Massillon Museum to Present “Relics and Refabs” 

The Massillon Museum will host an Antiques Road Show-style “Relics and Refabs: MassMu Appraisal Fair and Market” event on Saturday, June 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission will be just $5 per person. Free parking will be available in the St. George Cultural Center lot, in city lots, and on adjacent streets.
At St. George Cultural Center (364 First Street Southeast), a cadre of highly respected appraisers—Kathleen Wieschaus-Voss, Andrew Richmond, and Fred Craig will offer verbal appraisals for as many as three items per person for $5 per appraisal.  Some of the experts focus on general antiques, while others specialize in fine art, jewelry, and decorative arts. Guests will be able to purchase numbered tickets, then be seated to watch the appraisals until their turn.

Surrounding the appraisal action will be vendors displaying and selling their antiques and repurposed treasures. Antique vendors will include Belly of the Whale Vintage, Treasure Hunter Antiques, Vintage House, Rustic Home Décor, Southbound Vintage, Colette’s Vintage, Debbie Palsa, Marrekesh Spot, and Main Street Modern.

Vendors who will offer creative or shabby-chic refab art will include Aggie’s Attic; Martha Grigg; Massillon Public Library; Pickers, Diggers, and Divers; Jennifer Vaughn; Sarah Martin Designs, and Henny’s Artiques. The Stock Pile will offer repurposing demonstrations.

St. George Cultural Center will host an indoor café area and an outdoor beer garden (weather permitting) .To encourage pedestrian traffic in downtown Massillon on the first Saturday of summer, First Street—between the Cultural Center and the Massillon Museum—will include live music, children’s activities, the Massillon Choir Boosters food truck, and the temptation of pastries at the historic Liebermann’s Bakery. Still hungry?  Anderson’s in the City, the Museum lobby café, will serve lunch, sweet treats, and specialty drinks.

At the Massillon Museum (121 Lincoln Way East), knowledgeable panelists will present programs pertinent to antiques and repurposing. Kathy Renieri, Dave Berens, and Andrew Richmond will present “Should It Stay or Should It Go?” at 10:30 a.m.Kathleen Wieschaus-Voss and Heather Haden will present “The Life of an Object” at 12:30 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., Kevin Anderson, one of the artists in the Museum’s Readaptexhibition, will present “Unique Restorations: A New Life for Furniture.” Programs are included with the event fee.

Relics and Refabs complements the current Massillon Museum main gallery exhibition

Readapt: Artwork Inspired by the Permanent Collection. Guests can view the exhibition from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 25.  Other exhibitions that day will include Echo: The Early History of Sound Recording; Paul Brown and Racial Integration in Ohio Football; the Studio M exhibition,Older Than I: Photography by Jeremy Aronhalt; student artwork from the Congressional Art Competition; and The Immel Circus.  A visit to MassMu exhibitions is always free.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Massillon Museum’s Capital Campaign to expand its facility.  Relics and Refabs is sponsored by Freshmark; the live music is provided by an ArtsinStark grant. Additional sponsors include Ron and Jane Sibila; Massillon Materials, Inc. and Wenger Companies; Massillon Plaque Company; MCTV, Inc.; AquaOhio; Bates Printing; ArtsinStark; Country Lawn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, Inc.; Debbie Bachtel, Cutler Real Estate; Yund’s Carwash and Detail; David C. Waikem; Massillon Public Library; John Patrick Picard Architect; Doherty and Paulus, DDS; Gionino’s Pizzeria; Huth Ready Mix and Supply; Anderson’s in the City; Ernie and Debbie Lehman; Quality Heating and Cooling; Santangelo’s Catering; and Whisler Plumbing.

Sue Reid and Mary Ann Poling are co-chairing Relics and Refabs as part of the Capital Campaign special fundraising events team.  Jean Mummertz, Debbie and Denny Bachtel, Trisha Merchant, Jeannie Johns, Joi Letcavitz, Kathy Malinowski,John and Bobbie Muhlbach, and Sue Kelewae serve on the committee.
Additional Massillon Events on June 25

SARTA will provide free continuous shuttle service from Relics and Refabs (pick up point outside the Museum) to two additional Massillon events on June 25.

The Massillon Woman’s Club (210 Fourth Street Northeast) will present Edna and Ruth’s Lawn and Garden Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The sale spans many interests: bake sale, popcorn, and lemonade on the porch; perennial and potted plant sale; antique and collectible sale; tours of Five Oaks; antique cars; speakers; free books for children and adult books for sale; and hummingbird feeders. Call 330-833-4896 for further details.

The Underground Railroad Experience, an interactive outdoor drama, at Spring Hill Historic Home (1401 Spring Hill Lane Northeast). Take a trip back in time to the year 1822, when Ohio was the frontier and the Underground Railroad was just a thought. Meet the men and women who lived at Spring Hill and those who risked everything for freedom during an outdoor, walking drama. Spring Hill will be open for house tours, and the grounds will be filled with exhibits, activities, and historic displays. A barbequed chicken and pulled pork dinner with fresh strawberry shortcake will be served throughout the event. Call the Spring Hill office at 330-833-6749 for reservations.

About the Massillon Museum
The Massillon Museum, where art and history come together, is a center for cultural excitement in Northeastern Ohio.  Main gallery exhibitions rotate six times a year.  Visitors can always see permanent collections galleries, a photography gallery, The Immel Circus, the football gallery, a Civil War display (through 2015), and regional artwork in Studio M—all change regularly.  In the lobby, guests find a unique shop, an operating vintage photobooth, and Anderson’s in the City (the café).

Relics and Refabs is one of many fundraising efforts that are part of the Capital Campaign. The Museum has acquired all properties bounded by Lincoln Way, City Hall Street, Diamond Court, and Park Row. Plans for the upcoming expansion will benefit the community with additional education and exhibition space, an auditorium/meeting space, and a home for the Paul E. Brown Museum.

For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit