A funny thing happened on the way to the armory…..

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A funny thing happened on the way to the armory…..

By Ellen Sharon

After losing the locations in Massachusetts, the ADA’s decision to move the Historic Deerfield show to the Hartford Armory was welcomed by the Dealers.  It’s a great venue with lots of space and light, easy parking for show-goers, and gave everyone the opportunity to rethink the show and add some fun new twists to a well-loved event.

The only catch? The Hartford Armory will only rent out to a Connecticut nonprofit.  Arthur started the hunt for an organization to act as sponsor/beneficiary.  Day after day, he made phone calls to obvious candidates, with no success.  As the deadline loomed for the amount of time needed to put together a top-notch show, I could hear his frustration.

“Arthur”, I asked. “Can it be ANY Connecticut nonprofit?”

He looked at me, I looked at him, and we both grabbed for our phones.

As some of you know, I’m President of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Humane Society.  Arthur’s call was to the President of the ADA; mine to my Director of Development at the Society.  The result is a new partnership that benefits everyone.  The Society brings a depth of event experience, a volunteer base of close to 500 to draw on, and  a large constituent base to introduce to the show.  The show brings the Society a new audience as well.

I’m thrilled.  I hope to see you all at the show, where my passions will collide: antiques and animals!