SHELBURNE, VT – Gusts of wind. Thunder. Lightning flashes. Rain pattern. Sun glare.
It didn’t matter.
More than 4,000 enthusiasts out of a group of 18,000 weathered the elements and long lines in Shelburne, Vermont on Tuesday.
Nothing would have stopped locals and visitors alike from having a once-in-a-lifetime experience to experience the magic of the 27th leg of the Antiques Roadshow production tour at the Shelburne Museum.
Produced by GBH, Antiques Roadshow is seen by approximately 6 million viewers each week, airing Mondays at 8/7pm on PBS.
Shelburne, Vermont, was a wild card, but suggested by Jon Abbott, president and CEO of WGBH, as well as one of the viewers of the hit television series.
Executive producer Marsha Bemko and her team wrapped up their summer tour at the Shelburne Museum after previous visits to Filoli in Woodside, Calif. on June 22; Santa Fe’s Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 14; Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, Idaho on May 31; and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee on May 10.
“It was so awesome,” said Géraldine Garcés, Antiques Roadshow marketing assistant since October 2021.
“It’s such a beautiful community of people. All of our staff are very welcoming and I have the best time with all of our tour stops.
An Antiques Roadshow lottery winner, Bridget was thrilled to be there.
“I came here today to bring some treasures that I have at home,” she said.
“I love watching the show. I watch it avidly, so I got tickets and I was cast! Super excited to be cast. My stuff wasn’t worth much, but this beautiful pin was worth 250 $. Very good experience. Very beautiful.”
Helen Lyons, music manager at Vermont Public Radio, was a media escort during the one-day event.
“I love Antiques Roadshow,” Lyons said.
“I’ve been watching it for years. I started watching the UK version when I was living in the UK at graduate school. It’s just a matter of finding one of those extremely enjoyable programs where whether you got the million dollar item or lost money on it, everyone gets away with it. feeling good. They explored their own history a bit and got to see how this type of collectibles industry works. It’s just fun.
Vermont pottery, Vermont folk art, and Vermont-made furniture surfaced on Tuesday as planned and given the green light in the on-site “Green Room” at the Center for Art and Pizzagalli education?
Tune into the antiques tour to find out.