Crisp nights and changing leaves means the beginning of the fall antique show circuit. Treasures are waiting to be discovered and no better place than the annual Adirondack Mountains Antique Show in Indian Lake. Always held the third weekend in September, this year’s rustic Adirondack antique show is scheduled for September 18-22.
Originally started by the Adirondack Museum the show altered locations between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake. Now in its fourth year and constantly growing, this antique show is here to stay.
With new and returning vendors lining the main street (Rt. 28/30) of Indian Lake, organizing committee member Aaron Gadway and the rest of the show’s volunteers have made the focus traditional Adirondack wares. Don’t forget to bring your own collectables to be appraised. Professional appraisers will be holding shop at the Indian Lake Theatre to let you know if you’ve been holding onto a priceless antique.
“There will be plenty of variety,” says Gadway. “We do encourage the vendors to have antiques and to focus as much as they can on the Adirondacks and regional items. It is nice because things are always changing. Vendors even buy from each other to bring back to their stores.”
The Indian Lake Theatre will be bringing an Art House Thursday treat to the mix with a special showing of Rachel Is on September 19 along with a Q&A with filmmaker Eddie Martinez. Rachel Is focuses on Charlotte Glynn’s move home to chronicle her developmentally disabled sister Rachel’s last year in school. This film is part of the “Taking Care” series, which draws attention to the community caregivers. Other films to be shown in the series include Bully and Bill W.
According to Gadway antique shows are one of the few types of festivals that encourage competition. That’s why next year Indian Lake and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake will both be hosting their antique shows at the same time, giving visitors even more to choose from.
On Saturday, September 21, a special chicken BBQ will take place from noon to 4 pm. With a homemade sauce and a low $10 fee, all BBQ proceeds will benefit the Antique Show. Delivery is available to exhibiting vendors.
“Come and check out the vendors but take time to enjoy the area,” says Gadway. “The foliage is just coming around. Hike the trails to see the leaves or take out a kayak or canoe and paddle through the lakes; there is plenty of things to see.”
If you can’t make this weekend, Warrensburg’s World’s Largest Garage Sale may be the place to pick up some Adirondack treasures. Enjoy!
Photo of Indian Lake Adirondack Mountains Antique Show by Diane Chase.