Open house aids Kitty Angels

Friday, November 2, 2012



AMHERST – For nearly two decades, Kitty Angels Inc. has been helped by Treasures Antiques, Collectables and More, through its annual open house, “Home for the Holidays.” Each year, a variety of local vendors get together to raise money for the welfare of our furry friends.

This year, the event will be take place on Nov. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A plethora of items will be available for sale, including stocking stuffers, antiques, collectibles, clothing, jewelry, pet items and more. There also will be several raffles to support Kitty Angels Inc., which also will be present, along with cats available for adoption.

“This is our 21st event, and the 18th to benefit Kitty Angels Inc.,” said Sherry Tobin, co-owner of Treasures Antiques, Collectables and More. “It’s a sort of scaled-down version of our May event, but we still have a huge number of vendors pitching in to help out.”

Tobin said although many of the vendors are veterans of the event, several new businesses have decided to enter the fray, including The New England Brethren of Pirates, who will entertain patrons throughout the day.

“These people are extremely serious about what they do,” Tobin said. “They perform at a lot of events, including The Salem Haunted Happenings Parade in Massachusetts.”

The event promises to be a one-stop shopping extravaganza.

Cluck & Baa Farm of Hollis, which raises Finn sheep and Angora rabbits, will demonstrate traditional spinning techniques and offer items made of alpaca wool. Paradise Farm of Lyndeborough will have native raw honey, syrups and baked goods. They also will feature their grass-fed beef, apples, cider and soy wax candles. A new addition to the event is “Sillie Puffs,” a cotton-candy producer run by Stephanie and Steve Poltack of Manchester. Karen Files of Milford will feature Karen’s Every Beaded Jewelry collection. Hemlock Springs Cottage will feature homemade soaps and toiletries.

Lil Iguana will grill a variety of barbecue items, while promoting their child safety prevention programs. A petting zoo, courtesy of Mythical Noble Hill Farm, which will bring their perennial favorite, “Marshmallow,” the albino turkey.

The Amherst Animal Hospital will also be on hand to explain all they do for local cats in need.

Of course, the focus of this soiree is Kitty Angels Inc., which has done so much to help cats in need.

“The work they do is exemplary,” Tobin said. “They’ll go out, 24 hours a day, rain or shine, to help animals in distress.”

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