The Gatherings in Surry, Maine is a place to bring our community together for activities such as adult education, support groups, book clubs, talent shows, community potlucks, local foods, art classes, exercise groups, game nights, senior coffee clubs and youth programs.
In May 2016, the Gatherings opened in a building across the street from the Surry post office with a large room downstairs set up with movable furniture to create a large meeting room, small performance venue or party room. A kitchen and adjoining cafe area allows people to host meals or get together with neighbors for a cup of tea or game of scrabble. A lending library occupies a small book nook between the café / kitchen and large room.
Funds are being raised to renovate the second floor so another room, which can cater especially to the younger members of our community, will have space for activities such as crafts, Legos, board games and maybe even a ping-pong table. Having this safe place near the main room will make it possible for more parents to participate in community activities. Exercise and / or office equipment may be available in the other second floor room along with space for yoga, meditation and other activities.
The large lawn is perfect for outdoor games and holiday activities. Eventually, it will include a community garden, orchard and playground.
We have support from the town selectmen, town committees, local businesses and other nonprofits in the area. More than 100 donors and volunteers have gotten us well on our way, and we hope that others can help us take our next step.