Spring outings: Shadelands in Walnut Creek, French Market in San Rafael

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Spring outings: Shadelands in Walnut Creek, French Market in San Rafael

Spring outings: Shadelands in Walnut Creek, French Market in San Rafael

I tend to stay indoors when it’s cold and rainy, but now that spring has arrived I plan to partake in activities afforded the antiques hobbyist in the Bay Area.

If you have a penchant for period homes, consider a tour of the Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek.

The manse — surrounded by neatly maintained gardens and on the list of the National Register of Historic Places — is the redwood-framed Colonial Revival finished in 1903 for early settler Hiram Penniman (1824-1907) and his family. Most of the furniture and decorative accessories you see are original to the home. As you look about the rooms, be sure to notice the fine woodwork and fireplaces.

Once referred to as the “Shadelands Fruit Farm,” the property is administered by the Walnut Creek Historical Society.

And so you know, a variety of special events occur on the premises, including a July 23 barn sale replete with antiques and collectibles.

Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays (but closed Sunday, April 16) at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road. Admission: $3 adults, $1 children. Details: 925-935-7871, or www.walnutcreekhistory.info.

Marin show returns: The first of the season’s outdoor antique shows in San Rafael takes place April 9. The French Market, now in its seventh season, is set for the second Sunday of the month through Oct. 8. It’s easy to imagine you’re at a European street fair: As you stroll through the aisles loaded with merchandise, listen to lively French music and indulge in a tasty crepe.

The sale is at the Marin Civic Center, San Rafael. Heading north or south on Highway 101, exit at North San Pedro Road, go left on Civic Center Drive and follow the signs. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission, parking free. Dogs allowed. Details: 415-383-2252, or www.goldengateshows.com.

At History Park: History San Jose sponsors its second annual Spring Tea on April 15. Participants will delight in finger sandwiches and sweets served by players of Silicon Valley Shakespeare. The parties usually sell out, so make reservations soon. Two seatings: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members. Details: Juanita Lara at 408-918-1045, or email  jlara@historysanjose.org.

The festivities are held at History Park, 635 Phelan Ave. While there take a curator-led tour of the exhibit that just opened, “Fashion to Die For: A Shopper’s Dilemma.”

Plants, appraisals: The Morgan Hill Flower Lover’s Club, founded in 1925, holds its annual Flower Show and Plant Sale on April 22-23. After you ogle fragrant blossoms, rest with a cup of tea, or select from assorted plant specimens for your own garden.

I will be on hand for informal evaluations of garage sale finds or family heirlooms on April 22 from noon to 3 p.m. First appraisal is $5. Each additional one is $10, with a limit of three per person. Funds raised promote club activities.

The bash occurs at the Morgan Hill Cultural Center, 1700 Monterey Road. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free admission, parking. Details: Lynne Bonino at 408-683-2883.

Impressive results: The 58th annual White Elephant Sale garnered more than $2 million for the Oakland Museum of California. Devoted, energetic members with the Oakland Museum Women’s Board did a beautiful job of presentation and organization in the massive warehouse space. I heard from several readers who scored good buys and eagerly await the 2018 dispersal.

Contact Yvaska at steve.yvaska@sbcglobal.net.

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Published at Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:56 +0000