Library seeking items for auction

WILTON – The Renovation Committee for the Wilton Public-Gregg Free Library is seeking donations of unusual items from Wilton’s past as well as items of general interest for a silent auction to be held Aug. 29, during Old Home Days, to raise funds for the $1.2 million library renovation campaign. The items will be shown at prominent locations around Wilton, including shops on Main Street and the library.

If you have an item to donate, call Auction Committee members Gail Proctor at 654-6671 or Cheryl Vanderspurt at 654-3424, who will tell you when and were to deliver the piece and provide a receipt for your tax deduction. Nancy Clark works with companies and corporations who want positive public exposure by donating a high-end product. Her number is 654-6498.

To volunteer as a docent who explains donated items to the bidders, as well as to learn about Wilton’s history, call Ruth Smith at 321-3041. Wilton history and docent training sessions will be scheduled prior to the event.

Interesting items that have been donated for the auction so far include a U.S. flag with certification, flown over the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2004, at the request of Sen. Judd Gregg; an assortment of handmade Frye’s Mill products; a guided two-hour local Wild Edibles Walk (including mushrooming); an original oil painting of your home; a one month family membership at Hampshire Hills; an overnight at The Stepping Stones Bed and Breakfast; historical research on your home; a catered cocktail party for 12; deluxe accommodations for one night at the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth; a High Season Night at The Seaside in Kennebunkport; two golf greens fees certificates at The Balsams; an Emerson penknife from an old Wilton dry-goods store predating Putnam’s; 10 Wilton Scenic Railroad tickets; and more.