Chester Historical Society fund raisers coming up

Chester. The yard sale and penny social were canceled last year due to COVID-19 precaution, which means the historical society has been collecting donations for two years.

| 15 Sep 2021 | 06:56

Two of the most anticipated events the Chester Historical Society holds to raise funds are coming up.

Both events were cancelled last year due to Covid-19, so the society has been collecting donations of goods for two years. Each event will be a treasure trove of finds. They will have everything you could want: furniture, household goods, books, music, toys, small appliances, costume jewelry and more. Most items are gently used, but there are new items as well.

The Yard Sale

On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Historical Society will hold the annual Yard Sale at Chester’s 1915 Erie Station Museum on Winkler Place downtown; most items will be outside, in front of the station or on the platform behind it.

Come and browse; you’re sure to find something useful. Don’t forget—already low, low prices will be reduced to two dollars a bag full for all but the most valuable items.

Penny Social

Then, on Friday, Oct. 1, the annual Penny Social will be held at the senior center at 81 Laroe Road.

Doors open and tickets — a penny each — will be available.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; calling starts at 7 p.m.

Again, some items are gently used, but many are brand new. You can get real bargains you can use for yourself or give away as gifts. There will be a door prize and refreshments are available.

Admission is $3 and you get one card of 25 tickets with admission. Additional raffle tickets come in a group of four cards (total 100 tickets) for $1. You can win bargains.

Where does the money go

The proceeds go to help the Chester Historical Society maintain the Eire Station Museum and the society’s mission: To promote the rich heritage of the Village and Town of Chester, New York, through the acquisition, restoration and preservation of its historical places, documents and recordings of oral history, provide educational programs for schoolchildren, community organizations and all those individuals interested in local folklore and history, and exhibit collections of artifacts, pictures, newspapers and recorded oral histories to the general public.