ZEPHYR — The Zephyr Community Historical Association board will host a garage sale fundraiser Saturday in an effort to renovate and gradually restore the Zephyr Community Center.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 1,000 items will be for sale at the center, including clothing, home appliances and books, among others. Board members said that proceeds would go toward upgrades to the bathroom, floor and ceiling, resurfacing of outside steps and some painting to the building’s exterior.
The building was first built in 1909 as a Presbyterian Church. When the congregation disbanded in 1939, then-local resident C.R. Boase purchased the building and property and rented it out for housing. In 1948, he allowed the building to be used as a community center. Last June, Boase’s granddaughter, Jenny Smith, deeded the century-old building and property to the association board, which is comprised of eight local members and “many” volunteers.
“More than anything we want people to come by and visit the building,” board member Pam Hughes said Friday morning.” That way it gives people an idea if they want to possibly rent it out and have birthday parties or other celebrations.”
Hughes added that they are optimistic of possibly expanding to a flee market, though the board will currently maintain the property and rent it out for social and fundraising events, weddings, receptions and family reunions, to name a few.
Since taking ownership, the board has made it a priority to resurrect the building and add essentials whenever possible. Last October, it hosted a small fundraiser that allowed the purchasing of an air-conditioning unit. Also recently, they were issued a $1,000 grant through the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of life in a community, and $250 from the Brown County Courthouse in Brownwood. With summer just months away, board members said may purchase another A/C unit.
“This is the only civic building we have in our community,” board member Myrna Wright said.
For rental information, contact Lana Webb at 325-998-3893. Grants are being sought to assist in funding the renovations. For information call Wright at 325-641-8391.