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The East Hampton Historical Society Prepares For Annual Antiques Show

Originally Posted: July 15, 2013

Chelsea Katz

This year's show will also have an early-bird shopping hour, sponsored by House Beautiful. (Courtesy Photo)

The East Hampton Historical Society is getting ready to pitch their white tents for their seventh annual antiques show on July 20th and 21st at Mulford Farm as well as an opening cocktail party which serves as a preview for guests interested in buying home and garden décor.

Stephen Gambrel, an interior designer who decorated his own home in Sag Harbor, is serving as the honorary chair of the preview cocktail party on Friday, July 19th. The cocktail party will also have jewelry and antiques up for grabs. In addition, for the first time House Beautiful is sponsoring an early bird shopping an hour before the show opens on Saturday morning for those who want a head start.

"One of my favorite things is to sit at the exit table and watch what people take out," joked Richard Barons, the director of The East Hampton Historical Society. "It's a validation of your own taste." Last year Barons witnessed a man have two others carry a goat carousel that he had purchased at the show while leaving with the pride of a man who captured the largest lion in Africa.

These items can only be found at the historical society's antiques show. "It's not like going to Banana Republic where they have 50 have more in the stock room," said Lynn Stefanelli, a public relations liaison for the historical society.

Mulford Farms on James Lane, the 3.5 acre site for the cocktail party and antiques show, is one of the oldest farmhouses on Long Island, dating back to the 1700s. More than 55 antique dealers will set up shop in tents at the antiques show.

Home and garden items that will be available from 55 antiques dealers range from weather vanes to lighting fixtures to paintings to period jewelry. This year 25 Hamptons A-list interior designers are showing their support on the Designers Committee. They include John Barman, David Kleinberg, Scott Sanders and Charlotte Moss.

They want to see people they like but want to see new things too," Stefanelli said. "Every year, it gets a little more prestigious and more diverse."

Barons recommends that first-timers take a stroll around the antiques show before they actually start making purchases. "You don't want to spend so much time in one area and then go to the barn or the courtyard and be like 'Why didn't we get this?'" he said.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management, House Beautiful and Channing Daughters Winery are main sponsors. The food will be catered by Brent Newsom and Jane Hastay and Peter Martin Weiss will be performing at the preview cocktail party.

"What I do hear people say is they enjoy going back to the antique show," Stefanelli said. "They punctuate their summers by what they find at the antiques show."

Admission to the antiques show is $10 while those looking for an early steal can do so for $20 at 9 a.m. on show days. The preview cocktail party tickets cost $150 and come with a complimentary pass to return for show days. Those 40 and under can buy junior tickets for $100 each.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing the East Hampton Historical Society at infor@easthamptonhistory.org , calling 631.324.6850 or visiting their office at 101 Main Street. Tickets are also available at http://www.easthamptonhistory.org and at the gates of the events.

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