The Winterville Center

Community and Culture in Winterville, Georgia


New Kids Classes Coming in September

Kids Classes at the Winterville Center


Coming in September, we have new classes designed just for kids and teens! These classes include art, cartooning, martial arts, and sewing. 


Aikido 14 and Up

Learn the Self-defense Secrets of the Japanese Aikido Masters! Aikido is the "alternative" martial art for it deals with violence and aggression in a nonviolent way that uses knowledge of body mechanics and mental focus. Expect to gain balance, stamina and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for life.

Aikido 14 and Up meets Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m with instructor John Smartt. This class is $7.50 per class and is for ages 14 and over. It would be a great class for parents to take with their teens.

Art for Kids

Retired art teacher, Mary Ann Cox will lead students through an exploration of many kinds of art-making including drawing and painting.  They will also learn about important artists through history and their contributions to the world. 

Art for Kids meets on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. The class is $5 per student per class. 

Art Across America

Mixed media class that celebrates our American landscape as well as American artists.  From seascapes to sand art, mountain scenes to self-portraits, using a variety of materials both 2D and 3D.  We explore our diverse culture through creativity found in our country. 

Art Across America is Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. The instructor is Maria Mueller. It costs $5 per student per class, in addition to a one-time $10 registration fee.

Basic Cartooning

Basic Cartooning will explore the fun, impact, and longevity of an art form that speaks to young and old alike, from engaging humor and adventurous stories to the most scathing social satire. Whether the student plans to continue their training to become a professional artist, or wishes to make the most of doodling and sketching as an enjoyable pastime, we invite you to join us.

Basic Cartooning meets Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Charles Treadwell for ages 10 to adults. The cost is $10 per class per student. 

Kids Can Sew

Does your child enjoy making their own accessories or creating fashion looks? Consider a sewing class, where students can learn the basic skills of sewing and making their own items. Each student will complete a custom project they can take home when finished. 

Kids Can Sew will meet on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for ages 12 to 17 with instructor Mary Ann Scanlon. The cost is $5 per student per class, in addition to a one-time $10 registration fee. Sewing machines are provided. Registration is limited to 5 students.

How to Sign Up Your Child for Classes at the Winterville Center

You can sign your child up for any of these classes by calling our office at 706-742-0823.  We also offer punch cards for all classes. You can also visit our website to see our schedule of classes in September.

If you have any other questions about our classes for kids or adults, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Meet Winterville at Tuesday Coffeehouse

Tuesday Coffeehouse at the Winterville Center


Do you want to get to know some of your Winterville neighbors in a casual, friendly environment? Come to Tuesday morning coffeehouse at the Winterville Center!

Come and participate in one of our Tuesday morning social groups, or just sit and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and a doughnut. We do have coffee cups to go.

Coffee and Snacks

Each Tuesday morning, the Winterville Center offers regular and decaf coffee, along with a selection of snacks, for just $1 each. 

The snacks change from week to week and can include doughnuts, slices of cake, turnovers, and packaged desserts. We also have a soda machine with sodas, water, and Powerade.

Coffee with a Veteran

Each Tuesday morning, the veterans from American Legion Athens Post 20, along with other veterans, meet in room 102 to chat and enjoy time together. Veterans of all ages and branches of military service come and drink coffee and tell stories. 

The American Legion meeting time is separate from Tuesday morning coffeehouse, but the Legion members would be glad to give interested veterans more information about joining the American Legion.

Threadworks Crafting Club

The Threadworks crafting club also meets in the kitchen during coffeehouse. Members bring knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and other types of handicrafts.

You're welcome to just come and chat, if you like. We also have basic crochet kits on hand if you would like to learn how to crochet. Our members might also be able to help if you need help reading instructions or learning how to knit or crochet. 

Come Give Coffeehouse a Try

There is no cost to come to either of these groups. The only cost is for coffee and snacks. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Coffeehouse at the Winterville Center runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, though we usually have coffee and snacks available all day on Tuesdays.

Winterville Center Tuesday Coffeehouse

August News at the Winterville Center

August News at the Winterville Center


August is heating up with lots of new classes at the Winterville Center! 

Basic Aikido

We will be adding a new afternoon Aikido class for kids and adults from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting August 7th. Anyone ages 10 and older are welcome. Aikido is a completely non-violent form of self-defense that is gentle on the body. This would be a great class for a parent to take with their kids. 

Chess Returns

Chess returns to the Winterville Center on Monday, August 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone ages 10 and up is welcome to come and learn to play chess. It is a popular class for parents to take with their children, as well as for UGA students. Tomas Ramirez, Ph.D is the instructor.

Chess tournaments will resume on Friday, August 9th at 6 p.m. Come and compete both in nationally-rated and non-rated chess games. 

Basic Cartooning

A new class offered in August is Basic Cartooning. In this class, students will explore the fun, impact, and longevity of a storytelling art form for all ages. Learn to draw basic shapes, people, create storylines and characters, and evaluate different cartoon publishing formats. This class is for children and adults ages 10 and above. 

Meals on Wheels Congregate Dining

Our Congregate Dining program through Meals on Wheels and the Athens-Clarke County on Aging has been active for the past couple months and gaining new participants every week. If you are over 60 and interested in having a low cost lunch on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., please come by and get a participant sign-up packet. The cost for each lunch is your choice of a donation between $1 and $3. 

New Classes Coming in September

Stay tuned for many new classes in September, including classes for older children! These classes are still being arranged, so follow our Facebook page for updates and check our calendar as soon as they are available.

If you want to sign up for any new class, please call us at 706-742-0823!


Georgia Historic Recipes from 1883


There is very little in life that can bond people together like food. Many cultures are known as much for their food as anything else, and even Georgia can be known for our delicious food. 


These recipes are from the 1883 edition of the Dixie Cookbook, compiled by Estelle Woods Wilcox. It is in the public domain. You can find this cookbook and more free public domain cookbooks at the Hathi Trust Digital Library.


Chicken Pot-pie 

Cut up a chicken and put on in hot water enough to cover, and take care that it does not cook dry ; while boiling cut off a slice from bread dough, add a small lump of lard, and mix up like light biscuit, roll, cut out with cake-cutter and set by stove to rise ; wash and pare potatoes of moderate size, and add them when chicken is almost done ; when potatoes begin to boil, season with salt and pepper, add dumplings and season again. See that there is water enough to keep from burning, cover very tightly, and do not take cover off until dumplings are done. They will cook in half an hour, and may be tested by lifting one edge of the lid, taking out a dumpling and breaking it open. Or, the dumplings may be placed in steamer over cold water, taking care to leave some of the holes in steamer open, as if all are covered by the dumplings, the steam will not be admitted, and they will not cook well. If there are too many dumplings to lie on bottom without covering all holes, attach them to the side and upper edge of steamer by wetting dough and pressing it to the edge. When done remove to vegetable dish and pour hot gravy over them. Dish potatoes by themselves, and chickens and dumplings together. Make-gravy by mixing two level table-spoons flour and a little butter together, and stir into the broth remaining in pot slowly, add more boiling water if needed and season with salt and pepper. Or, make dumplings with one pint sour milk, two well-beaten eggs, half tea-spoon soda (mixed in part of the flour), and flour enough to make as stiff as can be stirred with a spoon; or baking-powder and sweet milk may be used. Drop in by spoonfuls, cover tightly, and boil as above. A pot-pie may be made from a good boiling piece of beef; if too much grease arises skim off. 


Sliced-apple Pie 

Line pie-pan with crust, sprinkle with sugar, fill with tart apples sliced very thin, sprinkle sugar and a very little cinnamon over them, and add a few small bits of butter, and a table-spoon water; dredge in flour, .cover with the top crust, and bake half to three-quarters of an hour ; allow four or five table-spoons sugar to one pie. Or, line pans with crust, fill with sliced apples, put on top crust and bake ; take off top crust, put in sugar, bits of butter and seasoning, replace crust and serve warm. It is delicious with sweetened cream. Crab-apple pie, if made of " Transcendents," will fully equal those made of larger varieties of the apple. — Mrs. D. Buxton.


Meal Suggestions

The cookbook also has recommendations for how to create a meal with complementary flavors and textures.

For example, their recommendations for picnics include:

In the "Sunny South," picnics are in order as early as April, but in the more northern latitudes should never be attempted before the latter part of May or June, and September and October are the crowning months for them around the northern lakes, where hunting and fishing give zest to the sports. First, he up "at five o'clock in the morning," in order to have the chicken, biscuit, etc., freshly baked. Provide two baskets, one for the provisions, and the other for dishes and utensils, which should include the following: Table cloth and an oil-cloth to put under it, napkins, towels, plates, cups, forks, a few knives and table-spoons, tea-spoons, sauce dishes, tin cups (or tumblers, if the picnickers are of the over-fastidious variety); a tin bucket, for water, in which a bottle of cream, lemons, oranges, or other fruit may be carried to the scene of action; another with an extra close cover, partly filled with made chocolate, which may be readily reheated by setting in an old tin pail or pan in which water is kept boiling a la custard-kettle; a frying-pan; a coffee-pot, with the amount of prepared coffee needed tied in a coarse, white flannel bag: a tea-pot, with tea in a neat paper package ; tin boxes of salt, pepper, and sugar; a tin box for butter (if carried) placed next to block of ice, which should be well wrapped with a blanket and put in a shady corner of the pic nic wagon. For extra occasions, add a freezer filled with frozen cream, with ice well packed around it, and heavily wrapped with carpeting. To pack the basket, first put in plates, cups, and sauce dishes carefully with the tow els and napkins, and paper if needed; then add the rest, fitting them in tightly, and covering all w ith the table-cloth, and over it the oil-cloth. Tie the coffee and tea-pots, well wrapped up, and the frying-pan to the handles. Pack provision basket as full as the law allows, or as the nature of the occa sion and the elasticity of the appetites demand. 

The following bills of fare may be picked to pieces and recombined to suit tastes and occasions: 

Spring Picnics—Cold roast chicken; ham broiled on coals; fish fried or broiled; sardines; tongue; hard boiled eggs; eggs to be fried or scrambled; Boston cornbread; buttered rolls; ham sandwiches prepared with grated ham; orange marmalade; canned peaches; watermelon and beet sweetpickles; euchered plums; variety or bottled pickles; chow-chow; quince or plum jelly; raspberry or other jams ; Scotch fruit, rolled jelly, chocolate, Minnehaha, old-fashioned loaf, and marble cake ; coffee, chocolate, tea; cream and sugar; salt and pepper; oranges. 

Summer Picnics—Cold baked or broiled chicken ; cold boiled ham ; pickled salmon; cold veal loaf; Parker House rolls; light bread; box of butter; green corn boiled or roasted; new potatoes; sliced tomatoes; sliced lemon or orange jelly; strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries; lemonade, soda-beer or raspberry vinegar; coffee and tea; ice-cream; lemon or strawberry-ice; sponge, white, Buckeye, or lemon cake; watermelon, muskmelon, nutmeg-melon. 


Try Making One of These Historic Georgia Recipes!

Maybe you would like to try your hand at one of these recipes or another from this cookbook! Why not bring your creation to our next First Thursday potluck on August 1st at 12pm!


10 Blogs to Help You Plan the Perfect Party


You have a big milestone coming up and want to celebrate with a party or event. But how do you pick the theme, plan the decor, and make the food that will really help your guests have a good time?

Everyone can use a little help in planning a memorable event. We’ve found some great party planning blogs for your next party or event.


beaucoup Website

beaucoup is a general party planning site that has ideas for all types of parties and events. Some of the posts include tips, mistakes to avoid, themes, trends, and budgeting. 

One great post from beaucoup is Make It Pink, Make It Blue: Ideas for a Sleeping Beauty Baby Shower.

Catch My Party

Catch My Party Website


Catch My Party is unique because they allow people to submit party ideas and parties they have planned to share with others. They have everything from theme ideas to invitations to DIYs. 

Definitely check out the printables section at Catch My Party.


chickabug Website

Another site that offers free printables is Chickabug, which specializes in bright and kid-friendly party ideas. 

We liked the post Pinterest-worthy Kids’ Party Food That Only Looks Hard to Make.

DIY Inspired

diy inspired Website


DIY Inspired can help you turn your trash into party planning treasure! Create affordable and beautiful decorations and other items for your parties and get lots of theme ideas. 

Their post 40th Birthday Party Ideas for Men can help you plan the perfect birthday party.

Fête Gazette

fete gazette Website

Want more food ideas for your event? Fête Gazette can inspire you to make anything from adorable cupcakes to cakes to darling party favors for sending sweets home with guests.

These Bubblegum Skull Toppers would be great for your Halloween party!

Hostess with the Mostess

Hostess with the Mostess Website

Not only does Hostess with the Mostess have tons of party ideas for any event, but they also have a lot of holiday event ideas for your next holiday party or family gathering. You can also get ideas for food, decor, and favors.

Woodland Bunny Party Ideas would make an enchanting child’s birthday party.

Kara’s Party Ideas

Karas Party Ideas Website - Event Planning in Athens GA


If you are seeking to create a memorable party theme, Kara’s Party Ideas has creative themes for every kind of event you can imagine. They also have a lot of food recommendations for your event.

Gear up for football season with their post It’s Game Time Football Party.

Love the Day

Love the Day Website

Love the Day is another site with hundreds of printables, along with a printable subscription where you can download printables each month. Lots of invitations, signs, tags, and more for your event.

15 Ways to Decorate a Table with Balloons could be useful for any party or event.

Party Pinching

Party Pinching Website - Party Planning Blogs

Planning a party on a tight budget? Party Pinching has all sorts of clever ideas for parties on the cheap. Whether it’s a baby shower, anniversary, birthday, or holiday party, Party Pinching can help you create an unforgettable event.

Their Rooster Marshmallows would make a great picnic dessert.

Thoughtfully Simple

Thoughtfully Simple Website

Planning a party doesn’t have to be complicated to be elegant and memorable. Thoughtfully Simple can help you plan a great party without the stress. 

One post we enjoyed was Your Favorite Party Appetizers Ideas for Entertaining.

Event Planning in Athens, GA, and Winterville, GA?

No matter what kind of event you are planning, if you want to have a great party, it can help to plan ahead in choosing the theme, decor, guests, and venue. We hope these party planning blogs have been helpful in your quest to plan the perfect party.

The Winterville Center in Winterville is ten miles from downtown Athens, Georgia. The Center hosts many kinds of events, from birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, weddings, holiday parties, football parties, and even memorial services. If you are event planning in Athens GA, Winterville, GA, and surrounding areas, consider the Winterville Center for affordable venue rental of any type of event. 

10 Blogs for the Perfect Party - Event Planning in Athens, GA

July News at the Winterville Center

July News at the Winterville Center

Fourth of July

The Winterville Center will be closed on Independence Day, July 4th. The office will be closed, and all classes canceled. We will reopen Monday, July 8th.

July Potluck Luncheon

This month’s potluck luncheon will be on July 11th instead of the first Thursday due to the Independence Day holiday. It will be at 12 p.m. Lindsey Cartier of Project F.R.E.E. (UGA) will be our guest speaker regarding healthy  relationship programs for families, singles, foster parenting, and co-parenting in Clarke, Elbert, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe Counties. Bring your favorite dish to share

Summer Art Reception


A new art show has been put on display at the Winterville Center! The reception for the summer art show will be on Thursday, July 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Chess Club

Chess club and tournaments will be off for the summer while students are out of school. Stay tuned for chess club to resume!


Children’s Nature Workshops


July 15th (9:30 am to 10:30 am): Denise Plemmons from Athens-Clarke County Recycling will do multiple activities for kids, including a lesson, craft, reader theater, and a relay. There will also be a visit from a special costumed character. 


July 22nd (9:30 am to 10:30 am): Seth Hawkins from the Georgia Forestry Commission will help kids plant a tree at the Winterville Center. He will also lead a short lesson. The program will include a visit from a special costumed character. 


July 25nd (9:30 am to 10:30 am): Cecile Riker and Jackie Sherry from the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation and Stormwater will be on hand with a lesson, craft, and a live frog.


Sign Up for the Winterville Breeze 5K Run/Walk

2019 Winterville Breeze 5K in Winterville, GA


Signups are now open for the 4th annual Winterville Breeze 5K Run/Walk on September 21st, at 8 a.m!

Each year, the Winterville Center hosts a 5K race in September. All proceeds benefit the Winterville Center. Raceday registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 8 a.m.

Race Details

Course maps will be available the day of the race and on our website. There will be markers and course monitors to help guide the way. Both runners and walkers are welcome. Families are also welcome. 

The finish line will be provided by Classic Race Services.


The cost is $20 with a t-shirt and $15 without a t-shirt until September 1st. The price will then go up to $25 until race day and doesn’t include a t-shirt. We have a family rate which is for pre-registered runners for $60 which covers 4 entries. Shirts are guaranteed to everyone who signs up for a t-shirt before September 1st. 


There will be one winner in each category of overall, masters, and grandmasters. These winners will receive trophies. We also will have bronze, silver, and gold age category winners from ages 10 to 75 and older who will receive medals.


We are still welcoming sponsors to support the race and the Winterville Center. We have multiple levels of sponsorship available and plan to include some special advertising benefits for sponsors this year. See our race page has more details.

Sign up for the Winterville Breeze 5K

Bring your whole family and sign up for the Winterville Breeze 5K! To sign up visit our signup page at

For more information, visit our website at


2019 Winterville Breeze 5K in Winterville, Georgia

The Benefits of Community

Are you in a community? What does that community stand for or enjoy doing? Are you looking for more friends and for personal connection?

There have been numerous studies on the benefits of participating in a community. Whether you want more motivation to get in shape, develop a hobby, or just have fun, communities can have these benefits and more. Here are some reasons you should consider joining a community.


Most communities have a mission. It could be a mission to help those in need or to develop the local community, or even just to have fun. Communities can be based in a locality or all over the world through social media, or multiple physical locations.


Having a community of people with like-minded interests can provide not only support for that area of interest but also in general. Communities provide networking, friendships, and connection between people.

Communities that allow volunteers and provide community service can provide valuable services to the public, but members who participate in volunteering may have lower rates of mortality and live longer lives.


Education may not be an integral part of all communities, but it is often an important part of the mission and action of many communities. Organizations and local groups can educate each other and the public on important issues, hobbies, and life skills.

If you take a class, you can learn a new skill and meet people with similar interests. Some colleges and universities have free or reduced-cost classes for adults and seniors. Harvard Medical School has suggested that learning new skills can slow mental aging and improve memory in adults.


If a community has a mission, such as to promote fitness, help others, or tackle a local project, the community can motivate individuals to improve themselves or those around them. Communities may help you get fit, lose weight, learn a hobby, learn a new skill, or volunteer throughout the entire process. The Harvard Business Review believes that creating a network of support may help you have more motivation to reach your goals.


Participating in a community can be fun! Communities can include fun as a component of their activities, the connection you develop with others can be enjoyable, and some communities are developed simply to encourage having fun. Whether you are playing a sport you love, creating art, learning to sew,

Ways to Get Involved in a Community

Do you want to find a community that will support and motivate you, or just have fun? There are numerous ways you can get involved and meet new people. Some of these include local and civic organizations, community centers, worship centers, religious organizations, and charities. You can also use a website like to find new communities of people with similar interests.

If you are looking for a community in the Winterville and Athens, Georgia area, you may want to check out the classes we offer at the Winterville Center, or just come by on a Tuesday morning for our open coffeehouse.

The Benefits of Community

Free Fitness Classes Through SilverSneakers



If you are over 65 and have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be eligible for SilverSneakers and take fitness classes at a location near you.

What is SilverSneakers?

SilverSneakers is a nationwide program that funds free fitness classes for seniors over 65. All SilverSneakers classes emphasize gentle fitness and range of movement, and many classes can be performed both standing or seated. These classes are offered at gyms, pools, and other participating locations. Some of the classes offered by SilverSneakers include Classic, which is a basic fitness class; Stretch; Yoga; and CardioFit.

There are also FLEX classes, which can incorporate methods from a wide range of fitness disciplines such as dance, martial arts, and balance training. The Winterville Center is one location that offers FLEX classes, including Stretch and Gentle Nia. Nia is an integrative fitness style that can include dance, martial arts, and other styles of fitness. If you are curious about Nia, this video describes one method of Gentle Nia at the 3:18 minute mark.

How Does Silver Sneakers Work?

Since Medicare Advantage is handled through many different insurance companies, there can be differences in how SilverSneakers is offered to those who have Medicare Advantage plans. Some companies will automatically send you a SilverSneakers card or member number once you have signed up with Medicare Advantage and SilverSneakers has been listed as a benefit. During reenrollment, you may be able to choose a plan that offers SilverSneakers as a benefit.

While not everyone is eligible for the SilverSneakers program through Medicare, it is available to many people who may be unaware of this benefit. SilverSneakers is available through some Medicare Advantage programs, often called Medicare Part C.

What Benefits Can I Expect from SilverSneakers Classes?

Most SilverSneakers classes are designed for seniors and may help improve strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, and range of motion. Some classes, such as Yoga, are designed specifically to improve flexibility and strength, but yoga can have many other benefits, including improved mindfulness, reduced stress, and injury prevention.

Is SilverSneakers Is Available to Me?

There are several ways to find out if you are eligible for the SilverSneakers program. You can contact your Medicare Advantage by phone and ask if SilverSneakers is a benefit available to you. You can also visit the SilverSneakers website and click the “Check Eligibility” button on the top right. There is also a tool on the SilverSneakers website that lists their participating health plans.

Check out our calendar of classes and find a SilverSneakers class that's right for you!

Free Fitness Classes for Seniors Through SilverSneakers





June Announcements

June News at the Winterville Center

No Zumba June 12th and June 19th


There will be no Zumba class on Wednesday, June 12th and Wednesday, June 19th.


No Chess Tournament June 14th


Just a reminder that there will be no chess tournaments in June and July!


We hope to see you in August!


Winterville Breeze 5K

You can now sign up for our fall 5k race. Both runners and walkers are welcome. Bring the whole family!

The race starts at the Winterville Center and winds through Winterville. Course maps will be available on our website closer to the race date.

Learn more at


4th of July

We will be closed on Independence Day, July 4th. We hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe holiday!

Since July 4th is the first Thursday of July, we will reschedule our First Thursday Luncheon to Thursday, July 11th at 12 p.m. The speaker will be Bemene Piaro, Project Coordinator from Project FREE.


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The Winterville Centers hosts an annual 5K race in September called the Winterville Breeze. 

Learn more at