Curios, keepsakes, special finds. No matter what you call them, antiques, crafts and fine arts have a special allure, and browsing through a collection can be a great, relaxing way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Combine that charming prospect with live music, food, classic cars and plenty of other diversions, and it’s a recipe for a weekend gathering with great potential.
That’s what’s in store this weekend in downtown Carbondale as Ros-Al Antiques and Events presents the third annual Antiques in the Park event Saturday, June 28.
Paul Daugevelo and Christopher Glinton, proprietors of Ros-Al Floral and Antiques, own and operate antique stores in Forest City, Hawley and Carbondale, and have been in the antique business for 35 years. Now they have broadened their scope, turning their expertise to the full-scale production of antique shows and events. That expansion got under way earlier this month with a show in Lenoxville, and the pair are now planning events outside the region as well.
For the show this weekend in Carbondale, antique dealers will set up in Memorial Park, across from City Hall, just off Main Street. Admission is free. The events will begin at 10 a.m. The day will include historic trolley-bus rides through town provided by the Historical Society (11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.) with singing by the a cappella musical group “Classic Voices,” wine tasting and an art exhibit — “A Woman for All Seasons: The Art and Life of Marianne Stratford” at The Chamber Gallery (4-8 p.m.), a City Hall cookout (noon to 8 p.m.), a chicken barbecue (4-7 p.m.), horse and carriage rides (1-8 p.m.), a “book and bake” sale at the public library (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), an antique car show presented by the Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club in the McDonnell’s Restaurant parking lot (4-8 p.m.) and live bands (noon to 8 p.m.). Fireworks will end the day at dusk.
“We have carefully selected the finest vendors for our shows to offer the best and largest variety of antiques and the fine arts to create a fabulous experience for all who attend,” Daugevelo said. The items offered will include vintage jewelry, oriental rugs, china, pottery, Native American pieces, glassware, toys, country art, photography, coal and wood stoves, dolls, religious pieces and all manner of antique curiosities.
Just down Main Street, the Pioneer Plaza Best Western Hotel will hold its first-ever “Nostalgia Night” rooftop party 6-9 p.m. featuring retro music and dancing.
“The city will be filled with the events, atmosphere and charm of a traditional historic town,” added Glinton.
Another antique show in Memorial Park is planned for Saturday, Aug. 16.
For more information, call 570-960-2754 or 570-785-5960.