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. The kitchen area allows people to host meals or get together with neighbors for a cup of tea and a game of scrabble, cribbage or what ever strikes your fancy. A small library has created the book nook between the café /kitchen and large room.
Thanks to a generous donation from then the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the renovations to the second floor are almost complete. This expanded space allows us to better cater to the younger members of our community, with space for activities such as crafts, Legos, board games and a Foosball table. Having this safe place near the main rooms will make it possible for more parents to participate in community activities without the worry of childcare. The other room on the second floor will be left as an open area for meetings, exercise/yoga classes, co working office space and more!
The large lawn is perfect for outdoor games and celebrations. 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 200 donors and volunteers have gotten us this far, and we hope that others can help move us into the future.