The VADA show committee met in April and plans are shaping up for another great show on July 21st and 22nd—the 43rd Vermont Antique Dealers Association Show and Sale. There will be about 40 dealers offering a wide range of fresh-to-the-market antiques. There are a number of changes to the show this year, starting with the venue: this year’s show is at Stratton Mountain Base Lodge; the days of the show have also changed: this year’s show is Friday and Saturday-- Friday, 12 noon to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 2pm. Admission is $10.00. Food will be available in the restaurant on the second floor. This year’s show will be one not to miss!
We’d like to welcome our new VADA members Mark and Sandy Keily, Mark Keily Fine Arts, from Dayton, Ohio. Mark and Sandy specialize in American Period furniture and American folk art and paintings. Theirs is a family business also involving their daughter, Jennifer. We look forward to meeting them all in July at Stratton Mountain where they will be participating in their first VADA show.
Gail Laird of Halliday House, Napa, California has been a VADA member for many years. Halliday House is having a Barn Day Celebration on Saturday, June 3rd, 12 noon to 4pm. For those lucky enough to be able to attend, there will be refreshments served under the redwoods with lovely views of the vineyards. As if that weren’t enough, there will also be many wonderful antiques to buy. For a peek at what will be on offer, check out their website www.hallidayhouse.com or their shop on www.digantiques.com.
VADA members Steve Thomas and Deborah Bassett have exciting news about the opening of their new shop/gallery, Steven Thomas, Inc., in White River Junction at 85 Gates Street. Deborah and Steve specialize in jewelry, silver, prints, woodblock prints and other works on paper as well as paintings and sculpture. Steve and Deborah participate in a number of shows in addition to the VADA show. The shop will open sometime around mid-May; tentative hours are 11am to 5pm, Thursday through Saturday. A call ahead is advised: 802-457-1764 or 802-291-3764 (cell). Website: www.woodblock-prints.com.
Barb Johnson, Pewter and Wood Antiques, has posted her final numbers for the 11th Annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Auction she runs every year. This year’s auction brought in $11,200! Congratulations Barb and thank you for all you do for this very worthy cause. Also thank you to all those who helped Barb by their donations and purchases.
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Janice Goodwin’s husband, Gordie, in April. Janice and Gordie had a shop in Johnson, the Victorian House, for many years. After moving to Middlebury, they did antique shows together for many years. Our condolences to Janice and her family.
The VADA annual meeting/luncheon will be May 23rd at the Middlebury Inn. The board meeting is at 9:30, the VADA show committee meeting at 10:30, and the annual meeting of all members at 11:30. If you would like to attend, send $20 to Brian Bittner, 61 Front Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Make checks out to Vermont ADA. Hope to see you there!
Remember to keep me in mind if you have news that you would like to share with our members.
Vesta Urband, email@example.com
Dare I say Happy Spring??!! The calendar says that spring has arrived but one wouldn’t think so looking out the window at all the snow still on the ground in some places! We in the Northeast were hit with winter storm Stella for two days in mid-March, blanketing our area with 20 or more inches of snow. Luckily for show goers during the weekend of March 18-19, the weather improved giving us sunshine and warmer temperatures. This ensured a good turnout for both the Schoharie and West Lebanon antique shows. Vermont dealers who did these shows reported good sales. Then the weekend of March 31-April 1, more snow! The dealers who did the show in Woodsville, New Hampshire reported having a good crowd and sales in spite of the inclement weather.
News from Brian Bittner, our President: “Antique Trail” (www.antiquetrail.com) which prints 50k+ brochures every year has offered VADA members a special opportunity to join. They will build you a website and help with marketing etc. Membership is usually $300 a year but if 5 VADA members join by next Tuesday, April 11th, the cost will be reduced to $200 this year and every year thereafter. Chris McNulty of Stone House, Chester and David Booth of Five Corners, Essex Junction are both members and would be very happy to answer any questions you have. If interested, contact Lori Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Sorry for such late notice, but it took a while to come to this agreement.
We are very lucky to have many fine museums here in Vermont. Many of them are open year round. In addition to the wonderful Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, we have the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburg, Billings Farm in Woodstock, the Bennington Museum in Bennington, the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury. This month I’d like to introduce you to the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury.
The Henry Sheldon has in addition to the museum collections, a museum shop and a beautiful garden to enjoy. In 1882, Henry Luther Sheldon chartered the Sheldon Art Museum, Archaeological and Historical Society in the brick house known as the Judd-Harris House on Park Street, site of the current museum. Sheldon’s museum was located on the top two floors and the bottom floor was a residence. The museum had its ups and downs and in the 1930’s, the task was undertaken to begin its journey to becoming one of the best history museums in New England. It is the oldest community museum in the United States. In the museum you will find a wealth of information about the settlement of Addison County as well as its industries, natural resources, and its residents. All of this can be found in the collections of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, household objects, clothing, and personal artifacts such as photographs and written records. The museum also has a Research Center. In addition, the museum hosts changing exhibits in the Walter Cerf Gallery. Currently there is an exhibition featuring five photographers from the Middlebury area. The exhibition is on view from March 7th through May 13th. The five photographers have used items from the collections and interpreted them from a variety of perspectives. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and in the summer, Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. The Research Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 pm to 5 pm.
There’s great news for all dealers and show goers wondering what they were going to do on Sunday of Vermont Antiques Week—Kris Johnson of Tex Johnson and Son Antiques, Adamstown, Pennsylvania and Steve Sherhag of Early American Antiques, Canfield, Ohio are planning a new show called The Vermont Pickers Market. It will be replacing Antiques in Vermont which was held at Riley Rink in Manchester. It too will be a one day show, Sunday, October 1st, 10 am to 4 pm. It will be held at Okemo Base Lodge in Ludlow, but the location may change if a larger venue can be found. Stay tuned for more information.
It’s maple sugar time in Vermont and honoring this tradition is the 51st Vermont Maple Festival Antiques Show in St. Albans. Plan on attending it Saturday, April 29th, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, April 30th, 10 am to 4 pm. The show is held at St. Albans Educational Center and admission is free. Dennis Chrin of Partridge Hollow Antiques is the promoter. It’s always a good show and there are many fun festivities in town as well, such as a pancake breakfast, carnival, and craft and food tents. Something for the whole family!
There’s a new shop in Mendon on Route 4—The Popular Pioneer. Mike Bishop is the shopkeeper and has a great mix of antiques, primitives, and folk art. Mike is very enthusiastic about the business which is catching! The shop is open Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. A call ahead is advised: 802-772-4459.
VADA members, mark your calendars to attend the VADA meeting on May 23rd at the Middlebury Inn. I’ll remind you again next month! Also, if you haven’t paid your dues, please plan on doing so. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, contact Brian Bittner at email@example.com . If you have questions about the VADA show at Stratton Mountain in July contact Greg Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Until next month, enjoy the warmer temperatures and don’t give up hope that spring will actually come and stay!
Vesta Urband, email@example.com
March VADA News
The Cabin Fever show celebrated its 40th year with another successful show. The weather was beautiful and it brought out the shoppers! The dealers I spoke with reported good sales and I was told that much furniture was sold—yeah! Trish Koptiuch, one of VADA’s newest members, set up for her first show with Andy Gardiner.
March looks as if it will be a busy month. Two shows are coming up: Antiques in Schoharie in Schoharie, New York on March 18th and 19th and the Lebanon Antiques Show and Sale in West Lebanon, New Hampshire on March 19th. Look for many VADA dealers at both shows.
Many of our dealers are on the road in March to other shows. Rick Fuller is headed out to Illinois for the Country Spirit show March 3rd and 4th and will be at the Country Antique Show in Danielson, Connecticut on April 1st. Tommy Thompson and Bonnie and Dave Ferris will also be in Danielson. Janice Goodwin, Jean Tudhope, and George Johnson will be doing the Woodsville Antique Show at the high school in Woodsville, New Hampshire on April 1st.
Don’t forget to visit Pewter and Wood’s websitewww.pewterandwoodantiques.com to bid on an item in the Alzheimer’s Silent Auction beginning March 10th. The auction is on March 18th. It’s a very worthy and important cause—let’s help Barb achieve her goal of $12,000 this year!
According to Greg, contracts for the VADA show at Stratton Mountain in July will be mailed out soon.
Debbie and Jonathan Lang informed us that Lang Farm in Essex closed at the end of February.
We were happy to learn from Linda Brown of The Cargill Collection that her husband David Brown is recovering from the heart attack he had. We missed him at the Cabin Fever show.
Dick Vandell of American Decorative Arts in Canaan, New Hampshire is not well and we wish him a speedy recovery.
We were sad to learn that Jack Winner of Newfane, Vermont died unexpectedly on February 5th. Jack ran a successful shop, Jack Winner Antiques, for many years. Our condolences to his family.
Take a look at our website www.vermontada.com for information about VADA and to find a dealer or like us on Facebook.
Happy antiquing and remember, spring will be here before we know it! Meanwhile, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
VADA Newsletter February 2017
January is a quiet month—a time to recuperate from all the excesses of the holiday season and to take stock, not only of the past year but of what we have as inventory for sale! The 2017 show season is beginning and we are always out looking for new inventory by attending auctions, antique shows, and flea markets; visiting antique shops and antique centers; and going on house calls and to yard and house sales. One never knows what may turn up and the best part of it is the thrill of the hunt!
Show managers are also busy getting ready for the year’s upcoming shows. The first show of the season in Vermont is the 40th annual Cabin Fever Show on Saturday, February 18th, 10am to 4pm at the Mid-Vermont Christian School in Quechee, Vermont. It’s sure to be a great show so mark your calendars!
Other upcoming shows are the Lebanon Antique Show and Sale on Sunday, March 19th, 10am to 3pm in West Lebanon, New Hampshire at the Fireside Inn and Suites. Antiques in Schoharie with over 100 dealers is on Saturday, March 18th, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, March 19th, 11am to 4pm at the Schoharie Central School in Schoharie, New York. Both of these shows include a number of VADA members in their dealer lists.
The Montpelier Antiques Market runs Februrary 12th and every other Sunday through April 9th , 8am to 1pm. It is held at the Canadian Club, 414 East Montpelier Road, Route 14, Barre, Vermont. Visit www.montpelierantiquesmarket.com/
The VADA show committee met January 10th and according to show manager, Greg Hamilton, the 42nd annual VADA show will have a new venue and new dates. VADA is looking forward to the show moving from Woodstock to Stratton Mountain Base Lodge. The show opens at noon on Friday, July 21st and continues on Saturday, July 22nd , 10am to 4pm. This year’s show will be better than ever with more than 50 dealers bringing a wide variety of antiques. The new venue allows for more variety in booth space and rentals. For more information, contact Greg Hamilton at 802-989-1158 or 802-877-3359 or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of VADA members have booth space at the Antiques Market Place in Lake George, New York. It is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with an open house and sale on February 18th and 19th, 10am to 5pm. I’m told that refreshments will be bountiful.
Many Vermont antique centers have dealer or special sale days or open houses throughout the year. Stone House Antiques Center in Chester has a dealer day on the first Tuesday of every month with special discounts throughout the shop. Middlebury Antique Center has a special sale day on the second Tuesday of every month with 10 to 30% discounts throughout the shop. Five Corners Antiques in Essex Junction holds an open house at various times throughout the year. For more information, call the shops (the phone numbers can be found on the VADA website: www.vermontada.com).
Barb Johnson is back in Arizona for the winter and busy preparing for the 11th Annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Silent Auction at Cave Creek, Arizona on Saturday, March 18th. For those unable to attend, information and auction items are posted on her website www.pewterandwoodantiques.com in the Alzheimer’s Auction Catalogue beginning March 10th. Last year the auction brought in $10,075; this year’s goal is $12,000! All items for auction are donated and donations and purchases are tax deductible, so not only can you find a great antique, but you can also benefit a very worthy cause! So take a look at Barb’s website and bid, bid!
VADA always welcomes new members so perhaps now is the time to consider joining. For more information, go to our website www.vermontada.com or contact Jeff Noordsy, Vice President, Membership at email@example.com.
Dues notices were sent out to VADA members on December 14, 2016. If you haven’t received a notice from Brian, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, be sure to add him to your email contact list. If you haven’t filled out the online form as requested in the dues notice, please do so for the website listings in the online VADA directory and the upcoming new flyer. If you have questions about the form, contact Brian.
The newsletter is for all VADA members so if you have news that you would like to share about something happening in your area, shop, or center please contact me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday and didn’t overindulge too much! It’s hard to believe that yet another year has passed. Best wishes for the New Year!
As many of you know, Mary retired from writing the monthly VADA newsletter. Mary has brought us the VADA news for many years and her voice will be missed. She has passed the “antique” baton, or quill pen as she called it, to me. Thank you Mary for many years and many columns! I have been an antiques dealer for about 25 years, first in Connecticut and now in Vermont. I am set up at the Middlebury Antique Center and at the Antiques Marketplace in Lake George. I look forward to hearing from you with news of what’s going on with you and in your area. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Hamilton, our recently retired president of VADA, is as busy as ever. We are all looking forward to his Cabin Fever show on February 18th , 10am to 4pm, at the Mid Vermont Christian School in Quechee, Vermont. The show is celebrating its 39th year. Greg told me that there will be 30 dealers and counted among them are several new out-of- state dealers. It’s always a great show and this year promises to be as good as always and one not to be missed. For information contact Greg Hamilton at 802-989-1158 or 802-877-3359 or www.cabinfeverantiquesshow.com Greg has been a dealer for 35 years and has a shop, Stone Block Antiques, in Vergennes where he has been for 17 years.
For those who have missed the Alice Peck shows in Lebanon, NH, now there is a new show in town-- the Lebanon Antique Show and Sale. Many VADA dealers were set up at the new show in West Lebanon, New Hampshire on November 20th at the Fireside Inn and Suites. They reported good sales and are looking forward to future shows. Good luck to the promoters, John and Elizabeth DeSimone. It’s always nice to have a new show!
The Antiques Collaborative in Quechee, Vermont is celebrating its 24th Anniversary with a sale—20% to 50% discounts. The sale is from December 27th-Januaury 8th. The Collaborative is open daily 10am to 5pm. They will be open New Year’s Day from noon to 5pm.
Sharon Boccelli & Company is having an auction on January 7th at 46 Canal Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. For information, contact her at 802-460-1190 or www.sbauctioneers.com.
As Mary noted last month, the VADA website has been revamped and is up and running. We are also on Facebook so be sure to take a look. Brian Bittner, our new president, has done a great job on both sites.
On a sad note were two deaths. Jason Grant of Plattsburgh, New York, died on December 6th. He was a very talented folk artist and craftsman and died much too young at the age of 42. Our condolences to his family and friends. Robert “Bob” Arbuckle of Chester, Vermont, died on December 11th . He owned Bob Arbuckle Auctions in Chester for many years. Our condolences to his wife and family.
I look forward to hearing from you and am happy to be bringing you next year’s exciting VADA news.
Everyone at VADA wishes you all a great New Year—2017!
Mark your calendar for VADA's fall meeting November 15th to be held at the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury, Vt. On tap will be the election of officers for the coming two year terms. Many thanks are extended to Greg Hamilton as he passes on the gavel to our next President. Who will that be? If you are a VADA member come to the meeting, vote, and find out!
I am happy to report that Tommy Thompson, co-owner of Thos. Bartlett Antiques & Oddments in Chichester, N. H. says that his surgery was a success. It just proves that you can't keep a good man down.
Wrapping up the month of October I heard good reports from VADA dealers doing the Vermont Antiques Expo at the Essex Fairgrounds. Good crowds and equally good sales.
Kyle Scanlon owner of K. C. Scanlon Estate and Consignment Sales in Essex, Vt. is part of a VADA dynasty. He conducts estate and tag sales in the Burlington and beyond area. His current line-up is for sales in the Burlington area November 19th, December 3rd in Essex and December 10th in Middlebury. For information see his website www.vermontestateservices.com or call him at (802) 876-7120.
Important November dates to remember are Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. Stone House Antiques Center in Chester will be holding their Fourth Annual Holiday Open House. Open from 10-5 each day this is a great opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping. Meet the dealers, enjoy light refreshments and find a holiday treasure.
Everyone at VADA wishes each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Hat's off to Barbara Johnson! The final total for her Alzheimer's Benefit was $10,050. She realized her goal and wants to thank everyone who made it possible. Barbara is returning to New Hampshire and her shop in Enfield will be open by appointment in Mid-May. June 7th is the date set for her Open House and Sale at the lake. Baker and Company (Tom and Shelia) will share in this event. For more information call Barb at 602-677-5686,
Another May opening will be Jim and Sue Mulder's shop, Liberty Hill Antiques, in Reading Vt. Jim specializes in early woodworking tools and Sue is known for her beautiful handmade lampshades. To contact them for shop hours call 802-484-7710.
Rick Fuller's Barn Shop will also have a May opening. Rick tells me his shop in South Royalton will be open the first weekend of every month (Thursday to Sunday) from May to October from 10 am to 4 pm. He said people can always call him to arrange for off hours visits to his shop. He suggested people use his website for directions. www.rickfullerprimitives.com. At other times you can find him at shows. His phone number is 802-299-5288.
May brings us the beginning of all those Brimfield Shows. The Vermont Tent is brimming over with Vermont Dealers and can be found at Green Acres from May 10th to May 17th. I hear very good reports about sales and good fellowship. Isn't that what this is all about.
VADA's Spring meeting will be held at the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury, Vt. MAY 31st.
Program to be announced. Up for discussion is the Ivory Bill which can have a great impact on the antiques world. For details contact Greg Hamilton at 802-877-3359 or 802-989-1158.
VADA will soon have a new webmaster for their website. Brian Bittner will be assuming that responsibility. Our thanks go to Wynne Patterson for her years of dedication to VADA's website and directories.
To check out the latest VADA doings call up the site www.vermontantiquesdealersassociation.com
Brian lives in Burlington, Vermont and can be reached at 802-272-7527.
The show committee met at Mike and Lucinda Seward's home in Pittsford and plans are well underway for VADA's 42nd Annual Antiques Show. Show dates are Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st. The show will return to the Union Arena in Woodstock. For more information contact Greg Hamilton at 802-877-3359 or 802-989-1158.