The Lewes Historical Society is celebrating the 51st anniversary of its Outdoor Antiques Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lewes Historic Complex at Second and Shipcarpenter streets in downtown Lewes. General admission is $5, and children under 12 are free. The proceeds benefit the society and are used in educational and preservation programming.
Nearly 60 high quality antiques dealers participate in the show, featuring 18th century to early 20th century antiques. All pieces are authentic and represent a wide range of prices. There is something for every taste and every level of collecting sophistication at the show. "No two antique shows are alike. Our vendors bring their best antiques, so you can take home a real treasure,” says Antiques Show Committee Chair Cindy Foster.
The Lewes Historical Society will offer tours of many of the museums on the Lewes Historic Complex, where the Outdoor Antiques Show is held. With purchase of antiques show admission, the public is welcome to explore the Midway School No. 178 (c. 1898), Burton Ingram House (c. 1785), Rabbit’s Ferry House (c. 1741), and Thompson Country Store (c. 1800). Each property clearly illustrates the impact of the sea on the community and Lewes’s penchant for moving buildings from site to site, as all of these buildings have been moved from other locations in Lewes or surrounding communities. The ambiance of the Outdoor Antiques Show, inside the shady grove of mature oaks, magnolias, hollies and cypress and surrounded by nine of The Lewes Historical Society’s historic house museums, adds to the experience.
Festive live music by David Zipse will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty. There will also be delicious food by Casa Amici, along with cold treats by Vitale's Italian Ice.
For more information about the Outdoor Antiques Show or about The Lewes Historical Society, call 302-645-7670 or go to www.HistoricLewes.org.