The fire truck bay in the former Waverly village hall has turned into a makeshift storage area for truckloads of donations pouring into the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center.

So far, the center's inaugural fundraising auction, which executive director Deb Twigg has dubbed "Waverly's Attic," has drawn in a variety of exciting items. Donations are as diverse as a radio from the 1920s, antique framed photographs of the area and about a dozen remote control planes.

The auction, which Twigg said is expected to take about six hours during the Aug. 11 event, so far also includes a book on Bradford County's history, antique electronics, furniture, antiques, a generator, a radial saw and plenty of other items.

The response, Twigg said, has been overwhelming. "It's ramping up to be a really big deal," Twigg said of the event, calling the community's willingness to donate "touching."

The all-day event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Broad Street, will also feature several other activities in addition to the auction. Twenty vendors have signed up to set up along the street, downtown businesses plan to hold sidewalk sales, and Waverly teachers will man a dunking booth, Twigg said. The auction will begin at noon.

"It'll be a really cool day," she said.

Tours of the former village hall, which Twigg and Susan Fogel purchased last year, will also take place. The renovated building is home to Teaoga Marketing, and two other businesses - the Crooked River Artisan Co-op, owned and operated by Suzanne Storelli, and a store called Sweet Heavenly Crafts and Antiques - will likely have grand openings coinciding with the event, Twigg said.

Donations for the auction continue to be accepted, Twigg said. Anyone with items to donate may contact the center at (607) 565-7960 or drop it off at the center, located at 345 Broad St. Volunteers are willing to pick items up, Twigg said. Organizers also seek volunteers and additional vendors for the day of the event.

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