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Last Call at Jack’s Grill in Housatonic: A Tag Sale on March 20

Rural Intelligence StyleThe first important tag sale of the season is also your last chance to purchase a memento (such as a quirky birdhouse or cookie jar) from Jack’s Grill, which came to life each summer in the village of Housatonic for the past seventeen years. Named for the paterfamilias of the Fitzpatrick clan, which started Country Curtains and rescued the Red Lion Inn 40 years ago, Jack’s Grill was a reflection of the owner’s family history and eclectic tastes. “My mother and I put all these collections together pre eBay,” says Nancy Fitzpatrick, who runs the Red Lion Inn (with its famous teapot collection) and Porches Inn (with its Paint-by-Number painting collection.) “We put most of it together in a couple of months. We did lots of shopping in Hudson when there were lots of antiques shops there rather than interior design shops.  We went to auctions and local antique shops, too.”

Fitzpatrick is hopeful that many of Saturday’s shoppers will make their purchases for sentimental reasons. “I’m trying not to be too nostalgic but it’s hard to let that Howdy Doody puppet go!” she says. “I hope it finds the right home. And the oil can collection. I’ve been trying to find a spot for that at The Red Lion, but can’t think where it would work.The other difficult thing is disassembling a monument to my father, but he’s a practical person and understands and appreciates that we made a good business decision.” 

So while you may never again be able to order Jack’s salmon with black bean salsa or chocolate pudding with High Lawn cream on an August night,  you can have a piece of Fitzpatrick bric-a-brac to cherish forever.

Rural Intelligence StyleJack’s and Red Lion Inn Collectibles Sale
March 20
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Main Street, Housatonic, MA

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