A crowd of several hundred turned out for the opening preview party for this year’s Maryland Antiques Show of Hunt Valley, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium.
The show offers a large, meandering display of antiques and art ranging from the 16th to the mid-20th century, and always draws a mix of antiques aficionados, designers, decorators, hobbiests and curiosity seekers. The three-day event has exhibitions, lectures and appraisals, and attracts more than 40 of the nation’s top dealers to Baltimore each year to display their wares.
The Thursday evening VIP reception that kicked off the weekend gave guests a chance to preview the exhibits while sipping cocktails, as well as noshing on hors d’oeuvres such as shrimp cocktail, beef tenderloin and mini savory pastries and cheese puffs. Spotted amongst the crowd were noted local antiques experts such as Stiles Colwill, Gregory Weidman and J. Michael Flanigan. Put on by The Antiques Council, this year’s show benefitted Family and Children’s Sevices of Central Maryland.