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Washington Connecticut Antiques & Design Show
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The 2015 Washington Connecticut Antiques & Design Show will take place Columbus Day weekend, October 9-11, opening with the traditional Preview Night cocktail party on Friday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The David Poirier Quartet will perform jazz standards during this opportunity for advance buying and browsing from an impressive assortment of exceptional antiques and contemporary décor.

Gunn Memorial depends in great part upon private contributions in addition to taxpayer dollars. The Antiques & Design Show funds the town's historical museum, a division of Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. This year’s show will feature 18 dealers from the east coast. Visitors will find larger furnishings, works of art, exquisite jewelry, intimate furniture and decorative accessories. Some of the dealers also produce their own lines or make custom furniture.

Committee member Wilson Henley, a Gunn Memorial Trustee and antiques dealer, says, "We’re finding that people are more interested in incorporating contemporary design with antiques and traditional design. We want to loosen up the idea of ‘antiques show’ and make it less intimidating for buyers who may be on the look-out for items that are stylish yet practical." Dealers participating in the show are carefully selected with this in mind.

This year’s show pays tribute to Kirsten Peckerman as Honorary Chair. Kirsten was a Gunn Memorial Trustee from 1999 to 2003. She has been a long-time supporter of the institution, as well as a benefactor of the antiques show. For many years she organized a Dealer’s Dinner on the final evening of set-up before the show’s opening, and in 2013 she was the Young Collectors’ Party underwriter. Executive Director Jean Chapin says, "Kirsten has always exhibited great enthusiasm for the work we do at Gunn. We are honored that she includes us in her philanthropic patronage of the community’s numerous organizations."

The Antiques & Design Show will be held at Washington Primary School, 11 School Street in Washington Depot. Reservations for the Friday evening party are highly recommended. Entrance to the party begins at $125 per person. Daytime show hours are Saturday, October 10, 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 11, 10 to 4. Daily admission to the show is $10, payable at the door. For additional information, please contact Wendy Rhodes at Gunn Memorial Library, 860-868-7586 or email gunndevelopment@biblio.org.

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