By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
BLUE MT. LAKE - It seems only right that the Adirondack Museum, which showcases the history of the Adirondack region, should host a show that sells history in the form of antiques and vintage collectibles.
This year's Antiques Show & Sale Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, was graced with early autumn-like weather and a decent but not exceptional turnout. Buyers and browsers checked out premium vintage furnishings and collectibles offered by dealers from as far away as California to as near as area favorites such as Comstock Books & Antiques in Saranac Lake, David Zabriskie and Time Travelers Antiques from Lake Placid, Ralph Kylloe Rustic Design in Lake George and Stockade Imports and Saratoga Fine Art in Saratoga Springs.
Maybe it was the weather with temps in the upper 60s to low 70s and a deep blue sky dappled with puffy white clouds that caused this reporter to think back to the glory days of the show, when it had its start in 1992 and was promoted by Jerry Oliver and Michael Gannon of Oliver and Gannon Associates Inc.
Those early years saw overflow crowds with the museum's parking lots full to the brim and cars parked along the road from the center of the hamlet of Blue Mt. Lake up to and beyond the museum on Rt. 28N/30. The downtown was busy too, with tailgate antique dealers under tents and others, who couldn't find space in Blue, setting up their tents on lawns in Indian Lake.
CALLED IT OFF
Following the 2002 show the museum announced it would no longer hold it, due to too much damage to its well-kept grounds. The Town of Indian Lake stepped in, and in 2003 the show became the Adirondack Mountains Antique Show held at Byron Park, where it remained through 2007.
The museum decided in 2008 to resume holding an antiques show in September. The town's show continued at Byron Park and tailgaters continued to crowd the downtown areas of the two hamlets.
The twin shows continued until 2009, but in 2010 the museum decided to move its antiques show to mid-August.
The town is still holding its show the third weekend in September. This year the Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show will be Sept. 18-22.
THE MUSEUM SHOW
The Adirondack Museum continues to host the premier antiques show in the Adirondacks, and still features a treasure-trove of high quality art and antiques with a rustic Adirondack sensibility including Mission furniture, rare books, vintage boats, antique sporting goods, taxidermy, quilts, historical fine art, folk art, oriental rugs, Native American jewelry and artifacts.
Rod Lich Inc. of Georgetown, Ind. has organized the show since 2008. He believes it is the only show in the nation that specializes in camp, cabin and cottage antiques.
Much of what makes this show special is the fact that it is held at a museum in a beautiful location with a campus that invokes a small town, country atmosphere.
"You can't beat the location," says Steve White, of White & White Antiques and Interiors in Skaneateles, who has exhibited at nearly every museum show since it began in 1992. "The setting is relaxed and fun and just being on the beautiful museum grounds for two days makes this one of the best shows all year."
Thirty-nine quality dealers from more than a dozen states agree, as do the high-end buyers who target the show. Dealers came from over a dozen states, including Halliday House Antiques of Napa, Calif., which traveled the furthest.