BREWSTER – The Brewster-Pateros-Bridgeport Senior Center has a busy schedule planned for the summer months of July and August with the Rummage Room, dollar bag sales, ad drive, maintenance work and Independence Day booth.
The Saturday Rummage Room will be open on July 1 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the same hours on August 12 and 26.
It is also the time of year when citizens are generous bringing in fruit, eggs, veggies and even flower bulbs, to share with the Senior Center members.
“With the season of garage sales upon us, we can’t thank the donors enough for the left-over items they were unable to sell,” said Center president, Kathy Lowry, but added that has become a problem when folks donate items that are not saleable.
“We ask once again to help us avoid tremendously high dumpster fees by not giving us items that are broken, dirty, worn, faded or torn,” said Lowry. “We have had to throw away bags and bags full of such goods.
Lowry asks donors to “consider what you are giving us before doing so; we do appreciate the items that we can re-sell,”
“The Center has started its annual drive for putting ads for local business on the wall in the building,” Lowry member.
Center member, Sue Burgess has been very proactive in contacting businesses this year.
“Thanks also to Barbara Fenton, another member, for her help with the wall ads,” Lowry said.
The Center will accept a donation of whatever a business wishes to offer and will advertise the business for one year.
“It’s a win-win situation for all because we seniors have a direct place to look if in need of a particular thing,” said Lowry. “The businesses also have a captive audience seeing and reading their ads daily. Feel free to contact us for a space if we have overlooked contacting you.”
A maintenance project is underway on the back side of the building.
“It needed some sprucing up,” said Lowry. “We started power washing the building on June 24 and hope to have a fresh coat of paint on it as well.”
Paint was donated by Janet Jordan, whose mother Jo Davis, is a member of the Center. Jordan, Bill Burns, and Larry Bundy operated the power washer and paint scrapper.
“Jordan is also rounding up a crew to help with the painting,” Lowry said.
The Center will hold a dollar-a-bag sale on July 29.
“Anything you cannot fit into the bag, which we provide, will be $1 as well,” said Lowry. “We are having an abundance of baskets building up and any basket will have a 25-cent tag on it.”
Paula Peckham, Rummage Room manager, and Patsy Whitley, the assistant manager, will be on hand to help fill bags.
The Center will man a booth at Columbia Cove Park from noon to about 5 p.m. on July 4.
“We will have slices of watermelon available for a $1 donation per slice,” Lowry said. If anyone would like to donate a watermelon or bag of ice to keep them cool, please stop by the booth.”
Brochures and membership applications for prospective new members will also be part of the Center’s effort to recruit new faces.
The Center can accommodate up to 150 occupants and is available to rent for birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, showers and other events. For more information, call 689-2815 and ask for Kathy Lowry or Paula Peckham.
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