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Lorenzo raffle offers chance of owning a ‘new’ piece of history

Unique lottery offers Eldridge interpretation collection item

— This holiday season, the Friends of Lorenzo announced they are thrilled to offer a very special raffle; a hand-sculpted table created by local business owner, Dr. David Eldridge.

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Cazenovia business owner, Dr. David Eldridge, poses beside the 19th century adaptation hand-sculpted table he created and donated to the Lorenzo State Historic Site. The item will be raffled off on Dec. 20; tickets are currently available.

This donated 19th century adaptation was personally selected and produced by Eldridge, based on Lorenzo’s collection. The Friends will announce the winner on Dec. 20.

Eldridge, whose part-time wood-working hobby has blossomed into full-blown artistry has put much time and thought into the piece, which is an historical adaptation of a cherry washstand (holly secondary wood), circa 1808, located in Lorenzo’s northeast bedchamber. It follows the Hepplewhite style of the 19th century and stands approximately 34.5-inches high, 15.75-inches wide and 15.75-inches deep.

The Eldridges have long been supporters of Lorenzo and admirers of its furniture collection.

“It [Lorenzo] is an anchor to our community, establishing our identity as an early 19th century village,” Eldridge said, expressing his continued commitment to Lorenzo.

The Friends of Lorenzo hope area residents will support their cause by taking a chance on winning this historic piece.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Wishlist, 53 Albany St. in Cazenovia; at the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, 59 Albany St. in Cazenovia; or by calling 655-3200.

Tickets will also be available at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery during Cazenovia’s 35th Annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting on Nov. 30; at Lorenzo State Historic Site during Christmas at Lorenzo, Dec. 7, 8 and 9; and at Wishlist during Men’s Night Out in Cazenovia on Dec. 13.

Incorporated in 1975, The Friends of Lorenzo supports the many restoration, educational and community programs at Lorenzo.

For more information about membership and the many activities of the Friends, visit LorenzoNY.org.

Casey Frazee is president of the Friends of Lorenzo.She can be reached at 655-3200 or casey.frazee@icloud.com.

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