Dublin

Celebrating the Heart of Dublin

Dublin: Donors gather at the Community Center on Main Street for a reception

  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.
  • The Dublin Community Center welcomed donors for an evening of celebration Friday night.

DUBLIN — Dublin Community Center Board of Trustees and donors gathered Friday at the home of the new community center to celebrate prior to the final stretch of work needed to open the center. The place for people of all ages to come together has been many years in the making, those at the party reflected. Trustees purchased the Main Street building in 2009.

“Our theme all along has been make it the heart of Dublin once again,” President of the nonprofit’s Board of Trustees Nancy Cayford said Monday, referring to the historic building located between the Dublin Community Church and Yankee Magazine that was for many, many years a general store and housed the post office on and off.

The plan is to open the center sometime in June, Cayford said. There’s still equipment to order and obtain, like tables and chairs, as well as a few more items to satisfy the town’s building inspector, such as a grease pan in the kitchen and exterior lights. There’s also more money to raise, she said.

“So we can’t just open. And we need volunteers. We can’t pay a director right now,” Cayford said.

Initially, the plan is to open perhaps three days a week, she said, noting that the center will be able to run for a time with just volunteers. Though there’s still work to be done on the two upstairs apartments, one of them has already been leased. “We did that for income,” she said, referring to the apartments. “We need money to run this place.”

Downstairs there’s a kitchen, an office area, a computer room and a big open space for gatherings and classes. A yoga class for seniors is already in the works.

There’s still a lot to be done, Cayford said, so it’s no time to relax, but it is coming together.

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