15 November 2011

The 59th Theta Charity Antiques Show

 

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For Houstonians and Texans alike – our most prestigious and sophisticated antique show is returning this week.   Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall E – the 59th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show starts on November 17 and lasts until the 20th.  Doors open at 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.  On Sunday, doors will close at 5:00 pm.  The Theta Show is the one antiques show that is not to be missed if you are a lover of fine art and antiques.  

 

 

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The Theta Show is known for its exquisite antiques – the best of the best!

 

The show kicks off with The Gala Preview Party which will be held this Wednesday, November 16th.  Many interesting speakers and seminars are planned throughout the event.   The theme of this year’s show is “Our Tribute To Texas” – with an emphasis on antiques and art from the Governor’s Mansion in Austin.  Jane Karotkin, Texas Governor’s Mansion Curator/Administrator of Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, is the featured guest on Thursday, November 17th.  Several selected antique treasures from the Mansion collection will be on display at the show – giving guests a rare opportunity to view these museum quality pieces. 

 

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The Texas Governor’s Mansion has been the official residence of our governors since 1856, making it the fourth oldest governor’s residence continuously occupied in the U.S.  The Greek Revival mansion was built with Austin bricks and pine log pillars from nearby Bastrop County.  It is located in Austin, on a corner overlooking the Texas State Capitol. 

 

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One late night in June, 2008, the Mansion was severely damaged by an arsonist.  As luck would have it,  all the Mansion’s furniture and art was in storage, but the Mansion suffered significant structural damage during the fire.   Three years later, the restoration on the Mansion is still ongoing, but it is projected to be completed by 2012.  To read more about the Mansion and see photographs of its interiors, including the famous staircase and yellow double parlor, please go HERE.

 

Continuing with the Texas theme, on Friday, November 18,  a special show on “Texas First Families: Reunion and Reminiscence,” will be held, along with a seated luncheon, moderated by Shara Fryer.   Guests will include former Governors and their families, including former Governor and First Lady Mark and Linda Gale White, Jo Ann Jester Berry (daughter of former Governor Beauford Jester), and Cathy Clements Matthews (granddaughter of former Governor Bill Clements.)

 

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And most exciting is guest Martha Stewart who will be speaking and signing her newest book – “Martha’s Entertaining.”  Take note though -  only books pre-purchased at Blue Willow Bookshop will be signed (although there will be a few available for purchase at the show.)  The event will start at 10:30 on Saturday, November 19.  Check the web site for explicit instructions on where and how to purchase your book if you would like it signed by Ms. Stewart.

Along with more speakers and seminars, there will also be a raffle held.  

 

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Last year, this booth at the Theta Show featured French antiques – so absolutely gorgeous!!

 

 

Be sure to read about all the planned activities, times and directions on the Theta Antiques Show web site HERE.    Also on the web site is the story of the beginnings of the Theta Show, along with a history of their admirable philanthropic endeavors. 

14 comments:

  1. This promises to be a fabulous event. i wish I could attend! Right now, am getting ready for Jeffrey Bilhuber book signing at my showroom. Keeping my fingers crossed for "no rain"

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  2. I wish I were going if only to wander about. Looks like a fabulous show and I hope you enjoy!

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  3. I would love to come!
    This kind or home interior design is wonderful!

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  4. How sad to see the horrible damage done to that beautiful mansion. With all the hard work and restoration being done, it sounds like it will be better than ever! Next time I visit my parents in Georgetown I will have to go see it. Better yet I should go visit my Aunt Elena in Houston and go to that Antique show. I want everything in that picture, especially that mirror!!

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  5. Joni, lucky you! Have fun.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  6. It sounds like an interesting event. Enjoy yourself there.

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  7. Love my Theta's! Thanks for posting! Wish I could come meet Martha :(

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  8. The Texas G. Mansion is divine. How sad about the fire, thankfully the furniture was not inside, I don't know how they could be so lucky. This is my favorite architectural style and I love the wonderful classical interior. I saw and heard Martha speak many years ago when I did the Madona Circle Antique Show in Memphis. It is a very simular show and much the same type of antiques. She is a delightful speaker. I miss seeing shows like this. We had one in St.Louis, but was not supported and we lost it. I hope this one went well and was largely attended. I love this post and am always glad to see how other people in other parts of blogland live and entertain. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  9. Unbelievable what kind of evil drives some warped monster to commit such an act as burning this beautiful important landmark... Makes my blood boil!

    Wish I lived closer so that I could attend. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Memphis also has the St. George's Antiques Arcade every fall. It was last Thursday through Sunday. It is a very beautiful show also with quality, high end antiques. I believe Charles Faudree was the special guest lecturer this year. I look forward to and attend this show every year, but missed this year because I was out of town.

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  11. Such beautiful antiques, an amazing home...and Martha? sounds fabulous. The main reason I stopped by, though, is because I'm a Theta alum (Ohio Northern), and am assuming you are also at Theta? You're my first Theta blog run-in, and just wanted to pass along some some Theta love :) I hope your antique show goes well and raises lots of money for charity.

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  12. Joni,

    Have you checked out "doodle home"? I think the readers could get a much
    needed design fix!

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  13. Hi Joni
    I wanted to email you but couldn't find an email address. I was browsing through google images which led to to this blog -
    http://homeandfurnitureaccessories.blogspot.com/ They seem to have replicated a number of your entire posts in the earlier part of this year with no reference to your blog. You might already be aware of them, but I thought I should bring it to your attention in case you weren't. Regards Sharon

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  14. That scaffolding looks gross :(

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