BUCYRUS – The Trillium Event Center is officially open for business.
After two long years, renovations to the former Crawford County Nursing Home, Fairview Manor, to create the main areas of the event center are complete.
“We have already held several meetings here and hosted the Chamber (Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce) event last evening,” said Dick Gervais on Friday morning.
Gervais is the supervisor of food and facilities for the Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities and headed up the project.
Gervais said the idea to create an event center next door to the CCDD offices and Fairway School and Waycraft Industries was that of former director Chuck Frobose.
“Government stimulus money that was received by the board was used to purchase the building a few years ago from the Crawford County Commissioners after it had stood empty for about three years. Monies used to complete the renovations we have made so far also came from the stimulus money,” Gervais said.
A full service and fully licensed kitchen is on site along with meeting rooms, the main banquet room and an outdoor area that can be used for events.
“For smaller meetings or parties of 32 people or less, we will cater, but for larger event such as weddings, we will not cater but have a list of local caterers we can provide. Those caterers will have full use of our kitchen,” said Gervais.
Staff members will be individuals with disabilities that Fairway and Waycraft serve.
“This will work the same way as our Delectables Concession Stand at Aumiller Park with our individuals working at the center to gain skills and experience to help them with future employment,” Gervais said.
The name Trillium comes from the state flower that has three petals which Gervais says have special meaning for his staff.
“The three petals stand for education, training and employment,” said Gervais.
Gervais, who retired from Wynford Local Schools after 30 years of service, is the teacher of cooking classes through Carle’s Bratwurst.
“We will now be holding the cooking classes at the center which will allow us to do hands-on classes that so many people have been asking for. I am very excited we can offer this,” Gervais said.
The first cooking class will be held on Sept. 10 and will be the New England Seafood Boil class.
“This class will be a demo-only class but future ones will offer the hands-on instruction,” Gervais said. “People will still sign up for the classes through Carle’s even though they will now be held at the center.”
Gervais said the first wedding to be held at the center will take place on Oct. 17.
“We are so excited,” Gervais said.
Gervais enlisted the help of area students and businesses to create the website and brochures for the center.
“The five mains pages of the website were created by Jeff Funigiello and his DECA class at Bucyrus High School,” Gervias said. A-1 Printing in Bucyrus will be hosting the website and domains and the media class at Pioneer Career and Technology Center created the brochures for the event center.
The website can be accessed at www.trilliumeventcenter.com.
For more information or to book the center, call Gervais at 419-562-3321 extension 148 or 100 at the Crawford County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Trillium Event Center is located at 1630 E. Southern Ave., Bucyrus.