Adding an external lift to the Bay Spring Community Center is the immediate goal. Expanding arts and cultural programming for all of Barrington is the longer-range vision.
You can help to make this possible by getting in the Christmas spirit Saturday night, Dec. 10, at the Holiday Folk Fest at the Barrington Middle School. It starts at 7 pm.
The show is sponsored by the volunteer board of the community center to raise funds for the external lift to the second floor. It will make the entire town-owned building at 170 Narragansett Ave. accessible to the handicapped.
A donation of $5 is suggested to have a fun time. Local Brew coffee will be sold along with holiday baked goods. The doors will open at 6:30 pm. Babysitting will be available.
The board of the community center -- Pete Gray, Giacinta Drummy, Patty Hopkinson, Michael Malik, Debra Mann, Dave Parkhurst, and Susan Wood -- is working with the town to raise $50,000 for the lift. Other sponsors of the show are The BAY Team substance abuse prevention coalition, the Coffee Exchange, and the Barrington Recreation Department.
Performers include singer, songwriter and teacher Mark Whittaker; No Strings Attached, the a cappella singing group from Barrington High School; Debra Mann, a jazz pianist; Pat McGee, singer and songwriter of the Pat McGee Band, and Bay Spring Folk, an eclectic folk band.
A variety of shows have been held at the community center and around town since the building was renovated several years ago. The board is now working closely with the town on this phase of renovations.
“We are close to realizing this,” said Larson Gunness, a local performer and active member of the community center. “Your contributions and involvement will help. “
Visit the membership table during the show on Saturday or get more information at www.facebook.com/LocalBrew.