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What’s in old safe? Find out tonight.

By Sherri Ellington Lamar Arts Silent Auction and Cocktail Party will have an added interest this year. The plan is for a 100-year-old safe to be opened during the auction. Neither the Dukes nor the previous owners of the house, the Radfords, have been able to open it. The Dukes have resided in the Thomaston Street home for 30 years and the Radfords were its residents for 16 years. Roland Radford came to Barnesville as president of First National Bank and contacted the Mosler Safe Company for information. He was told Mosler had a fire in the 1920s and all safe combinations on file were destroyed. When the Dukes first moved into the house their children were eager to have the old safe opened. ’One gets busy with daily activities and the busy life in Barnesville and the safe and its contents were forgotten,’ said Jean Dukes. With the house on the market the Dukes thought the auction would be a fun time to pursue its opening. The event marks the 26th benefit for the community that has been held at the Dukes’ home and it is expected to be the last. Nathan Mickler is a local craftsman and home remodeler. He contacted a safe expert and plans to work on the safe prior to the auction, leaving the last little bit and the suspense of the contents until auction night. The auction is a community affair, an evening of music, food and a chance to bid on original artwork, weekend getaways and other treasures. ‘Bids will be taken on many other more practical things since each Lamar Arts volunteer is responsible for donating at least one item and many other people donate as well,’ said Dukes. ‘Donations for the auction are tax deductible.’ In addition to Dave Bradberry playing Native American pipes, Dr. Stephen Mulder, director of Griffin Choral Arts, will be at the piano. Parking is available on the street, at the library and First Methodist Church. Golf carts will be provided by Barnesville’s Kiwanis. ’The Silent Auction is Lamar Arts largest fundraiser of the year,’ said Dukes. ‘Primarily, it helps fund the successful Kids’ Camp held each summer. It also is used to pay for maintaining the historic Depot and for art receptions and other events held at the gallery.’ The auction chairman is Pattie Powers. Other volunteers include check out chairman Tom Payne, Missy Kendrick, Jan Hatten and Patrick Powers. Food volunteers are Hedy Cauthen, Gloria Chaffin, Karen Cox, Joyce Davis, Sue Dunbar, Judy Patton-Henry, Ann Hinds, Cindy Jones, Susan Lindsey, Pearl Massey, Stacey Mickler, Linda Rainey, Blendon Travis, Sherry Truby, Lisa Tuttle, Marsha Votaw and Connie Walker. The auction will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 prior to the event and may be purchased from Goggans Florist, Slices Pizzeria, the chamber and from Lamar Arts board members. They include president Aaron Brown, vice president Dr. Larry Collins, secretary Natalie Rischbieter, treasurer Sherry Truby, Debbie Adamson, Karen Cox, Virginia Janssen, Angela Preston and John Votaw. Committee chairmen are Betty Esco (docents), Annette Jones (refreshments), Marcia Knight (membership), Angela Preston (gift shop and hanging), David Preston (maintenance) and Eleanor Stecker (gallery). Tickets are $30 at the door. Payments for bid items may be made by cash, check, or credit card. For more information call Dukes at 770-401-6898 or Powers at 770-358-4644.

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