Ventfort Hall’s First Annual Spring Antiques Show
One of the goals of Rural Intelligence has always been to break through the imaginary glass walls that divide Berkshire, Columbia, Dutchess, and Litchfield counties and to foster a sense of regional community and promote interstate commerce. Thus, we were overjoyed to learn that Ventfort Hall (Mansion and Gilded Age Museum) is collaborating with the organizers of the venerable spring, summer and fall Rhinebeck Antiques Fairs to launch a Berkshires spring antiques fair at Ventfort Hall (above) in Lenox this weekend, June 1 - 3. “The mansion, which dates back to 1893, is an ideal setting to sell antiques,” says Alice Nathan, the Ventfort board member who is spearheading the sale. “It’s a perfect match.”
The show will include at least 16 dealers such as Knollwood Antiques of South Bridge, MA; J. Gallagher Antiques of North Norwich, NY, which specializes in 18th and 19th century fireplace equipment; Michael Weinstein Antiques of Binghamton, NY, which sells antique jewelry and watches; Terra Mare Antiques of Sharon, CT, which is known for antique ceramics; and the Rathburn Gallery of Wakefield, CT, which specializes in American paintings and Shaker furniture. “It’s a really wonderful mix,” says Nathan.
Isn’t it going to be disruptive to have all these dealers setting up their booths in the hallowed halls? “Not at all,” says Nathan. “This is a living museum. We have events here all year long.” She cites several upcoming events, including the Dancin’ at the Mansion party on June 9, the Tea & Talk series, and the new one-woman play, Clara, which will be presented from July - September. “But this is a very important fundraiser for us,” she continues. “What’s great is that you are not just paying an admission fee to an antiques show but also getting to visit a very carefully restored house. We’ve finished the first floor and now we need the money to get the upstairs restored too.” —Dan Shaw
June 2 - 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m; $16 entrance fee
104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA; 413.637.3206