Published: September 14, 2011
Barn Star Productions, Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Frank Gaglio are thrilled to announce changes for their Mid*Week in Manchester and Pickers Market Antiques Shows next August.
Recognized as the event that started Antiques Week, Mid*Week in Manchester Antiques Show will now be called the Mid*Week Antiques Show, and its’ sister event, the Manchester Pickers Market, will now be titled the Pickers Market Antiques Show.
“One thing we can always count on is change and with that comes new and better opportunities. Just as our inventory changes, so do dates, exhibitors and venues. New Hampshire’s Antiques Week has been a wonderful event for the past 18 years, and Barn Star has built a strong and reliable reputation among collectors to produce important and fun events, and we plan to continue that tradition,” commented show manager Frank Gaglio.
With the sale of the Furniture World Design Center, home of the Barn Star shows for the past three years, finding a suitable location in the Manchester area that would provide space large enough for a 70-plus dealer show, parking for dealers’ and customers’ vehicles, easy access from major highways, cost effectiveness, customer amenities and conveniences, and, finally, date availability, all make for a challenging search.
“We have found a location that provides all of the above, plus date availability guarantees for years to come, and that location is the Douglas N. Everett Arena in Concord, N.H., a short 20-minute drive from downtown Manchester,” continued Gaglio.
Located 200 yards off I-93, exit 14, the Everett Arena provides a clean, spacious and easy to load in facility where booths can be arranged in a standard grid pattern, making for easy set-up and customer exploration. Extensive free parking lots surround the arena with hotels and restaurants a stone’s throw from the show.
Also new will be the order in which the shows occur. The Mid*Week Antiques Show will open on its traditional Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9, and the Pickers Market Antiques Show returns to its traditional date on Friday, August 10, as an exciting one-day show.
“There was a tremendous amount of thought that went into this schedule, including when the greatest number of customers are in the area, keeping a schedule that preserves and respects the opening hours of the other events during Antiques Week and providing our dealers at both shows with maximum exposure and sales potential,” added Gaglio.
Mid*Week will now become a 70 exhibitor show maintaining the highest standards it is known for. With lower costs to lease the arena, Barn Star is passing the savings along to its exhibitors at both shows in the form of reduced booth rents which speaks to their concerns for exhibitors’ show expenses.
With the Pickers Market solidly recognized as a “must attend” event of Antiques Week, placing it on Friday will create the excitement of the original show 16 years ago, while attracting the buying crowds that attend the Deerfield Americana Celebration, Mid*Week and NHADA Show on Thursday. Pickers will finish up the week as the jewel in the crown of Antiques Week.
“We sincerely hope Barn Star Productions shows stay high on your list of events to attend during Antiques Week in New Hampshire 2012,” Frank Gaglio said.
For information, 845-876-0616 or www.barnstar.com .
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