By Gretchen Schlomann
In 1907, early settlers in Clinton decided to build a community hall where everyone could gather together. We can imagine the importance of this meeting place for pioneer families building their lives in a new settlement. No doubt they discussed important issues of the day, shared potlucks and entertained themselves with theater and musical performances in the hall.
In 1967, after a devastating fire destroyed the original building, Clinton residents rebuilt the hall to preserve a place for neighbors to gather.
Today, Clinton is home to over 2,000 neighbors and friends, many of whom still live in homes nestled back in the forests. And, the Clinton Community Hall continues to be as important as ever as the central gathering spot for the community.
The Hall is a member-supported community resource and relies on memberships, donations and rental fees to maintain and improve the facility. Last spring the main hall received a fresh coat of paint along with improvements to the sound system and back up generator. Thanks to a Goosefoot community grant the Hall will feature upgraded commercial refrigeration capacity in the kitchen in the new year.
The Hall is available for rent for private celebrations and events, fundraisers, non-profit and for-profit events that benefit the community. And, the Hall also provides a critical service to the community as a certified Red Cross Warming Center and assists the local Emergency Response Team.
The Clinton Community Hall has been an integral part of South Whidbey for more than 100 years and it continues to thrive as a community center for all kinds of public, private and business events and gatherings. From used book sales, fundraisers and private celebrations to pancake breakfasts, spelling bees and candidate forums, the Hall is central to community life in Clinton.
We’re starting off 2018 with monthly First Saturday Contra Dances. The third Saturday of each month is the ever-popular used book sale supporting the Clinton Library. Our annual Mayfest event celebrates local musicians and is catered by a local chef. The Annual Holiday Market in December features local artisans.
Currently we are in the midst of our 2018 Annual Membership Campaign. An individual voting membership is only $10 however, you are welcome to contribute at higher levels. We urge everyone to show how much you value this member-supported resource — our community’s living room.
Visit: www.clintoncommunityhall.org to become a member, learn about upcoming events and view features of the facility.