The Winterville Center

Community and Culture in Winterville, Georgia


2019 Summer Kidz Kamp


Looking for something this summer that will captivate your children with an enriching and educational experience?

The Winterville Center will be offering Kidz Kamp, a week-long summer day camp from July 22nd to the 26th. The camp day will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We welcome ages 6 to 12.


Our theme for the week will be “Fantasy Forest”. We will explore our world and our environment through both the physical world and our imaginations. We will encourage participants to engage in caring for our environment through arts, crafts, dance, fitness, music, drama, and special events throughout the week.


Kidz Kamp will allow children to try many new activities, from art, crafts, music, drama, Zumba, Aikido, and environmental education. Many of our experienced instructors have agreed to teach one or more days at camp.

The week will also include special presentations from the Georgia Forestry Commission, Athens-Clarke County Recycling, and the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation and Stormwater. There will be some special surprise character visitors throughout the week.

Special Events

Along with the special presentations, we will offer some special week-long events, such as a version of color wars. Participants can win points for their teams and help their team to victory.


The cost for Kidz Kamp is pro-rated depending on the number of children you are sending. Each additional child will receive a 20% discount on their camp cost.

The first  is $250.

The second child is $200.

The third child is $160.


Positions Available

We are looking for a few more group leaders who would work with us the entire week of July 22nd to the 26th. Please contact JoAnn Snow at 706-742-0823 if you are interested.

Apply for the Winterville Center 2019 Summer Kidz Kamp

You can download the application for the Winterville Center 2019 Summer Kidz Kamp at our website


More Shine than Rain at the Winterville Marigold Festival

2019 Winterville Marigold Festival Parade Float


We were thankful that the rain held off most of the day Saturday, May 11th for the Winterville Marigold Festival!


We participated in the parade as the Winterville Center and really enjoyed seeing all the smiling faces lining the parade route. We didn’t win any prizes, though we admired some of the amazing floats of the winners.


Our booth was located in Pittard Park, and we handed out 250 packets with class schedules, brochures, and some other goodies. I believe all of us purchased some items from the lovely vendors around the festival. We also enjoyed listening to the music coming from the main stage.

Some of the new classes and events we were able to announce at the festival included drawing, aikido, acrylic panting, and kids summer day camp July 22nd to the 26th.


The Winterville Center held a drawing for punch cards to take some of our classes. Greg Morrissey won our $80 punch card, Jennifer Dixon won the $60 punch card, Cindy Phelps won the $40 punch card, and Esther Harris won the $30 punch card.

The turnout for the festival was quite good considering the weather forecast had called for rain all day up until Saturday. The rain held off until late afternoon, but it’s unfortunate that the evening performances had to be canceled.


How Was the 2019 Marigold Festival?

Did you attend the Marigold Festival this year? Share your experience with us in the comments!

Winterville Center Marigold Festival Vendor Booth


Introducing Our New Website Design!

As you may have noticed, we have a new website redesign!

The intention of this design was to make the most searched information easier to find while updating our style and mobile website.

Here are some of the new features of our website:

Calendar Feature

The calendar can now be found both on our main page and on the Classes page. The calendar on the main page is listed in schedule format, and the calendar on the Classes page is in a monthly format.

On both calendars, you should be able to click on the class name to get more information about that class.

If you use Outlook, Google Calendar, or other calendar software that accepts calendar links, you can add the calendar to your own calendar by clicking the + Google Calendar button on the bottom left of the calendar.

Camp Page

We have added a camp page that describes our one-week summer Kidz Kamp, which will be July 22nd to the 26th. You can visit that page for more information about the camp and any camp updates.

This page will disappear after the camp, but you may see it return next year.

Mobile Design

Our mobile design has been customized for ease of use. Features have been streamlined to make navigating the website on your phone, tablet, or mobile device simpler.

The mobile site does vertically align all content, so pages may be a little longer on devices with smaller screens.


We have endeavored to make our blog a bit more easier to read. Blog posts are updated weekly with updates, new classes, general center information, Winterville news, and informative posts about fitness, dance, arts, and more.

We post our blog updates on our Facebook page, so for blog updates, follow us on Facebook.


New Classes in May: Acrylic Painting and Aikido

Aikido in Athens GA | Acrylic Painting in Athens GA


Acrylic Painting


Every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m.


This painting class will focus on working with acrylics to create luminous and lively works of art that reflect not only the subject of the painting but how you feel about it.  Don't just pain an apple, paint how mouthwatering and crunchy it is! Don't just pain a landscape, pain how dreamy and so it makes you feel when you look at it.

This class is for all levels.  If you are a beginner, Elizabeth will help you get started with a simple project.  For more experienced artists, discussions of improvement in composition, working from inspirations, creating dynamic effects.

Supply List:

For your first visit, bring whatever paint and brushes you already have.

If you have nothing, then buy (online or at a local hobby shop, e.g. Michael's or Hobby Lobby): Golden Acrylic paint:  white, red, blue, yellow, green.

A set of cheap brushes, medium to large.

A jar of white gesso paint for preparing your surface.

Paper towels or rags, and a container for water.

We can paint on any heavy paper - prepare ahead of time with gesso - a light coat or two will be sufficient. Or any card, or cardboard or panel.  Always prepare with gesso so that the surface is ready for the paint.

For questions,  email if you have any questions.


Instructor:  Elizabeth Barton is a well-known artist both in the Athens community and around the nation.  Originally most of her work was with fiber, however, for the last ten years she has expanded into painting - water media...both watercolor and acrylic paints.  She has published two art books, focusing on design and on working in a series. Her works have been displayed nationally and internationally. Elizabeth is an experienced teacher who is known for her humor and her kindness and understanding. She will work with you one-on-one to develop your artistic abilities in whatever way you desire!

Her website is


Pre-registration required.


Every Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.AIKIDO "The Way of Harmony"


Do you want to get fit, feel more coordinated, increase your stamina, and have fun too? Aikido gives you a moderately intense workout that emphasizes body mechanics, physical awareness and balance.


The basic Aikido curriculum focuses on the development of core strength (both physical and mental). The techniques are practiced alone and with a partner. This makes aikido a vry sociable art form.


Aikido, "the non-fighting” martial art, makes all attacks fail without the use of violence —no kicking, no punching, no fighting.

are safe for seniors. Slow and gentle moves.


Aikido: a metaphor for positive outcomes in all areas of life.


Instructor: John Smartt retired to Athens a few years ago having run an aikido school in California for many years. His initial training was in Japan. He has taught a few classes for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), and has lead a couple of small classes in his home dojo.

Free Parking

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


Need to Talk to Us or Get Updates?

Need to Talk to the Winterville Center?


Have a question, comment, or suggestion? Did you know there are many ways to contact us at the Winterville Center?

Ways to Contact the Winterville Center

You are welcome to call us at 706-742-0823, or come by any time during our office hours, which are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There should be someone in our office during those hours. We'd be glad to answer questions or just give you a tour of the facility.

There are a number of other ways to contact us, too. You can use the contact form on our website, and we will call or email you back.

Or you can contact us using the “Send Message” button on our Facebook page.

Share with Us Your Comments and Suggestions

If you wish to suggest a class or workshop, any of these contact methods would work well. We love your comments and suggestions and work hard to bring you classes that you request.

To inquire about teaching at the Winterville Center, please call us at 706-742-0823, or come by so we can discuss with you our requirements and policies. We currently are looking for more dance class instructors, such as line dancing or ballroom dance.

One other way you can share your opinions with us is by taking our class poll.

Follow Us on Social Media

We have multiple ways you can get regular news, updates, and emergency information.

Follow us on Facebook for class events, updates, general news, and blog updates.

Or you can follow us on Instagram for photos and shared Winterville events.

Emergency information for the city of Winterville, such as weather closings, shelter availability, and other important information will be posted on the City of Winterville website or the City of Winterville Facebook page.

Rent our Community Room and Kitchen

The Winterville Center also has rental space on available Fridays and Saturdays. If you are looking for a place to host your next anniversary, birthday party, or family gathering, consider the Winterville Center. We have a 64-seat large room for banquets and parties, along with a kitchen with full amenities.


Watch our video tour for an introduction to the Center and rental amenities:


Winterville News for Week of April 22nd

Earth Day News from the Winterville Center


Happy Earth Day!


I hope everyone had a lovely Easter holiday weekend!


Winterville Events


Tonight, Monday, April 22nd, is a Town Hall Meeting with the Mayor! Come and discuss a proposed farmer’s market in Winterville. The Town Hall will meet at 6 p.m. at the Depot.


On Friday, April 26th, Winterville will celebrate the Firefly Trail Mural at the Front Porch Bookstore with a reception at 12:30 pm at the Front Porch Bookstore. The mural was designed and painted by students from Winterville Elementary.


Center News

The Winterville Center has announced two new classes this week, both starting on Wednesday, May 15th.

Aikido is a gentle martial art taught by John Smartt that will be taught from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. starting May 15th in room 102.

Also on that day, Elizabeth Barton will teach Acrylic Painting from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 103. Seats are limited to 10, so pre-registration is required. Call us at 706-742-0823 to reserve your spot!

We still need a few more volunteers for our booth at the Marigold Festival on May 11th. You are welcome to volunteer for an hour or more. Call us at 706-742-0823 if you are interested in volunteering.


The Benefits of Gentle Exercise

Can light to moderate exercise, when performed regularly, have long-lasting benefits to your health?

According to new studies, moderate exercise can lower your mortality rate and boost your heart health. Moderate exercise may also improve insulin sensitivity in diabetes patients even more than more vigorous exercise, according to an article in Time magazine titled, “You Asked: Is Intense Exercise Better for Your Health?



You may have heard that walking 10,000 steps can benefit your health. In another article, Time reports that while higher steps can mean even better health, just walking 5,000 steps can improve health for anyone who is sedentary or who works a desk job. Just getting up to walk a bit every hour and taking a short walk sometime during the day can mean huge benefits to your health.



If you enjoy dance or martial arts, you might want to consider trying Nia. Nia is an acronym for neuromuscular integrative action, and it is a practice that integrates dance, martial arts, meditative mindfulness, and other practices into a gentle fitness and art practice.


According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Nia may help improve your circulation, balance, coordination, and range of motion. It may also help you reduce stress through mindfulness and increased oxygen levels.


Yoga and Stretching

Gentle exercise like yoga and stretching can help you develop muscular strength while reducing stress. The American Osteopathic Association suggests yoga can help improve the body’s ability to heal itself through regular practice. This can also aid in flexibility and preventing injury from other activities or from falls.


Gentle Fitness at the Winterville Center

Are you interested in experiencing the benefit of gentle exercise for yourself? Try one of our SilverSneakers classes! Gentle Nia meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. SilverSneakers Stretch meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and SilverSneakers Yoga meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

The Benefits of Gentle Exercise | The Winterville Center

Winterville Arts Council Spring Art Show


It’s time for the spring art show!


Featured Art


The featured art, by Camille Hayes of @camillehayesdesign won the juried selection and will be featured on the Marigold Festival T-shirt and souvenirs.


Winterville Art Show Featured Art by @camillehayesdesign

Art Show Participants


Here are some of the other featured pieces in the Winterville Spring Art Show:


"Butterfly" by Judy Hammond




"Pittard Park" by CMT Fine Art




"orange marigold" by Cameron Ferelle




"Marigold Plate" by Alison Kocher




"Marigold Festival" by Katie Porterfield




"Flowers of the Field" by Eleanor Pennington



Learn more about the Winterville Arts Council


There are even more artists featured in the Spring Art show! The Spring Art show is on display at the Winterville Center until the end of June. The Winterville Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


You can find out more about the art shows and the work of the Winterville Arts Council on their Facebook page.


Winterville Spring Art Show on display at the Winterville Center


Call for Marigold Festival Volunteers!


Volunteers Needed for the Winterville Marigold Festival May 11th


The Winterville Marigold Festival began over 30 years ago as a way to beautify and renovate the town and for the purpose of promoting friendship. Each year the festival features juried arts and crafts, barbecue and other food vendors, dancing and entertainment in the park, the Marigold 10K, parade, and other events.”


On the second week of May, Winterville celebrates with the Marigold Festival. The Winterville Center is looking for volunteers to help us host our booth and participate in the parade.



The Winterville Center is hosting an informational booth during the Marigold Festival. Booth hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 11th. In addition to brochures and event calendars, the Winterville Center booth will have a drawing for some door prizes.


We need two volunteers per hour to host our booth. You are welcome to sign up for multiple hourly volunteer slots.



Anyone in the Winterville Center community is welcome to walk with us in the parade or ride in the truck. Walkers will be passing out candy and other small items. We will still need booth volunteers during the parade hour.


Volunteer at the Winterville Center Marigold Festival Booth

To sign up for a volunteer slot at the booth, or to walk with us in the parade, please call us at 706-742-0823 or email

Winterville Center Marigold Festival Booth


Telling a Couple's Story: Planning an Anniversary to Remember

Telling a Couple's Love Story | ID 29653746 © Photographerlondon |

The most memorable parties are the ones that not only tell the stories of the past but become a story themselves in the future.


Telling the story of the couple is the most important thing you can do when planning an anniversary party. This is commonly thought of as the theme, but every part of planning can highlight the couple’s story.


Planning a Central Theme


The central theme of the anniversary celebration should reflect the couple’s love story and shared interests. Who are they separately and together? Is there some interest or hobby that most of their friends would say reminds them of that couple and their story?


Parties with heavily-inspired themes such as a murder mystery may not match a couple’s story and interests. These concepts are wonderful for parties without a special occasion but may hinder interaction between the couple and guests on this particular occasion. Some couples may be uncomfortable with a culturally-themed party such as a luau unless they have a strong personal and cultural connection to that theme.


Focusing on more subtle themes that naturally allow guests to communicate memories to the couple may have a more meaningful impact. For example, an aerospace theme for two pilots would be a natural theme. You may even be able to create a theme around the couple’s last name. It may help to make a list of all the interests and activities of the couple to find one that speaks to that couple’s story.


Accentuate with Details


Instead of a slide presentation or a video, why not decorate with vignettes of the couple around the room or on each table? Include a photo and a short memory for guests to read and discuss. Spreading the vignettes out will also encourage guests to meet, mingle, and share their own memories of the couple.


Details like party favors can reinforce the telling of the couple’s story. Party favors can be inexpensive and still have meaning. One example is a printed sheet of what happened on the day they were married. Include facts from history, the #1 song or movie, and celebrities that share the same anniversary. If the couple is a fan of sports, include winning college and professional sports teams.


Include Personal Stories


Many anniversary parties have extended toasts, but the words spoken at these toasts may not be as memorable after so many of the family and friends speak. Having a videographer record family and friends telling their stories individually, while focusing on one or two featured speakers may create more lasting memories for the couple.


Are You Planning an Anniversary Party?


If you are planning an anniversary party, you have a unique opportunity to tell the love story of one couple to all their friends and family. The greatest gift you can gift them is one where you communicate not only their story but how they have affected their friends and family through their love.

Telling a Couple's Love Story Through Their Anniversary Party

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