A preview and silent auction will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., with the live auction conducted by Ronald Pelletier starting at 7:00. Admission is $20 and includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts until 9:00. Tickets can be purchased at the Blackbird Café, the Main Street Café , at www.mktix.com/ghs and at the door.The auction will feature a 54-inch antique oak roll top desk that belonged to the late Groton poet and author Georgess McHargue. She penned several of her books on this desk including The Beasts of Never, which was nominated for a National Book Award. The desk was donated by Georgess’ husband Michael Roberts. It features two slide-out side boards, two file drawers, four regular drawers, two pencil drawers, a tin letter divider and numerous “cubby” holes. The roll top lock and key are included.
Another prominent Groton resident who appreciates history and the Historical Society, Al Collins, donated 1922-1925 Edison Diamond Disc player, William & Mary C33 model with some 78 records in working shape (has a medallion on it that says “Diamond Disc Official Laboratory Model”) that can play both 10″ & 12″ diamond discs as well as regular 78rpm records. Collins also donated an early oak collapsible hi-chair, a child’s school desk, a 3-tier round table or plant stand, an old collapsible laundry drying rack, an oak caned seat office chair, and a lithograph by John Gast created in 1872.