Grafton Historical Society hosts 51st Antiques & Arts Fair

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Selling raffle tickets to benefit the Grafton Historical Society are (l to r) Nancy Therrien, president; Jane Nozzolillo, volunteer; and Joe Schilke, curator. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Selling raffle tickets to benefit the Grafton Historical Society are (l to r) Nancy Therrien, president; Jane Nozzolillo, volunteer; and Joe Schilke, curator. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Grafton – Weather cooperated on a sunny June 16 when the Grafton Historical Society hosted its 51st annual Antiques & Arts Fair at Grafton Common. Guests browsed among dozens of booths offering antiques and collectibles, as well as artisans’ creations and demonstrations.

Once again, Tom Tomaszek drew upon over 40 years of experience as an appraiser to assess the value of visitors’ antiques and heirlooms. Adding to the six-hour event’s ambience, the Kelly Clark Quartet provided live music from the gazebo. Food concessions were also available.

Karen Villani and Sherri Chapman shop for antique kitchenware.
Karen Villani and Sherri Chapman shop for antique kitchenware.

Proceeds from the fair help maintain the Grafton Historical Society Museum, preserve its collection and fund programs. 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 building at 71 Main St. The organization’s president Nancy Therrien expects the museum to be fully operational later this summer with a grand opening in August.

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Sheila Dickman and Linda Casey examine an antique coatrack
Sheila Dickman and Linda Casey examine an antique coatrack

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Jenna Smith, 3, checks out an antique glass kerosene lamp.
Jenna Smith, 3, checks out an antique glass kerosene lamp.