Historic Northampton aims to make short work of a long job

  • Historic Northampton’s 300-foot-long fence needs a new coat of paint. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

For the Gazette
Published: 7/16/2017 11:31:28 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Many brushes make a long fence seem a lot shorter.

That’s one thought behind Historic Northampton’s invitation to the community to help paint the museum’s 300-foot fence on Bridge Street this coming Saturday. But it’s not the only reason why the organization is holding a painting party, dubbed “Good Neighbors Paint Good Fences,” on July 22.

“In the last three years, we’ve had a real turnaround from academic and scholarly work to more public programs,” said Laurie Sanders, co-executive director of local historical organization and museum. “This ridiculous, zany event is more in the direction we’re trying to go, and it’ll be a fun way to get this done.”

Sanders said she hopes for at least 100 volunteers to paint the 300-foot stretch of white fence in front of the Historic Northampton property. The fence is already primed and free of rot, thanks to a donation from Northeast Painting Associates, Sanders said.

The first 100 volunteers to register will each be given a free painter’s hat, and the Expandable Brass Band will play at the event. Sanders said free watermelon and lemonade will be provided.

“With enough volunteers, it should only take about an hour to paint the fence,” Sanders said. “But we’re going to make it a fun hour.”

After completion of the fence, Sanders said the group is invited to follow the brass band downtown for the city’s Summer Stroll, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.

Local organizations are invited to sponsor a section of fence, Sanders said. Money raised through sponsorships will pay for shutters for the Historic Northampton’s Damon House. Shutters were an original part of the building, but were eventually removed due to poor condition.

Those interested in participating can register for the event at historicnorthampton.org. Volunteers will meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Historic Northampton property at 46 Bridge St.




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