Time for the Ch­e­sa­peake Spring Home Show

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

— It’s warm­ing up now, folks, and as those green things come pop­ping up and the birds start build­ing nests, there’s no bet­ter time to start think­ing about a lit­tle fix­ing up our­selves.

At the 22nd an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Spring Home Show this week­end, do-it-your­selfers can find just about any­thing they need for home im­prove­ment projects, and then some.

And if, for some rea­son, you don’t like to do it your­self, you’ll meet plenty of ex­perts who can do it for you.

The home show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day, April 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day, April 2, at the Tal­bot County Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, on U.S. Route 50, north of Eas­ton. The show is or­ga­nized by

The Star Demo­crat. Ben­son & Man­gold Real Es­tate is the cor­po­rate spon­sor.

More than 70 ex­perts of mostly lo­cal home ser­vices com­pa­nies will be packed un­der the large roof at the cen­ter.

In­ter­spersed among them will be some of the area’s most in­ter­est­ing artists and crafters with one-of-a-kind gifts and in­spi­ra­tional ideas.

At­ten­dees have been known to get some fan­tas­tic deals — coupons for ser­vices, goodie bags, prizes and give­aways along with valu­able in­for­ma­tion, just for at­tend­ing the show.

This year’s show has a def­i­nite “an­tiques road­show” am­biance with the ap­pear­ance of an­tiques ex­pert and cel­e­brated per­son­al­ity Todd Peen­stra, who will do ap­praisals and talk about dec­o­rat­ing with those fam­ily heir­looms.

Peen­stra has more than 20 years of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence buy­ing, sell­ing and ap­prais­ing an­tiques for the one of the world’s lead­ing art and an­tiques gal­leries. His busi­ness is Peen­stra An­tiques Ap­praisals of Sal­is­bur y.

Vis­i­tors can at­tend two talks by Peen­stra on Satur­day: “An­tiques and Art – What Works and What Does Not” from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and “Do’s and Don’ts of Down­siz­ing” from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

At both events, par­tic­i­pants are urged to bring their most un­usual items to be ap­praised on stage. Peen­stra usu­ally trav­els with a film crew, and his flam­boy­ant per­son­al­ity and ap­praisals give vis­i­tors a “re­al­ity TV” ex­pe­ri­ence.

When he’s not talk­ing, he will be avail­able for free ap­praisals from his booth on the main home show floor all week­end.

New this year for chil­dren is the Maryland Bubble Ball, lo­cated out­side. Young­sters will also get chance to visit with the gen­tle, fuzzy al­pacas from Tuck­a­hoe Trea­sures and meet and cud­dle with Tal­bot Hu­mane’s va­ri­ety of furry friends.

Food in­cludes pit bar­be­cue sand­wiches Cater­ing by Jamie, crab cakes, shrimp, clams and floun­der from East New Mar­ket’s Two Chicks Cater­ing, a wide va­ri­ety of Mid-Shore cater­ers and fam­ily-friendly con­ces­sions.

A spe­cial VIP ticket will get you a chance to hob­nob with the area’s top in­te­rior de­sign­ers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun­day.

Jamie Merida, one of the most prom­i­nent de­sign­ers on the Mid-Shore, will lead his team of de­sign­ers — Amanda Friend, Denise Perkins, Carol Wheeler and Ellen Fink — in a ques­tio­nand-an­swer panel, then each par­tic­i­pant will get a chance to have a free 10-minute pri­vate con­sul­ta­tion with Merida and his staff.

Merida’s brain­child, Boun­ti­ful Inc. in Eas­ton, has been in busi­ness for 17 years and has be­come what many con­sider to be the most com­plete de­sign cen­ter on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with fash­ion-for­ward home fur­nish­ings and lots of items to cre­ate whim­si­cal, eye-catch­ing de­tail.

Those at­tend­ing the panel dis­cus­sion will be treated to a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast of fresh pas­tries from Bay Coun­try Bakery, lo­cal fresh fruit, juice and Rise Up Cof­fee.

VIP tick­ets al­low vis­i­tors to all events at the show and the panel dis­cus­sion on Sun­day.

A por­tion of the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Su­san G. Komen Maryland, which funds breast cancer re­search and aware­ness.

En­try into the show is $5 per fam­ily or $3 per per­son, VIP tick­ets are $20.

The doors open at 9 a.m Satur­day and 11 a.m. Sun­day, and the first 15 peo­ple through the door on each day will get their pick of sur­prises and “door­buster give­aways.”

Ar­rive early for the best se­lec­tion of Walmart spring flow­ers.

Pro­ceeds from flower sales ben­e­fit The Star

Demo­crat’s Brighter Christ­mas Fund, which has been help­ing lo­cal chil­dren and fam­i­lies through­out the Mid-Shore coun­ties dur­ing the hol­i­days for more than 30 years.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ch­e­sa­peake Home Show, call 443-2390307 or visit www.star­dem. com/chesa­peake_home_ expo/even­t_in­for­ma­tion/.

Col­or­ful, hand­made purses and jew­elry are among the craft ven­dors at the Ch­e­sa­peake Spring Home Show in 2016.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

Anne Scha­ef­fer, left, and Bradley Co­hee, ac­count ex­ec­u­tives with The Star Demo­crat, sell flow­ers with the prof­its ben­e­fit­ting the Brighter Christ­mas Fund dur­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Spring Home Show in 2016.

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