‘Museum Weekend’ announced for September

This auction item is a one-of-a-kind replica of an 1800s children’s sled, handcrafted by Gordon Pickerd, Algoma Township trustee and local craftsman. The sled shows the result of over 100 man hours spent creating what will be a showpiece for anyone. Value: priceless.

As many of you know, Rockford’s Harvest Festival, which has traditionally run for three weekends—the last weekend in September and the first two weekends in October—has been cut back to two weekends, starting on October 6 for 2012. But that doesn’t mean that there will be no activity in town on the last weekend in September.

In fact the excitement may be greater than usual because of activities planned by the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) and the new Rockford Area Museum (RAM).

As in the past, scarecrow building will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30 at the current museum on Bridge Street. This popular fundraiser is a community favorite. All funds raised benefit the RAHS and North Kent Community Services.

In addition, the former courthouse next to City Hall, the future home of the new museum, will be the site of an exciting auction on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. Actually, this will be a three-way auction—an online auction will begin well before “Museum Weekend.” An announcement will be made when items are posted there and available for bidding. The events downtown will include a silent auction, which will be available for viewing and bidding at the former courthouse on Friday evening and on Saturday, as well as an exciting live auction outdoors. Plans are to have food and beverages and entertainment available at the auction site on both dates.

Put this weekend on your calendar. Bring the whole family downtown for a truly enjoyable time. There will be something for everyone.

Both events are being run entirely by volunteers including the services of two area auction professionals, who have generously offered to help. Jack Robillard Auctioneers of Rockford and OAS International, part of the Miedema Auctioneering group of companies, are joining forces to provide RAHS with professional assistance in planning and conducting this major fundraiser.

If you would like to help, you can call (616) 866-2235 to offer small-size clothing items, which are always needed for the scarecrow project. If it is necessary to leave a message, please do so. Someone will contact you about your donation.

The auction is seeking auction items and volunteers to help with this large undertaking. Item donations could include household items, collectibles, non-upholstered furniture, tools, sporting goods and sports memorabilia, electronics, condo or cottage rentals, vintage items including furniture, plus cars, trucks, boats, or power equipment such as tractors, lawnmowers, and snow blowers (in running condition). In other words, look around; if you don’t really need it, maybe we do! Due to space considerations, focus is on items in good condition and with an estimated value of at least $25. All donations are tax-deductible.

More information is available on flyers that are available from many local merchants. You can also call (616) 485-4144 or (616) 866-0530 for details or to plan your donation of products, services or your time. This is a great way to get involved with your new museum that promises to be the standard of excellence for small city museums, and a source of pride for the entire area. The dream of a new museum is coming true. You can help make it reality.

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