Friends of the Quonochontaug Grange

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND GOALS

Major Capital Improvements: 

  • New, light weight tables (20) were purchased to meet the capacity of the two levels
  • Additional new chairs purchased for the upper level
  • Parking lot expanded to almost double the available parking spaces
  • State-of-the-art AV system and sound attenuation panels were installed in upper level. It's been used for "movie night", birthday party music, presentations during various programs and even Skyping for remote meeting attendees.
  • Striped the parking lot.
  • A new HVAC system was installed in the lower level for winter heating and summer air conditioning
  • Extended ductwork to heat office, changing room and hallway
  • Upper level HVAC unit was replaced.
  • Thanks to a grant from the Quonochontaug Historical Society, the walls in the lower level were refinished with wainscoting.
  • Completed the second phase of the kitchen area in the lower level to create a Servers Kitchen.
  • Completed renovation of the kitchen area in the lower level to create caterer’s kitchen and a storage room for tables and chairs.


Maintenance/repair projects and programs (CLICK HERE for some photos):

  • Main floor and stage area refinished
  • Both lower level bathrooms remodeled and one made handicapped accessible
  • Outdoor lighting repaired and installed
  • New gutter installed on west side to take rainwater away from the building and give better access via the lower level entrance
  • Painting party held for the third year during January and February for this on-going project that has transformed the inside of the Grange.  Over 250 hours of volunteer labor was contributed.Roy Jacobsen again coordinated the work and recruited the help. A special word of thanks to: Roy, Vin Bailey, David Devin, Mike DiRobbio, Bob Frazier, Paul Mathews, George Prior, Rich Thomsen, Steve Williams and Bill Wilson for their skill, help and dedication.
  • Upper level walls and fire suppression pipes repainted. The ticket office received a new coat of paint and the cleaning closet was re-taped, painted and for the first time a light was installed.  The Chair/Table storage area had all the holes repaired in the walls and anew chair rail was installed to protect the walls.
  • Lower level the ceiling was repaired and re-painted including fire suppression pipes. All the windows and doors were painted along with final coats of paint on the walls.
  • Stair case walls were painted
  • In cooperation with the Quonochontaug Historical Society, a number of photos depicting Quonnie history were hung on the upper level walls. Please take them in. They are terrific.
  • Various maintenance and repair items were completed such as new entryway carpeting, upper level ceiling fans, electrical wiring and lighting in the previous kitchen area.
  • Updated this website.
  • December Holiday Gathering and Sing-a-Long including food and entertainment.  A nice crowd of at least 50 people enjoy the holiday cheer.


Projects we are planning on in the coming year:

  • Upgrade door closers at upper and lower level entrances
  • Repair internal electrical wiring.
  • Repair the internal stairway from the kitchen to the stage.
  • Refinish Posts/Beams in Lower-level


In the longer term, we are planning on (in conjunction with the DCFD):

  • Upgrade East and West Entrance Doors
  • Replace 12 lower-level windows 
  •   Re-shingle roof
  • Replace Hot-water Heater and Lower-level Auxiliary Heater


Some Future Capital Projects/Needs:

  •    Install a chairlift for HC access to both levels


As always, we thank you for your continuing support of the Quonnie Grange and its historic significance and purposefulness to our community.