The Longest Running Summer Antiques Show in the Nation
Ellsworth, Maine: Live music, wine, beer tastings, lectures and an exciting lineup of dealers are a few of the offerings coming to the 2018 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn. The Show, being held August 16 to 18 on the museum grounds, is sponsored by Boston Private Wealth and Skinner, Auctioneers. This prestigious event is America’s longest running summer antiques show. It got its start in Ellsworth’s City Hall in 1937 and this marks the 13th year that the Show is being held at Woodlawn.
Twenty-eight dealers of national, international and regional renown will be under the tent this August. The Show, known as one of the finest in the country, will certainly live up to its reputation this year. According to Woodlawn’s executive director, Joshua Torrance, “The Show has a broad appeal that attracts more than 1,000 visitors annually who come to shop for unique items for their homes, gardens, and gift giving. It is the diversity of objects and price points that have made the Ellsworth Antiques Show the longest running summer antique show in the nation. Whether you are looking for a unique piece of jewelry, glassware, home furnishings, artwork, collectibles or conversation pieces, you’ll want to see what is under the tent this year.” For the complete list of the 2018 dealers, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.
The Show kicks off with a gala Opening Night Party on Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Party goers are the first to see and purchase from the dealers. They will also enjoy local beer brewed for the event by the Airline Brewing Company of Amherst, Maine. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by Chipper’s Restaurant from Hancock and the music of Grammy award winning pianist, Paul Sullivan, completes the summer evening experience. Tickets for the Opening Night Party are $50 per person / $90 per couple. After the Party, Chipper’s will be serving an elegantly prepared Farm to Table Dinner under the tent. The Opening Night Party and Dinner tickets are $135 per person / $250 per couple or purchase a table for eight for $850. Seating for dinner is limited to 75. To purchase tickets, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.
The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn is open on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Show and museum is $15 or $10 for the Show only. A luncheon café, catered by Chipper’s Restaurant is open daily offering seasonal and regional favorites, including lobster rolls. Wine and beer are also available for purchase.
Torrance is excited to announce two special lectures and book signings that are included in the regular admission price this year, “On Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m. architectural photographer, Walter Smalling, Jr., will speak about his experience as a preservationist photographer and on Friday, August 17 at 11 a.m. award-winning architect and author Gil Schafer III will share the inner workings of his distinctive approach to design.” Additionally, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra will perform under the tent on Thursday, August 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. with complimentary wine and appetizers and on Friday, August 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. musicians from the Acadia School of Traditional Music & Art will play Celtic tunes along with a tasting of locally brewed beers by Airline Brewing Company, from Amherst, Maine.
On Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. patrons can meet pets looking for forever homes at the SPCA of Hancock County adoption event. Those who bring a bag or cans of pet food for the SPCA will receive 50% off show admission.
Proceeds from the Ellsworth Antiques Show benefit the Woodlawn School Program which allows area school children to participate, free of charge and even provides transportation if needed. Since 2006, the Ellsworth Antiques Show has raised over $150,000 for Woodlawn’s Educational Fund.
Woodlawn is located on Rt. 172 (Surry Road) and is ¼ of mile from Ellsworth, Maine’s beautiful downtown. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets for the Show visit woodlawnmuseum.org.
Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast Maine. The main house is open for tours May 1 – October 31 and December 1-23. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (off of the Surry Road-Rt. 172), Ellsworth, ME. For more information, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.