Adirondack chairs will be auctioned to benefit Milford students
MILFORD >> Colorfully painted Adirondack chairs on display at 12 sites in the city may look like mere wood, but each one has lot of heart in its creation and a story behind its design.
The chairs, all works of art in their own right, will be auctioned Aug. 24 at Costa Azzurra Restaurant at the Chair-ity Auction to benefit Milford Education Foundation.
The event, which includes light fare and a cash bar, is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.milfordedfoundation.org.
In addition to the chairs, the event will include an array of silent auction items, including a vacation getaway to the French Quarter in New Orleans.
“Our mission is really to help enhance learning in the Milford community and support education,” said Emmaline Harrigan, who is on the MEF board and is a founding member.
Harrigan said communities with a culture of education have a higher quality of life.
The auction proceeds support MEF’s teacher mini-grants, which allow city teachers to fund an activity or buy an item that they otherwise would not be able to provide for their students.
In four years, the group has granted $22,000 to teachers, and the target this year is $13,000, Harrigan said.
The auction is a community effort, with Metro-Star Real Estate donating the wood and Jonathan Law High School tech-ed students and their teachers building the chairs. Colony Paint donated paint and other supplies.
The real magic comes through in the painting of the 12 chairs by members of the community, including artists, leaders and children.
“It’s always amazing to me how different the chairs end up,” Harrigan said.
The chairs were decorated by individuals and groups.
Christine Rodriguez said she has “no talent” for growing a garden, but was inspired by beautiful gardens around Milford to paint bold flowers on her chair.
Rodriguez, who describes herself as an “amateur artist,” said it was a fun project.
The staff at Camp Happiness, for special needs students or any student in the city with an individualized education plan, painted a tie-dye chair, as the splash of tie-dye is their trademark.
The young campers painted another colorful chair they plastered with unique smile faces.
There is a jellyfish painted on a chair in MEF colors and a Milford Prevention Council chair with colorful splashes that have positive words such as “Kindness,” “Dream,” “Live.”
Milford Prevention Council Program Director Wendy Gibbons said her daughter, 5, fell in love with the chair and wanted to keep it.
A chair by Cub Scout Pack 7 depicts camping — a starry night, animals that are Scout symbols, a tent — and the arms are painted like American flags.
There’s a chair depicting the universe, including the planets, and another of peace symbols.
The MEF, begun four years ago by local parents, also sponsors other enriching events such as Minds In Motion, Invention Convention and movie nights.
President Ed Faruolo said MEF has helped about 3,000 children at an average of about $10 a child — “the price of a panini at Café Atlantique.”
“You can do a lot with a little,” he said.
The chairs are on display at the following locations: Bridge House Restaurant, Café Atlantique, Colony Paint, The Crushed Grape, Duck Duck Goose, Los Cabos, Milford Public Library, Rainbow Gardens, Robert Treat Farms, Scoot & Paddle, Walnut Beach Creamery and Woodruff Family YMCA.
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