Change and transition is the theme for this month’s NHADA column.
The first change to mention is that Tom Thompson has transitioned the responsibility of writing this monthly column to me. For those of you who don’t know me, a bit of background information is in order. A native of Michigan, I exhibited at my first three day charity antiques show in the spring of 1974 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan… and was hooked! I, and my family, moved to New Hampshire in the summer of 1977, opened an antiques shop in Contoocook-Hopkinton, along side 25 other shops at the time, including Hazel Lewis & Joan Fortier, Nancy & Craig Cheney, and Gail & Don Piatt. In addition to the shop, we continued to exhibit at shows, including those produced by Margaret Brusher, Sarah French, Jim Burk, the Sidelis, Betty Forbes, Russell Carell, and Nan Gurley.
Fast forward to 2016, and I have resettled in the quiet village of Alexandria, New Hampshire, near Newfound Lake and in the foothills of the White Mountains, with an antiques shop under construction. If all goes as planned, I will open for business later this summer. I also serve on the NHADA Board of Directors, primarily bringing my antiques shop owner’s view to the table.
Please see the end of this column for my contact information and why I want to hear from YOU!
As of June 1st, Austin’s Antiques in Chichester, NH, will become Thos. Bartlett Antiques & Oddments, a joint venture of Tommy Thompson and Cathy Consentino of Timber River Farm Country Antiques. The dealers of Keepers Antiques will be relocating into Thos. Bartlett Antiques & Oddments as well. All shops will remain open, as usual, during renovations. A Grand Opening will be planned for a later date.
NHADA warmly welcomes the following new members to the association: Steve Young, Coast to Coast Antiques, Newport, NH, John Hendsey, Rumney, NH, Dan Klebe, Crow’s Feet Antiques, Colebrook, NH, Susan Heider, Bloomfield, CT, Harold Cole and Bettina Krainin, Woodbury, CT, Tucker Frey, Woodbury, CT, Stephen Score, Boston, MA, Steven Stout and Robert Strauss, Country Gentlemen Antiques, Ann Arbor, MI, Robert Perry, Orchard Park, NY, Nancy Fishelson, Orchard Park, NY, Brendan and Debra Edgerton, Country Cupboard Antiques, Princeton, WI.
A reminder that the annual NHADA show will take place August 11th through the 13th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. Member volunteers are needed to staff the NHADA Hospitality table. If you are planning on taking a day to visit the show, please consider giving a couple of hours of your time to greeting show goers. Please contact me for more information at the email address or phone number below for more details.
We were saddened at the passing of Jessie Anderson of Mt. Vernon, New Hampshire, on April 23rd. Jessie, along with her son John, were longtime exhibitors at the annual NHADA show and Jessie also served as President of the NHADA for a number of years. Our condolences go out to John and all of Jessie’s family.
This column serves as a space to publicize business related information for all members of NHADA. Do you have new hours at your shop or gallery, added a new specialty to your inventory, or you have a seasonal shop with new opening and closing dates each year? Are you planning an Open House or sale event in the coming months? This column is published in MAD monthly but is also uploaded to the NHADA website by our new webmaster, Jared Chicoine, of North Haverhill, NH.
Please use this column to share information with those dealers and collectors who faithfully read MAD every month but have not embraced Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. I want to hear from YOU! I welcome email at email@example.com or call me at 603~491~4225.
Elizabeth Kingsley Antiques