MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - What was old is new again, in New Hope. In the past when the city's seniors wanted to come together, their meeting place wasn't as welcoming as one would hope.
"They were actually meeting in an old church building and they had closed in all the windows; you couldn't see out and you couldn't heat it in the winter time," said Madison County Commissioner Eddie Sisk who made good on his election promise to revamp the center.
The building had seen better days and parking was a mess, but Thursday Sisk and Mayor Butch Taylor did the honor of cutting the ribbon; making official the process New Hope's seniors have been watching for months and been fired up about for weeks.
"Oh we're just real excited. We thoroughly enjoy it," beamed Senior Center President Mary Glover. "We came down here even some of the icy days the last 2 weeks."
Braving the elements for a hand of rook, a round of song, or to stitch a while on a family heirloom.
"We have a quilt up all the time down here for anybody that wants to come in and quilt," said a quilter whose grandmother's pieced quilt was the current one the community loom. Batting and chatting; mostly about grandkids and maybe sometimes just a little friendly gossip.
"No sir, we don't gossip at all," one quilter smirked as the four at the loom burst into guilty laughter.
From a nine-patch block to the electric organ; most say the biggest draw is the fellowship.
"Being together. We all just get like a family," Glover said proudly.
And the freshened center is not just for New Hope folks. Mary Glover says last weekend couples from Huntsville and Gurley visited and said they would definitely be back.
"People who might not normally come -- people outside city limits and the county -- may come because it's such a nice building, it's something new, and they want to come and socialize with their friends," said Mayor Taylor.
The center is located at 121 Church Street in New Hope. The first Saturday of every month from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. the center hosts a potluck dinner with singing and live music. Regulars say everyone is welcome.