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This Weekend: The Maryland Antiques Show of Hunt Valley



catch of the day fish (2)Maybe it’s just that many of my earliest memories involve being dragged around countless antique shows and flea markets by my parents. I remember my folks haggling and making trades, asking for a dealer discount, because at that time, antiques were the family business. On one particularly traumatic occasion, I left my favorite stuffed animal (a well-worn stuffed dog from some bygone era) at a dealer’s booth and we had to go back through the entire show to track him down. When we finally did, I was of course relieved, but also disturbed to notice how he just blended in with all of the other stuff in the booth. He was old, a bit tattered, and would have stood out far more in the window of any retail toy store. This was my inheritance: a love (for better or worse) of old stuff. And so, what can I do but share it? In other words: anyone else planning to camp out in anticipation of the Maryland Antiques Show this weekend?

Major Baltimore Shows Offer Plenty to Fill the Weekend


There’s a lot happening this coming weekend, with two major shows in Baltimore. First up is the Maryland Antiques Show at Hunt Valley, aka The Hunt Valley Antiques Show.Hunt valley

For several years, I was the Director of Development at Family & Children’s Services, so I know firsthand what a great show this is. Friday morning starts with a lecture byJosé Solís Betancourt and Paul Sherrill, the owners of Solis Betancourt & Sherrill.hb-essential-elegance-The duo recently published a book, Essential Elegance: The Interiors of Solis Betancourt which features a number of stunning rooms the pair have created. Their lecture begins at 10:00 on Friday, and is $40, which includes a catalogue and admission to the show, which runs until Sunday.bracket clockOther events at the show include personal tours by some of my friends. On Friday evening, Deborah Gore Dean will be leading a New Collectors Tour which includes a Maryland wine tasting, as well as a Scotch tasting. Deb will illustrate tasteful and accessible ways to decorate with the Show’s treasures.  On Saturday, James Archer Abbott, Director- Curator, Evergreen Museum & Library, will lead a private tour of the show, highlighting pieces and explaining their importance. Details are here.

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On almost the opposite end of the spectrum is the American Crafts Council Show, which runs through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center on the Inner Harbor.Joy HorvathThe wares at the ACC show range from glass to ceramics, from shoes to scarves. In fact, one of my favorite blogging buddies, Elizabeth Rubidge, of The Felted Garden is showing her gorgeous felted scarves again this year.Felted GardenThis is a show where there are always so many amazing things to be seen, and I am overwhelmed at the creativity of people.

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Friday evening, my friends Brooke McDonald and Michael Brassert, who make up the company Houpla Studios, will be presenting their latest work, Maryland Harvest, a film about farmers and chefs airing on Maryland Public Television April 17, 2012.Maryland HarvestThe screening will take place at the Roland Park Women’s Club at 6:00 pm. There will be a panel discussion featuring Brooke McDonald as moderator, Al Spoler, host ofWYPR‘s Radio Kitchen and The Maryland Harvest, farmer Steve Rouse, and 2012 James Beard award nominee chef and owner of Woodberry Kitchen, Spike Gjerde. To RSVP, click here.

So, what are you doing this weekend?