Bits & Bites: Feast to celebrate tool exhibit; tea talk on antiques


The Sheffield Historical Society will hold a feast from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 to celebrate the opening of the permanent Milt Barnum Tool Exhibit in the historical society's barn. Join in the celebration while enjoying a smorgasbord of smoked ham, ribs, chicken, beef, bacon, porkstrami and a variety of side dishes.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event by cash or check, and are: $25 for the general public, $20 for society members, $15 youth ages 7-18, and kids younger than 6 free.

The feast will be held on the society's grounds, 159 Main St., Sheffield. Park in the Town Hall parking lot. Proceeds from the event will go toward the preservation of items in the society's collection. For more information email or call 413-229-2694. RSVPs appreciated for planning purposes.


Master Restorer Frank MacGruer is a principled advocate when it comes to "Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science." He will reveal his techniques at a Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, followed by a Victorian tea.

MacGruer will cover basic principles for taking care of antique furniture. Included will be information based on his years of experience and study on the construction of antique pieces and their finishes.

Tickets are $26 for advance reservations, $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations, call 413-637-3206 or visit The historical mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox.


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