Curiosity seekers check out Wareham Historical Society's 42nd annual Antiques and Craft Faire

Jul 4, 2018

Treasure hunters found a variety of knick knacks, memorabilia and more for sale at the Wareham Historical Society’s 42nd annual Fourth of July Antiques and Craft Faire, including a piece of town history.

Held Wednesday on the village green near the corner of Main and Park Streets, the faire featured nearly 30 vendors.

Dominic Cammarano was among them. The owner of Gateway Gold and Pawn, Cammarano has attended the faire for several years. At this year’s faire, he sold a sign that once hung in front of Fraher’s Store in Parkwood Beach.

Advertising “McCarthy’s Ice Cream,” the sign was bought by another vendor at the faire, Susan Hartman of the East Bridgewater-based Hartman House of Antiques.

Cammarano purchased the sign from Pam Fleming, whose grandparents built the store and ran it from 1947 to 1966.

Known for its pinball machines, soda fountains and variety of goods, Fleming said the store was well-loved in the neighborhood.

“It was a fabulous part of Parkwood for years and years,” said Fleming, adding her grandparent’s love of the community made it special.

“On report card day, all the kids could come in and those who had straight A’s had their pick of candy bars from the top shelf,” she recalled.

While the McCarthy’s sign was picked up early in the morning, visitors had plenty of other items to check out throughout the day.

Roger Paradis of Onset sold antique lanterns. His finds included lanterns powered by whale oil, a policeman’s lantern and a beautiful, gold-colored fire truck lantern from 1907.

“I enjoy old things, tinkering with them, and came across an antique lantern during one of my searches,” said Paradis. “Once I fixed it up and got it working I was like a moth to a flame.”

He now has roughly 150 lanterns, which he sells at a table set up in the Cranberry Flea Market on Cranberry Highway.

Wednesday marked his second time at the faire. Last year, he noted that he sold a lantern used in the Civil War.

Vendors rent space at the faire and visitors pay a small fee to enter the green and look around. Angela Dunham, president of the Wareham Historical Society, said the event is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. She thanked all who arrived on the Fourth of July to keep the tradition alive.

“I’m grateful for the public who support us and our programs,” Dunham said, adding historical talks are held monthly which are open to the public.

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