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Round Lake Antiques Festival this weekend

While there will be limited paid parking available in the immediate vicinity, Allman suggests buyers park at The Malta Mall on Round Lake Road, west of I-87 Exit 11 and across from Chango Elementary School, and take the free shuttle that is provided. Regular buyers will know to bring canvas bags or backpacks with them to hold all of their smaller finds. For the larger items, there is a pick-up area where you can drive within close proximity to the festival to load big items into your vehicle. Those who choose to use the shuttle will find that it regularly returns to the parking lot for easy access in and out of the festival, but for those who choose to make a day of it, Allman said there is more than enough good food and drink available at affordable prices.

"This is a historic little town with its own character and personality," said Allman of the Village of Round Lake, adding, "which makes it fun to shop."

"The Round Lake Antiques Festival is a Round Lake tradition," said Susan Stratton. "This will be the 35th year. It is a big benefit for the library."

While walking the small streets of the Village of Round Lake, you might miss the library located at 31 Wesley Ave. It remains housed in the quaint Victorian home where it was first established in 1897. The library serves the entire town of Malta. The Women's Round Lake Improvement Society (WRLIS) is responsible for the administration, maintenance, and financial support of the Round Lake Library.

The group started out as "the kerosene club," and in a nod to its history, WRLIS is inviting the community to join the village residents in a "Night of Illumination." Beginning at 9 p.m., the bells will ring in the bell tower and residents will hang lit Chinese lanterns on their front doors. It is a 120-year-old tradition, said Stratton. Additional community events will be taking place in the recently refurbished Round Lake Auditorium.

For information, go to www.allmanpromotions.com and click on the Round Lakes Antique Festival link.

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