March 23, 2013 - CantonPatch.com
"Canton Barn may be as famous for its pies as its Saturday night auctions. While Susan Wacht-Goralski is now the undisputed master of baking
the masterpieces, auctioneer Richard Wacht has a hand in them as well" pens editor, John Fitts.
At the end of May, Canton Barn partner Susan Goralski remarried on the beautiful island of Kauai. Susan and her new husband, Steve Goralski, shared an intimate island wedding ceremony with a few friends and family. A week later they returned to Connecticut where an outdoor reception was held. Susan Goralski continues on as a partner of Canton Barn LLC. Susan and Steve wish to thank everyone for their well wishes.
Susan Goralski - 2011 CTPPA Photographer of the Year
CTPPA Photographers (L to R) Paulette Mertes, Marietta St. Onge and Susan Goralski
New Hartford, CT based photographer, Susan Goralski of GeminEye Images, received the 2011 Photographer of the Year award in the Art/Electronic Imaging division on March 13th at the 62nd Annual Connecticut Professional Photographers Association (CTPPA) Convention & Print Exhibition. CTPPA is composed of approximately 300 professional photographers whose common goal is the ethical advancement of photography. Ms. Goralski's recent entries in the Art/EI category have included the colorful and highly illustrative look of the popular format known as High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. Ms. Goralski is also the co-owner of the Canton Barn, an antiques auction gallery that holds weekly antique auctions. Some of her Collinsville photographs and HDR images can be seen there on Saturday nights and Sundays.
July 12, 2010 - Canton Barn: Auction house is a doorway to American history.
Article appears in the Antique Trader
October 2008 - In "Auction Opportunity" for the Farmington Valley Times, Gregory Hyman writes " . . . the Canton Barn is a venue for entertainment as much as for bargain hunting. This place really rocks!"
March 2008 - "A slice of heaven: Canton Barn's famous pies finally take center stage in a new book" writes Tracey Weiss about Susan Goralski and "Collectable, Delectable Pies! The Original Canton Barn Pie Book" gracing the cover of the March 2008 edition of Canton Life. The four page article includes quotes from long time auction attendee, Beverly Shea, and includes several photographs.
January 2008 - www.TruButRFly.com was launched by Susan Goralski, co-owner of the Canton Barn. TruButRFly provides creative custom graphic design works.
January 2, 2008 - Co-owners, Richard Wacht and Susan Goralski appeared on Better Connecticut, a WFSB Channel 3 morning television program. Video feeds are on the WFSB Better Connecticut website.
December 2007 - The long awaited "Collectable, Delectable Pies! The Original Canton Barn Pie Book" photographed and written by Susan Goralski is now available for online purchase. The link for a preview and/or purchase can be found on the Canton Barn's Home page.
August 18, 2006 - In The Hartford Courant's At Home Section: The Auction Action, journalist MaryEllen Fillo writes: ... the Canton Barn is "billed as one of the last true auction houses in the state."
The article features several photos of the auction by photographer Mark Mirko.
November 2005 - The Boston Globe - Life at Home section: "There's profit at auction, if you're careful" Freelance writer, Debbie Hagan pens:
"Auctioneer Richard Wacht is a wiry, white-haired man who may prance across his stage in cowboy boots, but he's known to speak in plain English in his weekly auctions, not lightning-speed mumbo jumbo more commonly identified with his trade."
October 2005 - Connecticut Life - Lifestyles section: "Pillows, pies and purchases . . .On Saturday night it's the antiques auction at the Canton Barn" Writer Betsy Witteman says " . . . visitors will be entertained.
Local writer and photographer, Jay Nowakowski recently
attended an auction and wrote this for the November 2004 edition of
Farmington Valley Post - The Canton Barn - antiques, bargains
and a fun night out - "The Canton Barn may not be much to look
at from the outside, but inside it bustles with an ever-changing offering
of antiques and collectibles, some at the best bargain prices around.
The Barn is just that, a quintessential circa 1820 barn tucked away
in a corner of Canton that has yet to suffer the homogenizing effects
Nov/Dec 2004 - Country Discoveries Magazine: In
"Vintage New England" an article written by Irene
Jeruss, she states "Both the ordinary and the extr-ordinary hit
the auction block, but it's not just for dealers or antiques buffs.
Lots of folks come for the rapid-fire auction patter or to buy a slice
of home-baked pie. A word to the wise: Reserve a piece of the pie early,
as I learned too late on my first visit!"
Hartford Magazine's July 2004 edition included
a story on the Canton Barn by Channel 3's weatherman, Scot Haney in
his column Every Town Has A Story - Scot pens that "While
the value of antiques is based on supply and demand, Richard Wacht's
dry sense of humor, biting wit and unstumpable knowledge will always
make him priceless."
In the July/August 2004 - AAA Journeys Travel
& Lifestyle Magazine, Farmington Valley Julie Newsum sums
up a night at the auction when she writes . ..
"Save Saturday night for the Canton Barn where you'll be fed, entertained
and, luck willing, head home with a bargain."
For Norman Living - Connecticut - Vacation Variety
in a Compact Container, July 2004, travel writer Elaine Warner
had this to say: "You may not find a missing masterpiece but you're
sure to find something you like at the Canton Barn's 7:30 Saturday night
auctions. . . . . Richard's knowledge and reputation for absolute honesty,
Susan's pies, and interesting items keep the customers coming."
In the 2004 - Fodor's Where to Weekend around Boston:
The Farmington Valley by Patricia Earnest writes "Stake
out your chair of choice and then hurry to reserve your hot dog or hamburg
and leave room for a delicious slice of fresh, home-baked pie in the
widest selection you are likely to find anywhere."
February 2004 Issue - Hartford Magazine
"Honey, Have I Got A Date For You!"
Dates to Make Every Day of February Romantic
written by Mary Anne Chute Lynch
Bid on Love
Richard Wacht performs at the Canton Barn every Saturday, even in snowstorms.
"I have a dry, droll sense of humor," says Wacht in his understated
Yankee fashion. Born on the homestead where the barn stands, Wacht draws
350 curiosity seekers and antiques lovers for a standing date at his
auction house. You'll be entertained and learn buckets as Wacht auctioneers
200 items in an average 34 seconds per item. Preview items on the Web
site and come at 5 p.m. to inspect collectibles on the block at 7:30
p.m. Even if you are afraid to bid, don't hesitate to try the homemade
pie dished out in the back of this authentic hay barn.
Canton Barn was featured in a 4-page story penned by Mary
Medland and photographed by Susan Goralski (co-owner of the Canton Barn
and owner of GeminEye Images) in the Summer/Fall '03 premier test-market
magazine issue of Simple Livin' produced by The Boyd's Collection
In the article, Mary writes: "Saturdays
tend to be an evening of pure entertainment and showmanship, great buys,
and an excellent opportunity to sample Susan's homemade pies . . . .
Arnold Miller writing for Ohio's, The Chronicle-Telegram
Travel section in June 2003 exclaims "Talk about Americana! You'll
find a large slice of it every Saturday in Canton, Ct. If you're looking
for a different night out, this is the place to go!"
In Pathfinder's Travel (www.pathfinderstravel.com)
(April 2003), Joseph Blake writes, "If you've never attended an
auction in a barn, then the Canton Barn
Auction is a genuine treat." And adds it has an "old fashioned
atmosphere that is both congenial and exclusive."
The Antique Trader (April 2003) Actioneer Profile
included the following from writer Rogayle Franklin: "Time changes
most venues. Yet, at Canton Barn
Auction in Canton, CT, its owners successfully continue the practices
started more than half a century ago by Richard Wacht's parents."
In Rudy Maxa's Travelling in Style for
Less (Feb, 2003), travel writer Ruth Hill pegs the Canton
Barn in Canton, Connecticut as a "secret place"
and "a slice of New England heritage."
For The Golden Times (Feb. 2003), writer Ann
Augunas had this to say about the Canton Barn:
"This popular event is always packed with people that come from
all over, some just for the fun and the hot dogs, burgers and homemade
In Maryland's The Daily Record "Off
the Record" column (Nov. 2002), travel writer Mary Medland states
"Far more fun than dinner and a movie, is a Saturday night at the
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