Tag sales Sunday to benefit Sunderland’s 300th anniversary

For the Gazette
Friday, October 06, 2017

SUNDERLAND — Thirty-six tag sales will be held locally Sunday raising money for Sunderland’s upcoming 300th anniversary celebration. The town was incorporated nearly 300 years ago, Nov. 12, 1718.

“They’re going to have numerous events next year. The 300th parade will be June 16, followed by a father’s day barbecue the next day,” said Ron Rodak, volunteering for the 300th Anniversary Committee.

Other scheduled events include kayak and bicycle races, historical programs and re-enactments, fireworks, and an all-day band concert.

Tag sale hours are from 7 a.m. till about 2 p.m.

“Since the anniversary, the parade committee lost some of their funding because voting for the override failed. They need to raise money,” Rodak continued about the tag sale.

Because of budget cuts earlier this year following a failed Proposition 2½ override vote, which would have raised taxes, celebration planners only received $40,000 of a requested $105,000, according to 300th Anniversary Committee Chairman Tom Zimnowski.

Rodak noted town officials helped advertise the tag sale and waived tag sale fees “hoping people would donate a bit of their proceeds toward the parade and anniversary fund to help kick things off.”

Souvenirs, T-shirts, and sweatshirts are also being sold — available at the library, town offices, Sugarloaf Frostie, Sunderland Corner Store, and Millstone Market — to raise money for the celebration.

A map outlining where tag sales are being held can be viewed on the town’s website, www.townofsunderland.us.

Donations can be mailed to the Board of Selectmen’s Office, Town of Sunderland, at 12 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375. Checks should be payable to the “Town of Sunderland” and “300th Anniversary,” as noted in the memo section.

For anyone interested in volunteering, the 300th Anniversary Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., in the town offices.

Deerfield tag sale

Across the Connecticut River Deerfield is also holding its annual all-day tag sale Saturday.

Administrative Assistant Patricia Kroll said so far 32 permits have been sold.

Permit fees, $5, were not waived for Deerfield residents.

A notice on Deerfield’s website notes anyone who wants to participate must have a valid permit.