“Find a Treasure at the Extravaganza Auction and Support the Restoration of the Dunbarton Town Hall”
Dunbarton, NH... Saturday, April 21st is the day Dunbarton residents come together as a community to show their support for the restoration of the Dunbarton Town Hall. The day begins at 10:00am with a preview of all the items and services from the area featured in the Live and Silent Auction. Then promptly at 12 noon the gavel is dropped and the bidding begins. Auctioneer and local resident Jim Cotter of Five Rivers Auctions has generously donated his services to host the day and move the bidding along. Be prepared to find a wide array of interesting items in the auction. Everything from antique furniture and pots made by NH Living Treasure Gerry Williams, to Cirque du Soleil tickets and even an exclusive evening for four guests at the historic Molly Stark House, including cooking lessons in the kitchen followed by a gourmet meal served in the dining room. Additionally, local services donated for the auction include everything from electrical services, with a house generator as part of the package, to home care services for seniors and a valuable booklet of babysitting coupons. “The number of residents contacting trustees to donate items for the Auction has been more than what we expected and a true sign of what living in a small town is all about.” says Tiffany Dodd, Chair, Dunbarton Town Hall & Theatre Restoration Project.
A few Dunbarton artists have been busy creating works of art reflecting their interpretation of this community landmark. Local artist, Susan Jenkins painted the Town Hall on historic 100 year old roof slate and framed it in timbers from Flintlock Farm, and another long time resident and artist, Alison Vallieres used watercolors to paint the building on canvas recalling all the years she has spent growing up in Dunbarton and attending community events in the building.
"The Dunbarton Town Hall is an asset belonging to the town of Dunbarton and many agree it is time we were able to use it again for community as well as town related events." says Dodd. In 2009 a grass roots effort began and today that committee is an official non-profit charitable organization with a mission to restore the Town Hall for future generations and allow it to be the heart of our community again serving the needs of all residents. The project trustees are pleased to report that they received a matching grant of $4,500 from NH Preservation Alliance in Concord to hire an architectural firm to assess current conditions of the building and develop a design after careful consideration of the Town Hall’s current needs and up-to-date building codes. The funds raised from the Live and Silent Auction will be used to match this important grant. To learn more about the items up for bid, please visit Facebook.com/RestoreDunbartonTownHall or call Tiffany Dodd at 774-4801.
Following the Auction at the Dunbarton Extravaganza, the Dunbarton Historical Society will be hosting a “Gala Dinner” at 5:00pm serving a roasted pork dinner to 200 guests. And then topping off the day's events will be a “Spring Concert” at 7:00pm held at the First Congregational Church of Dunbarton featuring Daniel vanKalken and friends including an exclusive slide show highlighting Dunbarton. Limited tickets available for the dinner and concert, so call Ted Vallieres at 774-3681 today for tickets.