Book fair will benefit restoration of old Milford mural

Milford Art Center will sponsor an Adopt a Mural Fundraiser Book Fair on Sunday June 14, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Milford Barnes and Noble on the Boston Post Road.
“We are excited to work with Barnes and Noble,” said Book Fair Chair Carrie Bryant, “to offer these art-inspired activities for people of all ages. Everybody can spend a Sunday afternoon having fun, while helping to raise money for our Adopt A Mural campaign. We will receive a percentage of your Barnes and Noble purchases when you mention our name at the store.”
Events include:
• 2 p.m. Interactive Paint a Mural with Gayle Caro and Karen Keane. Artists (and non-artists) of all ages can show their talents painting on a 6’ x 3’ canvas sketch, replicating the They Will Go This Way But Once mural that for 40 years graced the Central Grammar School.
3 p.m. Art-Themed Story Time and Craft. For kids from Pre-K and up, join master storyteller Carrie Bryant as she enchants her audience. There will be a craft too.
• 4 p.m. Connect the Dots Art Activity. This one is great for both kids and adults — they connect the dots to reveal a famous work of art and finish it with markers, crayons and colored pencils.
• 2-5 p.m. Gift Wrap Table. You won’t have to wrap the gifts you buy – remember Fathers’ Day, June 21, is only a week away from the Fair date. Just bring your purchases to the gift-wrapping table and we’ll do the wrapping for you.
• Raffle prizes for kids and adults, treats in the cafe
• If you can’t make this event, shop online from June 14 to 19 (Visit and enter your Bookfair ID 11619384 at checkout.). Purchases will count toward the fund-raising.
For nearly 40 years, They Shall Pass This Way But Once, designed by Frank Rutkoski and painted by Louis Agostini, greeted students at Milford’s Central Grammar School on West River Street.
It was designed to cover the wall at the entrance of the school, then the town’s largest educational institution with its 24 classrooms, a kindergarten and a large auditorium. The mural, commissioned in 1937, was installed on April 2, 1940 and remained in the school’s entrance until the school was demolished in 1986.
Bill Meddick and Frank Vespi, then executive director of Milford Fine Arts and Board of Education Arts Coordinator respectively, rescued a large portion the mural – a fragment measuring approximately 7’8” x 5’.
The mural features students, the old Plymouth Church (which has since been demolished) and what appears to be the Sanford-Bristol House. According to professional conservators, the fragment needs substantial restoration. When the restoration is completed, the mural will hang in the Milford Library.
For more information about Adopt a Mural, visit