RINCON — The new Boltzius Lake Pavilion didn't rise from the ashes like a phoenix. Still, it emerged from significant damage.
Smashed by trees toppled by Hurricane Matthew, the refurbished facility at New Ebenezer Retreat Center is back bigger and better than ever. A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was conducted May 23.
"I truly believe this is sacred ground," said Dr. Randy Shearouse, head of the retreat center's board of directors. "It's certainly a great part of Effingham County I think a true treasure that we need to work to spread the word about to say that we are here."
Shearouse noted the pavilion's "peace." The structure designed to host weddings, celebration and other events sits on a lake surrounded by woods.
"A lot of work went into this," Shearouse said. "(Outgoing Director) Connie (Bazemore) really got behind this. She wanted to get it completed and she beat the bushes to find people to get them to help with the building and we certainly owe a lot to her."
See the May 30 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.