Third annual Artisans and Antiques planned

MILFORD — Artisans and Antique dealers will fill the former Century Club building in Milford later this month in hopes of raising money for two new BiPap machines for Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital through its auxiliary.

After helping fund Bayhealth’s new Sussex Campus to be opened in 2019, a van for cancer patients and other projects, the Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hard at work planning its spring fundraiser: Artisans and Antiques.

Held March 23 and March 24, the third annual Artisans and Antiques is a major fundraiser for the group and a great way to enjoy the community while supporting local health care needs, according to auxiliary member Carolyn Humes.

“We normally have 17 vendors; we’re pretty full. Of those, we’ll have three or four antique dealers with a good variety of items. Everyone is chosen to be there. We look for quality, not just crafts when it comes to our artisans,” she said.

This year, the event will also include a silent auction with antique items, a painting by Harry Humes and a hand-crafted applique pillow donated from Pat Stabley-Rogers collection, a fabric artist in the 1980s who recently passed away.

“We try to move things around a bit and not do the same thing all the time,” she added.

The general public is invited to attend the event on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for just $2 per person, but Ms. Humes’ says the best part happens Friday night, March 23 during a wine and cheese preview party.

Entrance Friday is $30 each and includes refreshments, a preview of vendors and fellowship with community members. Water and punch will also be provided.

Tickets for Friday night’s wine and cheese party can be purchased in advance through any auxiliary member, at Reflections Gift Shop in Bayhealth Milford Memorial or by calling Cynthia Jones at 302-270-1842. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“We do not ask the business people for donations of their sales, just $25 for the space. So, this preview night really helps bring in the funds we need to help the hospital. It’s three hours of socializing with friends. It’s just like a private party,” Ms. Humes said.

“You’re supporting the hospital and the equipment they need that may be over the budget. It’s a direct relationship to something you may need sometime. We can’t do it all alone. But collectively, we can enjoy each other’s company and achieve it.”

Last year’s event:

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