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50th Annual Fox Valley Spring Antiques Show Benefits  Garfield Farm Museum in Its 30th Year

     The 50th Annual Fox Valley Spring Antiques Show to benefit Garfield Farm Museum will be held on Saturday and Sunday March 10 and 11th beginning at 10 am each day at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St.Charles, IL. The show ends on Saturday at 6 pm and on Sunday at 4 pm.
     There will be 55 dealers from 14 states featured at the show that is produced by the Chicago Suburban Antique Dealers Association (CSADA). This year a special theme will be Antiques for the Garden.
     “We have come full circle,” stated Jerome Johnson, executive director and a founding board member of Garfield Farm Museum.  “Our late founder, Eve S. Johnson, developed an interest in antiques when working in the late 1940s at Geneva’s Little Traveler, a specialty import shop.”
      In 1967, the late Iva Storch of St.Charles, IL founded Thornapple Questers, a chapter of the Questers International, an antique enthusiasts and research society. As members of Thornapple Questers, Johnson and the late June Anderson Ziegler, began lobbying to restore the Bryant Durant House in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Members of Thornapple and others established Restorations of Kane County (RKC) to oversee the restoration. To help RKC in that effort, the CSADA was approached to participate in a Fall Antique Show which is still run by the Preservation Partners, as RKC was renamed.  
     Miss Elva Ruth Garfield, seeing the restoration of Durant House, approached Johnson and in 1977, they established Garfield Heritage Society and Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, two non profits to save and preserve the buildings and land of Garfield Farm Museum. As Garfield Farm Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is embarking on its last major project, completing the restoration of all its buildings. Reconnecting with the antique enthusiasts community that inspired the preservation of Garfield Farm is key to the museum’s success.
     The CSADA is a special group with a limited, selective membership that requires the highest standards of authenticity of the antiques offered, ethical conduct, courtesy, honesty and friendly professional service to the public. Many of the dealers only exhibit at shows so this is a rare opportunity to see their prized inventory. There is an abundance of 18th and 19th century American and English pieces from furniture, accessories, folk art, paintings, ceramics, glass, clothing, books, prints, pottery, textiles, and more to be found at the show.  
     For the show, the CSADA invites select dealers from out of state. This year Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine, Kentucky, and Missouri will be represented. This offers an additional diversity of pieces that may otherwise only be found in abundance in those states.
     There will also be during the show “Five Minute Lectures” by individual exhibitors for the public’s education.  On Saturday at 2:00 pm a talk on Botanical Prints will be given by Chelsea Galleries, booth # 47 and at 3:00 pm Donna Finegan will speak on Early-mid 19th Century Clothing at Booth # 35. On Sunday at 12:00 a talk on Art Restoration will be offered by Landmarks Gallery, booth # 37 and at 1:00 pm Garfield Farm Museum will speak on Heirloom Flowers at booth 10A.
     Admission to the show is $8.00 per person and parking is free. Luncheon and refreshments offered by Inglenook Pantry of Geneva, IL will be available. For further information visit or call (815) 838-0606 or e-mail or call the museum at (630) 584-8485. The Kane County Fairgrounds are located on the west side of Randall Road between ILL Routes 64 and 38.

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