After months of anticipation, the cast and crew of the award-winning PBS reality show "Antiques Roadshow" will pull into the spacious Santa Clara Convention Center on June 7. It's one of eight cities on a national tour.
Among the local collectors who scored tickets are Gail and Craig Ivancovich, of Los Gatos. Like so many others, the duo is mulling over what to present to the appraisers. Gail has an astounding 5,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers, but she's leaning toward bringing a coveted purse that belonged to her great-great-grandmother. I am told Craig may tote a sword brought to the United States by a family member at the end of World War II.
"We're still trying to finalize what would be the perfect items to take," Gail says. "We need to look in the attic and closets."
I'll check in with the couple after their experience and let you know how they fared with the experts.
Check www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/ontour.html to see if you won the coveted lottery for tickets to "the roving history lesson." Shows filmed over the summer will air in 2015.
Two big shows
The 40th annual Walnut Creek Centennial Antiques and Crafts Show and Sale takes place June 8. Often referred to as the "Shadelands Show," this East Bay event is a favorite with lots of antiques buffs.
Dozens of antique merchants and craft vendors will set up amid oak-tree-shaded grounds dominated by a redwood-framed Colonial Revival residence constructed in 1903. The manse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for docent-led tours.
Besides the other sellers, the museum will have its "attic" booth selling furniture from the 1900s. I hear there will be dressers, mirrors, chests, beds, an armoire, assorted chairs and a spinning wheel. Also, look for 1930s doll clothes, baby clothes, linens, dressmaking trims, laces and fringes, along with silver and glass.
To get in on things, head to the Walnut Creek Historical Society, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Details: 925-935-7871, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The same day, the California Country Antique and Folk Art Show occurs. This semiannual event is the longest-running one of its kind on the West Coast and attracts collectors from far and near.
The sale -- a benefit for the Los Altos History Museum -- features lots of American antiques, including some that date to the 1700s. Watch for hooked rugs, samplers, baskets, early lighting fixtures, stoneware and such.
In recent years, the show has diversified to include a unique blend of California Rancho, Spanish and Mexican, plus American Indian objects.
The festivities are at the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Early-bird admission: $15 (10-11 a.m.). Admission costs $10 after 11 a.m. Parking is free. Details: 626-437-6275, or www.californiacountryshow.com.
The newest exhibit at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto may best be described as timely. The fun, yet thought-provoking, display -- "Time Machines: Clocks and Timekeeping" -- remains up until Sept. 14, but don't delay your visit.
The presentation explains the importance of tracking time from the days of the ancient Egyptians to recent times. Items from the museum's holdings are augmented with specimens on loan from private collections.
You'll find the museum at 321 Homer St., in Palo Alto. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission is free. Specifics: 650-321-1004, or www.moah.org.
At the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, be sure to check out "Victorian Black" -- a display that should be appealing to history enthusiasts and fashion lovers.
The long reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) dictated rigid rules for 19th-century society. Among the customs were those that determined the clothing women wore while bereaving a loved one, a period that could last up to four years. Black was the primary color associated with mourning.
Attendees will get to view clothing embellished with onyx, jet, braid, sequins and glass beads, as well as lace. These pieces are accompanied by a batch of stunning accessories such as fans, parasols, gloves and lace mantillas.
The Lace Museum is at 552 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. The show ends June 22. Details: 408-730-4695, or www.thelacemuseum.org.
Accomplished glass artist Annie Morhauser will make an appearance at the Butter Paddle in Los Gatos on June 5. This is a fortuitous chance to hobnob with the most dynamic woman in the world of contemporary glassmaking.
Morhauser, a graduate of the California College of the Arts, has been making her exquisite pieces -- fittingly called Annieglass -- since the early 1980s. Her work is in many of the finest museums, as well as in the hands of collectors including Oprah Winfrey and John Grisham.
Actively involved in several community fundraisers, the Santa Cruz County resident has showrooms in Watsonville and downtown Santa Cruz.
During the "Afternoon of Elegance," a free gift comes with every purchase of $100 or more. Morhauser will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. Engraving on all pieces will be free now through June 5. The Butter Paddle is at 33 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos. The boutique is open daily. Ring up 408-395-1678 for store hours.
The Butter Paddle is an arm of EMQ Families First, an organization offering mental health treatment, foster care and social services to children and their families throughout 30 California counties.
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