Thomas Edison’s inventions, vintage fishing lures highlight 39th annual Round Lake Antiques Festival

ROUND LAKE, N.Y. – The Victorian village of Round Lake, N.Y., once again plays host to the much-anticipated Round Lake Antiques Festival. Introduced 39 years ago as a fundraiser for the local library, the show continued to grow, garnering interest from dealers across New York State, soon adding dealers from New England, Canada and beyond. The Round Lake Antiques Festival has established itself as a mainstay on the antiques show circuit.

Each year on the fourth weekend of June, thousands of people flock to the village of Round Lake, for two days of shopping more than 200 booths that fill the village parks. Serious shoppers arrive early in pursuit of the rare, unique, valuable or whimsical. Chances to find what you’re looking for are good because there is much to choose from; early American antiques and art, Asian antiques, antique and vintage furniture, decorative items, linens, jewelry, architectural pieces, pottery, glass, toys, silver, ephemera, militaria, decoys, lures and Adirondack antiques cover the grounds.
 Admission is free and proceeds from booth sales still help to keep the library in business. Parking is available at many lots throughout the village for a fee.

In the booth of Recollections from Canandaigua, N.Y., you will find expert chair rushing, done the traditional way with natural, hand-harvested reed. For thousands of years chair seats have been “rushed.” Rushing is a process of weaving a seat from reeds or other materials. A labor intensive, and nearly lost art, rushing conserves and restores old chairs to their original use and beauty.

Recollections also display beautiful English porcelains, highly decorative antiques and Victorian jewelry.

Examples of Thomas Edison’s inventions and accessories will be on display and for sale in the 50-foot booth of Nipper’s Choice from Keene, N.H. 

In 1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated a practical phonograph that could be used to bring recorded music into homes. In early examples of Edison’s phonograph, sound emitted from beautiful, shapely brass horns. The early phonograph was an object of fascination and beauty. The music that resonated from them had a distinct sound and quality that is still appreciated by the discerning ear. Visit Nipper’s Choice to listen to the music and enjoy a trip back in time.

 Larry Richardson of Canastota, N.Y., will have many well-chosen fishing lures on display in his booth. Man’s need for high quality food led to the invention of the fishing decoy. Across culture and time, fast-forward to such names as Creek Chub, Shakespeare, Chapman, Pflueger, and Heddon. Created more for sport and pleasure than food, these eagerly sought and valued lures have become highly collectible. Novices or collectors can stop by Richardson’s booth to talk about these little folk art treasures.

The Round Lake Antiques Festival takes place June 25-26, 2011. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The village of Round Lake is located 20 miles north of Albany, N.Y., at exit 11 of Rte. 87. Admission is free. The show is held rain or shine.

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