An heirloom is a family possession handed down from generation to generation. Sometimes that heirloom is not a possession, but a treasure of memories and experiences.
This past week-end I drove my mother, Sarah McElyea, and my aunts, Jean and Anne Chittam, to Elberta, Alabama to visit mom’s sister, Myrion Babcock (My), who was celebrating her 80th birthday.
The trip down was filled with laughter, stories, and memories. Before we knew it, we were there. Since we expected 200 guests at My’s party on Sunday, there were errands and set-up to complete. Because most of the food was already cooked, we had plenty of time to talk about family and friends and enjoy each other’s company.
Anytime you get a bunch of Chittams together, there is a lot of laughter; huge belly laughs that make your stomach muscles ache. My had lots of stories about Mom, Herbert (Jean’s husband) and Paisley (Anne’s husband). Most were happy but some were sad. All of my aunts and uncles were good storytellers. Each one is a treasure to me, heirlooms from my mother.
When you are getting ready to plan your next family gathering, stop by the Center for Lifelong Learning and check out our spaces for rent. Our bright and open 2,500 square foot mezzanine area is designed to accommodate all types of events, both large and small, from 12 to 200 guests. The space is perfect for conferences, receptions, luncheons and dinners, recitals, and wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions. The Loft area, overlooking the Lobby, offers an intimate setting for small groups.
Schedule your next board meeting, formal training, or business luncheon in our Executive Conference room. The conference room offers comfortable seating for up to 20, and privacy for your event. Our training room will accommodate up to 12. This room may be configured in a number of styles to suit your needs… be that classroom, theater, or boardroom.
A small area of the Center located outside of the conference room may be used as a break out area for seminars/board meetings, receptions, and small group meetings of up to eight people.
Our lobby area offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere in which to relax while taking advantage of our free WiFi and laptop loan. Enjoy a latte and freshly baked desserts from the Square Clock coffee shop and catch up on some reading, check your email, or just visit with friends. This 415 square foot area is available to host small parties or gatherings up to 75 guests. The lobby may be configured to accommodate 40 to 50 people for more formal presentations.
Catering services may be provided in any room. We have a long list of preferred caterers and can accommodate you dining choices.
Whether you are hosting a formal or informal event, the Center for Lifelong Learning is the place for you.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262