Varying rental rates apply.
The upstairs hall and basement may be rented between 5 pm and 10 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 5 pm till 11 pm on Fridays, 8 am till 11 pm on Saturdays, and 12 pm to 11 pm on Sundays.
The upstairs hall is a 2,000 square foot space with a stage and piano that is appropriate for lectures, concerts, performances, private receptions and parties, business functions, memorial services, and recitals. Wedding receptions and large catered functions are properly held at a facility such as the Pierce House since Bemis Hall has limited parking and kitchen accommodations.
The basement program room is approximately 500 square feet and may be used by Lincoln-based organizations for simple meetings. Parties, receptions, presentations, workshops, classes, film-showings, and other activities that are not simple meetings will more properly be held upstairs. No food may be served in the basement room.
Please note that the upstairs hall does not have air conditioning and can be uncomfortably hot mid-June through mid-September. The basement also has no air conditioning but is more comfortable in the summer.
The upstairs hall has 131 blue plastic folding chairs without arms and 46 metal folding chairs without arms, 9 white stackable chairs with arms, six 6-foot tables, and five 8-foot tables for use by renters at no additional charge. In addition, renters are welcome to use the hall's audio-visual system, including speakers, microphones, a projector, computer, and blu-ray player.
The basement program space has 18 stackable chairs but no tables.
The parking lot includes two handicapped parking spaces. Please remember that these need to be reserved for those with handicapped placards and plates.
Information about fees and regulations are available in the Fees and Regulations for Use of Bemis Hall (see PDF file above).
To reserve Bemis Hall, you must fill out a reservation form online. You can request a date and time for your event by going to the calendar below and clicking on "Request Reservation," and the system will indicate if that time is available. You can then sign in (it is necessary to create a profile if you do not already have one) and complete the application online. Your reservation will show as pending until Barbara Low, the Bemis Hall Coordinator, receives your checks for security deposit and rental fee (two separate checks). According to the regulations attached, the check(s) must be received within 10 days of booking the space or the request will be declined. The checks should be made out to the Town of Lincoln and mailed to Barbara Low, 16 Blueberry Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773.
Once you have submitted your reservation form, a copy of your request will automatically be sent to Gert McDermott at the First Parish Church. Gert will notify Barbara directly if the parking is approved or if there is a conflict. Barbara will approve your reservation after she hears from Gert and receives your check(s). If there is a conflict with a church program, Barbara will contact you so you can select another time or arrange for parking elsewhere.
No event is approved until parking is approved and payment and/or security deposit is received (within 10 days of booking. These should be two separate checks, both payable to Town of Lincoln). Until such time, the event shows on the calendar as pending event.
If you are unsure if a date is available of if you have trouble reserving online, you may call Barbara at 781-259-8341. Once events are booked, they show up on the calendar below so you should be able to determine if a time is available.
Applications will be entered on a first come, first served basis.