Welcome to the website of the Brooktondale Community Center! For the latest news about the BCC and surrounding community, please check out “The Old Mill,” our monthly newsletter.
With a history spanning more than six decades, the BCC is situated in the hamlet of Brooktondale, NY, near Cornell University and Ithaca College in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. It serves as a vibrant social center to residents of the hamlet as well as the surrounding Town of Caroline, hosting many volunteer-led social, recreational, educational, and charitable activities. The Center has two indoor facilities, each with its own kitchen and meeting rooms. In the main building, a large multi-purpose space hosts occasional town meetings as well as indoor recreational events like table tennis, Wii, and community movies. On the tree-surrounded grounds of the BCC, children enjoy a playground and large grass-covered space for outdoor concerts and athletic activities. The BCC also has a regulation-sized asphalt-covered basketball court, and a community-maintained perennial garden.
BCC Mural Project!
photo below shows progress as of July 28th, 2016
The BCC Board of Directors has engaged Mary Beth Ihnken to paint a mural on portions of the Community Center Building. The project is well underway and can be viewed from the parking lot between the two Community Center buildings. It has been supported by a United Way of Tompkins County Youth and Philanthropy grant and by Robin Schwartz, Program Director of the Community Arts Partnership. We are most grateful to Mary Beth, the United Way Youth and Philanthropy program and the Community Arts Partnership for making it possible for to add this attractive feature to our Center.
Save the date: BCC Summer Celebration, Saturday, August 27!
Starting at 5:00 PM, the BCC will host a BBQ followed by an outdoor movie projected on the newly painted back wall of the Community Center. Watch for details at Brookton’s Market, B’dale PO, Boiceville cottages, Slaterville Dandy Mart, etc.
All are invited to:
– admire the new mural
– make suggestions about playground design and equipment
– sign up to volunteer for playground improvement and other BCC activities
– donate to painting or playground fund (or both!)
Lifelong Exercise Classes TEMPORARY LOCATION CHANGE:
The Lifelong / Brooktondale Enhanced Fitness program for seniors will continue in July and August, at a new location. Because the Community Center’s buildings and grounds will be used for the Brooktondale Summer Camp, the Fitness classes will move to the Brooktondale Fire Station, at 786 Valley Road (one mile east of the Community Center). Beginning July 5, classes will be held there on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00. They will continue to be taught by Wilfredo Dubouchet, who has been leading the group since it formed in January. Current participants come mostly from Brooktondale but also from Danby, Ellis Hollow, Dryden, and Ithaca. Additional participants are welcome. Cost is $5.00 per person per session. Exercise routines improve flexibility and balance by means of low-impact aerobics and strength-training activities. Anyone interested in joining the group should come to the session on Tuesday, July 5, with a mat (and, if possible, with dumbbells). Questions? Call Barry Adams at 539-7815.
BCC Playground Fundraising Drive:
please click here for more information on our playground renovation project
BCC Bylaws Update:
The BCC Bylaws Committee, a community group formed by Peggy Dunlop and Jeremy Richards, recently completed an updated version of the BCC Bylaws to reflect new laws governing non-profits in New York as well as a variety of other updates. The BCC Board unanimously endorsed the changes at our December 2014 Board meeting, and the new Bylaws were unanimously approved at the Corporation’s January 2015 Annual Meeting.
Click here to view our new bylaws — Thank you for your hard work, BCC Bylaws Committee!
Community Photos Wanted! If you have photos of Caroline community events, particularly those associated with the BCC, or scenes of historical interest, or perhaps simply a beautiful sunset over Caroline’s rolling hills, we would be happy to display them on a rotating basis in the blank space on the bottom of this webpage! Please email them as an attachment of 5 MB or less to BrooktondaleCCBoard@googlegroups.com