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Bristol Area Lions learn about Inn Along the Way 10/09/2019

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Inn Along the Way President Sherry Flint accepts a donation and thank you for her presentation from Bristol Area Lions V.P. Bobby Ives.

On Monday Oct. 7, Inn Along the Way President Sherry Flint explained the Inn Along the Way concept to the Bristol Area Lions Club. It began as a concept based upon how multi-generational farm families cared for their elderly members.
The vision for Inn Along the Way was defined in 2013, to build a vibrant, interdependent community where living and dying can be a richer, fuller, and more human experience.

In July 2014 the I.R.S. granted the Inn Along the Way a 501 (c) (3) status and on December 2014 the group signed a contract to purchase the Chapman Farm at 741 Main Street in Damariscotta, just before it ends at Route 1. Unfortunately, the group had no money and mutually agreed to raise the funds in a year and allow the family to clear out the farm which had been in the family for nine generations. The funds were raised in 2015 and the transaction completed on Jan. 1, 2016. The organization has no mortgage.

The farm consists of 31 acres of rolling fields and a pond, with a white farm house and huge red barn with a milking shed. The first phase was to build two fully accessible guestrooms on the first floor, each with its own private bath. These will be available to paying guests as well as to those seeking respite. In addition, there will be three more guestrooms upstairs, and a café with a commercial kitchen for preparing meals. Renovations have been completed including electrical and plumbing, and currently sprinklers are being installed.

Eventually, further additions and renovations will result in eight guest rooms and one managers apartment. Four of the guest rooms will be fully accessible on the ground floor; four others will be upstairs. The barn will serve as an events and arts center and for community gathering.

Future plans call for “a pocket neighborhood” of small accessible, environmentally friendly, long-term rental homes, active cultivation of the farm fields and an onsite farm stand, and public walking paths on the 31 acres.

Inn Along the Way has well over 90 volunteers, with many partners, and donations ranging from $5 to $750,000. To donate, make out a check payable to Inn Along the Way and mail to P.O. Box 1133, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6p.am. at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be Town Administrator Chris Hall who will update the club on various town projects and challenges. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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