The Buzz Ware Village Center (BWVC, a.k.a. “The Buzz”) is located at 2119 The Highway, Arden, Delaware, 19810. The building was renamed in 1973 in memory of a longtime trustee of Arden and Ardentown, an Ardencroft Director, a respected community leader and an excellent graphic designer, Hamilton D. “Buzz” Ware, who died in 1968.
The original Arden School, a public school, built of two surplus wooden World War I military buildings, was dedicated in 1925, but burned down in 1945. The three main rooms of the current structure were built in 1946 to 1947, and was considered somewhat innovative for schools of its time. It had radiant heat, abundant windows, and direct access to the outside from each classroom. A fourth room was added in 1950.
The Arden School was racially integrated two years before the U.S. Supreme Court decision barring segregation, and in spite of Delaware’s policy of segregation at that time. The Arden School had six grades from the late 1920s until 1969, when it was reduced to a Kindergarten building and finally closed, as a Public School, in 1973.
Since that time, the Center has been run by the BWVC Committee of the Town of Arden, with help from Ardentown and Ardencroft. If you would like to use “The Buzz” for an event, please use the contact form to get in touch with the building manager. Availability can be researched using the online calendar.
BWVC COVID-19 Guidelines
The Buzz Ware Village Center continues to open its doors for service to the community, offering rental space for events and gatherings. The following operating procedures have been implemented for the health and safety of our renters and our staff:
- A face covering must be worn at all times over the nose and mouth.
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained. Social distancing is not required between members of the same household or one’s caregivers.
- Occupancy levels will be maintained at 50% of the total seated occupancy maximum for any rented spaces, as follows:
- Rooms 1 and 2: 25 maximum seated capacity
- Room 3: 16 maximum seated capacity
- Room 4: 15 maximum seated capacity
- The serving of food and drink must be discussed with the building manager prior to an event to assure adherence to most current health and safety guidelines.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- If you feel ill, please stay home.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support of these temporary restrictions.
Strength and Mobility Class Offered via Zoom
Instructor: Barbara McAnany
Class Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-3 pm
While there is no fee for the class, the BWVC continues to pay the instructor, so a donation is greatly appreciated. Suggested donation: $3-5 per session
The BWVC is doing its part to keep our community healthy during this difficult time. While we are not currently meeting in person, our popular Strength & Mobility class is “going strong” via Zoom. Led by a certified fitness instructor, each 45-minute session (2:05—2:50 pm) includes a variety of exercises to strengthen every major muscle group, improve balance and flexibility and practice a bit of mindfulness. Designed especially for seniors, but easily adapted to any fitness level and effective for middle-agers, too.
For class you need a sturdy chair (like a kitchen chair), a pair of weights (soup cans are a good substitute), and a resistance band, and an internet connection for your computer, tablet or even your phone. You do not need to be a resident of the Ardens. You are welcome to invite your friends and relatives. There is no registration fee, but we encourage donations to support the program.
To join, contact the class administrator (below), and we will send you the link to the Zoom meeting, plus more information about the class and how to send monetary contributions.
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The Buzz Ware Village Center opens its doors for service to the community to provide events such as this. Please help us to continue to keep our lights on and the doors open for future recreational and educational events. Your donations are gratefully accepted.
Donations can be dropped off at The Buzz Mailbox, marked as such, and located across the street from the facility; or mailed to: The Buzz Ware Village Center, 2119 The Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19810.