The Grange Hall is open for rentals—with limitations and COVID precautions
We require all groups who cannot be sure that all participants are vaccinated, or cannot show proof of recent negative COVID test to wear masks inside the Hall at all times.
Contact Tracing information must be kept by all Hall users
While we hope that no cases of COVID-19 will occur, event organizers have the responsibility to be able to do contact-tracing if a case does turn up. We provide clipboards upstairs and downstairs with space for all users to record names, email addresses and phone numbers in case they are needed. IF a case occurs, we ask organizers to notify the Rental Agent, and to contact all people who were part of an event where a person later found to be positive was present, and, to inform all potential contacts that they should self-isolate until they are tested and found negative for COVID-19.
Large dance events
We do not believe it is safe for large groups to meet for dance events with multiple partners (like contra dances) at this time of very high case counts in Vermont.
We are happy to discuss individual events and their risk levels with potential renters. To rent the Hall, to ask questions or discuss your event, contact our volunteer Rental Agent: Merry Shernock: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (802) 229-9425.
Special measures to reduce the risk of transmission:
1: IN WARMER MONTHS, we ask renters to open windows and use the newly installed, ceiling-vent exhaust fan to pull fresh air into the building. This fan can provide 4 to 7 air-changes-per-hour (ACH). Instructions are posted by the switch on the upstairs stage. This fan is relatively quiet.
2: IN COLD MONTHS, when outside air is too cold to pull in, we have built and hung “Room Air Filtration Boxes”, which pull air through high-quality MERV-13 filters and circulate it throughout the room. Running 4 of these can provide up to the equivalent of about 4 ACH. Running these RAFBs does produce noticeable fan noise, unavoidably. This is the trade-off for providing filtered air circulation without pulling in cold air.
Main Hall: We have hung up 4 “Room Air Filtration Boxes”
These can reduce the risk of virus transmission. Renters must plug in the power cords to run the fans, which are pre-set on the lowest speed. For groups of 20 or less, running 2 fans should provide significant filtering. For larger groups, all 4 fans should be used.
Lower level: 4 “Room Air Filtration Boxes”
are also available, including this one over the sink counter. The remaining 3 can be moved around to ventilate the space. These can be individually plugged in and turned on. As described for the upstairs, small groups can reasonably use only 2, but larger groups should use all 4.
To see examples of the many ways our Hall has been used, see the photo gallery.
All kinds of events happen at the Grange, and we’d like to host your next event!
Our Hall hosts regular dances of many kinds, plus church services, political meetings, performances, seminars, training sessions, potluck dinners, wedding receptions, birthday parties, even proms! Among the features:
- Convenient location, in Berlin VT, just a mile south of Montpelier, with easy access from I-89 and Rt. 2
- Ample, offstreet parking for about 125 cars, with 4 reserved handicap parking spaces adjacent to the ramp entrance.
- Affordable rates: Rates vary depending on day of the week and time of day, and frequency of use. See the ” FOR MORE INFORMATION” links below. Then email the rental manager at email@example.com, or leave a message with your email address at our voicemail: (802) 229-9425.
- The Hall is an internet “Hot Spot”, with free, fast Wi-Fi throughout the Hall, and even outside! The password is posted.
- A spacious hall with “one of the best dance floors in New England”
- Raised stage with a piano
- ADA accessibility to the main floor, including an accessible bathroom on the main floor
- Folding chairs and tables for meetings, seminars and trainings
- Kitchen facilities for potluck dinners
- Cafeteria-style tables for dining and meeting
- Dishes, plates, eating utensils for large groups (100+) available
After a recent wedding at the Grange Hall, the groom had this to say:
“After growing up dancing on their beautiful 2000 square foot maple dance floor there wasn’t even a moment of consideration as to whether this was the venue for us. A double set of home appliances outfitted the spacious kitchen and included the use of their plates, forks and rented tablecloths. With a little decoration, lights, pine boughs, etc. we transformed the downstairs. Warm and comfortable in winter, this place has so much history and connection to the community it is surprising there are not more home-grown weddings held here. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday is reserved for a Contra Dance so plan accordingly!”
We have also hosted rehearsals for music and drama groups, birthday parties for children and grown-ups, cooking and baking classes, and a tomato canning workshop by the Vermont Department of Agriculture. Dance events have included workshops and performances of a wide array of styles: contra, swing, tango, African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, waltz, square dances and more.
We welcome inquiries from private and public groups. Renters are responsible for arranging with the rental agent to pick up a key before their event.
The members of Capital City Grange #469 require that all renters have personal liability insurance for their own protection. The grange hall rental agent can advise on options.
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At a recent gathering at the grange hall, many people ate inside, at tables set up on the red vinyl floor covers that have expanded our use of the main hall.
A spinning group recently rented the Grange Hall.
The Green Mountain Swing band recently played on the Capital City Grange Hall stage and a rip snortin’ time was had by all.