In winter, what could be more appealing than fresh bouquets of flowers? And in hard times, isn't it comforting to contemplate the beautiful objects of the past? The 21st annual Hunt Valley Antiques Show will provide the most pleasant kind of escapism, with a variety of fine antiques for sale and several special events with a floral theme.
The show, sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Interstate 83 and Shawan Road.
A preview party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday will provide an advance look at the wares of nearly 60 dealers, a buffet, wine, a catalog, and continuous admission to the show. Tickets are $60, and reservations are recommended. For tickets, call Eleanor G. Hale, 467-1207.
A "centerpiece" of the show will be a luncheon with a lecture-demonstration by Fred Wilkinson, master flower arranger to Queen Elizabeth II. The floral designer, who is also a director of the Constance Spry Flower School in Surrey, will discuss "Flowers and Antiques" at 11 a.m. on Friday. Admission is $35, and reservations are required.
Mr. Wilkinson will also help participants develop their own creativity and skill in a flower arranging workshop at 2 p.m. This workshop costs $50, and is limited to 25 people.
A different sort of floral art will be discussed by Jane Bolster in a lecture entitled "Floral Decoration in Antique Tray Design," at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Ms. Bolster, a craftsperson and teacher, is editor of the American Decorator, the journal of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. Tickets, which include a catalog and admission to the show, are $15.
Another of the antique show's themes is Chinese export porcelain. A loan exhibit from the Mildred Mottahedeh collection featuring a hunt motif will be on display. And at 11 a.m. on Saturday, John Quentin Feller will lecture on "Collecting 19th Century Chinese Export Porcelain." Dr. Feller, professor of American studies at the University of Scranton, is honorary curator of Chinese Export Porcelain at the Peabody Museum. Each $15 ticket includes admission to the antique show and a catalog.
Tickets to the Hunt Valley Antique Show are $6. Proceeds benefit Family and Children's Services' programs. The non-profit social services agency deals with such causes as pregnant teens, battered spouses, sexual abuse, foster care and adult day care.
For information, call Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, 669-9000. For reservations for the special programs, call Mrs. Hale, 467-1207.