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Local needlework artisans tackle Meekins project

  • Photo courtesy Lisa Wenner<br/>Leatrice Archibald owner of Lea’s Re-Covery and Holly Hendricks of Holly’s Custom Sewing donated their skills to reupholster and re-cover 15 library chairs at the Meekins Library in honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library's new wing.

    Photo courtesy Lisa Wenner
    Leatrice Archibald owner of Lea’s Re-Covery and Holly Hendricks of Holly’s Custom Sewing donated their skills to reupholster and re-cover 15 library chairs at the Meekins Library in honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library's new wing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Photo courtesy Lisa Wenner<br/>Leatrice Archibald owner of Lea’s Re-Covery and Holly Hendricks of Holly’s Custom Sewing work on the chairs at  the Meekins Library. They donated their time to reupholster and recover the chairs in honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library's new wing.

    Photo courtesy Lisa Wenner
    Leatrice Archibald owner of Lea’s Re-Covery and Holly Hendricks of Holly’s Custom Sewing work on the chairs at the Meekins Library. They donated their time to reupholster and recover the chairs in honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library's new wing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Photo courtesy Lisa Wenner<br/>Leatrice Archibald owner of Lea’s Re-Covery and Holly Hendricks of Holly’s Custom Sewing donated their skills to reupholster and re-cover 15 library chairs at the Meekins Library in honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library's new wing.
  • Photo courtesy Lisa Wenner<br/>Leatrice Archibald owner of Lea’s Re-Covery and Holly Hendricks of Holly’s Custom Sewing work on the chairs at  the Meekins Library. They donated their time to reupholster and recover the chairs in honor of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the library's new wing.

This month marks the 10th year anniversary of the new wing that was added to Meekins Library in 2003. To help celebrate this milestone, Leatrice Archbald, owner of Lea’s Re-Covery, and Holly Hendricks, of Holly’s Custom Sewing, donated their skills to reupholster and re-cover 15 library chairs.

“These old chairs were given to the library 10 years ago, along with several other pieces of furniture,” Library Director Lisa Wenner said. “We put them to use in the community room.”

Wenner said the chairs are still very sturdy, but over the 10-year period the upholstery had become stained and ragged in places and the seats were giving out.

“People had started talking about getting rid of them. That is when I had the idea to call in Holly and Lea in for advice,” Wenner said. “They came in, looked at the chairs and said that they would re-do them for the cost of the material.”

Volunteers were given the task of taking apart the 15 chairs and numbering the parts. Hendricks said that Archbald upholstered the seats while she refurbished the backs. It took the pair only two days to finish the project.

“The chairs were very tired and old looking and they definitely needed to be freshened up,” Hendricks said. “I was happy to be asked to do the job. It was a really nice way to contribute to the library.”

Wenner said she was grateful to Hendricks and Archbald for their contribution.

“Both Lea and Holly are exceptionally busy right now, which makes their gift all the more precious,” Wenner said, adding that the two completed the work just in time for the 10th anniversary. “So we are exceedingly grateful and thankful to them,” she said.

The library will be closed the last week in August so that reorganizing and cleaning can take place. It will reopen Sept. 3.

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Fair doings

For those looking for some family fun this weekend, the Cummington Fair might be just the ticket.

The popular country fair will run through Sunday evening.

First opened in 1883 by the Hillside Agricultural Society, the event has been running for 145 years.

Selectwoman Monica Vandoloski said that she always attends the fair.

“It is a wonderful country fair with a lot of different things to offer,” she said. “They have crafts, animals, tractor shows, antique cars shows and of course all of the food and amusements.”

Saturday is “Old Fashion Fair Day” which will include an oxen and antique tractor parade as well as the Marvelous Mutts, a show that features some of the impressive canine athletes.

Sunday is “Senior Citizens Day” and will feature the Western Mass. Lumberjack Championship, a Golden Wedding Contest, and an Antique Car Parade.

Seniors will pay $8 instead of the regular $10 adult ticket price.

Tickets are $5 for children 10 to 15 years old, and free admission for children under 10.

A schedule of events can be found at the Cummington Fair website at cummingtonfair.com. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday with an 8 p.m. closing on Sunday.

The fairground is located at 97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington.

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Goshen townwide tag sale

A town-wide tag sale will be held on the weekend of Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

“We have so many families in Goshen on secondary roads, that it is difficult for them to have tag sales. Many people don’t want to drive two miles down a dirt road for a tag sale,” said organizer Noreen Roberts. “That is the genius of having one large tag sale at a central location, you get all the traffic.”

Roberts said there is plenty of room for setting up tables on the lawn of the town buildings at 40-42 Main St. (Route 9). “There is also a lot of green open area across the street so it is a perfect location,” she said.

There is no fee for residents who want to set up a table and sell their goods, though they must bring their own tables with them.

So far five families have signed up; Roberts said she plans to post fliers this weekend inviting more participants.

Items for sale will run the gamut from school supplies and books, to clothing, antique furniture, pots and pans — and a new sewing machine. There will also be a table set up for taking donations to the American Cancer Society.

Ralmon Black of Williamsburg said the tag sale is a popular event that he has attended many times. “One time they even had a concession stand and a person with a little cider mill who was selling apple cider by the glass,” he said.

Sales begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

Items for this weekly column about Hilltown life can be sent to fryan.gazette@gmail.com

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