WAYLAND — It was a few months in the making, but the Legion had a new event to showcase over the weekend.
On Nov. 4 the Wayland American Legion had its First Ever Social-Tique-N-Event. The community was able to have a live auction bid on some antiques, and others were putting in tickets for the silent auction. Several antique stores as well as members donated items for the event such as Corning, Dansville, Wayland, Naples, Cohocton, Atlanta, and Mount Morris.
“We really wanted to do something different,” Kevin Mark, post commander said. “There were a lot of people who donated to the event. We were greeted very well at the antique stores. People at the stores helped out a lot with donations.”
Mark added that people were coming in off the street to donate as well.
“We wanted to do something different for this time of year,” he said. “It is a good time to come and enjoy a day at the Legion. If it goes well we might bring it back next year.”
Kelly Harrison, American Legion Auxiliary member, said that both the auxiliary and legion worked together to make this event happen.
“Kevin had this idea in his head for a long time, and we all worked together to make it happen,” she said. “We tried to get all hands on deck to pull this off. We have been full force with this idea since September. We went to different antique dealers, and a lot of members donated too.”
Allyson Kuhn, of Pirrung Auctioneer Inc., came in to do the live auction for the event.
“My grandfather started the auction business in 1949. My dad took over doing it, and I help him out a lot. We were asked if we would help out at this local event,” she said. “My dad never turns down a local event, and giving back to the community. I am excited to be part of this. This is something very unique for the community to do.”
All of the proceeds went to the Wayland Veterans Aid Fund.