Time for the Chesapeake Spring Home Show
— 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.
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.