The show will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 per person.
By Virginia Dean, Standard Correspondent
This weekend marks 40 years of antique dealers from around the country gathering in one spot for a prestigious but congenial antique show now sponsored by the Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association.
“We’re a warm and friendly show,” said VADA recording secretary Mary Fraser of Chester. “It’s a quality and diverse show with a philanthropic touch, and it’s an honor to be part of it.”
Fraser and her husband, Bob, will be exhibiting a tiger maple chest of drawers, a Windsor bench from a porch in Woodstock, an early 18th century candle stand from Connecticut, ties with a Coolidge connection, and an 18th century powder horn that has a connection with a minuteman from the Revolutionary War, among many other items.
“The show is a benefit to the public because the people who belong to this association have integrity in what they have to offer,” said Fraser. “It’s important that we stand behind our merchandise and know that people can buy with confidence.”
Some of the profits of the show go to local area food shelves, hospitals and shelters in the Upper Valley, Fraser explained. Other monetary profits are used for the show’s overall expenses.
Some 55 sellers will be exhibiting their merchandise within attractively arranged walled room settings in the Union Arena on Route 4 west of the village green.
“VADA welcomes you to our 40th annual show, Antiques and Art,” said President Greg Hamilton. “The Association, founded several decades ago, prides itself in offering fine antiques and art from knowledgeable and active dealers.”
Included in the show is an array of collectable items, some of which include fine art, jewelry, art, silver, Oriental and primitive hooked rugs, folk art, as well as Early American, Empire and Arts and Crafts period furniture.
“VADA is open to all businesses in Vermont active in the trade of buying and selling antiques and collectibles while abiding by a code of business ethics, giving you, the consumer, piece of mind,” said Hamilton. “We also promote our related businesses such as auctioneers, appraisers and restorers and recently included any museum in Vermont willing to sign on free of charge.”
The annual show has moved around the state over the years, Hamilton related, and arrived in Woodstock some five years ago.
Stephen Carrigan of Stephen-Douglas Antiques in Rockingham remembers participating in the very first show in North Bennington in 1974.
“It was held in the carriage house at the Park McCullough mansion,” Carrigan said. “Most dealers were from Vermont and almost everybody was actively dealing.”
Carrigan has been exhibiting in Woodstock for the last three years. Some of his inventory includes 18th century Americana or an eclectic selection of American antiques from the 17th century to the 19th century including painted furniture and colorful painted accessories.
“I tend to make it more casual for summer people who are vacationing and perhaps looking for something to fill in a collection,” said Carrigan. “I’m not going to take anything you have to think a long time about or make a quick decision about. My items are usable but not expensive.”
Carrigan said the show is “beautiful” and merchandise is “priced at what you can buy.”
“The only monkey wrench is that within two weeks there will be the New Hampshire Antiques Show week,” Carrigan said. “That siphons off activity for Woodstock as it’s a high end show that caters to serious collectors.”
Michael Weinberg of Pelham Antiques in Pelham, Massachusetts, joined VADA about five years ago because, as he said, “it’s one of the better dealer associations”. He has three areas of specialty including early English ceramics, needlework samplers, and American country in paint.
“There’re a lot of good people and friends,” said Weinberg. “It’s a beautiful show in a very nice location.”
Mike Seward, VADA Vice President (Membership) of Pittsford will be exhibiting a large 18th century rollout map of the Bennington Battle during the Revolutionary War. He will also bring an 18th century four-drawer maple chest, an assortment of artwork, antique furniture, and other items related to Vermont.
“The association looks out for the best interest of dealers in the state,” said Seward. “There are high ethics with the items it presents. We guarantee and back everything we sell.”
Doug Ramsay of DBR Antiques in Hadley, Massachusetts, said this is his fourth year exhibiting at VADA.
“We particularly enjoy the excellent efforts of the show committee in presenting a quality event, appealing to both veteran and beginning collectors,” said Ramsay who will be bringing weathervanes, trade signs, gameboards, lighting, paintings, doorstops and furniture.
Gail Stickney of Woodstock’s Lavin Stickney Antiques has participated in the VADA show since 2009. Stickney specializes in 18th and 19th century American and English furniture, Canton, Windsor chairs, fine art and accessories, and garden accessories.
“It was the first antique show I did without a partner and it was fabulous,” said Stickney. “I have participated in the VADA show every year since and am looking forward to this season’s 40th anniversary show.”
Heidi Lang of Heidi A. Lang Antiques and Fine Art in Norwich exhibited in the show for the first time last year, focusing on 18th and 19th century American and English furniture as well as 19th and 20th century fine art including paintings and limited-edition prints.
“It is hands down my favorite show of the season,” said Lang. “The booths are always spectacular and the inventory top notch. At the same time there is always a good range in price points so there is something for everyone at this beautiful show.”
Gail Torkleson and Liz Julian-Tuggle of Spencer-Julian Antiques in Norwich participated in the Green Mountain Antiques Show, as it was called then, held in Chester in 2002.
“It was our first show, and we have grown incredibly over the years,” said Torkleson. “The walled spaces provide an opportunity to create an actual room. This year, we are setting up a study furnished with a Vermont-made secretary, a comfortable wing chair, and an English portrait.”
Torkleson and Julian-Tuggle specialize in 18th and 19th New England and English furniture, art and accessories including tole, brass, copper, iron and equine inspired pieces. They are the managers of the Norwich Antiques Show celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Lang, Stickney, and Torkleson are currently exhibiting their fine antiques and accessories at The Antiques Collaborative in Quechee. They will be exhibiting individually at VADA.
“We think the VADA Antiques Show is an elegant event,” said Stickney. “There is quality merchandise displayed in room settings with knowledgeable and friendly dealers and educated, appreciative customers. This adds up to a satisfying day for all. This is a show not to be missed.”