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Auction at The Tremont House Block Party on August 3rd will feature four of Bob Kroeger’s paintings, representing barns in Erie and Huron Counties, to be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting both the Historical Society and Art at 106, Bellevue’s local Artists’ Guild and Gallery Shop.  
Erie County barns are the Pickett Cherry Barn, now dismantled, which drew customers from all surrounding states to its Portland Rd site, and on Strecker Road, the
Tommas barn, a marvelous old fellow with an empty corn crib that begged to be full again, which the painting complied.  In Huron County, the Schwiefurt barn on Sandhill Road which rocked to many dancing feet over the years, and the Roeder barn on Route 20, west of Monroeville, recording its racing history as well as its farming origins.  

The Tremont House Block Party is held on North West Street and in the alley behind the Tremont House, in the center of Bellevue, from 3 to 8 p.m.  The paintings will be auctioned at 5:00, by Baker, Bonnigson Auctioneers.  Join us for the festivities!  Food, live music, wine and craft beer tastings, historic displays, a beam signing in the Tremont House, and raffles round out the events of the day.

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“The Crib”  (pictured above)
This was the first barn we visited on a soggy April day in northwestern Ohio, beginning in Bellevue, a unique Ohio city that boasts having four counties inside its city limits – Erie, Huron, Seneca, and Sandusky: the first three named after local Indian tribes and the last derived from a Wyandot word meaning “water.” Lord knows there was a lot of it today – fields flooded, some roads impassable and others – that probably should have been flagged as closed – served as challenges for drivers. Would the car get stuck?
Owned by Don Tommas, this barn dates to the early 1900s, evidenced by the wooden peg nails holding the saw-cut beams together. Two trees framed the barn, its weathered red paint giving way to underneath gray, but what caught my eye was a large metal corn crib, sadly empty. I decided to fill it. I also liked the adjacent windmill, but opted to leave it out – only so much room. Two geese – Canadian honkers – ambled in the foreground, but, since this is an American barn, they didn’t merit a spot in the painting.
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