At the last BOS meeting, during the “tell me something I don’t already know” segment, there was a report on the non-profit organizational needs meeting held at the Town Hall Meeting Room on November 13. The meeting was organized by the Friends of Brewster Hall, so they weren’t really that interested in satisfying needs so much as matching needs up with their new Brewster Hall Multifunction Room concept.
They are looking for allies. The Library Trustees are doing the same thing. Both groups are trying to see what they can offer third party groups in return for support of their unpopular projects. In fact, they are both vying for the attention of many of the same groups.
Anyway, what was said at the Selectmen’s meeting was that the underlying theme was a desire for a kitchen. So I’m going to predict that we will soon see a kitchen added to the Brewster Hall multifunction room concept.
Now we all know that there are a lot of places in town with kitchens: Several church halls, Brewster’s Estabrook, Camp Northwoods, Camp Belknap, as well as commercial facilities like Wolfeboro Inn and Inn on Main. If your organization is looking to have a one time or monthly feast, it’s pretty easy to get a venue.
The holy grail for both groups is the Senior Meals organization. Lots of votes there, and they are currently doing a daily meal out of All Saints Episcopal Church. Some of the members are satisfied with that arrangement, as is the church as I understand it, but there are some who would like a dedicated facility.
I’ll be curious to see the Friends try to sell their multifunction hall concept to that group and how it goes over. The organization serves lunch daily and the seniors hang around for activities afterwards. That should be a great fit for Brewster Hall. Competition for limited parking, a long steep flight of stairs or small elevator up, a large hall with vaulted ceilings, no insulation and antique windows to heat to senior comfort. I’m looking forward to a great lesson in salesmanship.
Contrast that with the notion of building a community center/Town Office down the street on Lehner St. New large empty parking lot at walk in grade, easily built to heat and air condition economically, and plenty of flexibility to include a new well designed kitchen.
It’s going to be interesting.