Dacusville Community Club makes improvements at community center

DACUSVILLE — The Dacusville Community Club has been working feverishly for the past several months to make improvements and turn the former Dacusville Elementary School into a facility the community can use for many functions.

A Sign of Progress

A Sign of Progress

The transformation has been remarkable. Hallways and rooms have been scrubbed and painted, floors stripped and polished, security enhancements have been installed, and beautification of the grounds has been done. The latest addition is the new Dacusville Community Center lighted sign, which was proudly erected last week.

“The sign gives us the ability to communicate events to the community and visitors,” club president Randy Williams said. “We are excited about the plans for the center and the value and convenience it will add to our community.”

The club, a non-profit, has received donations and will be furnishing a fitness center. Funding is in place for the Pickens County Library System to open a branch at the center. Other community groups are already taking advantage of the excellent space. The Dacusville Heritage Association, Beekeepers Association, Dacusville Garden Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Sheriff’s Department, and the Community Club each have their own space in the building. The former cafeteria is being used for public meetings, concerts, and other events, with full kitchen facilities available.

“This community is working together to maintain the rural and neighborly character for which Dacusville has always been known,” said Pickens County Councilman Tom Ponder, who represents the community.

The next event planned for the community center will be a concert by award-winning bluegrass group The Darren Nicholson Band. The concert will be a CD release show for the band’s new CD, “Things Left Undone,” and will be held on May 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available from Dacusville Community Club members or by calling (864) 859-3382 or (864) 270-1599.

Nicholson is a musician based in Western North Carolina. He is a Grammy Award nominee and a recipient of 2 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards, including the Album of the Year award (2006) and Song of the Year (2011).

Currently, he records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range (Grammy winner for Bluegrass Album of the Year, 2013) with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year. He toured as part of the Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music Tour and recorded a collaborative album with John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band. He will bring his blend of Country, Bluegrass, and Americana music to the Dacusville Community Center.

“We are excited to bring such high-quality live music to Dacusville,” Williams said. “Our first concert back in October was a huge success, and this concert would make a nice Mothers’ Day weekend present,” he said.