Local antique-appraisal event planned

By Tom Joyce - tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

DOBSON — It won’t be “Antiques Roadshow,” but a gathering planned later this month in Dobson could be considered a local version of that popular television program.

The Surry County Antiques on Parade and Silent Auction event is scheduled for Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m., which will highlight the annual meeting of the Surry Historical Society.

It will be held at the Shelton-Badgett N.C. Center for Viticulture and Enology on the campus of Surry Community College at 630 S. Main St., with the evening to include dinner at 6 p.m., an antique evaluation and the silent auction.

Professionals will be on hand to offer evaluations of antiques and information or guidance on additional resources for more research, although no official appraisals are to be involved.

This is a first-time event for Surry County, according to Marion Venable of the local historical society.

“I think we realized that a lot of folks have items that they’re interested in,” Venable said of family heirlooms or antiques that have been passed down from generation to generation in some cases.

Such interest has been sparked in recent years by “Antiques Roadshow,” a public television series that involves experts visiting various locations to appraise antiques brought in by members of the public.

“Antiques Roadshow is probably not going to come to Surry County,” Venable added Monday. So members of the historical group decided to offer a similar opportunity here.

Attendees may bring an item to the Nov. 12 event for evaluation by antique expert Todd Leinbach of Leinbach Realty and Auction in Clemmons.

“He has a depth of knowledge,” Venable said of Leinbach, whose firm specializes in estate settlements and has dealt with various collectibles such as coins.

Another professional evaluator also could be on hand during the evening, Venable said.

Organizers stress that one appraisal per attendee will be allowed at the event, for which reservations are required.

The cost for the meal/appraisal is $15 per person. Checks payable to the Surry County Historical Society must be sent to David Crawford, P.O. Box 469, Mount Airy, NC, 27030, by next Monday, Nov. 9.

Proceeds from the silent auction to be held that night will benefit Surry County Historical Society programs and activities.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

By Tom Joyce


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