Hundreds of people affected by Down syndrome — people with the disorder and many more family members — came to Annapolis Saturday for the grand opening of GiGi’s Playhouse, a local branch for a national group that works to establish learning, achievement and empowerment centers.

It took more than two years from the initial meeting to bring the center to Annapolis and raise the necessary funds ahead of last weekend’s open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The basement floor of the office building off Defense Highway has been converted to separate rooms to meet specific needs of the program to be offered there.

The rooms were quickly put into use at the Feb. 3 opening. Young children played in a room with a padded floor and small See GIGI’S, page 4