Place to be Sept. 10: Hartford House

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The Hartford House will have a boatload of events and activities on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Eric Mattison)

A variety of events scheduled for Sept. 10 will showcase the Hartford House and raise money for historical societies in the surrounding area.

Hartford House owner Eric Mattison will be showcasing “a little bit of everything” with his day-long festivity that starts at 9 a.m. and will go deep into the night. Expect live music, food trucks and interactive experiences throughout the day.

“I decided I was going to lump everything into one day,” he said. “We’re putting on a production and we’re doing it all on a budget.”

Kicking off the day will be a barn sale at 9 a.m. that will be run by Charlene Fuller. Mattison said most of the items will be selections he picked out while clearing out antique stores and consignment shops around the area.

Additionally at the barn sale upstairs at 11 a.m., a “do it yourself” flooring installation demonstration by Mattison’s company Square Nail Rustics will take place and highlight the five finishes his company offers and how to distress a board.

Mattison is also excited to display at 11 a.m. an Amish-made tiny house he fully furnished and installed HVAC services that he has listed for sale for $100,000.

“People are dying to see that, it’s going to be revealed here,” Mattison said.

One of the staples of the day will feature an open house of the historic “Hartford House,” now owned by Mattison.

Renovated by the prior owners and purchased by Mattison in January, the open house will serve as a “taste of the surrounding areas” as Mattison will show off selections of his more than 25 years of collecting maps, artifacts and fun, local finds.

The open house will be a self-guided tour and free of charge with donations highly encouraged to benefit local historical societies.

Some items the local historian and genealogist said will be presented are sterling silver spoons, pennants to local sports teams, fine chinaware and much more.

“It’s all rare, local historical memorabilia,” Mattison said.

A recent “ghost hunter” investigation result reveal will take place inside the house as well, which Mattison said is highly anticipated by Hartford natives.

At 2 p.m., an antique car show on the front lawn of the property will allow passersby to soak in the cars from yesteryear.

From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the entertainment will take place. Mattison has an eclectic mix of performers including a 16-year-old singer from Buffalo who plays both Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, multiple old and new country artists and the main event, a drag show at 9 p.m.

The “drag show DJ dance party” will feature at least three drag queens from across the country that are known at a national level, Mattison said.

The events will have cover for rain, as Mattison secured two 20-by-20-feet tents and one 40-by- 40-feet tent for the day, along with a retractable awning.

“We are doing everything in anticipation of rain. Shine would be amazing!” Mattison said. “It’s going to look like a cabaret in there (the 40-foot by 40-foot tent).”

Mattison said he will also be raising funds on the day to go toward the paint and labor for the job expected to be done on one of the churches in Hartford.

“I think we can see at least 1,000 people,” Mattison said.

The Hartford House is located at 7804 State Route 40 in Hartford.