One of most anxiously awaited antiques shows in the Bay Area is the St. Christopher Ladies' Guild Antiques Show and Sale. The annual shindig -- now in its 43rd year -- takes place Feb. 1-3 with "A Passport to Paris" as its theme.
As always, fewer than two dozen dealers are invited to participate in the event. I think it's the intimate size of the show that draws folks back year after year.
The committed volunteers also see to it that there's a great mix of attractive and diverse antiques. And at this serious show, participating vendors cannot display wares made later than 1950.
Among the sellers at this year's extravaganza is Martha Bedford. The Sunnyvale merchant always has beautifully polished sterling silver, crisply laundered linens, crystal, pottery and loads of reasonably priced treasures.
This year, I'm delighted to report that Willow Glen merchants Barbara and Sal Falcone will be a force at the show. This couple showcases a superior array of coins and what's referred to as "mantiques" -- toys, sports and militaria -- as well as vintage San Jose memorabilia.
Berkeley poster expert Elizabeth Norris will be at the show exhibiting a choice group of works. Norris' firm, Vintage European Posters, is widely seen as one of the most respected in the trade. Don't miss her booth.
Bibi Antiques of Watsonville offers a stellar selection of fine porcelains. Saratoga-based Sue Okey features an incredible line of jewelry. And Rena's Antiques usually is outfitted with festive Valentines and candy boxes in time for the holiday.
Once you're done shopping, it's time to have a bite to eat. Longtime showgoers know the to-die-for food at this bash includes such Italian fare as lasagna and savory pepper-steak sandwiches. But with the accent on everything French this time around, you may want to try the chicken cordon bleu or beef bourguignon. Or you can mull over a potential purchase as you relax in the Moulin Rouge bar.
I'm taking part in the festivities and hope to see lots of readers. On Feb. 1, I'll be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet and greet attendees. At 1 p.m. Feb. 2, I will present a talk: "What's Hot, What's Not."
I return Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to present informal evaluations of your keepsakes. Just one item per person, please. It's first come, first served, with a maximum of 20 appraisals. There is no cost for this service.
If you would like to have a private appointment Feb. 3, you may reserve a spot for a $10 fee; all funds support the works of the nonprofit Ladies' Guild. Time slots are available from 10 to 11 a.m.
By the way, be sure you peek in the Pavilion Tent with its fabulous flower and garden shop, assorted jewelry, handbags and goodies galore. I always visit the pantry, where pies, cakes, jams and jellies, plus pizzelles -- delicious Italian-style waffle cookies -- are sold.
St. Christopher's is at 2278 Booksin Ave. (at Curtner Avenue) in the Willow Glen section of San Jose. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 1-2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 3. Admission: $5. For details: call 408-806-9196, or go to www.stchrisantiqueshow.com.
Proceeds benefit St. Christopher's parish, school and community outreach programs.
On the road again
"Antiques Roadshow," the highest-rated, ongoing prime-time series on PBS, has announced its expanded 2013 summer tour. I know you'll be disappointed to hear the roving cast and crew will not be in Northern California, but you've got a chance to meet up in Anaheim on June 22.
I know Orange County isn't a hop, skip and a jump away, but devotees are convinced it's a rite of passage to be a part of the series. As such, legions of fans are more than willing to go the extra mile.
Besides Anaheim, the staff of the "Antiques Roadshow" will stop in Detroit (June 1), Jacksonville, Fla. (June 8), Boise, Idaho (June 29), Knoxville, Tenn. (July 13), Baton Rouge, La. (July 27), Kansas City, Mo. (Aug. 10) and Richmond, Va. (Aug. 17) .
Tickets are free and awarded by random drawing. To fill out an application, call 888-762-3749 or go to www.pbs.org/antiques. You must apply by April 8. Good luck!
"Frills, Frippery, and Finery" is the latest exhibit at the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale. The show will be on display until June 22.
Visitors get to see lovely handmade bobbin and needle lace collars, as well as accessory items such as fans, gloves, stockings, reticules and ribbons worn by women in the Victorian and Edwardian eras (1840-1914). Unfamiliar with the term reticule? That was used to describe those small purses with drawstrings back in the day.
The Lace Museum is at 552 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale. Hours: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. Details: 408-730-4695; www.thelacemuseum.org.
Contact Steven Yvaska at email@example.com or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.