Bristol Historical Society's Evening on the Hill auction to be held Saturday

Published on Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:21


BRISTOL - The Bristol Historical Society’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 society’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.

“There’s definitely a lot of interest,” he said. “This is an important fundraiser for the Bristol Historical Society and one of our largest as well.”

Vastola said the auction will consist of antiques, collectibles, services and “quirky items.” 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.

“One of the items we have this year is a Howard Miller clock,” said Vastola. “Five years ago we sold the Bristol Press’ 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.”

Paul Stansel, a professional auctioneer, has run the auction each time. He is Vastola’s father- in-law.

“He makes the night fun,” said Vastola. “He pokes fun at me and makes people laugh.”

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.

“This year will be more elegant,” Vastola said. “Our silent auction will feature the works of local artists. We have a few signed up already but we are looking for more.”

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:21. Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:24.