Antiques in the Heart of Aiken, a well-attended antiques experience, returns to downtown the first week in February with a preview party on Jan. 31.
From Feb. 1 to 3, the antiques show and sale will feature 22 dealers from Virginia to Texas with a variety of items, such as fine English, American and French silver and furniture, brilliant cut glass, Black Forest carvings and estate jewelry. Rare books, prints, oil paintings, clocks and English and French porcelain will also be on display.
Antiques in the Heart of Aiken is held at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Tickets are $8 per person and include all three days of the show.
“It is our biggest fundraiser in helping us continue operations at the Aiken Center for the Arts,” said organizer Carl Lanham.
Restoration experts and silversmiths will be on hand in the Brooks Gallery on the second floor of the Center for the Arts to provide estimates and advice.
The preview party on Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. will give attendees a sneak preview of the items dealers will have on display during the show.
The party will be catered in the Brooks Gallery on the second level of the Center for the Arts and offer a variety of desserts, champagne and live entertainment. Tickets are $70 and include a weekend pass to the antiques show. Tickets are available now at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
The show and sale will be Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Feb. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.
The show has proven to be wildly popular in the past, according to Lanham.
“There were about 8,000 people last year. I think (dealers) do very well in sales,” he said.
A special lecture will be offered in the Brown Pavilion on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. On Feb. 1, Harry Robertson of HG Roberston Fine Silver will present “A Cup of Tea and a Silver Spoon!” Tickets are $20 and include tea and scones.
On Feb. 2, Kathryn Greeley, author of “The Collected Tabletop,” will lead a discussion on her book. Tickets are $20 and include morning refreshments.
The Sweetheart Cafe will be serving food each day of the show. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and drinks and desserts will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lunch on Sunday will be served from noon to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 641-9094.