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NEW SHOREHAM MUSEUM WILL RING YOUR BELL

by Craig Altschul

Judy Blake of Shoreham has a home for her bell collection, and it even has an official name: the Shoreham Bell Museum. It’s the only museum of its kind on the East Coast, said the Addison Independent.Judy lives in the brick ranch house and houses the bells in an out building on the property that once was the home of an auto repair shop and a photographer’s studio. Her displays are grouped by various categories, including countries, Indian bells, bells that hung around animals’ necks, and are made of porcelain, copper, tin, crystal, china and even paper. Admission to the museum is free -although she does accept donations – on a drop-in or appointment basis. She recently hosted the New England Chapter of the American Bell Association and offers group tours. What began with one bell in the 1950s has grown to 5,500 bells. Will she add to the collection? “I can’t resist,” Judy said.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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