A celebration was held on July 28 to honor the 95th year of the Simonton Corner Community Hall and to raise funds for the continued maintenance of the building. Dozens of citizens enjoyed a cookout on the property's grounds and connected with friends and family at the well-known site of countless concerts, classes and community potlucks.

The menu for the event featured grilled chicken, baked beans, hot dogs, salads and watermelon. State Rep. Owen Casas was on hand preparing burgers from Aldemere Farm, and the event was also attended by Debra Hall and Doug Cole of the Rockport Select Board.

The barbecue was organized by the Simonton Corner Community Association, who have been working in tandem with Legacy Rockport to raise funds for the upkeep of the building. One of the event's organizers, Marci Casas, said that the goal is to raise $20,000 in order to apply Sheetrock and fire retardant paint to the building, expand the bathrooms to make them wheelchair accessible and upgrade the kitchen.

In May a "toll booth" fundraiser at the intersection where the hall is located netted nearly $3,300 for the project. Casas said July 30 that the group plans to continue to organize similar events in the future, and hopes that a recurring outdoor farmer's market could be hosted on the site as well.

The grounds behind the hall border the Goose River and have recently been expanded to provide an outdoor seating and picnic area for visitors. A new addition to the back of the property is a stone bench created by Owen Casas and dedicated to Anthony Hutcheson, a longtime member of the Simonton Corner Hall.