39th Annual Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show a Memorial Day Weekend Must-See

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Thirty-one of the nation's most distinguished dealers will showcase American and English antiques and fine collectibles at the Brandywine River Museum May 29-31.

Thirty-one of the nation's most distinguished antiques dealers will once again showcase a variety of American and English furniture, glass, metalware, ceramics folk art, quilts, Oriental and European porcelain, rugs and other fine collectibles at the 39th Annual Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show on Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31, 10 am to 5 pm daily.

More than 120 museum volunteers will serve as hosts for this exceptional show. All proceeds benefit the Volunteer's Art Purchase Fund which, since 1975, has added more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the museum's holdings.

Exhibiting in the show are Mark & Marjorie Allen, Priscilla Boyd Angelos, American Decorative Arts, Brill's Antiques, Peter W. Chillingworth, Harold E. Cole/Bettina Krainin, Douglas Constant, Inc., Davis-O’Reilly Antiques, The Dongan Collection, Dubey’s Art & Antiques, Emele’s Antiques, Fiske & Freeman, Tucker Frey Antiques, The Hanebergs Antiques, Hanes & Ruskin, Heller Washam Antiques, Kemble’s Antiques, Leather Bucket, Lovrinic Antiques, Jane McClafferty Antiques, Aileen Minor Antiques, The Norwoods’ Spirit of America, Park Place Gallery, Charles Edwin Puckett, Saje Americana, Shaia Oriental Rugs of Williamsburg, Ed Weissman, Antiquarian, Windle’s Antiques, Roger D. Winter, Michael J. Whitman Antiques and RM Worth Antiques.

To accompany the 2010 antiques show, the museum presents a special exhibition, Crocks, Jugs, and Jars: Decorated American Stoneware. This exhibition features an array of pottery demonstrating decorative techniques used by craftsmen during the 18th and 19th centuries, when food in most American households was stored in salt-glazed stoneware.

The always lively preview party takes place on Friday, May 28, from 6 to 9 pm. A delicious and creative selection of hors d'oeuvres plus carving stations, a seafood bar, and sushi centers will be available in the museum courtyard and inside. Jazz selections by "First Choice" will flow throughout the evening. Tickets are $125 per person and $100 for "Young Collectors" (ages 35 and under). The cost includes valet parking, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and show admission.

On Saturday, May 29 at 9:30 am, show-goers can take a guided tour of the Crocks, Jugs and Jars exhibition. The tour is preceded by a continental breakfast in the museum restaurant at 9 am. The $25 fee includes the tour, breakfast and admission to the antiques show. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Dealer Booth Talks will be held on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 at 11 am, 11:45 am, 12:30 pm and 1:15 pm. Lecture topics on Sunday include antique garden furniture, banjo clocks, collecting folk art, and antiques from Southeastern Pennsylvania. On Monday dealers will give advice on choosing antiques, ways to recognize antique Delftware, and the characteristics of regional American furniture. These 30-minute talks are free with show admission.

The beautiful sounds of the "Flutes and Friends Trio" will fill the air on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. The flute, cello and harpsichord/keyboard trio will present an informal concert of baroque and light classical music including works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Stravinsky, Haydn, Bizet and others.

Admission to the antiques show is $12 per person. For information or to make reservations for the preview party or the Saturday morning event, please call 610-388-8318.

Sponsors of the 2010 Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show are Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Back Burner Restaurant, Inn at Montchanin Village, and Krazy Kat's. Media Sponsors are The Hunt, Delaware Today, and Main Line Today.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on US Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. The museum is open daily, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, except Christmas Day. For more information, visit the museum's Website or call 610-388-2700.

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