Grafton gardeners endure rain, history buffs shelter at new museum

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Joyce Hyde sells scholarship fund raffle tickets to Rachel Blum and Shawn McAvey. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Joyce Hyde sells scholarship fund raffle tickets to Rachel Blum and Shawn McAvey. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Grafton – Unseasonably cool temperatures and intermittent rain May 12 didn’t affect the success of the Grafton Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Grafton Common. Hearty gardeners shopped for annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetables, Mother’s Day floral arrangements and Memorial Day cemetery baskets.

Despite the inclement weather, sales were unusually good this year according to the club co-presidents Linda Casey and Carolyn Jakubiak. Proceeds from plant sales go to scholarships for high school graduates pursuing education in horticultural, agricultural or environmental studies.

The Garden Club is traditionally joined at the common by the Grafton Historical Society for Grafton History Day to celebrate the town’s 1735 incorporation with activities including an antique vehicle display and live entertainment from the gazebo. Due to inclement weather, the Historical Society instead hosted an open house at its recently relocated museum.

Olaug Wheat shops for plants. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Olaug Wheat shops for plants.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

The Historical Society moved its museum inventory in April from the lower level of the Town House at One Grafton Common to the longtime vacant South Grafton Library at 71 Main St. The organization’s president Nancy Therrien expects the museum to be fully operational sometime this summer with a grand opening likely in late-August.

For information about the Garden Club, visit graftongardenclub.org, and the Historical Society at graftonhistoricalsociety.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/graftonhistory.

Grafton Historical Society board member Kevin Powers and President Nancy Therrien display artifacts at the new museum location. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Grafton Historical Society board member Kevin Powers and President Nancy Therrien display artifacts at the new museum location.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Patricia McNulty and her mother Angela peruse plants. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Patricia McNulty and her mother Angela peruse plants.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.