With an increase in both the temperature and the number of activities for the antiques hobbyist in June, I find myself humming a great Gershwin tune: "Summertime, and the livin' is easy." As the month progresses, I'll give you more show news and an idea for a trip or two. Here's the early June report:
Walnut Creek show
The Walnut Creek Historical Society's long-running Antiques and Collectibles Show and Sale will take place just once this year, on June 10. The event -- often referred to as the "Shadelands Show" -- is a big favorite with East Bay antiques gurus.
Veteran show promoter Bill Weinstein is organizing dozens of merchants from all over California. The sellers will be spread out on grounds of the Shadelands Ranch Museum, a redwood-framed Colonial Revival manse built in 1903 by Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman (1824-1907). Now a museum, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Among the sellers will be Julia Maxwell, who is known for her silver. Glass experts from Lake County, R and D Antiques, will offer an assortment of wares. Nancy Jan of "My Chinese Auntie" will have her usual selection of Asian antiques and handmade jewelry.
To get in on the fun, be at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details call 925-935-7871 or go to http://walnutcreekhistory.info.
Sale of Americana
The California Country Antique and Folk Art Show is the longest-running event of its type on the West Coast. If you have yet to experience this semiannual event, make an effort to attend the June 10 sale.
This show, which benefits the Los Altos History Museum, features mostly American antiques, some dating back to the 1700s. Fifty select vendors will display furniture, quilts, hooked rugs, toys, baskets, stoneware, holiday items, samplers, chocolate molds, woodenware and more.
At every sale there's an educational exhibit organized by the show promoters. This go-round it will be a peek at functional outdoor items that double as garden art.
The show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Admission is $15 and drops to $10 after 11 a.m. For more information, call 209-606-5483 or go to www.californiacountryshow.com.
This time of year, faithful Menlo Park reader Roberta Thompson asks me to suggest a paperback to take along on vacation or a weekend jaunt. Naturally, the storyline has to involve antiques.
My recommendation: "Gem of a Ghost" by Sue Ann Jaffarian (Midnight Ink Books, $14.95). The book, part of a series of thrillers, involves a precious diamond ring once worn by a bride in late 1800s. Like other owners, she met an untimely end. Amateur sleuth Emma Whitecastle and the ghost of her great-great-great grandmother investigate.
Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.