After the crowd thinned out a bit, Susan Driussi and her husband, Joe, had more room to move Saturday inside the newly opened Peachland visitor centre on Beach Avenue.
It was hard to move at times inside a newly restored, 105-year-old schoolhouse as hundreds turned out to celebrate its conversion to community use.
Once threatened with demolition, the old building has been given an attractive new life through a $700,000 renovation.
"We've been watching the progress of the work, eagerly waiting for this day," Susan Driussi, a Peachland resident, said. "We're so thankful it wasn't take down. This is a wonderful place."
The building features many original features, such as exposed brickwork and ceiling arches, as well as large windows that open onto sweeping views of Okanagan Lake.
"This is so much better than our other location," said Heather Johannson, a visitor centre volunteer, referring to the portable trailer the organization previously used.
The handsomely renovated building also houses the chamber of commerce, a Boys and Girls Club, a small art gallery and information about a bat colony that inhabits the structure's roof. As well, a meeting room is available for community groups.
"This project wouldn't have happened unless people worked together," said MLA Dan Ashton.
As well as funding from all three levels of government, the restoration benefited from donations of time, money and materials by various contractors and individuals.
Opened in 1908, the building served as a school until 2002, when a new elementary was built farther away from the lake. Its future was uncertain for many years until renovations finally got underway in 2011.