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B'ville: Unmasking treasures of the past

Antiques and pieces passed down through generations hold fascination. They offer a link to life in earlier times through the story told by everyday items of our ancestors.

Building upon the success of last year's event, McHarrie's Legacy will host a second antique appraisal day from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday June 27 at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum, 46 Canton St. in Baldwinsville.

Guests are invited to bring antique and collectible items for verbal appraisal by Tim Conroy and Bob Knapp of T.W. Conroy Auction Center. To assist in the appraisal, those submitting items should collect all the information they have about the background and age of their piece.

Conroy is Central New York's only nationally certified ASA appraiser in antiques and fine art. Knapp has conducted auctions for nearly 40 years and serves as lead auctioneer for the Conroy firm. Knapp is a graduate of the Cooperstown masters degree program in museum directorship.

Conroy and Knapp are donating their time and expertise to the museum. Patrons will be asked to donate $2 per item for appraisal or three items for $5. There is no maximum number of items that can be submitted. All appraisal fees go directly to support the museum and its programs. For convenience, patrons may bring photos of larger pieces.

Patrons are invited to come inside the museum and discover the current exhibit, "All about Uniforms--industrial, sports, military and fraternal." They may also browse through the museum shop and enjoy refreshments. This is a free event and everyone is invited to take advantage of the chance to discover the value of a favorite antique or collectible.

At 7 p.m. the Baldwinsville Community Band will present a free concert on the Museum grounds. Discovery Day guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and stay around to enjoy a musical program of popular favorites and show music.

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