The Morley Community Center celebrates the building’s centennial

MORLEY — Saturday will be a busy day at the Morley Community Center (MCC).

Like every other Saturday through October, the Morley Market and MCC garage sale will begin at 9 a.m. This Saturday, however, will be a special day to celebrate our historic 100-year-old Community Center building. This former school building was built in 1922 and by 1923 there were over 280 students at the school representing all grades from kindergarten to high school.

At 11 a.m. in the gymnasium, Winifred Rushmore, a 1942 high school graduate, will be present to be honored and to represent all the other students who have passed through this building and the teachers, administrators and employees who have served them. Winifred turns 98 in September and is the last surviving member of her class.

The Community Center will be open for a walk after the gymnasium presentation, and the Stanwood Lions Club will have a special Centennial Luncheon menu, with service from the MCC Bus Garage behind the Centennial Building.

There will be plenty for the kids to do starting at noon. Three inflatables will be operational on the playground in addition to the new toddler playground and all the rest of the playground equipment which has been recently refurbished. There will also be a make-up stand for children.

Live music will begin in the North Lot at 1 p.m. Dan Yother and his friends will perform.

At 3:30 p.m., Art Smith Auctioneer Services will auction timber harvested from the 10 historic trees planted in the Centre’s South Yard more than 70 years ago. There will be a wide variety of 2 inch and 1 inch thick boards, many of which are 10 to 12 inches wide and 16 feet long, with live edges.

The star of the collection is a board with an astonishing resemblance to the famous ET, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. For a donation to the Centre, the wood purchased can be delivered.

Timber harvested from the 10 historic trees planted in the south yard of the Morley Community Center over 70 years ago will be auctioned off, including this plank that looks amazingly like the famous ET

Courtesy of Mary Ann Galloway

At the auction there will also be eight sets of fine Pfaltzgraff dinnerware as well as antiques and a jewelry cart filled with flea market items. Gift certificates to local dining establishments will also be sold.

Due to a recent blood shortage, Versiti Blood will also be set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria to accommodate donors from the community. This gift for life stays in Michigan and is badly needed.

Come be a part of this special day in Morley at the community center that serves its citizens in so many ways. Funds raised through our auction will help cover utility expenses in the winter.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO

Family Fun Day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at the Morley Community Center, 151 7th St., Morley.

  • 9:00 a.m.: Garage sale
  • 9 a.m.: Flea market and craft exhibition
  • 11 a.m.: Food
  • 11 a.m.: Tribute to Winifred Rushmore
  • Noon: Inflatables for children
  • Noon: Makeup
  • Noon: Visit the historic 100-year-old former Morley Consolidated School building
  • 1 p.m.: Dan Yother and friends
  • 3:30 p.m.: Auction

Jill E. Washington