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Theannual North Hatley Antique and
Folk Art Show, which has been running every year since the 1960’s and was recently named the oldest running antique show in Canada by The Upper Canadian, the authoritative antique magazine, will be taking place this weekend, in North Hatley at the Curling Club, from July 6th to July 8th.
Known as one of the best antique and folk art shows in Canada, it will feature authentic antiques in a myriad of categories, with prices for every budget. “We have several new dealers this year and many returning favourites like Brian Davies, Peter Baker, the Hintons and the Marks. After missing last year, Giacomo Falconi, of Stanstead, is coming back,” said John Gronan, one of the event’s organizers.
The new dealers at this year’s show are Sam Meshoulan, of Eureka Antiques in Montreal, Jean Paul Agnard with his fantastic collection of old phonographs, Dave Corbin, of Authantiques, and Francesca Jolin, of Antiquites Francesca, the latter two returning after several years absence. The complete list of dealers as well as ticket prices and opening hours can be found on the event’s updated website which is now fully bilingual and comprehensive.
This annual event, which kicks off North Hatley’s summer social scene every year, is the main fundraiser for a very important local organization: the North Hatley Recreation Society (NHRS). That Society provides recreational services all year long, including tennis, swimming and water sports at the lake in the summer, to people of all ages from anywhere. “People sometimes think we are just for North Hatley residents but that’s not true. We have members from Hatley Township, Waterville, Sherbrooke, Lennoxville, Ayer’s Cliff… People from any municipality can join the NHRS,” explained Mr. Gronan.
The NHRS also organizes the free musical concerts that take place in Dreamland Park, now every Saturday evening instead of Sunday afternoon, between June 30th and August 4th.
The antique show begins on Friday night with the ever popular Charity Gala. Included in the ticket price for this event is beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and the chance to get a first peak at the unique items for sale.
“The money we raise from this fundraiser doesn’t go towards the general operating of the Society. It will be used to support new initiatives, exceptional experiences and activities for the members and new programs. Previous money that we have raised helped to buy the tennis courts, fund the sailing program, and buy equipment and furnishings for the Beach House,” said Mr. Gronan, adding: “We try to provide a fun summer for the kids!”