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2nd Annual Country Store Festival Planned for Petersham

Music, Kids’ Games, Potluck Supper, Community Auction to Support Renovations

Silkies up for bid during the 2013 live auction to Restore the Store

(Petersham, Mass.)—On Saturday, July 26, a regional festival to benefit the Country Store in Petersham will kick off at 3:00 pm on Petersham Common with kids’ games, music, yak bingo, live and silent auctions, and more. Hosting the event is the East Quabbin Land Trust (EQLT), which purchased and renovated The Country Store building interior in 2013 with extensive support from the local community. The Store re-opened as a café and local grocery in May 2014 under the management of Ari and Jeanneane Pugliese.

“Last year, hundreds of people attended the ‘Restore the Store’ event,” says Cynthia Henshaw, executive director of EQLT, “Everyone enjoyed a great day and we were blown away by the generosity of everyone that came to support re-opening The Country Store. This year we have a 1:1 matching challenge grant for $15,000 to complete exterior repairs and repainting of the historic building.” A live and silent auction during this year’s festival will feature a wide range of items including seven days and nights at a lakeside home in Sandwich, New Hampshire; original art; and a variety of local services, food items, and gift certificates.

“Just in the past month we’ve witnessed the resurgence of The Country Store as an anchor of community life in Petersham,” says Mick Huppert of Petersham, and EQLT board member. “We want the beautiful building built in 1840 to remain something we can all be proud of. And of course we hope everyone comes on July 26 and has lots of fun.”

The event will feature a great assortment of kids’ activities, including a Peak Adventure climbing wall open from 3:30–5:30 pm, dunk tank, face painting, relay races, obstacle course, Make Your Own Country Store craft table, and much more. A pair of yaks from a Petersham farm will play starring roles in two rounds of Yak Bingo.

The bandstand will carry live music by Jamie Hatch, Liam Regan and friends, along with DJ music with Shawn Legare. A community potluck supper begins at 5:00 pm. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish and serving utensil to add to the community potluck. The silent auction runs through the afternoon and the live auction begins at 6:00 pm. The movie Frozen will be screened in Town Hall at 7:00 pm.

The festival will be held rain or shine under tents on the Petersham Common and in Petersham Town Hall at 1 South Main Street. A festival schedule, auction catalog, and ticket information for the yak plop raffle will be available on the Country Store’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheCountryStoreinPetersham.

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Open for business!

The Country Store is open for business!

Hours are:

Mon – Fri  7am – 8pm

Sat   8am – 7pm

Sun   9am – 5pm

Breakfast is served until 11am and lunch until 3pm!

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The Country Store building was purchased in December 2013 and renovations are underway with a target reopening of April 1, 2014! As renovations progress we will announce the official reopening date along with a date in the spring for a Gala Celebration of The Country Store.

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Acknowledging the purchase of The Country Store

The purchase of The Country Store building is done! Now onto the real, detailed work of completing the renovations and leasing out the space. Your help and financial support was essential in getting this far. We hope you will continue to play a critical role in sustaining The Country Store building and business!!

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This Saturday, October 12, please join us on the Petersham Common for free coffee and muffins in anticipation of the opening of The Country Store later this year. We’ll be there from 9 to 11am!

If you’d like to make muffins or donuts to share, please contact Cynthia at chenshaw@EQLT.org or 413-477-8229.

And don’t miss the Library Book Sale going on from 9am to 2pm!

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Restore the Store

We’ve begun the count down for the Community Potluck and Auction Fundraiser on Saturday July 27th starting at 4pm.

There are over 100 items open for bidding! Click here to see the Auction Catalogue with all the details on vacation packages, home-made goodies, service and other items being auctioned off to benefit the restoration effort of The Country Store.

We hope to see you on the Petersham Common next Saturday!!

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Auction co-host Doug Goudie

Auction co-host David Boeri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well known television and radio personalities Doug Goudie and David Boeri, Petersham residents past and present, will pick up the hammer for a good cause when they fill the role of guest auctioneers for a live auction benefit on Saturday, July 27 in Petersham, Mass. The special event to support reopening of The Country Store on Petersham Common will feature a “Something for Everyone” auction of local and antique products and a wide variety of services and special experiences.

The silent and live auctions will feature well over one hundred items. Premier items include:

  • week-long house retreats in the White Mountains and on the Maine coast;
  • a motorized go-kart;
  • original art from area artists;
  • a new bicycle from a Boston bicycle shop;
  • a range of gift certificates from local restaurants, farms, and stores;
  • guided hiking and fishing tours;
  • a week-long retreat in the Bahamas;
  • hand-knit woolens from local artisans and fine cashmere and alpaca items;
  • a sunset cruise on Queen Lake in Phillipston;
  • two sets of book-matched 9-foot, 32-inch vintage hickory boards; and much more.

Check back for a full listing soon!!

Beginning on Friday, July 19, items will be on display at Petersham Memorial Library, 23 Common Street on Petersham Common.

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The Country Store

An initiative of the East Quabbin Land Trust and the Petersham Community

The historic Country Store in Petersham, Mass., first opened in 1840 but shuttered in 2012, will be the focus of a regional community event on July 27. The “Restore the Store” benefit will begin on the town Common at 4:00 p.m. and include a potluck supper, silent and live auctions, family activities, and live music from area bands — all to raise funds to re-open the Store later this year. Attendance is free, with a $5 suggested donation, and all are welcome to attend. The gala event is being created with involvement of many groups and individuals from across the community and beyond.

Funds have been secured by Petersham community members for the purchase of the Country Store building. Through a unique collaboration with the community, the East Quabbin Land Trust (EQLT), a non-profit land conservation organization, is set to purchase the building this summer. Funds for renovations totaling approximately $75,000 must be raised before the Store can officially open later this year. Renovations include an accessible restroom, water filtration, and more efficient cooling. The “Restore the Store” community event will help to support these improvements.

Mick Huppert, Petersham resident and board member of EQLT, applauds the effort that has brought the Country Store closer to re-opening. He says there is more work to be done: “It will require a much broader group of neighbors to make the Store once again an anchor in our region’s tourism and economy.”

We expect the July 27 event to be a first step — and a lot of fun. Please join us!

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Announced on June 11, 2013:

The East Quabbin Land Trust has stepped forward to coordinate and

The Country Store in Petersham

complete the purchase of The Country Store building in Petersham from its current owner, POLUS, Inc., which is expected before the end of June. Click here to read a fact sheet about the effort.  “This is a very exciting opportunity for the East Quabbin Land Trust to support the Petersham community and local agriculture by assisting with the reopening of The Country Store,” stated Mick Huppert, EQLT Board Member and Petersham Resident.  A number of local residents coordinated this effort with the East Quabbin Land Trust to make this possible.

The Country Store has long been at the heart of Petersham, serving as its main store and gathering place located at the center of the community, catering to residents and visitors alike.  When The Country Store doors closed in 2012, that loss was felt throughout the community.  The idea is to return this building to the center of community life.  A community information meeting was held on June 11, 2013 to discuss the anticipated changes coming at The Country Store. Over 100 people packed the lower floor of town hall to participate. Click here to read the article in the Athol Daily News.

It has taken the combined efforts of a small group of concerned neighbors to bring the Store to a place where it might re-open.  Going forward, it will require the patronage and support of a broader group of customers to make the enterprise work as the home for a rejuvenated Store.  So all are invited to join with Petersham townspeople in this exciting venture! Several sub-committee are envisioned. If you’d like to participate on one or have other talents to share please contact Cynthia at chenshaw@EQLT.org.

Finance & Administration Sub-Committee: Fundraising, budgeting, handling contracts for building work

Building Sub-Committee: Plan for and oversee building renovations and upgrades

Communication & Membership Sub-Committee: Organize community meetings, outreach, membership, and newsletter

Special Events & Volunteers Sub-Committee: Organize and coordinate fundraising events and volunteer days

New Organization Sub-Committee: Explore and propose what a new non-profit organization might look like

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