Arts and entertainment columnist
Some of the most popular programs on television deal with antiques and collectibles. Americans and Europeans are fairly fascinated with the material items that make up the ÒstuffÓ of life, as ÒAntiques Roadshow,Ó ÒCash in the Attic,Ó ÒPawn StarsÓ and ÒAmerican PickersÓ can all firmly attest.
All of this Òarmchair quarterbackingÓ in the collectibles arena is educational and interesting, but for a real thrill, consider making a brief trip into Old Town Folsom for the Real Deal on Saturday.
The 13th annual Antique Evaluation Day will be held in front of the Folsom History Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 11.
For $8 per evaluation (or $35 for five evaluations), you can discover the true value of that silver teapot that came down to you from your Boston relatives. Could it be a genuine Paul Revere? Or a later reproduction?
The event, which benefits the Folsom History Museum, will feature expert evaluators who are the specialists in their fields. Members of the public are invited to bring: American Indian art and artifacts, Asian and Middle Eastern arts and antiques, clocks, watches, coins, fine and heirloom jewelry, dolls, doll furniture and related items, firearms, military and political memorabilia, glass, china, pottery, porcelain and silver, paintings, fine art, photos, postcards, stamps, paper ephemera, quilts and stringed instruments.
Those wishing to have their items evaluated begin in front of the Folsom History Museum. After paying you are directed to the appropriate location on Sutter Street to have your item evaluated.
This is always a fun process Ñ I have participated several years, and the fun of meeting other people, seeing unusual items and learning the provenance of each item is a thrill one can only experience Òon the game fieldÓ of life. Better still, itÕs all unedited.
Sutter Street is currently undergoing renovations that will make all the resources of Old Folsom more accessible to all. The trees from the old ÒSutter Street MallÓ of the 1960s were removed last spring Ñ a good thing, since it was discovered that the root balls of the trees were too small to safely support them. ItÕs a minor miracle that nobodyÕs been crushed by a falling tree in the last 50 years.
Part of Sutter Street was re-paved last month and the sidewalks are undergoing renovation. If you see dirt sidewalks as you visit Sutter Street, just take a moment to enjoy the experience of how this old gold rush town must have been like 150 years ago. Next year there will be new, ADA-compliant sidewalks É and the spirit of Sutter Street will go on.
The 13th annual Antique Evaluation Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for evaluations will be held in front of the Folsom History Museum, located at 823 Sutter St. in Old Town Folsom.
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