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Brimfield Town-wide Tag Sale

Rain or shine the Tenth Annual Brimfield Town Wide Tag Sale is coming Saturday, August 22 at 8 am. Hitchcock Academy takes care of all the publicity so that sellers can dedicate themselves to having a successful event. After registering online at and paying the $12 fee, sellers get their own numbered listing on a Brimfield map. The listing includes location and a short, 65-character, description of the items or type of items for sale at each stop. Maps become available free online beginning on Friday, August 21. Or, if buyers prefer, they can pick up a printed map for $2, also beginning Friday, August 21 at Hitchcock Academy, 2 Brookfield Road in Brimfield.For people, who lack space to hold a yard sale, Hitchcock Academy will have some areas to set up on their lawn. People utilizing Hitchcock Academy lawn space will be listed individually on the tag sale map. Last year nearly 30 households took part in the event and this year, after all the cleaning out that took place during quarantine, the hope is that even more people will participate. Tag sales provide win/win opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Buyers are repurposing unused items, which keeps these things out of local landfills and sellers gain household space and a little cash. For a free online map of the sale go to Hitchcock Academy, Executive Director, Cindy Skowyra offers, “many thanks,” to Stephanie Bayliss who sponsors this event. Skowyra also asks that participants social distance and wear masks when required.


Sip and Stars Benefit for Hitchcock Academy

Sip and Stars at the Brimfield Winery, 35 Main Street (Route 20) in Brimfield promises a big field, short lines, award winning food, music, and a large parking area. It’s the perfect wide-open spot to view the Perseid’s Meteor Shower at its peak. James Paul will provide musical entertainment in the early hours before sunset. This year you must choose from one of two nights to attend: Wednesday, August 12 or Thursday, August 13 from 6 to 10 pm.

Each adult ticket includes admission, three tastings and one full pour of beer or wine from Brimfield Winery and Rapscallion Brewery. Ticket holders have the option of mixing and matching their choices. Geoff and Kim McLean from Thames Astronomical Society will bring telescopes for up close viewing, which will be accompanied by a laser guided tour of the night sky. Stargazers are invited to pack a picnic supper or they have the option to splurge from the B.T.’s Smokehouse food truck, which will be serving both nights. No outside beverages will be allowed.

Tickets are available at Adult tickets purchased before August 8 are $20; after August 8 the price is $25. Under 21 tickets are $5 and come with Rapscallion’s special homemade root beer. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, tickets will be limited and it is the reason a second night was added. According to Hitchcock Academy’s Executive Director, Cindy Skowyra, “there is no guarantee of ticket availability at the door.”
Skowyra also noted that there is no rain date but, in the case of overcast skies or a rain interruption, an astronomy talk will be held in the pavilion. All guests must wear a mask for entry and everyone is asked to practice social distancing, which will be no problem considering the spaciousness of the venue.

Bring a blanket. Set up a chair. Don’t forget the bug spray and a flashlight. A red lens for the
latter is best, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of red cellophane to cover your flashlight or
phone to protect night vision. This is summer’s best opportunity to enjoy fresh air, good music,
and the beauty of the night skies.