A New England Gazeteer

Editorial Staff Calendar

  • Child’s apron, American, c. 1830. Photograph courtesy of Joan R. Brownstein American Folk Painting, Newbury, Massachusetts.
  • Harriet Newell Keyes attributed to Thomas Ware (1803–1826), Pomfret, Vermont, c. 1820–1825. Photograph courtesy of Frank and Barbara Pollack, Highland Park, Illinois.
  • Chest of drawers, Essex County, Massachusetts, c. 1700–1720. Photograph courtesy of Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

August is antiques month in New England and it has occurred to us that with careful planning and a drop of fanaticism it is possible to hit all the major New England antiques events with scarcely a pause in the action. To do so you will have to be in Nantucket by August 5 for the preview of the Nantucket Historical
Association’s show at Bartlett Farm (antiquescouncil.com/html/nantucket.htm). By getting off the island early the next morning you can arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, in time for Northeast Auctions’ big Americana sale (August
6-8, northeastauction.com). Stay in town and you will be poised for Barn Star Production’s Pickers Market with nearly a hundred exhibitors on August 9 (barnstar.com). Then observe a day of rest (perhaps accompanied by some barbecue at K.C.’s Rib Shack) to get you ready for Barn Star’s Mid-week in Manchester (August 11–12), which overlaps slightly with the venerable New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association show at the Radisson (August 12–14). That will leave you with just enough time to drive to Rhode Island (pausing to pick up salsa and chips at Tito’s in Middletown) for the Newport Antiques Show (August 13–15; newportantiquesshow.com). But why stop there? Why not continue your quest and head north to Maine (fortified by lobster at Red’s Eats in Wiscasset or the four berry pie at Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro) and finish your trip at the Ellsworth
Antiques Show at Woodlawn (August 19–21; woodlawnmuseum.com), the longest running summer show in the country?