Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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First Congregational Church 
36 Main Street
New Milford, CT 06776

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Raise the Roof Campaign 
First Congregational Church of New Milford - Raise the Roof Campaign 


Local area antiques appraisers Bernie McManus of Bernie McManus Appraisals, and Mitchell Borenstein, of Applebrook Auctions in New Milford, will give verbal evaluations of family treasures and keepsakes at The First Congregational Church's Raise the Roof fundraiser “What’s It Worth? Antique Appraisals”

Mr. McManus is a renowned Personal Property Appraiser for more than 45 years throughout New England and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard providing proper identification and valuation of items for families, executors, attorneys, museums, institutions, bankers, insurance companies, CPAs, and other professionals.

Mr. Borenstein , Owner of Applebrook Auctions  & Applebrook At Home  in New Milford , CT  has been an Auctioneer for almost 30 years.  A Vocation that began when he moved up from Manhattan to Washington , CT . He has a great love of the business and enjoys going on house calls where he prides himself on providing a valuable service  to liquidate an estate through his auctions, antique shop or onsite estate sales. His next auction  on April 26th features the partial contents of The Charles Beach Barlow Estate; an estate located next to The Congregational Church.  


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Payment accepted at the door - stop in today between 10am and 2pm. 

The First Congregational Church is one of the most historic buildings on the Village Green and its history is closely intertwined with the town’s history.  The congregation celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2016.  The current sanctuary, the third one used by the congregation,  was built in 1833 and expanded in the 1890’s.  Over the years the church building has housed the town hall, the town’s Youth Agency, and has provided space for many local organizations.

The Structural Problem

In the winter of 2010 ice was a big problem all over New Milford.  The weight of the ice caused structural damage which deflected a ceiling beam. Without additional support the beam was in danger of collapsing. The church was closed for inspection and temporary repair.   Structural steel was installed at the point of failure.  While the steel makes the building safe, it greatly diminishes the interior beauty and functionality.

The Fix

This is a difficult problem to repair.  The failing ceiling beam will need to be pushed up into place and secured with reinforcements.  In order to minimize ceiling damage, this will be done slowly over several months.  Once this repair is made the interior steel can be removed.  The repair requires a contractor experienced in working in historic buildings.  

All proceeds from this event benefit the "Raise the Roof" Campaign.  For more info go to www.nmchurch.org 

Thank you.