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Little Lakes Community Center: A beacon of unity and heritage in Hemlock

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The Little Lakes Community Center in Hemlock, NY, established in 2018, is more than a landmark; it’s a symbol of community spirit and a keeper of the past, residing in the historically significant Hemlock School on South Main Street, a key location in the Little Finger Lakes Region. Founded on the vision of Jack Evans, a 1935 school valedictorian and prominent entrepreneur, the center represents his lifelong bond with his alma mater and his commitment to preserving the building’s legacy, serving as a reminder of the region’s rich history and cultural heritage.


The center, true to Evans’ vision, isn’t just a preserver of past but is also the pulse of the community, hosting a variety of programs, events, and workshops that reflect the unity and shared aspirations of the region’s residents. It offers a space where learning and culture thrive, with classes and workshops spanning topics from the unique regional ecosystems to local crafts, providing a wealth of knowledge and enrichment to those who seek it, and inviting all to immerse in the vibrant legacy of the region.

Beyond its role as a communal hub and a guardian of heritage, Little Lakes Community Center aims to elevate lives by offering a plethora of activities and resources. It serves as a platform for people to explore new interests, rekindle old passions, and broaden their horizons, thereby enriching their lives and strengthening the community bond, making it a vital institution in fostering a sense of togetherness and regional pride in today’s fast-evolving world.