Children’s Activities

 "We wanted to provide some activities for the children," explained Eleanore Page, one of those present at the first Community Center organizational meeting. Over the years there have been visits from Santa and Easter egg hunts for the little ones, Halloween parties, hay rides and bowling nights for older children, dances for teen-agers and ice skating, swimming, skiing and Christmas caroling for everyone.

"Fun, fun fun!!!" says an exuberant report from the Senior High teenagers, May 1956. "Twelve dances, two hayrides, one ice skating party and one evening trail ride." The March 1956 Gazette reported, "The adults have been living it up to some extent. So far there have been three square dances for the old folks with an average attendance of 24 and a grand time was had by all." Square dances continued to be held the last Saturday of the month for the next four years.

Thursday night was bridge night at the old school house for several years. There have been exercise classes and art, dance, swimming and baton twirling lessons. Residents have taught their neighbors Spanish, crocheting, how to play bridge, how to make quilts and color prints and many other skills.

The bookmobile began stopping at the Community Center in 1967 and the Center became a polling place in 1975. Boy Scouts and 4-H groups meet regularly at the Center. There have often been Cub Scout dens and Brownie Scout troops and baseball teams. Sporting goods exchanges have been held in the fall so residents can profitably swap old skis and skates. The best attended activity, aside from the Fair, is the annual chicken barbecue. The Center building and grounds are available for use by any members. There have been many quilting and other work bees, countless meetings, group picnics and at least one wedding.