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Antiques, classic cars, more found at auxiliary's Country Day

September 11, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

Thousands of people took advantage of a clear, sunny day Saturday to attend the 20th annual Menno Haven Auxiliary Country Day at J. Frank Faust Junior High School.

The event featured a general auction of antiques, furniture, woodcrafts and other items, followed by a quilt auction in the afternoon.

More than 60 vendors sold their wares outside, beside the classic car show and a display of antique tractors,

Inside, there was bone density testing, blood pressure screening, back and neck massages, children's activities and food.

Around noon, the huge cafeteria was full of people enjoying barbecued chicken, coleslaw, hot dogs, soups, pie and ice cream.

Proceeds benefit the Menno Haven Auxiliary, now in its 41st year.

Janet O'Hara and Betty Meyers, both of Chambersburg, were attending the event for the second time, and admired the quilts before the auction.

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Meyers, whose mother quilted, said that a quilt is something that "you never get the money for the amount of time put in."

At the beginning of the quilt auction, a green and white log cabin quilt sold for $550.

Displayed with the quilts was a tulip stained-glass technique wall hanging that carried a blue ribbon from the Shippensburg (Pa.) Community Fair. Rachel Wadel, who made and donated the hanging, said she entered several items in the fair, and decided that if she received a first place, she would donate that one to Country Day.

"I just got into quilting when I turned 60," she said. Wadel used a pattern for the wall hanging, and chose the color combinations herself.

"No two are the same," she said.

Erica McDannell, 10, and her mother, Lori Renfrew of Chambersburg, had just returned from Erica's soccer game in Hershey, Pa. A member of the traveling Blue Thunder team of the Chambersburg Youth Soccer League, Erica said her team lost their game, but she was enjoying the food at Country Day. After having chicken and a hot dog, she shopped at the vendors with her mother.

Renfrew said she hadn't been to the event for a few years, and "didn't realize they had so much stuff here." She bought a candle and some apple handcrafts.

"The food is great," she added.

Country Day raised $52,000 last year; the goal for this year is $54,500, which is earmarked for an automated external defibrillator, an ultrasound machine, a tram for making getting around the large Menno Haven complex easier, wheelchairs, equipment for therapy services, an anticoagulation machine, bereavement packets and gifts to the benevolent fund.

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