AURELIA - The citizens of Aurelia celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Community Center Saturday May 10, and didn't let the cold, rainy weather dampen their spirits. Tours of the new facility were given throughout the afternoon, and this reporter heard nothing but positive comments on the new facility. Many Aurelia alumni - and other former residents- were among the estimated 500 people who attended Saturday afternoon's Open House and Saturday evening's dance. The dance featured the music of the Merle Lake Orchestra, thanks to the generosity of avid Aurelia dancers Chuck and Opal Wharton. The dance floor was full throughout most of the 2 1/2 hour dance.
Construction on the new Community Center was begun after two town meetings showed an overwhelming approval of the project. Aurelia's previous Community Center had served the community well for 80 years, but it was felt by many that the building had outlived its usefulness, and that a larger, more modern building would better serve the needs of the community in the 21st Century.
The new Center has a good-sized main room, including a dance floor, in addition to a smaller meeting room which holds about 50 people. An additional meeting room is reserved for the use of the American Legion and Auxiliary, meaning that members of these two organizations will no longer have to go up to a second floor for their meetings.
The return of a Community Center also means that other meetings formerly held at the old Community Center, such as the Commercial Club meeting and Congregate Meals, will return to this setting as well.
A good-sized, well-equipped kitchen at the new Community Center can serve both rooms at serving windows, and the main room also has a well-stocked bar.
The Men's and Women's restrooms are located in a hallway near the front door, and both have plenty of room, with six stalls in each. There is also a large storage area to hold tables, chairs, and other items, and, of special note, the Community Center now has both round and rectangular tables available for patrons' use.
Better call soon, though, because rumor has it that the new facility has already had quite a few dates reserved.