BRISTOL - The Bristol Historical Societyâ€™s annual Evening on the Hill auction is back this Saturday, with an assortment of antiques and collectibles available.
The auction will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Bristol Historical Society at 98 Summer St. and will go until the last item is sold. Proceeds will support the societyâ€™s programs and general operating expenses.
In past years, Steve Vastola, who co-chairs the auction with Maya Bringe, said people have lined up out the door.
â€śThereâ€™s definitely a lot of interest,â€ť he said. â€śThis is an important fundraiser for the Bristol Historical Society and one of our largest as well.â€ť
Vastola said the auction will consist of antiques, collectibles, services and â€śquirky items.â€ť The Bristol Historical Society will gladly accept donated items as long as they are in good condition. One hundred live auction items will be sold that night.
â€śOne of the items we have this year is a Howard Miller clock,â€ť said Vastola. â€śFive years ago we sold the Bristol Pressâ€™ boardroom table. Last year we sold a beautiful table top which ended up going for $200. The year before that we had a gorgeous patio set with an umbrella and chairs which went for about that much.â€ť
Paul Stansel, a professional auctioneer, has run the auction each time. He is Vastolaâ€™s father- in-law.
â€śHe makes the night fun,â€ť said Vastola. â€śHe pokes fun at me and makes people laugh.â€ť
The silent auction will be different this year, Vastola said. In past years, the silent auction included goods and services, and this year those will be included in the live auction.
â€śThis year will be more elegant,â€ť Vastola said. â€śOur silent auction will feature the works of local artists. We have a few signed up already but we are looking for more.â€ť
Tickets to the Evening on the Hill Auction are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Bristol Historical Society during open hours.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.