July VADA Newsletter 2018
Summer is here and with it comes antique shows throughout New England!
The closing of the Middlebury Antique Center in July was a sad day for me and other dealers as well as the many people who have been customers there over the years. The Middlebury Antique Center has been a mainstay in East Middlebury and of antiquing in Vermont for 34 years. We will all miss Francis and his sidekick, Mr. Gibbs, better known as Gibby. Somehow Gibby always knew I was coming even before I stepped through the door. Perhaps it was the cookie I brought that gave me away! Francis enjoys gardening and adding to and cataloging his ever-growing stamp collection so it doesn’t sound as if he will be bored anytime soon! As for Gibby, I’m not sure what his interests are, but I understand he has a cat at home to keep him company and to play with. All of us at VADA wish Francis and Gibby all the best in retirement.
Recently while up in Maine for some antiquing, I stopped by the offices of Maine Antique Digest (MAD) in Waldoboro to introduce myself and say hello to Clayton Pennington, Kate Pennington, and their staff. I received a very warm welcome and was introduced to those members of the staff there that day. The offices are in a very spacious building right in town with lovely sculptures in the front garden. It was great seeing where all the work of putting out MAD every month is done and to meet the creative people who do it.
The New London Garden Club Antiques Show and Sale takes place on Saturday, July 28th, 9am to 3pm on the New London Town Green. This year’s show features antiques from 50 exhibitors from 7 states, including many from Vermont. It’s sure to be a great show.
If you are planning on attending the Vermont Week Shows, September 27th through September 30th, check out the new website www.vermontantiquesweek.com. There you will find information on all five of the shows as well as information about the area including lodging, restaurants, and local attractions. The Ludlow Antiques Show and Sale now has a new name: Black River Antique Show.
Happy antiquing and enjoy your summer!