In this column we will
highlight Garrett County, its people, places and
opportunities from an "insider" perspective.
The articles will appear at various
times throughout the year and will be authored by
Deep Creek Times Owners/Publishers Mike Tumbarello
and Sarah Myers.
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Antiques, Vintage, and Collectibles Show
Civic Club Cafe and
certainly have come a long way in 44 years. What started as a
small antique show in the B&O train station in 1973, the Civic
Club's annual Antique Show (and major fundraiser) has turned
into a large event attracting close to 30 vendors. The club
moved the show to the old Armory on 8th Street in Oakland many
years ago. To accommodate changing taste among the younger
generation, the show now has vendors that sell vintage and
collectible items as well as antiques.
The show is
always held over Autumn Glory weekend to take advantage of the
large crowds of people in the county. "With it being the 50th
Autumn Glory festival this year, we expect that there will be
even more people in town to attend this show," said Barbara
Frantz, Vendor coordinator for the Civic Club. "Admission is
still only $3 and good for the entire weekend. Many people will
come on Friday to check out what the vendors are offering for
sale and come back on Sunday to see if it is still available.
You run the risk of it not being there though, so if you see
something you really want, it is best to buy it right away to
avoid disappointment later."
Many of the vendors have
been coming to the show for decades and they like to have the
same spot each year. Barbara does her best to accommodate them,
says Jean Tumbarello, Club President.
of the show, Barbara will set up coffee and cake for the vendors
before the doors open and will make sure they have everything
they need to conduct business. The vendors really like the
personal attention she gives them."
There are five
new vendors this year
and they come from four different states. They will be offering
furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, coins, tools, linens and
glassware. Quilts, sports and war memorabilia and some antique
firearms will also be for sale. Come find your treasure!
Another reason to visit the Armory during Autumn Glory weekend
is the Civic Club Cafe. The ladies of the club spend the days
before the festival making all sorts of food items to serve
visitors - at very reasonable prices. The recipe for the
Vegetable Beef soup is about as old as the show itself and it is
known county wide as being simply delicious. A new addition to
the food offerings is the chicken and dumpling soup made from a
family recipe of Judi Merriman - the club's First Vice President
and cafe coordinator. Last year it sold out on Friday! Get here
early this year if you want to try it!
offerings include sloppy Joes, pulled pork barbecue, egg salad,
pickled eggs (all homemade), deli sandwiches - even PB&J for the
youngsters. "We pride ourselves on serving fresh food that is
made with love and quality ingredients," says Judi. "It takes a
lot of team work to pull an event like this off. Club members
volunteer time all weekend in the kitchen - even husbands and
visiting family will come and help."
In addition to the
food, the cafe also offers home baked goodies - cookies, pies,
cakes, buckeyes, brownies and quick breads - for sale at
reasonable prices. Hot coffee is always available. The cafe is
open during show hours.
The club has been selling raffle
tickets all summer for a $1000 cash prize. Tickets will be
available at the event all weekend and the drawing will take
place at 3pm on Autumn Glory Sunday. Winner does not need to be
present to win.
We do have a few spots open this year
for vendors if anyone is interested in purchasing a space.
Contact the Civic Club at
for more information.
"All of the money we raise with
the Antique Show, cafe and raffle is donated back to the
community through local non-profit organizations," says
President Tumbarello. "I am so proud to be part of this
organization with such a long history of community service.
There's a lot of work sometimes but the ladies of the Civic Club
are friends and the work becomes fun when you are among
-Jean Tumbarello, President, Civic Club of Oakland