The Dorchester Village Civic Center will host a dedication of the Dennis Christiansen Pavilion at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Christiansen was a board member of the Dorchester Village Civic Center and was involved in many philanthropic projects throughout Liberty County. DVCC Board Chairwoman Barbara Martin said Christiansen, an avid painter, painted most of the restored 1938 schoolhouse. She said Christiansen would tackle any job without hesitation or delay.
The regular fish fries at the DVCC were Christiansen’s idea, and they have been successful, Martin said. In addition to his efforts at the DVCC, Christiansen also participated in other community projects. He and his wife Georgiann purchased all the food for Midway Methodist Church’s monthly food pantry and headed up the church barbecue for numerous years.
Born in Wisconsin, Christiansen joined the Navy and served four years before moving south. He began working for Gulfstream and retired after a 35-year career there. He served as president of the retirees club of Gulfstream until his health failed him. Christiansen died in November 2012.
“Dennis Christiansen was a whale of a man in many ways,” Martin said. “A fine Christian man, he worked tirelessly on any project he undertook, whether at the Midway Methodist Church or the Dorchester Village Civic Center. He left some big shoes to fill, and no one has been found to fill them.”
The Dorchester Village Civic Center is located at 1804 Islands Highway in Midway. It serves the community as a historic site with the renovated one-room schoolhouse on the property, and the main building is available to rent for events. Call 912-884-3342, visit www.dvciviccenter.org or find the center on Facebook for more information.