Home, garden tours, antiques fairs and more abound in the Bay Area

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Home, garden tours, antiques fairs and more abound in the Bay Area

Home, garden tours, antiques fairs and more abound in the Bay Area

Naglee Park Vintage Home Tour: The San Jose Woman’s Club hosts the sixth biennial Naglee Park Vintage Home Tour in downtown San Jose April 21. This event is a bit unusual because all seven of the properties are located within two adjacent blocks of the historic district. Folks park a single time, walk a short way to homes and take in the beauty. More than a thousand attendees are expected.

In between tours, shop at the Treasure Boutique of vendors, have a gourmet boxed lunch or light refreshments in a garden setting. Historian April Halberstadt speaks to all ticket holders at the Refreshment Garden at 1 p.m.

Proceeds go towards improving the 1929 Spanish Revival landmark clubhouse designed by San Jose architects Wolfe and Higgins.

Details: Tours start at 400 S. 16 St., San Jose, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, $35 for tour only, $50 for tour and boxed lunch. For more information go to the website here or call 408-294-6919.

Bottle Society Antiques Show: The 52nd annual Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society Antiques and Collectibles Show and Sale occurs April 14. If you have ever wondered what our old flask or jug is worth, bring them along for a free assessment.

Details: Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, Sunset Hall, 1201 W. 10 St., Antioch. Early admission April 13, noon – 5 p.m., $10; free admission April 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  925-373-6758.

Plants and more:  The Morgan Hill Flower Lover’s Club – founded back in 1925 – has its yearly Flower Show and Plant Sale April 28-29. After you ogle fragrant blossoms, rest with a cup of tea, or select from assorted plant specimens.

I will be in attendance for evaluations of your estate sale finds, or to hobnob, on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first appraisal runs $5. Additional ones cost $10 with a limit of three per person.

Funds raised help with club activities in the community.

Details: Morgan Hill Cultural Center, 1700 Monterey Road, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., April 13 and 14, admission is free. For more information, call Suzanne Barrett at 408-683-2400.

The French Market returns: The first of the season’s outdoor antique shows in San Rafael takes place April 8. The French Market – now in its eighth season –  is scheduled for the second Sunday of each month until Oct. 7.

Listen to live music as you stroll through the aisles filled with all types of vintage goodies. It’s easy to imagine you are at a European street fair, especially as you indulge in fresh crepes.

Details: Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. Heading north or south on Highway 101, exit at No. San Pedro Road, take left on Civic Center Dr. and follow signs. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Dogs allowed. For more information call 415-383-2252, or check out the website here.

Goat Hill Fair: The Goat Hill Fair held in Watsonville is set for May 19-20. The sale, held in May and November, has become one of Northern California’s hottest events.

Details: Santa Cruz Co. Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave., Watsonville, May 19, 10 a.m. – 4p.m. and May 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $10.  “Early goat” tickets, which allow a small group of people to get first dibs on merchandise on opening day, are up for grabs online starting April 1, $25.  For more information, check out the website here.

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Can you identify this mystery object? (Photo courtesy of John Mills) 

Mystery object: Thus far, about 80 readers have weighed in on the identity of the thingamajig I wrote about in my last column. Readers have until May 1 to forward their response to me at steve.yvaska@sbcglobal.net. The winner will receive a free lunch with me.

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Published at Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:19:30 +0000