Hey, “Antiques Roadshow,” what took you so long?
The popular Public Broadcasting Service show that goes into communities to assess the value (or lack thereof) of local residents’ old stuff is finally visiting Vermont. “Antiques Roadshow,” about to start production on its 27th season, will film three episodes in each of the five communities it visits this spring and summer, including Tuesday, July 12 at the Shelburne Museum.
Produced by the Boston-based station WGBH, “Antiques Roadshow” will air the Shelburne Museum episodes in 2023, according to a news release from the show.
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Vermont, with its whiff of old New England that draws tourists ambling through picture-perfect towns in search of quaint seem objects for their homes, like a prime candidate for “Antiques Roadshow.” (The communities of Bennington and Chester, for instance, made Yankee Magazine’s “10 Best Antique Towns in New England” list last August.) Likewise, the Shelburne Museum — a sprawling complex filled with everything from fine art to horse-drawn carriages and homemade quilts — appears to be the perfect landing spot for the show’s first Vermont foray.
Yet all is not ideal in the world of Vermont antiques. The Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association disbanded last summer, citing declining membership numbers, according to the online publication Antiques and the Arts Weekly.
“There are still plenty of people selling antiques, but fewer people are keeping shops open and the organization just couldn’t afford to continue,” the publication quoted VADA co-president Kyle Scanlon as saying.
At each appraisal for “Antiques Roadshow,” event guests will receive free verbal evaluations of their antiques and collectibles from auction houses and independent dealers. Each ticketed guest is invited to bring two items for appraisal. All production events for the 27th season will follow the show’s COVID-19 policies, according to the news release, and most appraisals and filming will take place outdoors.
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For more information
Admission to “Antiques Roadshow” is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can enter for a chance to win one pair of free tickets per household by visiting pbs.org/roadshowtickets. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PT Monday, March 21. Fans can also call the toll-free number 888-762-3749.
A small number of tickets is also available to fans who apply on Instagram and Twitter. Social-media entries will be accepted with a deadline of 11:59 pm PT Monday, Feb. 28.
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