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Holliston Antique Show Biggest in Area

The Holliston Scholarship Foundation’s biggest fundraiser may just be your biggest opportunity to find that hidden treasure. The organization’s 47th annual Holliston Antique Show is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday February 23rd at the Holliston High School Gymnasium. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Holliston college students since 1964. Last year, the foundation, which changed its name from the Citizen Scholarship Foundation, gave out $66,000 in local scholarships.
“This is really our only fundraiser,” says Robert McGrath, president of the Holliston Scholarship Foundation. “It began in 1968, and we’ve had it every year except for the year we rebuilt the high school.”
The Antique Show will feature 100 exhibitors and will be open on Saturday, February 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday February 23rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 and parking and refreshments are available at the high school field house. All proceeds are used to fund scholarships.
“(This show) really begins the antique season, at very end of February,” says McGrath. “At that time of the year, it’s the biggest show around here. In the Metrowest area, it’s probably the biggest show all year long.”
McGrath says folks will find a wide variety of high quality antiques, including furniture, paintings, carnival glass, and comic books.
“There’s a different variety of things. It’s kind of mind blowing to see all the different things people collect. These are real antiques, good stuff. It’s well-advertised in professional publications,” he says.
McGrath says that the booths for the show sell out just about every year. This year, all of the booths are once again sold at this point.
“We couldn’t’ be any bigger, because we don’t have a bigger facility,” laughs McGrath. “It brings in a lot of people from outside of Holliston. Some will drive 100 miles. Dealers are from (as far as) New York and New Hampshire and Maine.”
The event has clearly grown over the years, says McGrath, as now it requires insurance and a police detail. The transformation of the high school gym, he says, is pretty impressive.
“The gym goes from being perfectly clean and empty. On late Friday afternoon, to see the show set up is spectacular – quite a change. And then, late Sunday night, it reverses itself and goes back to normal.”
Parking is busiest on Saturday morning, says McGrath, going all the way up the hill. He says that the real professional antiquers try to come early to see if they can find underpriced items.
For those who want a bite to eat in between checking out the vendors, the Holliston Superette will be onhand with a concession stand in the fieldhouse, serving sandwiches and other food.
“We used to run refreshments, but it became too labor intensive. We’re not food-trained, and things became a little more complicated,” says McGrath. “(The Superette) provides a service to us. You can’t have all those dealers in the building and not provide them access to food. They’ll have coffee and breakfast items in the morning and sandwiches and soup for the rest of the day.”
Proceeds from Show on February 22nd and 23rd to Benefit Holliston Scholarship Foundation

by By Judy O'gara