The Winterville Center

Community and Culture in Winterville, Georgia




Are you interested in a game of boules? Come on and play every Sunday at 5 PM, at Pittard Park, in Winterville!

Everyone is welcome!

No equipment is necessary. No fee. Just come and enjoy the game!

 Pétanque: French version of what is known as “Bocce” in America. The goal is for the players to throw their boules (balls made of steel about the size of tennis balls) as close as possible to a small wooden target boule. The team or the player who reaches 13 points first wins the game.

The word pétanque brings back memories of a small sun-bathed village in the South of France where my great grand-parents used to live. So, when Christian invited me to the game of pétanque he had organized in his adopted town of Winterville, I had to try it out. Pétanque is a fun outdoor skill game that requires very little investment (none if your friends have boules) and no supernatural physical powers. The venue at Pittard Park is located in a very pleasant, shaded environment. The last time I had played pétanque was centuries ago, some of the players have never played, some have played similar target games. The game at Pittard Park is taken seriously enough to be enjoyable, which means the players do try their best while having fun losing or winning and rejoicing in each other’s success. Thank you Christian and Winterville.



Winterville and Athens GA Party Rentals at the Winterville Center


Did you know that the Winterville Center for Community and Culture offers some of the most affordable Winterville and Athens, GA party rentals? If you are looking for a place that will accommodate your event, Winterville Center’s accommodations and affordable prices make it an excellent choice.

The Winterville Center has hosted many types of events, from wedding anniversaries to baby showers to birthdays. Our large room and adjacent kitchen can be rented together or separately.

Prices and Accommodations

Our prices are affordable and we offer flexible event hours.  Our large room seats approximately 60 guests at round or rectangular tables. The kitchen is a full catering kitchen with a stove and oven, microwave, refrigerator, and sinks to accommodate any event catering. We also have two smaller classrooms available for all-day rentals that can seat up to 20 people in each classroom setting.

You can rent our large room and kitchen for a whole day for $300, or $200 for a half-day. Half-day times are 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The large room and kitchen. 

Individual small multi-purpose rooms can be rented for just $175 per day. We can schedule meetings and smaller parties at hourly rates with a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 4 hours a $75 an hour, plus a $100 refundable deposit.

We do require an additional $100 cash deposit on all rentals, which we return to you as long as the facility has no damage. The entire payment is required to secure a reservation. 

Make Your Reservation Now for Winterville and Athens GA Party Rentals

For those seeking Winterville and Athens GA party rentals or any type of events in surrounding areas, contact us today at 706-742-0823 to secure your reservation. You can also visit our rentals page for more information. Reservations are first-come, first-served!




Coming Soon to the Winterville Center

We have a lot of exciting new events coming to the Winterville Center! 

The new Winterville Center schedule includes new classes such as Dot Painting, returning classes like Oil Painting, adult dramatics, and a lecture series. Stay tuned for even more classes to be added!

Come in or call us at 706-742-0823 to reserve your spot in any of these activities!

Dot Painting

Are you interested in learning a new painting technique that is fun, relaxing, and needs no previous art skills? If yes, this class is for you! The dot painting technique is an art form that is becoming increasingly popular. You can find examples online at websites such as Pinterest, Etsy, and Instagram.

Dot painting consists of using various tools to apply dots of paint on a canvas to create paintings that range from fun, simple pictures to elegant, complex ones. You can work on small projects and see beautiful results in a short time. The canvas possibilities you can choose from are endless (e.g., rocks, thick cardboard, old CDs, vinyl records, glassware, mugs, etc.). Dot paintings make wonderful, one-of-a-kind birthday and Christmas gifts. I will bring samples of dotting projects so you can see the range of possibilities for this craft.

Dot Painting is Mondays at 10 AM. Come in or call us at 706-742-0823 to reserve your spot!

Oil Painting

Description:This class is for the adult who wants to try a new craft for the first time or to renew an interest now that there is more time in life for leisure activities. Each class will focus on a different aspect of oil painting, starting with creating a color wheel in order to understand color and ending with the completion of a landscape. Oil painting is a solitary activity but with a group of like-minded people. Classes will also include learning how to critique a painting and discussing what is effective in a painting and what can be improved.

Join us for Oil Painting on Mondays at 1:00 PM. Only a few spots left! Come in or call us at 706-742-0823 to reserve your spot!

Beginning Drawing


Drawing is a skill that can be developed with practice.  This course is designed to give you the foundation for drawing.  You will learn about drawing tools, proper techniques, how "see", 1D and 2D perspectives, composition and more.  We will also review famous artists and their drawings. Materials will be provided for a $5.00 fee. 

Beginning Drawing starts June 16th at 6:00 PM. 

Creative Dramatics for Adults

Description:Let's pretend! You will hear that a lot in creative dramatics for adults. In this course, you will learn: to develop your imagination, expand your self-awareness, improve communication, work cooperatively, and allow you to express a healthy release of emotions. Creative drama can include imagination journeys, improvisations, mime exercises, communication games, reader's theatre, scene enactment, and one-act plays.

Creative Dramatics kicks off on Tuesday, June 15th! Come in or call us at 706-742-0823 to reserve your spot!

Lecture Series

The Winterville Center is proud to present a lecture series on Wednesdays in the month of June. We have two lectures lined up. Liz Schulze from ACCA will present a lecture on "Become a Dementia Friend" on Wednesday, June 16th at 2 pm. 

The following week, local author Tracy L. Adkins will give a lecture on "Ghosts of Athens - History and Haunting of Athens, Georgia" on Wednesday, June 23rd at 2 pm.





June 2021 News at the Winterville Center

Winterville Center Activities Resume Tuesday, June 1st


The first 100 people who attend our activities the first week will receive a bag with goodies compliments of Humana and others (while supplies last).



Temporary office hours through the end of May are from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please call the office at 706-742-0823 with any questions.

Effective Tuesday, June 1st our office hours will be from 9 AM until 5 PM. Classes and activities are as scheduled below. We will also be open to accept rentals for parties, meetings, and other groups.




Beginning Tuesday, June 1st we will resume our Coffee with the Veterans and Threadworks groups from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Come and join other vets for a time of socialization. Most just sit around and gab, but you are welcome to play cards or other games. You will be close to the coffee pot and donuts, but it will no longer be a self-serve coffee counter. You will be served at the counter in the kitchen by a volunteer or a member of our staff. For everyone’s continued safety, disposable and individually wrapped utensils and condiments will be used. Still only one dollar donation for each cup of coffee or donut. It will be great to have you guys back!



The Threadworks Group is a social group that shares the love for all things thread, yarn, hooks and needles. Anyone who crochets, knits, embroiders, cross-stitches, macramé’s, or works with any other fabric craft is encouraged to stop by.

We hope both groups can join us for stitches of laughter and conversation.



Our “first” First Friday Potluck Luncheons will take place on Friday, June 4th from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM. Our theme is “Summer Break.” Schools are closed and vacations begin in June so let us pretend we are going to Hawaii! Our Hawaiian themed menu can include some pork or chicken kabobs, pineapple or mango salsa, luau meatballs, ham sliders, Hawaiian roll sandwiches, casseroles or YOUR favorite Hawaiian dish. So bring something to share and don’t forget about the desserts! Wear something Hawaiian, too.



One of the oldest games known to the Chinese culture and mankind, Mahjong has evolved today to suit the tastes of the modern Chinese while keeping its roots intact. All levels of players welcome.

Weekly on Thursdays from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Room 103. $1 donation per person.


Dortha working on an oil painting project


Oil painting classes resume weekly on Mondays from 1:00 until 3:00 PM. $10 per class.


CHESS CLUB will resume in August. Stay tuned for more info…



We are currently in need of instructors for classes on all topics from art, cooking, dance, to exercise, and more. Please call the office to make an appointment at the number above. We are also interested to hear from lecturers for a Lecture Series. If you have an idea for a class and know of someone who can lead it, please contact me ASAP.



Venue rentals will be accepted effective immediately for beginning in June. Please go to our website at to download our Venue Information Packet. You may schedule an appointment during office hours to tour the Center.



We still have cookbooks available. We’re down to the last 50! I can take phone orders with a credit card during office hours and I will set one aside for you to pick up, or pay cash upon arrival. The cost is $20, or you may order a printed copy for $27.95, or digital cookbook ($15.95) online from our store at



We have leftover 5K tee shirts with our former logo on them. If anyone is interested, they are only $5.00 each. There are various sizes and have both cotton and 100% polyester. You may want to call first or send an email to inquire after size availability. Otherwise, please stop by during our office hours mentioned above. We accept cash, check, or credit cards.

Statement of Health & Concern

Dear WCCC Friends and Patrons,

As everyone must know by now, the State of Georgia has been hit with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In order to prevent the illness from spreading to our WCCC family, we are closely monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Governor Kemp's office.  I’m sure by now you all know the prevention methods about cleaning your hands, covering your sneezes and coughs, avoiding close contact with people, cleaning and disinfecting, and wearing a face mask if you are sick and need to go to the doctor’s office or supermarket.

According to all three organizations, older adults who are 60+ and at high risk can be vulnerable to the disease, especially those individuals who have serious chronic and underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. I would also add cancer patients to that list as their immune systems are compromised by treatments.

Since most of our patrons and staff fall within that age range, we are committing ourselves to do everything we can to support their health and safety by practicing social distancing and limiting social events.  You can help us in that endeavor by minimizing contact with the elderly when you are sick, however, we encourage you to look after them by checking in on them with a brief visit or by phone, assist with errands, bringing meals, and checking on their health.

If you are involved in the Center for Active Living/Kroger food voucher program, your vouchers will be mailed to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. More than ever, we are determined to protect those among us who are the most vulnerable.

Be safe and stay healthy,

JoAnn Snow
Managing Director
Winterville Center for Community and Culture
371 N. Church St.
Winterville, GA 30683

Resources for Understanding Coronavirus

Public concern over the Coronavirus grows as more people in the US become infected. Health officials have listed some ways you can help protect yourself from becoming infected. 

Wash Your Hands Often

The best thing you can do for your health is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Some people recommend singing “Happy Birthday” two times to count out handwashing time. Try to avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth to reduce exposure to germs.

Stay Home If You Are Sick

If you are around others and begin coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose. If you are ill and have family members in the house, wearing a facemask can protect them from the virus, though it may not help if those who are not sick wear masks. Minimizing contact like handshakes may also help protect you if others are ill and are not yet aware.

Disinfect Regularly

Some experts believe that COVID-19 can exist on surfaces for up to three days. A solution of 5 tablespoons of bleach to one gallon of water can be used as a disinfectant on the hard surfaces of your home or work. Disinfecting your cell phone, home phone, mouse, keys, and other often-used electronics can be done with disinfecting wipes.

Stay Tuned for Updates

Here are some more resources about the Coronavirus and how you can protect yourself. 

We will keep you updated on any changes in schedule or closures through Facebook and our website

Resources on Coronavirus:


Georgia Dept of Health:

Athens-Clarke County:

March News at the Winterville Center

SilverSneakers Strength and Balance

New Class

Designed for adults & seniors, Strength & Balance Exercise leads you through a series of resistance training with a focus on building balance, strength, and flexibility. Can be done standing or seated.  

Member Cost is FREE

Non-Members Cost: $7.50 per session. 

Instructor: Nancy Burnham, Medical Fitness Professional

Moving Through Life

All participants should register by calling 706-742-0825. Mon -Thu, 9-4 pm, but walk-ins welcome. Free Parking




Watercolor returns for a new session at a new time and with a new instructor. Elizabeth Barton will be teaching a Watercolor painting class at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. 

A series of ten classes covering all the basics:

  1. The importance of value.
  2. Understanding color 
  3. Creating textures
  4. Skies
  5. Composition and design
  6. Landscapes.
  7. Water
  8. Flowers
  9. Working from a photograph
  10. Developing a series

You are also welcome to work on your own projects with guidance and input from the teacher.  See our calendar for a supply list.

Cost: $10.00 per session per person payable in cash or check only on the day of class.  Punchcards can be purchased during office hours for $40/4 punches or $80/8 punches. Call 706-742-0823 for more info.

We accept cash, check, or credit card.


Infinitely Better Bazaar

infinitely Better Bazaar - 3.14.20 Gently used and new handcrafted items


Coming in April


Food Talk - USDA SNAP healthy eating course

Help Us Choose New Classes at the Winterville Center!

Find Your SilverSneakers Success

If you have a SilverSneakers membership, what do you have to lose by trying out a free SilverSneakers class at the Winterville Center?

Not sure what SilverSneakers is about? Find out more in this information video that will introduce you to the SilverSneakers program:


Fitness can be a big boost to your health, in sickness and in wellness. SilverSneakers member Sandy has found success in beating cancer while taking fitness classes to supplement her cancer treatments.


Another member, Bob, has worked with medical practitioners while taking SilverSneakers classes to counter the effects of a stroke.


Do you have a Medicare supplement? Check the SilverSneakers website to see if you are eligible to take free SilverSneakers fitness classes. 

Even if you don’t have a SilverSneakers membership, you can take SilverSneakers classes at the Winterville Center for $7.50 per class. Check out our schedule of classes today!

Can Functional Fitness Help Me?

Do you want to live a longer, more satisfying life? You may want to consider practicing a functional fitness program to improve your ability to do daily activities while extending your life and improving your general enjoyment of life.


What is functional fitness?


Many daily activities depend on the movement of our bodies. Functional fitness encourages the development of commonly used muscles to help us perform the things we do in life. 


Functional fitness practices like free weight workouts, yoga, or even walking not only can help us build muscle to get better at other fitness activities, but can improve how we do laundry, rake leaves, or play with our children. 


What benefits can come from functional fitness?


Building and maintaining strength can not only help us do ordinary daily tasks, but also protect us from injuries due to sudden movements. Developing key muscles can insulate your joints from damage and long-term wear. If you practice a sport or other physical activity, functional fitness moves may help your performance and improve stability and stamina.


But functional fitness activities may have benefits even beyond daily activities and sports to longevity and better mental health overall. Some scientists believe muscle power can contribute to a longer life and reduced deaths due to cardiovascular disease and cancer ( Other studies have indicated that those who use integrative practices like tai chi lived longer (


What types of exercises help functional fitness?


Many exercises that use your body weight or free weights, such as multi-directional lunges or dumbbell rows, can help with functional fitness. Exercises on a fitness machine may be less effective. 


Integrative practices such as yoga, pilates, martial arts, or tai chi may also help develop functional fitness because of their whole-body approach. These practices also often emphasize flexibility, stamina, and coordination, which can have additional functional benefits. 

Try a functional fitness class this week

The Winterville Center offers several affordable classes that can help improve your functional fitness, such as SilverSneakers Balance, Aikido, and Pilates. We plan to add a yoga class soon. Those with SilverSneakers memberships can take any SilverSneakers class at the Winterville Center for free.


Please consult your physician before trying any new fitness practice.

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  • Tuesday morning Coffee with a Vet and Threadworks crafting group at 9 AM
  • Luncheons will now be on the first Friday of the month at 12 PM. Our first luncheon will be Friday, July 2nd4th with speaker Sherrie Anderson of the Marigold Market
  • Oil Painting with Dortha Jacobson on Mondays at 1 PM