A new Bain Elementary School building will open in a few weeks adjacent to the existing campus just off N.C. 51 in Mint Hill.
A 1950s-era building on the old site is being demolished to make way for bus traffic. But many residents say the older building next to that, circa 1924, has a lot of life left in it and should be saved.
Though that building has been condemned for several years because of structural issues, the Mint Hill Historical Society has formed the Historic Bain Restoration Committee to study the feasibility of restoration and possible preservation efforts.
“This building serves as an important link to our past and holds many opportunities for the future,” said Mint Hill Commissioner and Restoration Chairwoman Tina Ross. “It is a very special place to thousands of people who attended school there over the years, and we think it has the potential to serve thousands more in future years as a community building to be used for educational and cultural purposes.”
The group is planning its first fundraiser and is looking for community support.
Bain Daze is set for 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Mint Hill Park on Fairview. The committee is accepting applications to the event from nonprofits, handcrafters businesses, food vendors and entertainers. Sponsorships are available for $150 and are needed for several events.
Organizers also are signing up volunteers and seeking participants for the “Best Beard,” “Best Moustache” and “Best Victorian Hat” contests. Other activities planned include cow-pie bingo, a cornhole tournament, horseshoe tournament, pumpkin toss, cakewalks, a dunking booth, children’s games and more.
For information or applications, email Carol Timblin, publicity chairwoman for Bain Daze, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at email@example.com.
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