Saturday, October 06, 2001

Antiques show back in old home

Event returns to Lebanon

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — The most significant homecoming event in Warren County this weekend just might be the Lebanon Antiques Show's return to its hometown.

    • What: Lebanon Antiques Show
    • When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
    • Where: Lebanon High School, Ohio 48 and Miller Road just north of downtown.
    • Admission: $5, good for both days.
    • Information: 932-1817.
        For the past couple of years, this semiannual event has been held at Springboro's junior high and high schools because no suitable facility was available in Lebanon. The show's longtime venue, the Warren County Career Center, underwent remodeling that made its space unworkable for an antiques fair featuring 80 vendors and attracting well over a thousand shoppers.

        Local organizers and the show sponsor, the Warren County Historical Society, searched for a solution that would bring the antiques show back to Lebanon. They appear to have succeeded: the two-day event will be housed at Lebanon High School.

        “We're hoping the high school will be our permanent home,” said Mary Payne, director of the historical society. “The high school has agreed to work with us, letting us use the gymnasium, the hallways and part of the cafeteria.”

        A sticking point in any proposal to hold the antiques show in the high school has always been access to the gym on Friday, when dealers normally set up. With sports and community events often scheduled for evening hours, that meant that dealers would have to wait until late at night to trundle in the Chippendale desks and pie safes.

        But that seems to be an acceptable trade-off for bringing the show back to town.

        “We will have a late set-up for the dealers,” Ms. Payne conceded, but she added that all should be ready today for the show's visitors, who often drive long distances to browse among the distinguished and quirky wares the show always offers.


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