The opening of a fun, new event space in Somerville
Where: The Clubhouse – 471 Somerville Ave – Directions
When: Saturday, April 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Stay tuned for upcoming events here!
The Clubhouse opened it’s garage doors this Saturday with a Masters Tournament viewing party. Men showed up in pastel colored pants and women sported polos with their collars popped. Just weeks before, this building was filled with cars, paint, and grease.
The building on Somerville Ave. used to be an auto body shop. The owners of the property don’t plan to tear it down for another couple of years, so in the meantime, Chas Wagner has an 18 month lease on it. He wants The Clubhouse to be a creative and playful space, a combination of sports and art.
“Clubhouses have a fun, playful connotation to them,” said Wagner. “Takes you back to your childhood, being creative, and a little goofy. It’s not meant to be that serious.”
Not only is the inside spacious with big garage doors to open up in the summer time, but there’s also a lot of outdoor space. They plan to have games like shuffle board and Kan Jam, in edition to the basketball court.
Inside there’s a large room with a projector for sports games, a retail pop-up shop room, and a mini bar set up.
Anne Sholley, a friend of Wagners, attended the event on Saturday and has high hopes for The Clubhouse.
“I think it’s important to create these third spaces where it’s not your home and it’s not your work,” said Sholley. “It’s a place where you can relax a little bit, meet people outside of a bar setting, which I think is a novel concept for a lot of people. And make it more healthy, active lifestyle oriented.”