The stage was set. Barrels and crates of antique tins lined the walls. Grain sacks and an antique cash register stood ready. The original Granite Lake Country Store sign was propped up center stage. Trays of baked goods were beautifully displayed beneath patriotic garlands. Outside, vendors arranged their rainbow of vegetables, hand crafted art and baked goods under bright canopies while music filled the air. Everything looked like an old village country store. But not until the guests arrived did the reason for the day come into focus; reuniting, reminiscing and reconnecting. The store and post office had always provided a central meeting place for the Munsonville community and Saturday’s celebration was all that and more.

Planning for the event took several months of brainstorming and sharing ideas, and the Granite Lake Store Committee was elated that Saturday’s Store-for-a-Day celebration was such a success! The weather was bright and comfortable and music filled the air as people gathered early to do a little shopping before Alan Rumrill’s presentation at 10:00. An estimated 100 people filled the chapel to hear memories and anecdotes about the long standing store. Alan’s slideshow included photos from Dick Mackey, John Cucchi and prior owner Joe Dobson’s daughter Pamela Dobson, and is included below for those who missed it. Alan’s presentation was funny, engaging, and at times poignant, especially when guests were invited to share their own memories after Rumrill spoke.

Many took advantage of Dan Yelin’s Antique Roadshow bringing paintings, a tiny table, a unique lamp and many other interesting finds. Granite Lake Store T-Shirts quickly sold out and additional orders were placed for those folks who missed out on the original batch for sale. But by far, the best part of the event was the amazing community participation!!

So many people in this little community came together to make the day so special including:
The dedicated, creative, and hard working Store for Day Committee: Joann Bartolotta, Barb Brewer, Maury Collins, Anne Cucchi, Mare-Anne Jarvela, Dick Mackey, Sharon O’Brien-Iagulli, and Connie Van Kirk.
All of the enthusiastic vendors: Partner’s Garden, Laurie Derby Glass Art, Maya King’s Crochet, Dan Craici, Third Day Farm, Bev Largier’s Taste Affair, Barb Brewer flowers.

John and Connie Van Kirk in blue T shirts, tending the candy store

Previous owners Connie and John Van Kirk who supplied and presided over the penny candy display. So many were touched and happy to see them behind the counter again.
Alan Rumrill’s wonderful presentation.
Dan Yelin’s antique expertise for the Antiques Roadshow portion of the morning.
Many committee members contributed to the country store decor including prior owner Dick Mackey who still had the original Granite Lake Store sign and Mare-Anne with the Munsonville Post Office sign.
Committee member Barb Brewer and sister Bev worked tirelessly to provide the delicious free refreshments, the fantastic artful display as well as the pies and flower arrangements.
Rachel Morrison oversaw the retro button making for guests.
Gordon Peery and Paul Klemperer’s perfectly suited music.
Maury Collin’s work on the special photo booklet.
And of course Mike Hayes’s iconic jaunty red pick up.