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We believe one of our proudest achievements as a result of our restoration efforts at SCRFI is the impact we see on the town of Smartsville. The united effort to save the historic church and public attention given to Smartsville, and community events, have given Smartsville a renewed sense of pride. At SCRFI we do not spend any of our restoration money on events not related to our work, but we give freely of our time and energy to events that are important to the community.
Part of SCRFI's mission is to provide a gathering place for the community similar to the past although not as a church. Gatherings for holidays and other celebrations or events may are held on the church grounds with the approval of SCRFI.
During one of our restoration meetings one community member reminisced about hearing the church bell ring on Christmas Eve. To remedy that situation SCRFI Members decided to meet on Christmas Eve, sing a few Carols and then ring the bell. Since that time the bell has fallen in disrepair and is silent, but thanks to the new tradition of SCRFI leading Christmas Caroling in Smartsville for the past six years, the town is not silent. Caroling begins at the former Catholic church on Christmas Eve at about 5 pm. Singers from the community backed with live instruments walk around O’Brien Road ending at the Community Church in time for their annual Christmas Eve service. Of course it is our goal to once again hear the bell on Christmas Eve.
A special event was held in 2008 celebrating the official return of Smartsville’s name. Famed television Huell Howser was here to film a segment on Smartsville and Timbuctoo and he returned a few months later to film the party.
For many years Smartsville had been without a general store until Jacob and Alyson Shortridge came along. They saw a need and filled it. For the past two years they have been supplying a much needed service to the town and become a very friendly place to run into neighbors.
Our restoration meetings have become another way neighbors connect. At meetings events are dreamed up like a piñata for Halloween or a community BBQ on Independence Day and others are inspired by a collective memory.