Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Fair is Saturday

What’s in your attic? And what is it worth?
Learn more about your treasures at the first Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Fair to be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MAC, Inc. in Salisbury.
This new event is being sponsored by MAC, Inc., and the Westside Historical Society. Admission is free.

Verbal fair market appraisals will be given by noted antiques experts Charlene Upham and Steve Blumenauer. All sorts of items are welcome: antique items, artwork, jewelry, collectibles, silver, coins and more. To have larger items appraised, just bring in a clear photo. Appraisals are $5 for one item; $10 for three items.

Entertainment, displays and more will be featured throughout the building as well.

A display of vintage dresses and hats will be on display in “Peg’s Parlor,” and will be modeled by collector Peg Rider, age 99, from Sharptown. Her oldest gowns date to the late 1800s, but her collection also includes the dress she wore to her high school prom.

The schedule of entertainment in the dining room includes:
10:15 a.m. – “The Skipjack Life” with award winning writer and photographer Bruce Stump
11:15 a.m. – Musician and WBOC TV reporter Charles Paparella
12:15 p.m. – Terry Crannell, an expert on Native American artifacts
1:15 p.m. – Former Green Bay Packers football player and two-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brown
2:15 p.m. – Popular local musician Mickey Justice

The Eastern Shore Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will display a selection of 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s era vehicles

Other speakers throughout the day, in the PRMC Conference Room, are:
10:15 a.m. – “Tracing Your Family History: Getting Started,” retired SU history professor Dr. G. Ray Thompson
11:15 a.m. – “Spirit History of Poplar Hill Mansion: Journey into the Paranormal,” author Aleta Davis
12:15 p.m. – “Labors of Love: Telling Stories Through Textiles,” Dr. Cyndy Byrd, curator at the Julia A. Purnell Museum, in Snow Hill
1:15 p.m. – “United States Colored Troops (USCT) in the Civil War,” retired SU history professor Clara Small
2:15 p.m. – Bill Simms of Salisbury will talk about his collection of early American glassware and local stoneware.

A blacksmith demonstration will be set up outside all day. Area museums and historical societies, in addition to other organizations, will offer displays.

Highlights of items up for bid in the silent auction include:
Tickets for the play “Jesus” at the Sight & Sound Theater
Tickets for the May 6 race at Dover Downs
Admission for two to the International Spy Museum
Admission for four to the Babe Ruth Museum
Admission for two to Luray Caverns
One night stay at Chincoteague Comfort Suites
One night stay at the Smith Island Inn
Shorebirds tickets
Scrapbook basket
Round of golf at Green Hill
and much more!

Silent auction bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. and items must be picked up by 3 p.m. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted for payment.

Area Girl Scouts will offer activities for school-age children while their parents are enjoying the event. Space is limited; for information, call 410-742-0505, ext. 118.

Breakfast will be on sale until 11 a.m. and will include scrapple, and scrapple and egg sandwiches, and assorted muffins.
The lunch menu includes hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips, fresh fruit cups, and Smith Island cake and assorted pies, sold by the slice.

Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will be on sale throughout the day, with the drawing planned for 3 p.m. Ticketholders need not be present to win. Tickets are $1, and six for $5.
Parking will be available on MAC grounds, with overflow parking at the Salisbury Moose Lodge, in the section adjacent to Beaglin Park Drive. MAC will provide a free shuttle between the Moose Lodge and event grounds about every 10 minutes.

Proceeds will benefit MAC’s Meals on Wheels program, and Westside Historical Society education programs.
For more information, call 410-742-0505, ext. 118.