Historical Society announces Antiquarius holiday events

Tickets are now on sale for Antiquarius 2014, the Greenwich Historical Society’s eagerly awaited series of holiday events and its most important fund-raiser of the year.

On Friday, Dec. 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Antiquarius officially marks the beginning of the holiday season with “Sugarplums and Snowflakes,” a Nutcracker-themed gala where guests can preview the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show while enjoying entertainment, cocktails (courtesy of Horseneck Wines and Liquors and American Harvest Vodka) and passed hors d’oeuvres and a light buffet supper catered by Marcia Selden Catering.

The show will open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. Admission is $15 per person, $12 for seniors. Tickets are to be purchased at the door and re-entry is allowed.

The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show is managed by Frank Gaglio, Inc. and showcases more than 40 prominent American dealers in fine art, period to mid-century antiques and exceptional jewelry. Admission is $150 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Events continue with the Antiquarius Holiday Boutique on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. This year’s boutique will take place at Christ Church Greenwich Parish Hall and will offer an exciting mix of new vendors and perennial favorites guaranteed to cover everyone’s holiday list. On opening night, shoppers will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres by Watson’s Catering and wine and cocktails compliments of Donelan Wines and American Harvest Vodka. On the following day, visitors may continue to tick off holiday shopping needs before, during or after the Holiday House Tour.

The annual Holiday House Tour will take place Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and feature five spectacularly decorated Greenwich homes. With inspiration at every turn, this year’s tour showcases a farmhouse retreat with eclectic fine art collections, a stately colonial, a grand federal-style home with water views, the residence of a popular Greenwich-based designer and a vintage jewel updated with classic American style.

Transportation to the homes will be provided by shuttle bus from designated parking areas. A limited number of premier parking passes will allow holders to park on the street at four of the five houses rather than riding the shuttle bus. The House Tour is $100 per person and premier parking passes are available for $350. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The combination map/ticket and premier parking passes will be mailed a week in advance.

For those who want to make a full day of it, a buffet lunch will be available at the Milbrook Club, 61 Woodside Drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and advance reservations are requested.

Corporate sponsors include David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors, Christie’s International Real Estate, Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and NEBCO Insurance Services. Moffly Media’s Greenwich and AtHome magazines are official media sponsors for the event.

Antiquarius leadership includes: Deborah and Chuck Royce, Honorary Chairs; Tiffany Burnette, Samantha Moro and Catherine Tompkins, Co-Chairs of the Markham Roberts luncheon; Suzanne Frank and Lynne Wheat, Co-Chairs for Patron Development; Sandra Morgan and Laird Morgan Tolan, Co-Chairs of the Holiday House Tour; Holly Cassin and Catie Salyer, Co-Chairs of the Holiday Boutique; Lisa McAtee, Beth Taylor and Carrie Wallack, Co-Chairs of the Gala Preview Party; Ashley Allan, Chair of the Holiday House Tour Luncheon and Meg Nolan van Reesema, Chair of the Antiquarius Journal.

Antiquarius is a major source of funding for the Greenwich Historical Society that provides crucial financial support for the only organization in town dedicated solely to the preservation of Greenwich history. Proceeds help sustain beloved Bush-Holley House and Historic Site, the Historical Society’s archives, lectures, exhibitions and award-winning educational programs that serve more than 12,000 visitors each year.

To order tickets for all events, visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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