Barn Star Productions and Frank Gaglio have announced the opening of a brand new antiques event, The Lancaster Antiques and Fine Arts Show, to be held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, December 5 and 6, 2009. Located in the brand new Lancaster County Convention Center, this inaugural show will present a vast array of Americana, folk and fine art, antique toys and banks, fine estate jewelry, ceramics and pottery, American and English silver, samplers and textiles, early iron, brass and lighting, European goods made for the American market, oriental and hooked rugs plus many more categories perfect for holiday gift giving or adding to your own personal collection.
Lancaster is one of the oldest inland cities in the United States. German immigrants, known as the “Pennsylvania Dutch,” were the first to settle the area. Their influence is seen around the city’s historic neighborhoods in the small log houses, farmhouses, row houses, market houses, carriage houses, warehouses, and outhouses, as well as stately mansions, factories, churches, schools and commercial buildings. East Vine Street, where the show is located, is considered to be one of the earliest commercially developed sections of the city, with some of the structures dating back nearly 300 years.
Comments show promoter Frank Gaglio, “The history and local flavor of beautiful Lancaster County Pennsylvania, with its Amish traditions and rich farmscapes, have often presented a serene and natural landscape painting to many visitors of this area. As an antiques dealer myself exhibiting in many shows around Lancaster, I have always skirted the downtown area taking the recently completed route 30 bypass west. When I learned of the new convention center downtown, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to check it out, and was I ever pleasantly surprised.”
Downtown Lancaster is a thriving and active center for the arts with galleries, shops, the Heritage Center and Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museums plus a myriad of restaurants and pubs all waiting to be discovered. The magnificent Civil War Monument, located at the crossroads of the downtown district, stands proudly before the brand new Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square Hotel, whose facade has been saved from the landmark Watt and Shand building, and is connected to the convention center, allowing show visitors and dealers easy access to the show floor, plus the many amenities the hotel has to offer. Special hotel discount packages will be available, making for an even more rewarding visit to the show and weekend getaway.
The Lancaster County Convention Center will include a multi-level 20,000 square foot museum and interpretive education center, as well as the preserved home and other structures of Thaddeus Stevens and his confidante Lydia Hamilton Smith. Among its variety of exhibits the underground portion of the site will feature a recently discovered Underground Railroad stop, a converted water cistern utilized in the nineteenth century to hide runaway slaves escaping to freedom.
Let the new Lancaster Antiques and Fine Arts Show be your main reason for discovering Lancaster County in early December, 2009. The show will run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. With over 100 dealers displaying in room setting booths, you’ll find plenty to peruse and purchase, all within the graceful setting of the brand new convention center.
For more information on hotel packages and directions, visit our Web site at www.barnstar.com, by phone (845) 876-0616 or e-mail [email protected]. We look forward to welcoming you at the newest addition to the Barn Star Productions schedule of antiques shows. Qualified exhibitors seeking contract information should contact Barn Star Productions at the numbers above.