Who among us can turn down an opportunity to admire treasures from the past? Or maybe you always loved the exquisite things up high on Grandmother’s shelves?
Now that we’re old (and responsible) enough to imagine them in our own settings, we’re ready to set about a joyful search that will teach us about some beauties from the past that fit our modern lives.
These wonderful relics from Great-Grandma’s day are concentrated within easy reach, minutes from downtown Chattanooga. They come from all over this country and beyond and are there for our delight and inspection at one of the city’s favorite annual events.
The Houston Museum Antiques Show will tempt browsers on February 25 through 28 in the newly enlarged Stratton Hall on South Broad Street. The annual show celebrates the late Anna Safley Houston, one of Chattanooga’s most intriguing historical figures, and the legacy she left to her adopted hometown upon her death in 1951. It also helps to ensure the annual funding necessary to keep her wondrous collection in the Museum at 201 High Street, open to the public.
It’s as though “Miss Annie” herself has invited enthusiasts on a trip through the marvelous and varied booths that will reacquaint her followers with the variety of “pretties,” as she called her own collection, now available through some of the country’s top antiques dealers and specialists. There are booths full of articles from pottery to furniture, books and maps to china and silver, linens, blown glass, and just about any other thing kind of artistic creation imaginable.
Special guest, Kirk Nelson, president and executive director of the New Bedford (MA) Museum of Glass, will present specific talks on a variety of Early American glassware and make himself available for questions, from participants. Questions like, “Here is a piece from Great-Grandma’s collection; what can you tell me about it?”
The show will open Thursday evening, February 24, with a gala patrons’ party complete with refreshments and wines that help create and atmosphere for a memorable night. All items in the show will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.
Open Friday through Sunday, the same ticket system works at $10 per person. Patrons are asked to bring their ticket stub every time they come to find that special something from generations past.
For more information: thehoustonmuseum.org or 423-267-7176. Article by Caroline Cavett.