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Weekend of events planned to benefit programs, building



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Patrons at last year’s Antique Auto Show at the Heart-O-the-Mart view the classic cars amid the autumn foliage. (click for larger version)
September 29, 2010
BRIMFIELD — Hitchcock Academy is offering a variety of activities this weekend to raise money to support the school's programs and help maintain its aging facilities.

On Saturday, Oct. 2 the academy will hold a tag sale and the second annual Antique Auto Show to raise money for the institution's buildings. The tag sale will be held from 8 a.m. till noon in the academy's Recreation Room and the auto show will run from 10 a.m. till 4:45 and will be held at the Heart-o-the-Mart antique show grounds at 32 Palmer Road, Brimfield. A farmer's market, which has been running throughout the summer and will continue until Nov. 20, will also be open and ready for visitors.

"It is a big weekend and we're thrilled that predictions for the weather look good," Hitchcock Academy Executive Director Susan Gregory said. "You can hop from the tag sale to farmer's market to the auto show. You can make a whole day of it."

Gregory said coordinators expect the tag sale will bring in enough items to fill two years and cover 12 to 14 tables. Items are still coming in through donations so nobody knows exactly what will be available this year, but in past years the academy has seen unique pieces of furniture, antiques and kitchen and home items. Gregory said one can never know what he or she will find.

"It's pretty much a hodgepodge of different items," she said. "Come down and look for treasures and have fun."

The money raised at the tag sale and the auto show will go help bolster the academy's endowment to maintain and increase programs and to maintain the school's 156-year-old building facility. Gregory said there is water leaking into the basement and the academy will need a new roof before long.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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