Back for a 49th time

By on June 15, 2011

By: LAURIE KNOWLES CALLANAN Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

As the Lititz Historical Foundation’s annual antiques show nears its half century mark, it may be one of the oldest, continuous of its kind in the area.

"I’m pretty sure it is the oldest show that is still around," says Ken Martin of the Lititz Historical Foundation.

In recent years, many similar events have fallen by the wayside, but the Lititz Antiques Show will mark its 49th year on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25.

"Next year, we will be 50 and it will be a very important milestone for the show," adds Martin.

The Lititz Antiques Show opens on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at John R. Bonfield Elementary School, running until 5 p.m. The show reopens on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As Martin notes, this annual show and sale is known as a not-to-be-missed event for antiques collectors, dealers and those who enjoy the keepsakes of the past.

A highlight will be a book signing by local author Cory Van Brookhoven, who recently wrote the 128-page book "Images of America: Warwick Township Lancaster County."

The new release on Warwick Township is Van Bookhoven’s third book. His first two were about the seven-foot-tall strongman Jack Fasig in "The Giant Who Walked Among Them" and "The Legend Continues." Van Brookhoven will be donating half of the proceeds of his new book to the Lititz Public Library.

Also, Randy Miller will display a selection of items from his vast collection of Lititz memorabilia at the show. Once the local shoeshine boy in Lititz, Miller’s collection includes items from Lititz High School, Wilbur Chocolate, the Fourth of July, local ice cream parlors and his own shoeshine business.

Nearly 40 top-of-the-line dealers from all along the East Coast will be offering antiques that include tables, chairs, glassware, linens, pottery, quilts, cabinets, baskets, redware, decorated stoneware, primitives, folk art, textiles, toys, dolls, books, iron tools, historical Staffordshire and much more. The majority of the pieces are American items, dating back as far as the 1700s.

"These are authentic antiques from high quality dealers," says Martin, noting that many of the antiques are pure Americana, including items from Lancaster County, such as Amish quilts, blanket chests and toleware.

Another highlight of the show is its very cool setting. The show is held in the air conditioned cafeteria and gymnasium of Bonfield Elementary School in Lititz.

Dealers come from as far as Vermont and New Hampshire. A few are from Lancaster County, including dealers from Denver, Lititz, Mount Joy and Manheim. Log Cabin Antiques of Lititz has been participating for many years and will be displaying their high quality American pieces.

Along with the antiques, the show and sale will also provide a menu that includes soups, sandwiches, desserts and more. A bake sale table will feature pies, pastries and cookies.

Proceeds from this two-day event will benefit the foundation’s two museums, the Lititz Museum and the Mueller House at 137 to 145 E. Main St., Lititz.

Martin, who is on the foundation’s board, reported that funds from the event will be used for the maintenance of the two historical facilities. The Mueller House is the preserved home of an 18th century Lititz resident, Johannes Mueller, while the Lititz Museum features antiques from Lititz heritage and special exhibits relating to Lititz history.

The Lititz Historical Foundation Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 28 to Oct. 26. Visitors to the museum may take a self-guided tour. Admission is free, but the foundation welcomes donations. More ANTIQUES, page A24