Constable Hall craft fair and car show planned for Father’s Day

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CONSTABLEVILLE— Constable Hall will host its 45th annual Father’s Day Cruise-In car show and craft fair at 10 a.m. June 17.

“People bring automobiles, trucks and paddy wagons,” Sandra Roberts, the hall’s executive director, said. “We fill our meadow and our lawn with cars and save the rest of the space for the craft fair, which is enormous.”

The gate will open for registration of vehicles at 9:30 a.m.

“We sometimes have more than 100 vehicle entries,” Mrs. Roberts said.

The silent auction, craft fair, pie stand and quilt raffle will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Lowville Village Band will play at 1:30 p.m.

Prize drawings and a people’s choice award ceremony will be held at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

“The vendors feature everything from handmade soaps to hand sewing to candles, jewelry and more. We have a great pie stand and a country kitchen with all kind of goodies to munch on while people stroll the grounds,” Mrs. Roberts said.

The garden and grounds will also be open throughout the event for self-tours. The 9,000-square-foot hall, at 5909 John St., houses artifacts from five generations of the Constable family, who lived in it from 1819 until its sale in 1948.

“The original furniture, the clothing, the children’s room full of toys and porcelain dolls from the time, the game room with its boxing gloves made with horsehair, the framed Macomb’s Purchase — the number of artifacts you will see here is incredible,” Mrs. Roberts said.

The registration fee per vehicle is $10 and includes full admission for two adults to the Cruise-In and the Constable Hall grounds.

Admission without entering a vehicle in the show is $4. Children under 12 and active-duty military service members are welcome free of charge.

Donations are now being accepted for the silent auction, which features gift certificates and items given by community sponsors.

The stewards of Constable Hall will use proceeds to continue its restoration and preservation of its history. This year, the board is fundraising to purchase paint and mount 56 window shutters for the hall.

Additionally, the group intends to use raised money, as well as grants, to remove and reset the stone patio under the porch to make it more level and easier to walk on.

A portion of the donation received from Anna Tabolt, a teacher who, upon her death, bequeathed portions of her fortune to local groups, is being used to restore the stone walkway, and the group is aiming to have it complete before the Father’s Day events.

“A place like Constable Hall provides a trip back in time,” Mrs. Roberts said. “It is a memory book of what it would have been like to live in the early 1800s. We have so many original pieces that give a sense of how people lived in the past. The items capture the wilderness. We carefully take care of that.”

For more information about the hall or this event, visit www.constablehall.org.

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