SYRACUSE — In 2002, Bob Wingett purchased at a public auction, the old Syracuse Elementary School building and gave it to the town to be developed into a community center.
His vision was to make the building a place where residents could gather for cultural, recreational and educational activities.
His dedication and that of an ambitious board of directors over the years have fulfilled Wingett’s purpose for the operation of a non-profit community center. Today it provides opportunities for citizens of all ages to experience physical, social, intellectual, cultural, and emotional and spiritual growth and development.
In this tenth anniversary year, the First Annual Syracuse Homecoming will be held at the Center on Saturday, July 7. from 4 to 8 p.m.
The focus of the homecoming this year will be on students from classes of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. However, all family members, other alumni, and members of the community are invited to attend.
There will be a potluck dinner and those attending are asked to take a covered dish. Community Center volunteers will be offering homemade ice cream for sale.
Space will be provided for those attending to display photographs and other Syracuse memorabilia they might have. At the event there will be a short presentation on the history of Syracuse and the school.
To help with expenses of the Community Center, a box will be available at the homecoming for donations.
Over the years extensive repairs and improvements have been made to the building, and a shelter house and playground have been added.
New doors and windows have been installed, a new heating system is in place, and air conditioning has now been added.
Several classes are currently under way. Michelle Musser is teaching a beginning painting class, a Zumba class is being held on Thursdays by Debbie Jones, and on Monday nights, Joy Bentley has a yoga class. A well equipped fitness room is available Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.and the Center gym can be rented for weddings, birthday parties, receptions, reunions or any other large group gathering.