The Winterville Center

Community and Culture in Winterville, Georgia


Holiday Raffle

Winterville Center Holiday Raffle Items


The Threadworks Crafting Club is hosting a holiday raffle of handmade items. The proceeds benefit the Winterville Center. 

The items being raffled include two afghans. The large afghan is Christmas-themed with hand-sewn buttons. Each member of the Threadworks Crafting Club contributed squares to the large afghan and helped sew buttons on the squares. 

The smaller afghan is black with red flowers. There are also two holiday-themed scarf and hat sets. Both the afghan and the scarf/hat sets were made and donated by Threadworks members.

The cost for the raffle is $5 for one ticket and $10 for three tickets. You can purchase tickets in the Winterville Center office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The winner will be announced at our holiday luncheon on December 5th.

The Threadworks Crafting Club is free and meets on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the kitchen of the Winterville Center. Members crochet, knit, and do other types of needlework crafts.


November News at the Winterville Center

November News at the Winterville Center

Daylight Savings Ends Sunday

Don’t forget to fall back this Sunday! On Sunday, November 3rd, Daylight Savings will end and clocks go back one hour.

SilverSneakers Class Time Change

Our SilverSneakers Stretch and Yoga classes are also changing times starting in November. SilverSneakers Stretch will start at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and SilverSneakers Yoga will start at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. 

First Thursday “Thanksgiving” Luncheon

We will be having our First Thursday Luncheon on November 7th at 12:00 p.m. We will be celebrating an early Thanksgiving at this luncheon. The Winterville Center will provide turkey, so bring your favorite Thanksgiving sides! Our speakers will be Michael Ash and Emory S. Griffith from the Athens Clarke County Council on Aging.

Zumba on Break for November

Zumba will be on hiatus for the month of November but will return in December. 

Holiday Closures

We will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving. There will be no classes that day. 

Looking forward into December, we will be closed starting Monday, December 23rd and will reopen on Monday, January 6th. The Winterville Center will be available for rentals during those two weeks, but you should call to make reservations as soon as possible, as those dates may fill up fast.


Fall Events in Winterville

Fall Events in Winterville, GA


There’s nowhere like Winterville in the fall! Winterville is home to many events during the fall season that are open to the community. Meet your neighbors and enjoy fall fun at these fall events. 


Pickled Holler opening for Cosmo Jr.

Saturday, October 19th at 6 pm

The Front Porch Bookstore hosts a concert series in the spring and fall in front of the bookstore at 6 pm on Saturdays. See more events in the Front Porch Bookstore concert series:


Winterville: Clarke County’s Other Town

Sunday, October 20th from 3 pm to 5 pm

The Athens Historical Society explores historic Winterville in this event open to the public at the Winterville Auditorium and Winterville Center. The presentation will include a historic map of Winterville, lecture by historian and museum curator Jonathan Scott of the Winterville Historic Preservation Commission, and a tour of local historic sites. A reception at the Winterville Center will follow.


Winterville Town Hall

Monday, October 21st at 7 pm

The next Winterville Town Hall meeting will cover the Firefly Trail, SPLOST 2020 and 2011, TSPLOST, Historic Preservation, CCSD, Infrastructure and more.

Puccini's "Il Tabarro" and Martin's "True Story of Cinderella"

October 24th, 25th, and 27th

RespirOpera Company presents an operatic double feature for three days at the Winterville Auditorium. Evening shows are Thursday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday matinee on October 27th is at 3:00 p.m. and includes a "Cinderella Only" option for families with small children who want to avoid the more "adult" themes in the Puccini Opera. Purchase tickets for this event.


Off the Vine Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 26th from 9 am to 2 pm

Off the Vine’s Harvest Festival will feature multiple arts and crafts vendors, along with food and other unique items. Come get seasonal items or early Christmas gifts!


Winterville UMC Fall Festival

Saturday, October 26th from 9 am to 5 pm

Winterville United Methodist is hosting a free fall festival with food, games, bouncy houses, kid crafts, a photo booth, and artist vendors. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a musical hootenanny with singing and dancing for all ages.


Winterville Baptist Trunk or Treat

Sunday, Oct 27th at 5 pm

The Winterville First Baptist Church is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 27th from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. Activities will include inflatables, cupcake walk, games, and trunk or treating.

Ghosts of Athens at the Winterville Library

Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 pm

The Winterville Library hosts author Tracy Adkins for a book signing, Q & A, and reading of “Ghosts of Athens: History and Haunting of Athens, Georgia” on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m.


Winterville Civitan Election Forum

Tuesday, October 29th at 7 pm

Meet the candidates for Winterville mayor and city council in a moderated forum at the Winterville Auditorium on Tuesday, October 29th at 7 p.m. All Winterville residents are encouraged to attend.


Grove Chapel Trunk or Treat

Wednesday, October 30th at 6 pm

Grove Chapel Baptist Church is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. This event will include games, cakewalks, hot dogs, and more. There will also be a contest for the best decorated trunk.


Heritage Walk: Winterville

Saturday, November 2 at 10 am

Historic Athens is sponsoring a historic tour of Winterville on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m., which will be given by Winterville City Council member and historian Mary Quinn. The tour will explore Winterville’s major landmarks, along with the proposed Firefly Trail and the site of the Center Baptist Church cemetery, named one of Historic Athens Places in Peril for 2019. Tickets required--purchase tickets for this event.


Stay Tuned for Winterville Christmas in the Park


The City of Winterville Christmas in the Park

Friday, December 6th

Bring the kids to meet Santa in this annual event for all ages on the first Friday of December in Pittard Park.


Enrichment Classes and Clubs at the Winterville Center

Enrichment Clubs and Classes at the Winterville Center


The Winterville Center hosts a number of enrichment activities outside of art and fitness, including chess, crafting, veterans coffeehouse, and mah jongg.


The Winterville Center is home to weekly Chess Club and monthly Chess tournaments for ages 10 and up. Instructor Tomas Ramirez, Ph.D. is a master chess player and experienced teacher. Chess club members will study chess theory and strategy while playing rated and unrated games.  

The weekly Chess Club meets Monday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Chess tournaments are on the second Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Non-rated games cost $2.00 and rated games cost 3.00. There is no overall charge for the club or the tournaments. It’s a great activity to do with your kids!

Threadworks Crafting Club

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet or knit? The Threadworks Crafting Club meets Tuesday mornings during Coffeehouse from 9:00 a.m. to about 11:00 a.m. While there are no official instructors in this group, there are usually a few people who can help teach basic skills. 

Threadworks is free to attend. Basic crochet kits are available for $5. Coffee and snacks are available for $1.00.

Coffee with a Veteran

Military veterans from American Legion, Post 20 and other military organizations also meet on Tuesday mornings during coffeehouse from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is a casual time of conversation and stories. Members from all branches of the military are represented. 

Mah Jongg Club

Mah Jongg is a Chinese table game using small tiles like dominoes. There are many similarities between mah jongg and modern partner-based card games. The Mah Jongg Club uses the ruleset of the National Mah Jongg League of US and Canada 

Mah Jongg meets on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Follow our Facebook page for any updates and changes. You can find all our classes and activities on our website calendar.

If you have questions about any of our enrichment activities, feel free to call our office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday


October News at the Winterville Center

October News at the Winterville Center


Happy autumn!

Be sure to check our class schedule for all our new classes!

First Thursday Potluck Luncheon

Join us on Thursday, October 3rd at 12:00 p.m. noon for our First Thursday potluck Luncheon. This month’s theme is fall, so bring your favorite fall dishes to share and enjoy. 

Our speaker this month is Natalie Wooten of Home Instead Senior Care, who will be speaking to us about the resources available for home care and caregiver support. 

Water Media Painting

A new class we will be adding to our list of art classes is Experiments in Water Media. Water media is a mixed media art that uses both watercolor and acrylic paint to create vivid paintings full of color and dimension. 

Experiments in Water Media will start on October 28th and take place on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. 

Kids’ Classes

There are still spots open in our kids’ classes, such as Chess, Art Across America, and Kids Can Sew! 

  • Chess is on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. for all ages. 

  • Art Across America is for ages 7 to 12 and is on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. 

  • Kids Can Sew is at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

  • Aikido 14 and Up on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and is open to high-school age students and adults. 

Fall and Holiday Rentals Going Fast

We only have a few Saturday facility rentals left from now until December! 

The Winterville Center is still available on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and from December 23rd until January 3rd! Reservations are first-come, first-served, so make your reservation as soon as possible!

If you are interested in renting the Winterville Center, call us today at 706-742-0823 or come by Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a tour of the building.


Pre-Register and Pay for Classes Online

We now have a process where you can register and pay for classes on our website. 


Pre-registration for classes is highly recommended in case the class is too full to accept walk-ins. In this registration process, you can also pay for your classes online through Paypal.

To register for a new class or a class you have not attended before, check the information on our class schedules page, including the cost of the class. Some classes require the full fee in advance, and some you may pay from week to week. This will be specified in the class description on our online Google calendar. 

Fill out the class registration form, which is linked on the top left of our class schedules page. This form only takes a few minutes to complete. 

After you submit the form, you will be taken to a page with a link to our Paypal payment page. Since this registration system is used for all classes, you will need to specify the class name and payment amount to submit your Paypal payment. 

Many of our art classes require pre-registration and payment up front. Our evening class instructor can accept a check or cash, but not credit card. If you pay ahead of time online, you will not have to worry about having your payment ready before your class.

You can also use our link to pay for your ongoing classes.

Visit our class schedules page and sign up for a new class today!

Quilting the Modern Way, A Guest Post by Elizabeth Barton

Quilting the Modern Way

Instructor Elizabeth Barton shares with us about her new class, Quilting the Modern Way, which will start Friday, September 20th at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in signing up for Quilting the Modern Way, please call the Winterville Center office at 706-742-0823.

I've been teaching painting and helping to teach Aikido at a very nice community center in Winterville which is part of Athens, GA.
It's been such a pleasure to teach local classes with people coming back once a week and seeing their when they asked me to teach a quilting class, I thought it would really be a lot of fun and quite different from the major workshops at the big venues, or faraway guilds where I have taught up to now.
But I don't want to teach traditional quilting.

So I'm calling  the class: Quilting the Modern Way.
All very relaxed!!
No tedious measuring and precision piecing, which (let's face it!) is often a teeny bit boring!! I want the students to be Bold and Free!  But they could also be quite calm and relaxed...above all have fun.

so these images are some of the possibilities........

I had a revolutionary idea!! instead of issuing a supply list and having people go and buy the wrong stuff, or unnecessary stuff - because the Clerk at JoAnns or Hancocks or wherever said they needed it, I'm going to discuss supplies in the first class.
So to the first class, students would only bring pencil and paper...easy!
then I can show them what they need, and we can talk about what kinds of fabric can be used, and how to beg, borrow and steal it!! well perhaps not "steal" exactly!! but....

And I'll also take in several quilts I've made and discuss just how I put them together and what my thoughts were.


 While most of my quilts have been made with hand dyed fabric...these quilt designs work perfectly well with commercial fabric too.... the quilt on the right has quite a few pieces of commercial fabric in it....
and even better with scraps of cotton clothing, old sheets, tablecloths....etc.

I also plan on printing out some of these pictures...and pinning them up around the room for the first class so students can choose what they would like  to do....

I think that will make for a fun first class!

 This one on the left, had a "cross" shape appliquéd over the top...I won't be teaching appliqué for this first class...but if I get keen students...then maybe we can do more with designs that require appliqué in a follow up class next year.

Quilting the Modern Way

Eight classes:
once a week Friday mornings....
here are the dates:

September 20 and 27.  October 4,11,18.
 (I”m out of town on the 25th)
November 1,8,and 15.

It's in the morning...first three classes at 10.30, the rest are at 10 am.  and it lasts around 90 minutes.
The classes are $10 per the course is $80.
We're going to keep the class small, so that there will be a great deal of personal help and instruction from me.

The class would also make a great gift for a loved one.
Healthier than going out for dinner!




 The quilt on the left was quite large (around 60" square)...but it would be perfectly possible for someone to make something this big....or even bigger!
Students can make one quilt or many quilts...small, medium or large!

While most of the quilt above are square within a square designs...a kind of simple Log Cabin....students could  also make something like  one of these four designs....which are much more modern ...clean, simple and elegant.


That's the beauty of quilting, there's a "look" for everyone!!!
I do hope I have a nice full class, much more fun and laughter....if you're anywhere local to me (Athens, Ga) think about it!!!!

Elizabeth's website:

Elizabeth's blog:

September News at the Winterville Center

September News at the Winterville Center


Lots of new things going on at the Winterville Center in September!


First Thursday Luncheon

Our September First Thursday Potluck. Luncheon will be on Thursday, September 5th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share. We will have a Georgia Bulldogs theme, so wear your red and black!

Our guest speaker will be Randy Smith from the Sandy Creek Nature Center. The Nature Center is on 225 acres which include over 4 miles of nature trails exploring the natural habitats of Georgia. There is also an Education & Visitor Center, that houses live animals, exhibits and a planetarium. 

New Kids and Teens Classes

This September we are adding four new kids and teen classes to our schedule, including Aikido 14 and Up, Art for Kids, Art Across America, Basic Cartooning, and Kids Can Sew. These classes are in addition to Chess and Belly Dancing, which are for both kids and adults. 

If you would like more details about ages for each class or to sign up your child, please call us at 706-742-0823. 

New Adult Classes

In addition to our new kids’ classes, we are also offering some new classes for adults in September. Learn to Sew will feature basic sewing skills, while Modern Quilting will aid current quilters in improving their quilting skills at a more advanced level. 

For both kids and adult classes, see our class schedule for more information about each class or call us at 706-742-0823. 

Class Vacations

Several classes will be on vacation in September. Oil Painting will be on break September 9th and 16th and resume September 23rd. Zumba will be off September 4th, 11th, and 18th, and resume September 25th. 

Emergency Preparedness

The Winterville Center is designated as local shelter in case of emergencies such as hurricanes and ice storms. If you need to shelter at the Winterville Center during one of these events, please remember to bring essentials with you: medicines, pillows, blankets, flashlights, radios, bottled water, light packaged foods, etc. Please bring enough for a few days. 

During a storm or emergency, please call 911 and ask for Winterville Fire or Police if you need emergency help. Be sure to follow our Facebook page and the City of Winterville Facebook page for more information during emergency situations.

Need More Information?

If you need more information on new classes, ongoing classes, or on anything else related to the Winterville Center, please don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook or call us at 706-742-0823.


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

View older posts »


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

Learn more at