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Oakmont Country Club to play host to Kerr Antique Show

| Monday, March 5, 2012

Much like the Oakmont museum that its fundraising efforts maintain, the Kerr Memorial Museum Antique Show offers something for everyone.

Now in its eighth year, the event brings 25 antiques dealers from around the country to the Oakmont Country Club to offer a wide variety of furniture, decorative pieces and fine art from the 18th through 20th centuries.

The show will be Saturday and Sunday, with a $10 admission ticket good for both days. A selection of salads and sandwiches will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days.

The event kicks off Friday evening with a preview party at the country club from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Offerings include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as the opportunity to be first to tour the exhibits.

Jan Shoop, a co-chairwoman of the show's committee, says there is something for every taste and every budget.

"Jewelry, painting, furniture, primitive to contemporary -- it's a huge variety," she says. "(There are) things that range from $50 to thousands of dollars."

The show tends to attract about 1,000, she says, and has raised more than $100,000 for the museum. The proceeds are earmarked for upkeep and other expenses associated with the museum, which is a late 19th-century house at 402 Delaware Ave. in Oakmont.

"It's been such a wonderful, wonderful fundraiser for the Kerr Museum. We've been really blessed," Shoop says. "Everything that we do, the money comes back into our program and what we're all about."

The museum, which is considered an excellent representation of a middle-class home of its time period, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It's open to the public for tours Saturdays and by appointment.

The museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. Over time, it has become a favorite stop for everyone from history buffs to elementary-school students.

The antiques show, which is the museum's only fundraiser, has become a favorite for many, as well. And not without reason.

The show is one of only a couple like it left in the Pittsburgh region, says Joan Stewart, another of the show's committee co-chairwomen.

"We're not talking more of the collectible things; we're talking more of the authentic antiques," she says.

Those antiques range from paintings like George Washington Nicholson's 1885 Potato Harvest Scene to art-deco pieces.

Organizers encourage not only collectors to come out to the show, but also those who might have an interest in finding something authentic rather than a reproduction.

"The old is new again," Stewart says. "By coming to an antiques show, you can buy the real thing."

A rather "new" favorite of the show's attendees, she says, is dealer George Stout. His booth, which offers industrial and modern pieces, nearly sells out every year.

From Stewart's point of view, whether someone is shopping for that special something or just looking for a fun girls' day out, the antiques show has a timeless appeal.

"For us, this has been a wonderful fit," she says. "Since we are a house museum highlighting the turn of the century, to be able to have a fundraiser incorporating antiques is very special to us."

Additional Information:

Kerr Memorial Museum Antique Show

When: 10 a.m-5 p.m.Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Oakmont Country Club

Admission: $10 for both days (cash only); $75 for preview party from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday

Details: 412-826-9295 or @hed-impactAuthentic antiques

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