BRISTOL - The Bristol Historical Society is holding its 11th Annual Evening On The Hill Auction next month to raise funds for the society.
Auction co-chair, Maya Bringe, explained the funds raised will be used for operational purposes and put in the general operating budget.
“It’s a fun evening and there are always great finds,” she said. “It’s a great event and keeps the light on through the winter. It takes a lot to keep the programs and society running, and the auction allows us to pursue our mission.”
The auction “is a pretty important event” for the society and usually raised between $6,000 and $8,000, said Steve Vastola, auction co-chair. He explained that the historical society collect donations from the public and businesses to be auctioned off and is “still looking for donations.”
Vastola said that businesses can donate gift baskets or certificates, and the public can donate collectables, comics, artwork, antique furniture and military memorabilia. He noted these are just ideas, and other items are welcomed.
“We have received a good mix of items so far and got really cool rugs and rocking chairs,” Vastola said.
Bringe added that the society “is still getting stuff in everyday,” and there will be a mix of antiques, framed maps, nice furniture, Bristol-related items and evil-spirit masks.
The items will be sold during a silent and a live auction run by professional auctioneer Paul Stansel from Canton, who donates his time each year for the auction.
The night will begin with the silent auction, which runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It “typically has goods and services donated by businesses from around the state,” said Vastola, “and typically about 80 to 100 people attend. The room gets close to capacity, and every year we have a good time.”
A live auction will be held after, and feature various items including antiques and collectables that were donated by individuals, explained Vastola. It will continue until everything is sold.
Tickets for the auction are $12 if purchased ahead of time and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased before the auction at the Bristol Historical Society on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. or during events such as the Third Thursday Program.
The auction is set for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, at the Bristol Historical Society, located at 98 Summer St. Wine and food will be served.
For more information or to make arrangements for donated items, call Steve Vastola at 860-944-6567. The historical society will generate a letter for donors to claim a tax benefit for donations.
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