Book gives background of antiques

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Antiques in the Heart of Aiken, a special keepsake book is being offered.


"Knowledge of antiques is part of our mission. We thought, 'What if we do a book on antiques?' So we came up with this idea," said Kristin Brown, executive director of the Aiken Center for the Arts.

The commemorative book will be unveiled at the show and sale preview party at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Each chapter is devoted to a different type of antique, such as silver, crystal, fine art and ceramics, but there is an added twist.

"In every chapter, there is a specific story about Aiken and that type of antique," Ms. Brown said.

The chapter on estate jewelry features a glimpse into the life of Evalyn Walsh McLean, who would bring the Hope Diamond to Aiken when she visited the Winter Colony.

In addition to the stories, there are many photographs, Ms. Brown said.

The 96-page, full-color book costs $40. Tickets to the preview party are $60.

The antiques show and sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

Twenty-two vendors will be available during the event.

Tickets are $8 for the entire weekend.

Lectures will also be given.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Connie Marks, of Victoriana, will present Pillow Talk, a lecture on antique linens, lace and fabrics.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Ben Adams "will twist a titillating tale of small-town intrigue, church-pew confessions and hometown humor as he recalls the escapades of eccentric and outrageous small- town personalities," according to a news release.

"This is sure to be a delightful romp through time among piney woods as only this celebrated antique dealer and Southern storyteller can conjure. Ben does not repeat gossip, so listen carefully the first time."

The title of his lecture is A Tale of Two Cities. The lectures cost $20 each. For more information, call (803) 641-9094.

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