Pomaria gathers ‘round the old school again
by Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
POMARIA — The Pomaria community is uniting once again for the old Pomaria school on Folk Street in downtown Pomaria.
The Old Pomaria School committee is having a low country boil and barbecue Nov. 15 at the old school with all of the funds going to restore the school. The committee also held two festivals in May to raise money for the building.
Their first festival was last year and their second one which incorporated a parade and a plaque from Rep. Walt McLeod and a celebration of 100 years for the school was this year.
A meal will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and afterwards there will be music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Mayor Darryl Hentz said.
Committee chair Billy Fanning said there is a child menu for $5 and an adult menu for $18. The adult menu consists of the barbecue and low country boil while the child’s menu consists of a corn dog, fries and a drink.
However, during the concerts, there will be food sold along with beer, Fanning said.
Fanning strongly encourages people to purchase tickets before the event.
Fanning is recruiting local talent to perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then from 8-11 p.m. The Part-Timers with the Stockmans perform. Tickets can be bought from Wilson’s Grocery in Pomaria or from a committee member.
“All of the funds go to the school,” said Fanning. “The project we are working on (renovating) are three access doors. Two are under the school and one is in the gymnasium behind the stage.”
The access doors allow for easier access in and out of the school for construction type work.
Since the last festival this May, Fanning said they have corrected the drainage issues in the yard and gotten rid of the pump house.
The pump house removal was an Eagle scout project along with several painting projects in the classrooms, Fanning points out. Four of the classrooms behind the gym were painted for either Eagle scout projects, a Beta club project and by Pomaria resident Chris Lominick.
The gym floors were also refurnished and the old cafeteria was carpeted. These were some of the first renovations.
The committee is also planning the next festival in May.
The old school was overlooked as a one cent sales tax project during the last project but the town decided to pursue it and appointed a committee to plan events to help restore the old school.
The committee meets monthly and their next meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the old school’s cafeteria.
“We welcome anyone and their ideas at the meeting,” said Fanning.
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