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Makeover for Montpelier grange

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The Capital City Grange is getting a much-needed improvement. After holding up to more than half a century of foot traffic, it is getting a brand new floor.

Volunteers ripped out the old floor over the weekend. It was so worn down from decades of contra dancing and other events that nails were poking through. The new $20,000 tongue and groove, maple flooring comes from trees harvested in Pittsford. Grange officials say the floor is the latest renovation to help further the organization's original mission of social improvement.

"There are many granges that are suffering because the members are getting older. And most of the membership of this grange is people from the contra dance community, who are intensely loyal and want to keep this hall going, as well as keeping the dance going. We're keeping the grange organization going and putting in our time and energy, like the two dozen volunteers we had over the weekend to tear up this old floor," said Timothy Swartz, the Capital City Grange Master.

The Grange, originally known after the Civil War as the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, has become, over the years, one of the hubs of a thriving contra dance scene. The hall also hosts lectures, concerts, church services and other events. Click here to find out how you can help with the renovation or rent the space.

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