The Dublin Community Center hosted a Business and New Neighbors Fair on Saturday evening. The event started at 4:30 p.m. and nearly 30 businesses, non-profits, churches and community organizations based in Dublin or with Dublin connections set up tables and shared information with new residents and people who arrested.
The community hub, commonly referred to as DubHub, held a similar event in 2019, but due to COVID precautions this has not happened for the past two years. Those involved were thrilled to see the event return.
There were cookies and drinks available, and information tables wrapped around the front room and back room that were added to the community center last year. Lucy Shonk was up front greeting people as they entered.
“We just hope people connect with each other,” Shonk said.
Shonk and Balmeet Lasky were the main organizers of the event, but they pointed out that it took a lot of community collaboration to pull it all off.
Lasky said the goal of the event was to allow “people to connect with each other and find out what’s good in town.”
Gwir Llewellyn sat behind a table with leaflets and information cards on threshold care. The business is in Wilton, but Llewellyn is a Dublin resident so she was invited to join the event.
According to Llewellyn, Threshold Care offers a “consortium of different services for people wishing to die and dying at home.” On the sign behind her was written “Home Funeral, Death Midwifery, Green Burial”.
Llewellyn said it was “good to network with other companies” and that Threshold Care has participated in similar events elsewhere.
Molly McDowell represented the Dublin Arts Center and the Muse Gallery which she recently opened on Route 101 in Dublin. She had a poster for the upcoming art exhibition, Stefani Esta, on her table. Esta is a sculptor and uses metal and natural materials in her work.
McDowell is eager and excited to publicize the art space.
“So far, it’s just been exciting,” she said of her gallery.
Jerry Branch brought maps and an information brochure about Dublin Rotary Park. The park is 40 acres with hiking trails and the Howe Reservoir on the east side. Branch said it was a great place to canoe, picnic and enjoy nature.
“We are trying to increase the use of it,” he said.
At the DubHub table, Denise Frankoff had stickers, artwork, and an open laptop with a picture of the community center.
Frankoff said around 125 people have moved to Dublin over the past two years. She hopes the event will give attendees a better understanding of the organisations, businesses and community that Dublin has to offer.