Town Hall Activities

TO ALL PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN REC ACTIVITIES THIS WINTER,,,,,
IF SCHOOL IS CANCELLED OR RELEASED EARLY DUE TO WEATHER, ALL REC PROGRAMS ARE CANCELLED AS WELL.

Mondays:

Walking upstairs 8 AM – 12:30 PM (open to anyone)
Guilford Christian Academy 1-4 Upstairs
Community Care – 3-5 Downstairs

Tuesdays:

Meals for Me/Community Café 10 am to 1 pm
3rd Tues – Library Club 1:30 to 3:30
Girl Scouts 5 pm to 7 pm Downstairs
Walking upstairs 8 AM-12:30 PM (open to anyone)

Wednesdays:

Art Ladies 10 am to 1 pm and 2nd Wednesday 10-2
Walking upstairs 8 AM-12:30 PM (open to anyone)
North Country Riders Club 6-9 P.M. Last Wed. of each month

Thursdays:

Meals for Me/Community Café’ 10 am to 1 pm
Charlotte White Group 3pm to 6pm
Walking upstairs 8 AM-12:30 PM (open to anyone)

Fridays:

Rec Dance (6:30 to 9 Grades 5th thru 8th) During the school year and if you leave the building you are not allowed back in and your parents will be notified!!
Play Group 9-11 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month
Walking upstairs 8 AM-12:30 PM (open to anyone)

Saturdays:

Saturday Roller Skating (closed during summer – re-open in fall).

Sundays:

Town Hall Rental Information

ACCESS AUTHORIZATION FORM

RENTAL RULES REGULATIONS

 

Meals for ME

Meals for Me at the Dexter Town Hall Senior Center Tues and Thurs, serving time around 12:00pm (lunch time) They ask for at least a $4 donation, more if you can. After lunch, they play cribbage and cards. For more information the Meal site is 924-7624 and ask for Jill Jones.

You must call 1-800-462-9899, the day before, to make a reservation so they know how many meals to prepare. Takeout and pick up is available, let them know when you call, if you need takeout. Some home delivery is available, ask when you call!!

Dexter Town Hall History

April 21, 1856:
“It was voted to build a new town hall, to borrow money to pay for same, on 5, 10, or 15 years. Choose Lysander Cutler agent to obtain same.”

August 18, 1856:
“To see if town will vote to build belfry on town hall and authorize loan for same.” (voted to pass by the article)

March 23, 1857:
“Voted that Josiah Crosby be agent to hire money to complete payment for town hall in case Lysander Cutler fails to do so.”

All the design and construction was done by local Dexter citizens. Phineas Gee and Skimmer Lane excavated the celler. Levi Williams and Levi Bridgham put in the foundation. Stanely Plummer’s father Daniel put up the frame and claimed 70,000 feet of hemlock and cedar lumber was used in the construction of the building.

Samuel C. Small had charge of the joiner work. W.H.P. Bement was in charge of the construction workers. Issac M. Russ had charge of the mason work with Ben. F. Eldridge as his assistant, and Barney O. Flanigan was head tender.

1869

  • Oriental Dramatic Co. formed many stars of the Broadway Stage have played here.
  • Booker T. Washington spoke here.
  • Barron murder inquest held here.


1878

  • Interior Renovated
  • new stage, galleries, and boxes; fresco on the walls and ceilings


1891

  • Opened 66 Times for public events


1894

  • Opened 57 times for public events


1899

  • Favor and Haines Comedy formed
  • featured original skits and comedy songs about local situations between acts
  • On August 14, 1901 the Favor and Haines Comedy Co. presented a play called, “Nan The Mascot”, at Dexter’s centennial celebration. After the play, Erma Bentley, standing on the stage, announced to the audience, “kind friends we hope to meet you all again and have some fun 100 years from this very night, in the year 2001.”
  • On August 11, 2001 after Wayside Theatre’s play “Our Town,” Erma Bentley’s daughter, Isabelle Bentley Hopkins repeated her mother’s exact words; to meet again in 2101 from the very spot Erma had spoken 100 years ago.


1905

  • Opened 53 times


1911

  • Opened 30 times


1914

  • High School Basketball Team – Paid $24
  • Literary Club – Paid $8
  • Dexter Athletic Club – Paid $12.50


1918

  • Ladies toilet installed – $110
  • New Furnace – $250


1919

  • Athletic lockers installed – $82
  • 36.5 cords of woods used at $10 per cord
  • Rental from Armory Co. M – $250
  • Hall rental for the year – $572
  • Total hall expenditure – $1,228.37


1922

  • Stage Renovated


1927

  • New furnace – $630.29 – new portico


1928

  • Interior Redecorated


1946 – Renovation

  • front entrance, coat room, and restrooms replastering walls, stage set back, boxes removed, back balcony moved back, enlarge floor to 49′ by 70′
  • Town meetings held here annually
  • High school basketball practice and games
  • St. Anne’s bazaar
  • N.H. Fay School Senior Play
  • VFW Show
  • Various dances

2006- Renovation

April, 2006, Municipal Officials were invited to Augusta to the Hall of Flags to receive a check in the amount of $165,000 from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). This money was awarded through a competitive application process in the Community Development Block Grant Public Facilities Program (CDBG). Before a community can apply for these funds matching funds must be committed. The Town Council voted to use $41,500 of Reserve Funds (set aside for future repairs of the building) as our matching funds. Therefore we were eligible to apply for $165,000; to make a total project cost of $206,500. The initial letter of intent was submitted to DECD in December, 2005 and the Town was notified we were successful in our application on February 17, 2006. Architect was hired: G L Frost Architecture, and at the end of this fiscal year we are well on our way to beginning the “Town Hall Project”. We expect completion in early 2007.

Recent Uses:

  • Fish and Game Assoc. Sportman Show
  • Roller Skating
  • Jail Facilities
  • Recreation
  • Youth Sports
  • Teenage Center
  • Town Maintenance
  • Utility District
  • Daycare Center
  • 2001 Celebration Play
  • Town Meeting
  • Voting


Additional Possible Future Uses

  • Community Recreation
  • Senior Citizens Activities
  • Town Maintenance Office
  • Town Recreation Office
  • Community Cultural Activities
  • Emergency Public Shelter
  • Theatrical Performances
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