Oswegoland Senior and Community Center’s ‘Taste of Oswego’ housewarming event a ‘resounding success’ – Shaw Local

The Oswegoland Senior and Community Center (OSCC) hosted a “Taste of Oswego” housewarming party to mark the opening of their new home in the old village police station at 3525 Route 34 on April 8.

It was the first time the building had been open to the public since village police vacated it in October 2018 for their new facility on Woolley Road.

The OSCC purchased the building in February.

Wallace Hamlin, chair of the OSCC’s volunteer board of directors, called the opening event a “resounding success.”

Hamlin said their expectations were exceeded when nearly 400 guests walked through the door. Guests enjoyed samples of approximately 30 local restaurants and participated in gift basket draws from over 35 local businesses and donors.

Nearly 30 Oswego restaurants donated their time and services by donating samples at the Taste of Oswego and OSCC housewarming party on April 7 at 3525 Rt 34.

More than 50 volunteers were trained for the event which successfully raised $9,600 and counting, which will be used to make further safety modifications to the facility, Hamlin said in an email.

Nancy Patush, vice chair of the OSCC board, said she heard nothing but good things and anticipation buzzing on the lower level of the senior center during the event.

“People can’t wait for us to open,” Patush said. “It’s a really important thing for all of us at Oswegoland.”

Oswego Village Chairman Troy Parlier (right) with Nancy Patush (center), Vice Chair of the OSCC Board of Directors and Jason Bastin (left), Oswego PD Commander, at the Taste of Oswego and OSCC housewarming party on April 7 at 3525 Rt 34.

Hamlin said in an email that perhaps the most important aspect of the event was that guests included people of all ages, elementary school students, teenagers, young adults, older adults and old people, all interacting and having fun with each other.

“I think there was a wonderful mix of people,” Patush said.

Before the OSCC is ready to open its doors permanently to the public, there are still some improvements to be made.

The two-story, 24,000 square foot building has over 60 rooms all of which needed some degree of work except for one of the holding cells which is not being renovated but rather left intact for photo ops.

The OSCC chose to leave a holding cell from the old police station intact in the basement of their new home, as a photo opportunity for visitors.  Connie Hilchen, OSCC participant, pictured here.

Patush said they are currently upgrading the fire alarm and sprinkler systems and upgrading the doors to ADA standards.

She said they still have some other work to complete before the OSCC is ready to move in, including removing the bulletproof glass surrounding the reception area and creating additional entrances, but they hope to be operational in May.

Patush said one hurdle they face is that the building needs an elevator, but the addition could cost up to $200,000, so they’re still figuring out how to handle that.

There are also plans to build a kitchen in the near future, which would enable the center to host lunches for senior citizens.

The planned finished building will have plenty of office space for OSCC staff, several classrooms and studios for classes, a gift shop, a library, a carpentry garage, a darkroom for photography, a rotating pop-up store and more.

There is also a theater hall and three conference rooms that will be available for hire.

“We are working to take this once beautiful building and return it to a very attractive place,” Hamlin said.

OSCC is also looking for volunteers to facilitate courses or interest groups. When they are open, they will need volunteers on a daily basis. To volunteer, call 630-554-5602.

Jill E. Washington