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Thean­nual North Hat­ley An­tique and

Folk Art Show, which has been run­ning ev­ery year since the 1960’s and was re­cently named the old­est run­ning an­tique show in Canada by The Up­per Cana­dian, the au­thor­i­ta­tive an­tique mag­a­zine, will be tak­ing place this week­end, in North Hat­ley at the Curl­ing Club, from July 6th to July 8th.

Known as one of the best an­tique and folk art shows in Canada, it will fea­ture au­then­tic an­tiques in a myr­iad of cat­e­gories, with prices for ev­ery bud­get. “We have sev­eral new deal­ers this year and many re­turn­ing favourites like Brian Davies, Peter Baker, the Hin­tons and the Marks. Af­ter miss­ing last year, Gi­a­como Fal­coni, of Stanstead, is com­ing back,” said John Gro­nan, one of the event’s or­ga­niz­ers.

The new deal­ers at this year’s show are Sam Meshoulan, of Eureka An­tiques in Montreal, Jean Paul Ag­nard with his fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of old phono­graphs, Dave Corbin, of Authan­tiques, and Francesca Jolin, of An­tiq­uites Francesca, the lat­ter two re­turn­ing af­ter sev­eral years ab­sence. The com­plete list of deal­ers as well as ticket prices and open­ing hours can be found on the event’s up­dated web­site which is now fully bilin­gual and com­pre­hen­sive.

This an­nual event, which kicks off North Hat­ley’s sum­mer so­cial scene ev­ery year, is the main fundraiser for a very im­por­tant lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion: the North Hat­ley Re­cre­ation So­ci­ety (NHRS). That So­ci­ety pro­vides recre­ational ser­vices all year long, in­clud­ing ten­nis, swimming and wa­ter sports at the lake in the sum­mer, to peo­ple of all ages from any­where. “Peo­ple some­times think we are just for North Hat­ley res­i­dents but that’s not true. We have mem­bers from Hat­ley Town­ship, Water­ville, Sher­brooke, Len­noxville, Ayer’s Cliff… Peo­ple from any mu­nic­i­pal­ity can join the NHRS,” ex­plained Mr. Gro­nan.

The NHRS also or­ga­nizes the free mu­si­cal con­certs that take place in Dream­land Park, now ev­ery Satur­day evening in­stead of Sunday af­ter­noon, be­tween June 30th and Au­gust 4th.

The an­tique show be­gins on Fri­day night with the ever pop­u­lar Char­ity Gala. In­cluded in the ticket price for this event is beer, wine, hors d’oeu­vres and the chance to get a first peak at the unique items for sale.

“The money we raise from this fundraiser doesn’t go to­wards the gen­eral op­er­at­ing of the So­ci­ety. It will be used to sup­port new initiatives, ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­tiv­i­ties for the mem­bers and new pro­grams. Pre­vi­ous money that we have raised helped to buy the ten­nis courts, fund the sail­ing pro­gram, and buy equip­ment and fur­nish­ings for the Beach House,” said Mr. Gro­nan, adding: “We try to pro­vide a fun sum­mer for the kids!”

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