10 Dec The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is a facility located at 26 Swim & Croquet that is operated and maintained by the FHA as a Village resource. It has two rooms that can be rented by Village residents, clubs, and groups: the Large Room, that seats approximately 105 persons, and the Small Room, that has a conference table and chairs for 12-15 people. There is a well-equipped kitchen adjacent to the Large Room. Both rooms are equipped with television screens and updated AV equipment enabling video display and hybrid Zoom and in-person meetings. The Gathering Place is also equipped with an “AudioFetch” assistive listening system that can deliver the audio portion of a program or presentation to Bluetooth hearing aids, noise canceling headphones or noise canceling earbuds.
The Gathering Place also houses the FHA business office, which is generally staffed during business hours by employees of our management company, Associa/HRW, and the hospitality office, which is staffed by volunteers weekdays from 9:30 to noon. Residents with questions about billing, covenant compliance (for neighborhoods without service groups) and Village operations should visit the business office, while residents with questions about the Village directory, newsletter and general information should visit the hospitality office. The hospitality office also has a copier/scanner/fax machine that can be used by residents for a small fee. Both offices are located at the rear of the building just inside the back door.
The Gathering Place is also equipped to serve as a cooling station for those choosing to remain in their homes during power outages. It has a generator and multiple outlets for electronics charging. Refrigeration is available for medicine storage; first aid kits are available for minor injuries; and energy bars are available. The Gathering Place is not an emergency shelter, however.
Further information about the use and rental of The Gathering Place can be found on the FHA website under “Fearrington Village Life/Gathering Place/Guidelines” and “/Rental Fees”.