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Benefit Antique Show for Nellis Tavern

Nellis Tavern Antique Show 2015On Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 AM until 4 PM the Arkell Museum will once again be the site of an antique show organized for the benefit of the 1747 Nellis Tavern historic site of St. Johnsville. Admission will be $5.00; a combo ticket for $10.00 will include entry into both the show and museum galleries. Etchings by Rembrandt will be the special opening exhibit in the museum.

A wide variety of affordable antiques and collectibles will be offered for sale by knowledgeable and friendly dealers. The show is eclectic and will include paintings, glassware, postcards, jewelry, china, quilts, coverlets and furniture. Interesting items, spanning the 18th c. to the mid-20th c., can be found here.

In addition to the usual well-known local dealers, new to the show this year will be the following: Allen Boice from Madison, NY who specializes in refinished NYS cherry and tiger maple furniture; Charles and Shirley Schmitt from Ilion, NY who will be bringing prints and children’s books; Gene Abruzzi who recently moved to this area from Pennsylvania and specializes in toys and paintings; and Dr. Joseph Semowich from Rensselaer, NY with a variety of early historical items and prints. Dr. Semowich is also curator of the new (not yet opened) Museum of Prints and Printmaking in Schenectady, NY.

There will also be appraisal services on site so those who attend the show can find out the value of their own treasures; any two items for $5.00. This year the appraisers are George Heigel and Wallace Schmidt. Tasty homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available for purchase.

For those wanting to spend the day in the area, there are several antique shops in Canajoharie. Brotherhood Antiques, operated by Joe and Audrey Fowler, offers items from 10 different dealers in addition to consignment pieces. The Settlers Block next door, operated by Jim Sancho, has a large inventory of furniture, art and a variety of small items. Chris Takacs, owner of Fort Plain Antiques (2 miles west) offers large architectural and salvage items along with general line antiques. JR’s Auction and dealer center is now located on NYS Rt. 5 just east of St. Johnsville and west of the Nellis Tavern.

All proceeds from this show will be used for the continuing restoration and maintenance of the 1747 Nellis Tavern by the Palatine Settlement Society. Check out their website at:

For additional information contact Donna Reston at 518.843.1601