When you combine antiques, gourmet food and fine wines, you're going to get an extravaganza called Vintage in the Vines.
The event will have its premiere June 22.
This show -- organized by Gail Gabbert of Owl Box Antiques in Tracy and Scarlata Farms, a regional heirloom tomato grower -- is destined to find favor with both collectors and foodies.
It's the venue that makes me giddy. Nearly 50 merchants from Northern California will display their goodies on the grounds of a boutique vineyard. I can't conjure up a more idyllic spot to hunt for buried treasure.
Among those in attendance will be sellers who specialize in French farmhouse style or "shabby chic" antique furniture, decor and collectibles, as well as artisans who create new objets d'art, garden pieces and jewelry out of vintage finds. For a complete list of vendors, check out the Facebook page for Scarlata Farms.
The property hosting the event is La Bonne Vie Cellars, Tracy's first winery. It was founded in 2002 by winemakers Hervé Chevaillier, who was born in the French wine region of Burgundy, and Tom Schubert, who grew up in Lodi wine country.
The fun happens at 29181 S. Lehman Road, Tracy. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5. For more information, call 209-607-6672, or go to www.owlboxvintage.com and click on "events."
A time to remember
Two of the most special people to live in the storybook community of Saratoga -- Betty and Willys Peck -- are the topic of the current exhibition at the Saratoga History Museum. It's a loving remembrance to one couple who did so much to make this city of 30,000 the unique place it is today.
"Betty and Willys Peck: The Heart of Saratoga" focuses on the Pecks' contributions in drama and music, nature, historic preservation and community service as seen through photos and memorabilia.
Willys Peck, a Mercury News editor and writer for decades, died April 16. Known to many as "Mr. Saratoga," Peck is survived by Betty plus children Bill and Anna, two granddaughters and a son-in-law.
The public is invited to a reception to meet Betty and her family from 1 to 3 p.m. June 23. You are encouraged to videotape your own memories, enjoy a bit of live music and indulge in light refreshments.
The museum is at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, Saratoga. To learn about museum hours and more details, call 408-867-4311.
The Bay Area Vintage, Antiques and Collectibles Fair takes place June 16. Lots of folks still don't know about this monthly show that just began in March.
The third Sunday of each month, 200 or more vendors assemble at the Cow Palace, offering a huge array of merchandise. I've had a bit of luck finding several nice pieces of holiday decor and a super box shaped like a book that used to hold chewing gum.
I understand that there will be food trucks on-site, giving ravenous shoppers the chance to get freshly brewed coffee or a snack.
The event occurs at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. Admission: $10 (early bird, 7-9 a.m.) or $5 (entry after 9 a.m.). The event runs until 3 p.m. Parking is free. Details: 650-242-1294 or www.bayareaantiquefair.com.
A note of thanks
Lengthy lines of well-wishers, and the curious, queued up at the appraisal booth at the semiannual antiques show May 26 in Pleasanton. My helpful assistant and I stayed an extra hour to accommodate the overflow crowd. Thank you so much for your patience and gracious comments.
Many readers asked about my next public appearance. I will be at the 43rd annual Moss Landing Antique Street Fair on July 28. I'll have more news as that date draws near, but if you can't wait, call 831-633-4501.
One fortunate fan of "Antiques Roadshow," the most-watched ongoing prime-time series on PBS, has a chance to win a coveted "golden ticket" in a neat sweepstakes.
Here's the skinny. General ticketing for the 2013 nationwide summer tour has ended, with all passes for the popular show long since distributed. (Among the disappointed people was my brother, Donn, a collector and appraiser. He lives in Anaheim, one of the tour stops.)
But Donn and other devotees of this "roving history lesson" have yet another opportunity to make it onto the show. The sweepstakes grand prize is a VIP journey to Richmond, Va., the final stop on the tour, including transportation and hotel accommodations. The winner and a guest will attend a luncheon with the "Antiques Roadshow" staff, meet the appraisers, take a behind-the-scenes tour and get personalized antique appraisals.
All in all, it's fair to say this is a trip of a lifetime for any antiques guru.
You may enter the contest once a day until July 31. The winner must be at least 18 years old and be able to travel during the Aug. 16-18 time frame. To enter, go to www.pbs.org/roadshowsweeps.
Contact Steven Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.