Cooperage building opens with gala celebration; space dedicated to the community
Another room will house a satellite location for WJFF radio and a room that will headquarter the local environmental group Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS).
“The Cooperage Project is more than just a building,” Whitney said. “After we bought the building and began holding farmers’ markets, the idea caught on that this could contribute to a rare sense of community and could be a place for a range of instructive and entertaining activities that would engage,
challenge and enlighten people,” Cremo said.
“We were amazed at the response we had and the ideas that started to flow from people in the community,” Whitney said. “It is our hope that more young people will remain in the area and not leave. It’s also our hope that more young people will begin farming. We’re beginning to see this trend and we want to encourage it.”
The couple wants to see local groups hold their meetings at the site. “We even want to make the space available free of charge if folks will help us with fundraising and even getting grants where possible,” Cremo said.
Groups who wish to use the meeting rooms should contact Doni Hoffman, the project coordinator at 570/253-2020. “But first, come to the gala opening to see what potential the building has,” she said.