Yard sale to raise money for playground (VIDEO)

TOWNSEND — You know those “treasures” in your home, garage and attic that want to get rid of but never had good enough reason to do so? It’s time for spring cleaning, and this year you can do it for a good cause.

The Kids Kountry Playground Committee will hold its second annual Town Wide Yard Sale on June 3.

“We look forward to an exciting day with lots of activity in our town, and we hope to see storefronts jump in and set up tables outside to sell items or support a local charity or town program/organization,” said Cynthia Donovan, playground coordinator.

The Town Common will be the main attraction, featuring vendors selling yard sale and flea market items. Local organizations are encouraged to set up a station.

“We will have Quilts of Valor (which) raise funds for veterans; Adam, a local lifelong Scout going for his Eagle badge, will have the bounce house and a bake sale station,” Donovan said. “We are very excited that he’s raising funds to build six new picnic tables for the playground. We had six but are down to three because of weather and vandalism.”

The Village Common Children’s Center, a non-profit center, to share information about its early child-care program. The Lions Club will sell hot dogs and drinks. Sign up to be a Lion, and you get a free hot dog, Donovan said.

Vendor space will also be available in West Townsend at Wanda’s Unique Boutique, 536 West Main St.

It costs a minimum $10 donation to be listed on the event map. Maps cost $3.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maps will be available to the public at 8:30 a.m. on the Town Common, 99 Main St. and at Unique Boutique.

Sterilite Corp. donated the playground more than 20 years ago. All proceeds will go toward upkeep of the playground; the town pays only for the porta-potty and grounds maintenance.

Donovan said: “Our wish would be to add the six new picnic tables already in the works, staining of all the wood, one main sign listing all of the rules, a community garden, sand for the sandbox, and fixing the fence. The playground is no longer under warranty and is starting to show signs of age.”

The Kids Kountry Playground Committee would also like to see the playground available to everyone.

“We would like to have a true wheelchair-accessible playground from the main gate to, at the very least, the main structure,” Donovan said, “And we would love to add two or three new pieces of equipment that are geared toward special-needs children.”

There also will be a donation/sign-up sheet area on the Town Common for anyone interested in helping the playground.

Donovan said the committee is also asking for volunteers to help plant flowers, garden or water. The Daisy/Brownie and Junior Troop 64767 has offered to assist.

Donovan said donations from the Townsend Community Couples Club will allow water to be turned on again this season for the flowers.

Others are pitching in. Pam Mariano, owner of Bailey’s Bar and Grille, said Bailey’s is promoting the event and will have a yard-sale special on the menu.

Last year, the Fire Department sold breakfast sandwiches for charity, and the United Church switched the date of its annual church flea market to coincide with the yard sale. Also residents paid for a little girl to participate in the summer recreation program who would have been unable to otherwise.

Entry forms should be sent by May 24 to Town Wide c/o Cynthia Donovan, 99 Main St., Townsend, MA 01469. Forms almost may be dropped in the lock box attached to the wishing well at 99 Main St. Checks should be made payable to “Town of Townsend” with “Playground Fund” in the memo line. For information or to volunteer, call 978-597-2232 or email Donovan at cynthia@FifthGenMason.com.