Canandaigua Classic Antique Show this weekend

On Sunday, the 10th annual Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale will be held at Steamboat Landing Banquet Center at 205 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Plenty of free parking is available. Admission is $5.00.There will be 35 quality antique dealers displaying and selling antiques in the spacious modern building. This year’s show is being held for the first time at the scenic lakeside location. Wares typically include country and period furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting fixtures, jewelry, postcards, paintings and books, linens, and all kinds of antique accessories. Returning this year are many dealers who have made the show a popular mid-winter event. Show organizers include Cheryl and Pete Van Denburg, Marianne Gallagher, Tricia Carey, Carla DeMeco and Laurel Wemett.To learn more about the antique show and to download a coupon for a $1.00 off admission, go to www.CanandaiguaClassic.com. Or www.grangerhomestead.org .Appraisal Opportunities: In the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. anyone can bring in a favorite antique or collectible to consult local antiques expert H. Price Prazar who will provide a verbal appraisal at a cost of $5.00 per item. Bloomfield bookseller Sean Fagan (www.faganbooks.com) will again appraise books at a cost of two books for $5.00.Granger Homestead Carriage Museum: Proceeds from this year’s antique show will go toward the cost of installing a new wooden floor in one of the three carriage barns at the Granger Homestead’s Carriage Museum at 295 North Main Street in Canandaigua. The horse drawn vehicle collection which includes over 100 carriages, sporting vehicles, sleighs, coaches, commercial wagons, and three hearses, is displayed and interpreted to the public from June through October. The availability of carriage and sleigh rides extends into the fall and winter months. Go to www.grangerhomestead.org for more details.Drawing: With the $5.00 admission attendees can complete a show card for a chance to win either carriage or sleigh ride. The drawing will be at 3:30 p.m.; the winner does not need to be present to win.Refreshments: Lunch and beverage will be available throughout the day in the Steamboat Landing’s lakeside restaurant.Become a History Sleuth: Also at the 2009 show attendees can prove their antique meddle by identifying an unusual object from the Carriage Museum’s collection. Members of the Granger Homestead Carriage Committee will be on hand to challenge show attendees to identify a curious artifact made of wood and metal which was found in one of the carriage barns.The mystery item can be viewed at the antique show. There is no cost to enter the contest, apart from paying admission to the antique show, of course. One entry per person is allowed. The winner doesn’t have to be present to win and will be selected randomly from the correct entries. He or she receives the choice of a free horse-drawn sleigh (or carriage) ride for two people.Here’s more information about the new floor“The vapor barrier and wood floor is needed in the pole barn to get the carriages off the concrete,” explains Denett Pimkowski, longtime chair of the volunteer carriage committee that oversees the Granger collection. About 10 years ago Pimkowski explains an historical study done on the barns included information about how vehicles should be kept off the concrete, since moisture was bad for the vehicle’s wood, paint, metal parts and upholstery. Similar advice came from other experts on vehicle conservation including one at the Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages at Stony Brook, NY.“At a minimum, we need a means to get the carriages separated from ground moisture and changes in humidity. We have put in roof vents into the pole barn, gutters to take away the rain water, but still have moisture in the concrete. We want a floor that will look like a barn floor (and be a nice appearance to visitors) and also serve the moisture barrier to better preserve the carriages. This is part of our responsibility as stewards of this collection to keep them from deteriorating and preserve them for future generations.Just saving the carriages from the burn pile is not enough to keep them for future generations, as they may still deteriorate in poor storage. Since these are large pieces, with different materials, what is good for the paint is not always the best for the upholstery or metal parts. Yet we have to consider the entire vehicle and draw upon the advice of experts in the field, which we have done,” says Pimkowski.

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