Every year The Gathering Place plans special events that are fun and engaging for our participants, and raise awareness about our services. 

Open House

Come get a feel for The Gathering Place at our annual Open House. Held in November each year, we show off our Center. Included in our open house is a participant art show, where their work is displayed for all to see. We hope to see many new faces at our open house as we get ready to expand our services to the Wilmington area.

Volunteer Appreciation

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for many things.  Here at The Gathering Place it is also our time to celebrate the wonderful folks who give their time to support our programs.  Volunteers of all ages share their skills, experience and their hearts with our participants and staff on a daily basis.


Annually in April The Gathering Place holds a Jamboree  at the VFW. We raffle off prizes and hire bands like Playing Possum and Night Rider & Spare Change. We've give away door prizes, and share a wonderful afternoon of dancing and great food.

Haunted Halloween Party

Halloween isn't the same if you're not at The Gathering Place's haunted Halloween party. With the special musical guests we invite, to the homemade goodies made by our participants, you're sure to miss out if you're not there. Everyone is welcome, and we have prizes for the most original costume and the scariest costume. And don't forget to walk through our haunted library!

Santa's Visit

Every year, Santa drops in to visit with us here at The Gathering Place. He takes some time with us to passout gifts and surely everyonre is always waiting for a seat on Sant's knee. We make sure our sugar cookies are decorated so when he comes he can have a little treat!

Our special events do more than just break up the monotony of the day in and day out routines we all use to pass through this life. They create new memories in those who participate. They encourage all of us to be open to life's sweeter moments.