It’s been such a delight to spread the news about vintage and antique collecting through my blog here on the Staunton Antiques Center website. Whether it’s hot trends in the antique world, tips and ideas for decorating, upcoming events, or why antiques are so eco-friendly, I just enjoy sharing my love of vintage and antique items with you.
And now I get to go one better! I’m part of a group of antique lovers and collectors who are teaching through Olli — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia — this fall right here in the Valley.
Let’s Go Antiquing
The class is Antiques Adventure, a four-week session that meets Monday mornings from 11am-12:30pm beginning on October 29. The class is slated for the R.R.Smith Center here in Staunton, but it also will move around the region for some fun field trips into the world of antiques. It’s going to be great!
I was approached by Carol Bingaman, one of the Board of Directors at Olli and the organizer-instructor of this class, who wanted to know if I would be the guest teacher for one of the sessions. What an honor! Of course I jumped at the chance to share my love of antiques, vintage goods, and collectibles. I already have so many ideas about my session on November 5th, which will be held here in my downtown Staunton antiques gallery.
And I’m thrilled to be moving along with the other guest instructors and hearing what they have to say. Sometimes we’ll all be in a classroom setting, and other times we’ll be looking at antiques in homes.
One of the instructors, Ken Farmer, has been an appraiser with Antiques Roadshow. He and his co-collector, his wife Jane, lead the first class and I’m sure they’ve got great insight to share about their love of Americana and Southern culture.
Locals may know another of the instructors, Ed Miska, who owns the cozy antiques gallery at West Beverley and Lewis Streets, Inside Newtown. Apparently his Waynesboro home is a feast for the eyes and our lucky class participants will get to see it for themselves!
And then on the last class, I get to step into the spotlight again with a tour of my 1844 home, which was the Historic Staunton Foundation Restoration of the Year award winner in 2009. I’m excited to share this with the class!
If you don’t already know about Olli, I encourage you to follow the links in my post to discover the range of amazing classes available to our community and the gifts of the many experienced and diverse instructors who offer their expertise in various subjects at truly affordable class prices.
Here’s to antiquing with us this fall!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center
P.S. I’m so excited about new developments in our upstairs art gallery, the Artisans Loft. I’ve hired two new co-curators, Lacey Vilandry and Ann Cheeks, who are poised to lead the gallery into a new era. On November 9th we’ll celebrate the first show that they’re hanging, Starry Nights, which opens on the same night as Staunton’s popular Sparkles and Sweets event. You’ll hear more about Lacey and Ann in upcoming blog posts.