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Heart of Country Antiques Show celebrates ‘The Best of the Best’

Heart of Country Antiques Show celebrates ‘The Best of the Best’

More than 120 of the most prestigious antique dealers of Americana, folk art and decorative arts will be at the Heart of Country 2008 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel in Nashville Feb. 14–16.
The special magic of Heart of Country begins with the festive “Heart of Country Champagne Preview Party” on Feb. 14 from 6-10 p.m. Preview party tickets are available in advance at $75 each or $80 at the door and include free daily readmission. Patrons who arrive early will be treated to Nashville fiddlers in the Opryland hallways and a cash bar on site.
Once the preview party begins, it’s the very first opportunity to purchase from the finest array in Americana and folk art, dine on the lavish buffet and enjoy the live music. The preview night buffet itself has become legendary, spanning the full center aisle of the show. Its southern delights feature heart-shaped cheese biscuits with sliced country ham, barons of beef sliced onto warm hearth rolls, tables overflowing with fresh fruits, cheeses, spreads and salads, ending with a dessert table of cinnamon ice cream, rum cake and cherry pie. Following the preview night opening, the show continues on Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily admission on Friday and Saturday is $10.
On the morning of Feb. 15 at 8:30 is the popular pre-show walking tour. Participants are encouraged to take this unique journey through the show with one of several esteemed collector/experts for an insider’s view of the best and most interesting items in different dealer booths. This is especially perfect for new collectors and fun for seasoned collectors as well. Walking tour tickets are $25 each.
That afternoon at 1, Shelly Zegart, well-known author, antiques dealer, quilt authority extraordinaire and founder of the Kentucky Quilt Project, will explore the women and the times that inspired the designs prevalent in these uniquely American textiles.
On Saturday afternoon at 1, Bev Longacre, prominent New Hampshire antiques dealer and premiere Christmas collector, will present a first-ever illustrated lecture on the folk quality found in Christmas ornaments featuring her extensive collection of blown glass antique ornaments and theme decorated Christmas trees.
The special gallery exhibit taking center stage at Heart of Country will feature the private collections of 12 top dealers who have selected some favorite items from their homes to place on public view for the first time. This premiere exhibit will feature the collections of esteemed dealers such as: Judy Wilson and Robert Snyder (Maine), Michael Newsom and Betty Berdan (Pennsylvania), George Allen and Gordon Wyckoff of Raccoon Creek (Pennsylvania), Linda Fodor (Florida), Russ and Karen Goldberger/RJG Antiques (New Hampshire), Kim and Mary Kokles (Texas), Dan Morphy (Pennsylvania), Tom Jewett and Charles Berdan (Maine), Pat and Rich Garthoeffner (Pennsylvania), Bev and Tom Longacre (New Hampshire), and Woody and Nancy Straub (Florida). Jeff Bridgman’s (Pennsylvania) phenominal collection of flags will adorn the center aisle.
And, not to be missed is the collector’s exhibit display of exquisite patriotic jewelry taken from the private collection of well-known author/collector Sandra Whitson, as seen in her newest publication, “Star Spangled Jewelry.”
For further information or to download a form for advance reservations, visit the show’s Web site at www.heartofcountry.com or contact susan@heartofcountry.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.6.08

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