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The Damascus Manor Community Center has been pleased to offer a variety of events for the community to enjoy in recent years.  These have included seasonal monthly pancake breakfasts, Halloween haunted houses and trunk or treats, yard sales, and others.  Last year our Penny Social was commended as the best in the area by the River Reporter, and we sponsored our first bus tour which brought members of the community to the Finger Lakes to taste wine and see the foliage on a beautiful October Saturday.

DMCC also rents out the left-hand side of the building for private events. 

In planning activities, DMCC welcomes community participation and seeks sufficient interest to break even financially, and to justify our volunteers’ efforts.  It also goes without saying that our events are conducted in a responsible manner with attention to health and safety requirements. 

Unfortunately, coronavirus has made 2020 a year like no other for Damascus Township, as it has for the entire world.  Although DMCC members join the rest of the community in welcoming positive developments, there still does not exist locally circumstances, where events can be held with full safety for all, where health requirements will not detract from enjoyment of events or needed attendance to prevent financial losses, or where community interest can be gauged.  DMCC members have benefited from generosity of numerous merchants in past years, but we do not feel comfortable asking for donations from businesses that endured mandated closures.  DMCC volunteers spend weeks or months planning some of our events and we do not want to invite complications that might accompany new coronavirus developments.  DMCC’s usual policy of giving renters keys to our premises, and letting them handle preparation and cleaning, has worked well in the past, but is a cause for concern in the present environment.

In light of the current situation, the DMCC Board members voted on May 21, not to sponsor any events in the 2020 year, and not to offer our premises for rental.  Although this is unfortunate, and might disappoint some in the community, it felt to us the most responsible means of proceeding.  And of course, we are hopeful that 2021 will be a return to an environment similar to that in the past, and look forward to seeing members of the community enjoying or volunteering to help with that the DMCC has to offer.  Until then, enjoy the beauty and experiences of Damascus and be healthy.


Most sincerely, The Damascus Manor Community Center Board