Heart of Country returns to Nashville, March 12-14

This year’s Heart of Country Antiques Show takes place March 12-14, 2009 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., marking its 28th anniversary. It will be a welcome spring retreat to celebrate Americana at its best – dedicated to presenting the highest quality, whether it be furniture, paintings, silver, lighting, jewelry, folk art, weathervanes, floor coverings, quilts, nautical, pottery, paint decoration, sugar chests, baskets, or small decorative accessories, at the fairest prices by reputable, knowledgeable dealers.

Heart of Country creates a comprehensive antiquing experience with many opportunities for education into the mix. It starts with the Champagne Preview Party on Thursday, March 12 from 6-10 p.m. with the first opportunity to shop the dealer’s booths. Live music and a southern style buffet complement the evening. The ticket of $75 is good for the following two days and can be purchased in advance through heartofcountry.com or on the day of the event.

Regular show dates are Friday, March 13, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily admission is $10. Free parking and shuttle are available on Opryland property.

Friday, March 13 at 8:15 starts things off with a special Walking Tour – a favorite event, which gives attendees an opportunity to view the show in small groups with expert guides, before the show opens to the public. Tickets are $25.

At 1 p.m. the free presentation “Speaking from the Heart” features a roundtable of three prominent dealers and two collectors who will discuss how to shop a quality show, gain expertise, and make wise purchases.

Saturday features a free lecture presentation, “Hooked Rugs – Collect, Preserve, and Display” with preservationist Kathy Wilson providing tips on proper care and mounting of antique hooked rugs. An accompanying center aisle exhibit will display an outstanding collection of hooked rugs assembled especially for this show.

The Gallery Booth will feature longtime collectors Barbara and Charles Hunter of West Virginia, and selections from their personal collection amassed over 28 years of purchases made while attending Heart of Country. This collection, entitled “Heart of Country Collector’s Collection,” celebrates America’s eastern and southern decorative heritage and includes unique pieces that have been out of the public eye for nearly three decades. Some will be available for purchase. Of special note will be several pie safes; one a rare hanging pie safe with tins stamped Reading, Pennsylvania, and another safe from the Wythe County, Virginia area. Both were featured in Antiques Magazine in 1984 and have been in storage ever since.

For additional information about show events visit heartofcountry.com.