Community Center To Celebrate 20th Anniversary In February

By: William F. Galvin

Community Center Director Carolyn Carey is promoting a 20-year celebration for the community center during the month of February. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH — The community center is planning a 20th anniversary party that will run for the month of February. The actual anniversary, which celebrates the opening of the center, will be Feb. 5, and events on that day will include the showing of the video “Then and Now” at the center.

“I’m really excited about turning 20. I was excited at 10 years,” said Community Center Director Carolyn Carey. “The building has come a long way and the community has done it. We want to make this building everything the town wanted it to be.”

There are a number of activities planned for February to celebrate 20 years in 2020, Carey said.

On Feb. 1, “Fairy Finley” has invited her fairy friends to come stay for a while. She has 11 friends who have taken up residence at some town properties. The only problem is she does not know where they are, and she's looking for help.

People will be able to pick up packets on Feb. 1 and begin the hunt for fairy doors at homes located throughout town, primarily in town buildings and at the chamber of commerce. The packets are due back on Feb. 19 when the community center will host a kids' breakfast at 9 a.m. for the scavenger hunters. Special gifts will be provided to those who have found all the doors.

On Feb. 2, there will be a Soup-er-Bowl Sundae Party so people can come to the center and enjoy a bowl of soup, do some bowling in the multi-purpose room and make sundaes from noon to 2 p.m., and then they can head home and prepare for the big game.

She said as part of the birthday celebration on Feb. 5, there will be a walk down memory lane and thanks to all the people who were involved from the beginning. A time capsule capsule will be put together and they are encouraging people throughout the community to participate in filling it. It will be opened in 2040. The time capsule event will be conducted in conjunction with the 3 p.m. “Then and Now” video showing.

There will be a cake contest and prizes for cakes that best represent what bakers think of the community center. Prizes will be provided for different categories and age groups. (Ingredients must be listed to prevent allergy complications.)

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Bean Town Medium Ruthie Larkin will perform in the gym from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free, but due to limited seating, tickets must be issued in advance and will be provided on a first-come-first served basis. Tickets are limited to two tickets per person. Larkin will move about the room selecting members of the audience as the spirit connects with her.

“You won’t want to miss this show,” Carey said.

The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble will also be the headliner in a dance planned for Feb. 28 at the center. Carey said the multi-purpose room can only hold 100 individuals so she is urging people to sign up if they are planning to attend. The dance will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at 508-430-7568.

“We’re feeding you a lot, but we also want to keep you healthy,” Carey said, so the weight room will be opened to non-members over the month for a one-time opportunity to discover the exercise facilities there so people can decide if they’d like to become a member.

All the events are free during the birthday celebration. Carey said they have money in the community center gift account to fund events like these.