ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE APRIL 10-12 AT WILSON LODGE

WHEELING, W.Va. (March 24, 2015)- – Wilson Lodge in Oglebay will be transformed into an antiques marketplace April 10-12 as Oglebay Institute presents its 61st Annual Antiques Show and Sale. This annual fundraiser for the Museums of Oglebay Institute is not only the largest but also the longest running antiques show in West Virginia and among the oldest shows nationwide.

Show manager Peter Chillingworth, who has managed the show for 15 years, has gathered more than 50 dealers from 10 states to participate in the show. Guests can browse thousands of items including American, English, Primitive and Period Furniture, American Art, Folk Art, Western Art, pottery, quilts, jewelry, rugs, baskets, pewter, silver, glass, china, books and endless decorative items for both the period and modern home.

“Peter invites only the most reputable and knowledgeable dealers, and buyers can rest assured they are getting the cream of the crop,” said Oglebay Institute director of museums Christin Byrum.

The Oglebay Institute show is one of only a handful like it in the region and has maintained its popularity because of its commitment to quality merchandise, a diverse inventory with items for every budget and programs that appeal to both experienced collectors and novice antiques buyers, Byrum explained.

“We pride ourselves on putting together a show that is not only a shopping experience but also a learning experience. Our dealers are eager to share their knowledge with patrons, and we will provide special learning opportunities throughout the weekend.”

Examples include Saturday afternoon Dealer Booth Talks, which are included with the show admission, and special dealer-guided show tours that take place Saturday morning before the show opens.

“Our show really puts you in touch with the dealers. You can shake hands and converse with our talkative experts who are passionate about antiques in general as well as their particular areas of interest. It is nice to be able to get questions answered and learn the history and significance of the items in the show.”

The Antiques Show and Sale is also a social event. Byrum said people attend as a family, a couple and with friends. “Shoppers can be found talking with each other, having coffee and enjoying lunch.”

She said the best opportunity to socialize is during the Dessert with Antiques Preview Party that takes place from 7 -10 p.m. on Friday, April 10. The event includes an enticing array of sweets and coffees, a special sneak peek at the show and repeat admission both Saturday and Sunday. A cash bar is also available during the Dessert Preview.

“Not only is the event a lot of fun but also a great opportunity for those who want first crack at the antiques,” she said.

Byrum credits the show’s success and longevity to the volunteer Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute. Helping with this show is a months-long affair for the committee members who work closely with the show manager as well as supervise all the activities associated with the show- everything from staffing the show to coordinating lectures and tours to overseeing the patron preview events.

This hard-working committee is celebrating a milestone this year. In the spring of 2015 the Committee is celebrating 80 years of service to the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

The committee was formed in 1935 by a core group of five women. It was soon enlarged to 15 members and now has grown to number 50 men and women who volunteer year-round to support the Museums’ mission and programs. This is the 61st antiques show presented by the group.

The Antiques Show and Sale is also possible through the generous support of its sponsors, Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service of Mount Morris, PA and Hughes Design and Gift Gallery of Wheeling.

Pyle said the OI show is a “must-attend” event for those in the antiques industry and is one of the best shows in the region. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with an event of this caliber. With such a charming venue and quality dealers, this show is an extraordinary experience for antiques enthusiasts,” he said.

Mary Beth Hughes agrees. She said she has attended many of the large metropolitan shows, and the Oglebay Institute show rivals those in quality of merchandise and expertise of dealers. “It is a pleasure to have a part in making this experience available for our community.”

Oglebay Institute’s 61st Annual Antiques Show and Sale opens Friday, April 10 with special patron events, including the popular Dessert with Antiques Preview Party from 7 p.m.- 10p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door.

General show hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12 General Admission is $10.

For more information on the show or to purchase tickets for the patron events, please call 304-242-7272.

A special overnight package is also available at the world-class Wilson Lodge and includes two nights lodging, breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday, admission to the Dessert Preview Party and Antiques Show and more. Reservations for the overnight package can be made by calling 800-624-6988 or can be booked online at www.oglebay-resort.com