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Programs & Resources

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Meeting Place 

Public informational meetings, VCA events, Private parties, Voting

The Varna Community Center has two rooms used for VCA - sponsored activities such as the Varna After School Program, community meals and our geography quiz event, GeoWhiz.


We make our facilities available at no charge for Town of Dryden meetings and meetings by other governmental agencies especially when the topic is of special interest to VCA members.


The Community Center is a polling site for the Ithaca City School District and for a Tompkins County Board of Elections voting district in the Town of Dryden.


Meeting room features:​

  • Larger room:

    • capacity 85, epoxy floor

    • good for children's birthday parties!

  • Smaller room:

    • capacity 54, carpeted

    • excellent for small gatherings

  • Tables & chairs available

  • Ventilation & air filtration system

  • Central heating

  • Accessible

  • Updated bathrooms 

  • Free WiFi 

  • Ample parking

Contact us about renting:


The Varna After School Program
is currently closed.


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  • Tompkins County Health Department approved

  • NYS Ag & Markets registered shared kitchen

  • 10-burner gas range with 2 ovens

  • Commercial dish machine

  • Triple bay sink plus hand washing sink

  • Large central work table plus counter space

  • Reach-in cooler in kitchen

  • Walk-in cooler and freezer units behind the building

  • Contact us for availability and rates

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Recreational Facilities

Open to all, dawn to dusk. Obey posted rules.

Playground for ages 2-12, Basketball Practice Court, Tetherball, Woodland Trail, Lawn, Picnic Tables

Playgound designed by PlayByDesign

Built by VCA members and friends in 2016

Pancake Breakfasts

Our famous breakfasts have been on hold since early in the pandemic. We may resume serving breakfasts if we can get enough volunteers to help.  Volunteers shop for supplies, cook, serve, and clean up. Let us know if you are willing to assist with any of these tasks. Call:   607-272-2658  Volunteers get a free breakfast!


TC3 Student Award

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The VCA is offering a cash award to a Tompkins Cortland Community College student living in Dryden. Applicants will write a short essay on the topic "Sidewalks and Trails Bring Neighbors Together." The winning essay will be published in the Varna News. Click here for instructions on how to apply. The required release form can be found here.

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GEO WHIZ is the VCA's fun and educational geography quiz event.  It runs like a spelling, is played by teams, and serves as a fundraiser for the VCA.  It is usually held in early November. Look for GeoWhiz sometime in the future. for now, it's on hold. 

Sample questions:  

What town is home to the Tompkins County fairgrounds?

Minsk is the capital of what country?

Tahawus (the cloud splitter) is the Algonquin name for what NY mountain?

More resources for the community:

  • Mutual Aid Tompkins free food cupboard by the front door available 24/7 

  • Free book lending library outside the front door   

  • Weekly AA meetings - 8pm on Thursdays - 'Any Lengths' group. Open to all. 

  • Tai Chi classes by the Ithaca chapter of USA Tai Chi Society

  • Family Reading Partnership Bright Red Bookshelf (inside)

  • Free WiFi - available inside and out; password:  pancake1

  • Food Net/Meals on Wheels offers meals for seniors

  • Tompkins County Office for the Aging offers all kinds of information and advice for seniors

  • Sign up for emergency alerts at:

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