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September 24, 2018

Oswego County Historical Society Benefit to Restore Richardson-Bates House Museum set April 10


OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its 28th annual “Not So Silent Auction” fund-raiser on April 10 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St.

Admission is $20 and includes a light food buffet and cash bar.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual "Not So Silent Auction" fund-raiser on April 10. From left are: Peg McKinstry, auction co-chair, with auction donors Brian and Melissa Klefbeck and their son, Dylan, featuring a poster of the camp cottages at La Bella Vista. They all are admiring other live auction items including an early 19th century cherry dresser with rare stenciling and an Oswego Harbor painting by Frank Kraft, both donated by Melanie Trexler of Oswego.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host its annual “Not So Silent Auction” fund-raiser on April 10. From left are: Peg McKinstry, auction co-chair, with auction donors Brian and Melissa Klefbeck and their son, Dylan, featuring a poster of the camp cottages at La Bella Vista. They all are admiring other live auction items including an early 19th century cherry dresser with rare stenciling and an Oswego Harbor painting by Frank Kraft, both donated by Melanie Trexler of Oswego.

Tickets will be available at the door.

“The generous donations by area businesses, museum members and local residents is incredible,”said Peg McKinstry, co-chair of the event. “We are encouraging anyone interested in preserving our museum and its amazing collections to join us and attend this fun and important event.”

There is a wide variety of gift certificates, antiques, home goods, collectibles,artwork and more.

A traditional Chinese auction will be featured again with chances to be offered on a dozen themed-filled gift baskets.

The live auction portion, conducted by local auctioneer Ted Sivers, will begin at 7:15 p.m.

This includes a number of items such as art, antique furnishings and summer fun items.

A new addition to the silent and live auction portions this year will be an antique appraisal opportunity.

Every ticket will include one free antique appraisal by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions in Brewerton, NY.

Additional appraisals after the first free one will be $5 each.

“If you have an interesting family treasure or a yard sale antique that you want to know more about, this will be a great time to find out more about its history and value,” said McKinstry.

One very unique gift for the live auction that campers will enjoy is a three-day weekend getaway at La Bella Vista on Autumn Lake in Orwell.

“Families could enjoy the rural camp experience in a cottage on a beautiful lake,” said McKinstry.”This will be a great opportunity for a weekend retreat, not too far to travel, but yet an enjoyable place to relax.”

This will be among the distinctive live auction items available.

Watercolors, prints and photographs by local artists will be special features in the silent auction.

For those who want to spice up their outdoor experiences for the summer, a brand new barbecue grill and picnic items will be auctioned.

Among the antiques are American pottery pieces and several small furniture items.

“We have been very fortunate to always have interesting, unique and relevant items for everyone,” said co-chair Lyn Patterson. “We hope everyone who attends will walk away with something they will enjoy and remember.”

All proceeds will support the historical society’s 2015 Capital Campaign to restore the exterior of Richardson-Bates House.

“Every dollar earned will help maintain this historic local landmark. Bringing your friends and family to enjoy this popular occasion will be a big boost to the event,” added Patterson.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the county’s rich historic past.

The society owns and maintains the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open to the public from April to December on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.

For more information about the auction call 343-1342.

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