— By SALLY SEXTON
ZION HILL — For almost 60 years, the Zion Hill Community Center has served as a meeting place and common ground for members of the Zion Hill community.
Built in 1965, the community center was originally the Zion Hill Community Club, which was founded in 1954.
Before the men of the community erected the community center, meetings were held outdoors, then in a family barn, said president Shirley Arnold. The women in the community served hot meals at the meetings and organized fundraisers to support the construction.
“There’s been a history down here in this community for a long, long time,” Arnold said.
Much of the old tradition is still alive and well today, with the center holding an annual turkey dinner. At a cost of $7 per person and $3.50 for children, the event helps raise funds to keep the doors of the community center open through routine maintenance and insurance.
In the past, money has gone toward replacing the roof, installing A/C and heat and the purchase of new tables. Also helping pay for activities are rental fees, as the center may be rented our for wedding receptions, family reunions and various other gatherings.
This year’s turkey dinner is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. at the center, located off Zion Hill Road.
“The meal includes a turkey, cooked by the ladies of the community, with homemade rolls, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet tea and any other fixings,” Arnold said. “It’s been very popular. Some people will go through the line twice to get something for later and a lot of people get it to go because we have take-out available as well.”
For more information, contact Arnold at 817-613-0228.