2017 Gala attendees

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Times: Begins at 5:00 pm

Cost: $175 per person

Oliver Wight Tavern

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Please join us for the 11th Annual Old Sturbridge Village Gala. The Gala is one of the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising events, celebrating the museum’s patrons, members, and friends during a lively evening of delicious food, live and silent auctions, and celebration.

The event begins at 5:00 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the tent with silent and live auction preview. Dinner to follow.

2018 Gala Co-chairs:

Rick Predella and Christina Predella

2018 Gala Committee:

Ann Marie Argitis
Ron Vairo
Kathy Vairo
Kathy Harrington
Paula Bowne
Sandy LeMieux
Sandy Carroll
Charlie Peters
Jennifer Bailey
Mike Villano
Terry O’Coin

2018 Auctioneer:

Stephen FletcherStephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President of Skinner, Inc. and Director of the Americana department, is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on Early American Furniture, American Decorative Arts and Folk Art. His work over the past forty years as chief auctioneer and appraiser for Skinner has earned him a deserved reputation as a highly versatile art and antique generalist. Under his skillful eye, the department has grown considerably, making Skinner one of the most formidable auction houses in the world for fine American furniture and decorative arts.

As Chief Auctioneer for Skinner, Steve can be seen regularly at the Skinner auction podium and he carries a full schedule of institutional and estate appraisals. He is often sought out as a source of knowledge on early American life, and eagerly lends his expertise to the media, museums, historical societies, and non-profit institutions.

Steve is an avid supporter of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Historic New England, Old Sturbridge Village, Historic Deerfield, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

2018 Vaillancourt Santa

Vaillancourt Santa 2018At this year’s Gala we will be unveiling the eighth in our series of unique chalkware Vaillancourt Santas. Celebrating the Village’s collections, this year’s Santa features 19th-century books, an account book, and theorem paintings. These heirloom pieces are created exclusively for the Village from vintage European molds and honor the Gala tradition.

Vaillancourt Folk Art, based in Sutton, Massachusetts, is considered one of the last “Made in America” Christmas studios. Founded in 1984, Vaillancourt chalkware is cast from vintage molds and hand-painted with the same attention to quality and detail given to the fine arts. Available nationally—from department stores and museum gift shops to small mom and pop shops and catalogs—the experience of the studio, gallery, and museum is second to none. Vaillancourt Folk Art operates with one goal in mind: starting your family tradition by creating that special gift that will be handed down throughout generations.

Order yours today here.

Stay tuned for more information!