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CAAC looking ahead to fall, winter events

Activity Council discusses future plans with selectmen

Sisters Martha Walker and Hazel James, two of the CAAC’s craft store’s featured artists, are helping the center bring in the fall, with this festive display they created to sit outside the farmhouse. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
September 08, 2011
CHARLTON — As the Charlton Arts and Activities Center (CAAC) gears up for the fall season, they are also thinking ahead to the winter months.

Members of the Activity Council, which runs various arts program out of the CAAC, met with the Board of Selectmen Tuesday, Aug. 30 to discuss plans for the future of the center.

"We're hoping to get permission to get heat installed in the barns," said Activity Council Chairman Sandy Bacon.

It would be part of an ongoing renovation of the 1860s barns and farmhouse on Dresser Hill Road that the Activity Council turned into a community arts center just last year. The buildings are town-owned, but the $20,000 put into restoring them has come from donations and money the Activity Council has made from the classes they run out of the center.

"We're looking to the town for some help," Bacon said. She explained that since January, when they assumed utility bills for the center from the town, the CAAC has been essentially self-reliant.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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