Heart of Country antiques show set
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:01 pm
Nashville will be a bustling mecca for antique lovers with the anniversary celebration of the famous Heart of the Country Antiques Show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Feb. 17-19.
Three additional tailgates and shows will be going on throughout Nashville at the same time, attracting thousands of buyers and sellers, and making Nashville one of the great antiquing destinations of the year.
The Heart of Country Show takes place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Affected by the spring 2010 floods, the hotel is now open with newly refurbished rooms, lobbies and fresh concept restaurants. The opening night Heart of Country Preview Party will be Feb. 17. Participants will be the first to shop the show, dine on one of the best southern party buffets ever presented and enjoy live country music. Tickets for the Heart of Country’s Opening Night Southern Buffet Preview are $65, with free re-entry through Feb. 19. Regular show hours are Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 each day or a two-day pass for $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Heart of Country’s dealers present a wide range of antiques and decorative accessories. Specialties include American, English, Primitive and Period furniture; paintings; folk art; pottery; quilts; decoys; sports; Indian; jewelry; historical; rugs; baskets; paint; yelloware; china; silver; and quality accessories.
Additionally, there’s the return of the popular “Under $200 Booth” where each dealer contributes selected quality items priced at or below $200.
Beyond shopping for antiques, Heart of Country is known for special events that come with admission. Feb. 18th’s 11 a.m. special presentation features American country decorating author and House Beautiful Magazine editor Mary Emmerling, who will unveil her newest book, “The Art of Turquoise.” A book signing will follow in the booth of Mad Anthony Booksellers. Feb. 19th’s 11 a.m. presentation features “Speaking From the Heart — Third Annual Dealer Panel,” a roundtable style discussion on collecting trends and values in today’s marketplace from the perspective of multiple dealers. Both presentations take place on the show floor inside the Heart of Country Auditorium. Rounding out the show’s extras will be a silent auction of several original signed Tasha Tudor charcoal drawings and an exhibit featuring “Hearts in Americana.”
For a more in-depth educational view of the show, the popular morning Walking Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18 before the show opens to the general public. Cost is $25 per person, which includes general admission. This close up tour of the booths is guided by expert collectors who turn things upside down and inside out to show tour goers just what makes a particular antique something to note. This tour gets rave reviews every year from both experienced and budding collectors, a spokesman said.
This year’s magazine sponsored Showcase Booth will be presented by three magazines, Old House Interiors, Country’s Best Cabins and Log Home Living with a theme Creating Luxurious Retreats of American Inspired Design. Complimentary magazines will be available while supplies last.
Published in The Messenger 2.9.11