Go on a treasure hunt at the Wilton Spring Antiques Show April 16 & 17

The Wilton Historical Society has announced the return of the Wilton Spring Antiques Show, April 16 and 17 at the Wilton High School Field House on Route 7, in Wilton, Connecticut. Plan on a weekend of collecting fun with more than 35 diverse, top-notch dealers from eight states that will be offering early formal and country American and European furniture, historical ceramics, Oriental rugs, fine art, decorative signs, Asian arts, hooked rugs, folk art, fine prints and paper, colorful textiles, French pottery, early treenware, lighting, brass, tall case clocks, weathervanes, nautical objects, and much more.

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This show is noted for the thought, enthusiasm and preparation shown by exhibitors in regard to the selection of objects that they bring to this show. New this year is the boutique floor plan that makes it easier to enjoy the show without being rushed or cramped as you visit with familiar dealers and new ones as well. In a nut shell, Wilton is one stop shopping for those just beginning to collect as well as those that are advanced collectors.

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The Wilton Spring Antiques Show customers will have a full two days to shop on their weekend schedule, meet up with friends, and enjoy a delectable lunch at the show’s café. Event goers can also take advantage of the unlimited re-entry throughout the show’s run.

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The show dates are Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday, April 19, from 11:00 – 4:00. Admission is $10 per person with unlimited re-entry. Sorry, no pets allowed in the school. The Wilton Spring Antiques Show will be located at the Wilton High School Field House at 395 Danbury Road (Route 7) in Wilton, CT. There is ample free parking, handicap accessibility, show café, courtesy table with complimentary color magazines, popular antiques newspapers and upcoming event announcements. This show is presented by Barn Star Productions and proceeds benefit the Society. For more information www.wiltonhistorical.org or call (845) 876-0616. For more area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Litchfield Historical Society and Litchfield County Auctions Team Up for Antiques Appraisal Day October 8

Won’t be able to make it to Antiques Roadshow this year? Wonder what Great Aunt Josephine’s favorite vase is worth? You can discover the value of all your heirlooms and collectibles at the Litchfield Historical Society’s Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Litchfield County Auctions, Inc.

For $20, participants will have their antique appraised by Weston Thorn’s expert staff, have the opportunity to preview LCA’s upcoming online auction, and enjoy a delicious hot dog and beverage at the same time.

Mr. Thorn’s involvement in the antiques and appraisal business began in the 1960s and he has flourished in Northwestern Connecticut’s Litchifeld Hills for almost 30 years. He is a member and one-time president of the Appraiser’s Association of America.

Thorn and his talented and knowledgeable staff have made Litchfield County Auctions Connecticut’s premier auction house and handled many important sales since 1994. Litchfield County Auctions, Inc. is located at 425 Bantam Road in Litchfield, CT.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Litchfield Historical Society. For more information on this or other events, hours of operation, or museum collections, please call the Litchfield Historical Society at (860) 567-4501 or visit http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

About Litchfield Historical Society

The Litchfield Historical Society, founded in 1856, is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Litchfield County, Connecticut through its museum, research library and historic house.

The Ingraham Memorial Research Library houses local business and organizational archives, manuscripts and family papers, reference books, and genealogical material.

The Tapping Reeve House, built in 1774, and the 1784 Law School interpret the family and home life of Tapping Reeve and his role in the development of American legal training.

The Litchfield History Museum invites visitors to explore the evolution of a small New England town. Furniture, historic clothing, household objects and paintings reveal Litchfield’s history from its earliest European settlement to the present day. The museum’s seven galleries highlight family life and work during the fifty years after the American Revolution, a time when Litchfield was a bustling commercial, political, and educational center. Hands-on areas help visitors discover the town’s past.

The Historical Society is a private non-profit organization supported by an active and growing membership.

Harwinton Antiques and Design Weekend Sept. 3 and 4

Summer is fleeting and so is your opportunity to score those great antique, vintage and decorative items at the Harwinton Antiques & Design Weekend.

This coming Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd & 4th, marks the second and final show of the 2011 Harwinton Antique& Design Weekend season. So, spend your holiday weekend treasure hunting at the charming Harwinton Fairgrounds, located in beautiful Litchfield Hills.

Shop from country’s leading style makers. Over 200 renowned vendors, in tented and indoor booths, will offer the unique design essentials that simply can’t be found at the mall. Whether you’re beginning a decorating project or looking for those perfect finishing touches, you’ll find great design inspiration as well as the very finest in antiques. Bring your friends and family, enjoy the great food and savor one of the last and best shopping experiences of the season.

The Harwinton Antiques & Design Weekend will be held September 3-4, on the Harwinton Fairgrounds- 150 Locust Rd, Harwinton, CT. Show hours will be Saturday 8 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. Admission will be $10.00 with Saturday’s admission good for both days. For more information visit www. harwintonantiquesweekend.com.