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Save-The-Sign Campaign A Success...

The well-known local landmark which has graced our historic mill building for more than half a century, the "Brookfield Mills B&B Feed and Seed" sign has been given new life. The popular sign has been a prominent part of our circa 1780 building since the early part of this century. The community felt strongly that the sign should be preserved; so the Center worked with the community to raise special funding to restore it. Jacqueline Salame, Chairperson of the Brookfield Historic Commission and a member of our Campus Restoration Committee was a key player in making the project a success. She spearheaded the campaign and created small "Save-the-Sign" donation cans which she placed throughout the town. In October the sign was carefully measured and traced by Frank Kara of Kara Signs Inc. who analyzed paint and coloration options. The entire north facade of the mill building was scraped, primed and repainted by David Osborne of D.B. Osborne Painting, LLC. Then the Kara Signs reapplied the historic imagery in its original colors and layout; adding the Brookfield Craft Center logo above it.

The Center wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the following donors plus the hundreds of anonymous supporters who put money into the "Save the Sign" cans: Union Carbide Corporation, The Danbury News Times, The Brookfield Rotary Club, Dent Electric, Scalzo Appliances, Frischmann Communications, The Lynn Tendler Bignell Foundation, Georgia Middlebrook, Anne Howden, Grace Howden, Thomas Glick, Karen Nourse, Carol Ann Howe, Frank Merkling, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stockman, Renate Tilson, Jeanne Bessett, Cynthia Liebler, Michael Saari. The project completed "Phase One" of Center's multi-year Campus Restoration Campaign. During 1999 "Phase Two" will seek support for much needed repairs to our Weaving Studio Cottage and our Barn Building which contains our Woodworking, Ceramics and Paper Arts studios. We invite you to join us in these and other projects which enhance our historic site and promote and preserve the skills and values of fine craftsmanship.

John I. Russell, Executive Director

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