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Camden Antiques Fair:

National Steeplechase Museum to be beneficiary of new antiques event

Posted: August 11, 2011 4:17 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Horses and history bring visitors to Camden, but there’s another attraction that will revel in the spotlight come October.

The birth of an annual antiques festival in downtown Camden is being shepherded by Friends of the National Steeplechase Museum. A volunteer steering committee – chaired by Beverly Steinman, president of the museum board, and Don Terrell, retired banking executive – is working on the plan to establish the Camden Antiques Fair, which will benefit the museum. The steering committee also includes Jack Brantley, Thomas Walter, Toby Sheorn, Kevin Perry, Patricia Richardson, Lisa Towell, Tanya Artinian and Sarah Reed. Museum staff Hope Cooper and Katy Cowan are project managers.

In its aim to “attract excellent dealers as well as patrons,” the steering committee issued invitations to what it characterized as “some of America’s best antique dealers,” and the response has been strong as commitments are nearing the limit of 30 participants.

The name Camden Antiques Fair is a tip of the hat to history as Camden is said by the antique fair organizers to hold the oldest license to hold a public fair. The permit was granted by King George III in 1774 and the fair was located, naturally, on Fair Street. The new Camden Antiques Fair will be held in the vicinity of Rhame Arena at the corner of Bull and Broad streets.

The event will open with a preview party Oct. 20, with sales and exhibit hours Oct. 21-23. All events will be open to the public, and tickets will go on sale in early September. The offerings will include furniture, toys, ceramics, sporting artifacts, rugs, silver, crystal, jewelry and art.

“The Camden Antiques Fair brings new possibilities for tourism as well as the creation of strong partnerships with merchants and other non-profit organizations,” said Terrell. “In addition to the four-day fair, we will strongly market local antique shopping and coordinate additional events complimenting the fair.”

For more information, contact the National Steeplechase Museum at 432- 6513, Ext. 14, or email to hope@steeplechasemuseum.org.

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