Published in the June 7, 2017 edition
By GAIL LOWE
WAKEFIELD — People from Wakefield and other communities eager to add a bit of sunshine to a gloomy, rainy day attended the Hartshorne House annual breakfast held at the West Sid Social Club on Tuesday, June 6.
Now approaching its 80-year mark, the popular breakfast drew up to 800 people in the late 1930s but attendance now hovers around the 200 mark. Food, including scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, bacon and ham and assorted pastries, was prepared and served by House Calls, a local catering business.
A photo display and album filled with photographs from the past were placed near the building’s entrance for people to view as they came inside or exited.
Many of the items donated for the gift raffle came as compliments of the House’s directors, while others were donated by local businesses, including ServiceMaster (Red Sox tickets), Gregory’s Florist (flowering plants in a woven basket), Harrington’s Food & Spirits (gift card), McDonough’s Liquors (summer drink basket and gift certificate), an anonymous donor (gift card to The Farmland) and friend of the Hartshorne House Janet McConville (two 4th of July baskets).
Co-chairs of the event were Jay Landers and Jane Good with assistance provided by all student and adult directors.
Treasurer of the Hartshorne House Andrew McRae said that the breakfast is“the most important fundraiser of the year.”
Proceeds will be used for the maintenance of Wakefield’s oldest home and any needed repairs.
A Victorian Garden party will be held on the House’s Church Street grounds Saturday, June 10 beginning at 5 p.m. Lawn games, food and music will be part of what is hoped to be a festive and entertaining evening. Vintage clothing is optional.