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Niagara County Historical Society slates 'Strawberries & Antiques'

by jmaloni
Tue, May 31st 2011 07:00 am

The Niagara County Historical Society announces its third annual family event, "Strawberries & Antiques," will take place Saturday, June 4, on the grounds of the History Center, 215 Niagara St., in Lockport.

Featured will be the History Center's famous strawberry shortcake, prepared by Hall Apple Farm. Again this year, the History Center is offering beef-on-weck dinners.

"Meals will be available for eat-in or take-out beginning at 11 a.m., featuring premium, freshly sliced beef, cooked rare or well-done to your choice and served on freshly baked DiCamillo rolls," said Melissa Dunlap, History Center executive director.  She adds the "Antiques" portion of "Strawberries & Antiques" is an appraisal service in the style of the nationally acclaimed "Antiques Roadshow."

Several local antique dealers have agreed to be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to offer professional appraisals for those hidden treasure antiques and collectibles that might be stored away in cubbies and closets. The cost per item appraised is $5 and a limit of three items is requested so everyone can have a chance to enjoy the appraisal.

To give the event even more of that "Roadshow" flair, local cable TV station LCTV will be on site capturing the moment for its viewers.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and features period crafters who will be working their trade in full view of all who attend. "Don't forget to bring the youngsters to enjoy all the children's activities and games," Dunlap adds.

Other activities include The Bar-Room Buzzards, on hand to provide musical entertainment from noon to 3 p.m., and The Col. Bond-Jesse Hawley House, at 143 Ontario St., will be open for special tours. The Erie Canal Discovery Center, at 24 Church St., also will be open, offering discounted admission.

For further information, call the Historical Society at 434-7433.

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