is as successful as we hope it will be, we believe that the four towns on our peninsula and our many year-round and seasonal residents will provide the ongoing financial support to keep it operating. We can also switch to a paid membership fee, if necessary, to pay the rent and utilities, in the coming years.

Come Drop In! Join the Fun!

Comments

  1. I’m interested in holding a class for up to four participants called “From Memory to Memoir.” It would take place once a week for six weeks. This is not for people who consider themselves writers, but for people who have a story they’d like to pass along to family and friends and would enjoy editing and polishing it.

    It’s based on an online course I designed, https://memory2memoir.net.

    You can learn more about my writing and teaching style at http://BarbsPen.com. I also can be found at http://linkedin.com/in/barbarasburt.

    I will stop in at the Center on Tuesday (tomorrow) to talk about the course.

    • Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation says:

      Hi Barbara,
      This sounds fantastic! I presume you have already spoken with Jane Good about it. But, if not, the right process is to fill in a form requesting to lead a class and to discuss it with her or her delegate. Jane is at the Community Center on Mondays and Tuesdays. I LOVE your idea!

      Patty Seybold, Board President

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