Tomorrow is the day you may discover that the dusty old vase you’ve been using to store chopsticks is worth a small fortune – or perhaps the chopsticks are ivory from the Ming dynasty. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can visit the Appraisal Faire at the new Marco Island Historical Museum.
A team of professionals, including Wes Cowan, Ken Farmer and Nan Chisholm, from “Antiques Road Show,” will be on hand to appraise your cherished keepsakes. They will be ably assisted by Barbara and Bill Meek, of the Harmon Meek Gallery in Naples, and by Denise Kowal, a Naples gemologist and jewelry expert.
The rules are simple: you must be able to carry up to three items into the museum unassisted, and the appraisal charge is $15 for each item. Members of the Marco Island Historical Society will pay only $10, as the Society is sponsoring this wonderful event. If you decide to join MIHS that day, you will pay only member charges for appraisals. Cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable.
For entertainment, Frankie Ray and Mary Ellen will be on hand, as well as Carol and Bernie Bierman on keyboard and violin, and Bob and Norma Daniels, a musical group from Illinois. Light refreshments and beverages will be sold.
From Naples, come over the Collier Boulevard (CR 951) bridge to Marco Island and drive to the traffic light at Bald Eagle Drive. Go left and continue through two lights – the road changes its name to South Heathwood. The museum is a few blocks beyond San Marco Road, across from the branch library on the right. We hope to see you there!
Marion Nicolay and Betsy Perdichizzi, of the Marco Island Historical Society, compile this report on a weekly basis for the Eagle. Shirley Beckwith oversees the archiving of photos for MIHS.