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By Charlotte Henderson | Sep 04, 2014

Flea market tables at V.F.W.

Farrar-Ross Post VFW is hosting a Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the post on Razorville Road (Route 105 W). Tables for rent are $10 for a 6-foot table and $12 for a 8-foot table. There’s still lots of room so call Scott at 390-5602 to get your space. Then gather up all those what-to-do-with-this items and bring them over to Farrar-Ross Post. This is a great place to find those little things you always knew you wanted. There’ll be lots of variety and good deals along with friendly chat with vendors and VFW members. There will be food available for purchase all day and live music presented by Gene Kirkpatrick and Bonnie Hendsbee.

Open House at museum-in-the-making

The Washington Historical Society will hold an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the original old Town House, 264 Razorville Road. The structure, built in 1836, was Washington’s first town office and stands across Razorville Road from Med-o-Lark Road and the former Free Will Baptist Church. Selectman and Historical Society member Don Grinnell points out that the 1835 town warrant asks for voters “to build a town house the same size as the town house in Jefferson.” He laughs to think someone would have had to make a horseback trip to get the dimensions. The first town meeting in the new building was held Sept. 12, 1836. Later, the closed church across the street (the former Free Will Baptist Church) was used as a town office. Because of the proximity of the two structures, we’ve had some difficulty making it clear which place was being referred to and settled on “old town house” for the former church, and “original old town house” for the site that was until recently used as a storage shed. Over the past year, a considerable amount of labor (some donated) and materials (some donated) has brought the original old town house back to safe and sound condition. Although there’s a way to go yet, the historical society is arranging some of its artifacts in this “museum” to show off this Saturday afternoon. The Open House will include a pie contest and an opportunity to have your special item(s) appraised by Larry Trueman. Everyone is encouraged to stop in, check out the progress, and learn about future plans.

Appraisals at Open House

Well-known auctioneer, Larry Trueman, will be on hand at the Historical Society’s Open House Saturday afternoon to appraise your items for just $5 each. If you’re curious about the value of a family heirloom, a presumed antique, or other item of interest, bring it on over to the old Town House between 1 and 3 p.m. Larry Trueman, who has been in the auction and consignment business for many years, will give you an estimate of the object’s worth. The $5 donation per item for this service is a fundraiser for the historical society to continue refurbishing the old Town House into a museum to hold the society’s collection of historic items from Washington’s past.

Bake a pie – this means you

Everyone is invited to bake a pie for the Tastiest Pie Contest to be judged at the Open House sponsored by Washington Historical Society this Saturday. To enter the contest, simply bring your pie to the old Town House at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Judges will take a small slice for the taste test. The rest of the pie will be sold by the slice ($3 per slice along with a beverage) or as an almost-whole pie. (Last year many people bought back their own pies.) The winner will have a chance to share his or her recipe (and photo, if they want to) in this column next week in addition to receiving a WHS mug or wine glasses. The money raised from the pie sales will support WHS projects including the old Town House restoration.

A play field in village center

The Washington Recreation Committee is creating a Play Field in our Village adjacent to the fire pond across Bill Luce Road from the town office. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a ground-breaking ceremony with the recreation committee and the selectmen and all those who want to come celebrate the beginning of this place. A fence will separate the field from the pond area and there will be parking in front of the fire rescue training tower. The first post for the fence will be put in place that night. The idea of the play field is to provide a safe away-from-the-road open field for play such as Frisbees, kite-flying, dodge-a-ball, toss, volleyball and other activities that don’t require an athletic field. Getting the site laid out is just the beginning as there are lots of possibilities for such an area. Please come Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to look the location over, talk with the Rec Committee and share your ideas and encouragement..

Janto exhibit extended

Phyllis Janto’s exhibition, Time Passing, at Gibbs Library has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 9. If you missed it or want to enjoy it again, you can view it during regular library hours all weekend and Monday. There are monoprints, models and photos of some of Janto’s early interactive outdoor sculpture, and a striking large painted relief of a pastoral scene.

Planning board public hearing

The Town of Washington Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Sept. 9, 2014 to consider a construction request and a gravel extraction request.

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