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By Lemon Grove Historical Society president Helen Ofield

June 4, 2015 (Lemon Grove) -- On Father's Day, nix the socks, ties, shirts and BBQ tools. Avoid T-shirts reading "Kiss Me, I'm Slovenian."  Like, really, how much of this stuff does any dad need?  Father's Day is just 35 days away.  Don't panic.  Remain upright.  Here's your list:

For just $200 you could give him a rare, vintage, lime green Molar Chair by furniture meister Wendell Castle.  This price is a stunner, which you'll learn once you google Castle chairs and go into full cardiac arrest.

For $100 -- laughably bargain-priced -- you could give him "Submarine Battle in the Pacific Theater" by the legendary James Milton Sessions (1882-1962), the American master watercolorist whose paintings of sports and war events have been shown at the Met.  This gorgeous, vintage print in the frame (matted, glassed) measures 32" x 24.75" and is guaranteed to put you in good with Pops forever.

For a $25 pittance you could give him a 1920s wood-and-iron school desk. Seats one.  Flip-up top with pen groove.  Looks darling.  PLUS, it needs refinishing and you know how much dad loves a project.

For $10 -- an utter joke -- you could give him a limited edition lithograph of either "The Star of India" or "Battleship Row" (Pearl Harbor) by the great ship painter, Richard DeRosset.  You should just call this one in.

For $5 a print (we're in hysterics--this is the price???) you could give him black and white, 8 x 10 shots of 1880s Tombstone, Arizona, where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday fended off bad guys at the OK Corral.  In addition to the actual corral, the inside of the actual saloon, a view down the actual street, and the actual fire that burned down TB, there are even shots of Chief Cochise and tribal members on horseback.  These are a Man Cave Must.

All proceeds benefit the Lemon Grove Historical Society and the staggering number of activities it undertakes each month.  

Cash is coin of the realm, but, if we know who you are, checks are good, too.  First come, first served.  We rest our case.

(To purchase these items, contact Helen Ofield at 619-462-6494.


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