Historical Society gears up for holiday fund-raiser

Before you know it the holiday season will be upon us once again and the Greenwich Historical Society already has a lineup of events in store, including the annual Antiquarius fund-raiser.

The Historical Society recently announced that this year’s roster of holiday events includes the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show, managed by Frank Gaglio, Inc., on Dec. 7 and 8, at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, Old Greenwich. The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show and preview party will be premiere features of the Antiquarius fund-raiser, which will also include a Holiday House Tour and a Holiday Gift Boutique.

The Holiday House Tour, chaired by mother/daughter designer team Sandra Morgan and Laird Morgan Tolan, will showcase five “spectacularly decorated” Greenwich homes and will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Holiday Boutique, chaired by Ashley Allan and Holly Cassin, will be held at Christ Church Parish Hall on Dec. 10 and 11.

Talented leadership for Antiquarius is in abundance once again with a steering committee that includes Tiffany Burnette, Fraser Bennett Beede, Killeen Faughnan, Sabrina Forsythe, Suzanne Frank, Rachel Kelley, M. E. Kjaernested, Mimi Moulton, Anne Niemeth, Anne Ogilvy, Deborah Royce, Leigh Ann Ryan, Catherine Tompkins, Roxanne Vanderbilt and Davidde Strackbein, chairman of the Board of Trustees. Alicia Laing will coordinate media for the event, and Katie Nogaki and Kathryn Stewart will coordinate volunteers for the House Tour.

On Dec. 6, Antiquarius will kick off with a party and preview of the Winter Antiques Show with a mid-century modern theme, “Meet Me at the Beverly Hills Hotel.”

Organizers say that this event is not to be missed and the celebration will include signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, designer tours of the booths, door prizes, private early shopping and consultation with exhibitors. The antiques show will feature period to mid-century antiques, fine art and exceptional jewelry.

In addition to collections from top exhibitors, a series of special programs are being planned, including designer and celebrity guest speakers — both sold-out programs in 2012. A Nov. 15, private patron event for Antiquarius angels, patrons and benefactors is also on the calendar.

Antiquarius chairs include Tiffany Burnette and Don Casturo, Killeen and Joseph Faughnan, Mimi and John Henry Moulton, Anne and Chuck Niemeth, Deborah and Chuck Royce, Leigh Ann and Robert Ryan, Catherine and David Tompkins and Roxanne and Hugh Vanderbilt.

Antiquarius is a major source of funding for the Greenwich Historical Society, providing financial support for the organization which is dedicated to the preservation of Greenwich history. Proceeds help sustain the Historical Society’s Bush-Holley House and Historic Site, the William B. Finch Jr. Library and Archives, lectures and exhibitions and award-winning educational programs that serve more than 7,000 students.

Tickets to the Friday night Antiquarius preview party and the Holiday House Tour must be purchased in advance and became available for sale online at greenwichhitory.org on July 1. Admission to the Holiday Boutique is free. Tickets for the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show may be purchased at the door on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8.

For Antiquarius updates, visit greenwichhistory.org.

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Anne Bradner at 203-869-6899, ext. 15.

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