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Seniors celebrate “The Creative Side” in Holden

Debra Bell | BDN
Debra Bell | BDN
Aunt Nellie’s Attic will be the site of some creative seniors on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
By Debra Bell, Of The Weekly Staff

Hammond Street Senior Center seniors will show locals what it means to be creative on Sat., Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Aunt Nellie’s Attic, 233 Main Road in Holden.

The event, dubbed “The Creative Side,” is an art showcase featuring artists who are also members of the Hammond Street Senior Center. The event will bring woodworkers, potters, jewelry makers, and painters together to showcase the “creative side” of the Senior Center while also reinforcing the collaboration with Aunt Nellie’s Attic. All proceeds from Aunt Nellie’s Attic directly benefit the Hammond Street Senior Center’s programs.

According to Hammond Street Senior Center Development and Communications Director, Mary Collins, the event will “give people a glimpse into what it takes to create a beautiful piece of pottery or the amazing process of ‘turning’ a wooden bowl” while also giving an inside glimpse into the resale shop.

“The Senior Center and Aunt Nellie’s are joined at the hip,” said Kathy Clegg, Aunt Nellie’s Attic store manager. “One survives because of the other.”

That’s why the artists and Senior Center staff are inviting the public to watch artists at work, munch on popcorn, and peruse the aisles of the store which features new and used items, brand new clothing, books, puzzles, and household goods. However, according to Clegg, the thing that makes Aunt Nellie’s “special” is not just its inventory. It’s the people that operate it.

“We have 30 of the most wonderful volunteers,” Clegg said. “They would rather be here working than at the Senior Center playing cards. [This store] becomes another family for the volunteers and patrons. A lot of customers become [regulars] and then those regular customers become volunteers.”

Art will be available to purchase at the event, at Aunt Nellie’s Attic, and at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Collins at (207) 262-5532.

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