Join Us for the VABA Summer Book Fair ~ August 12 ~ Brattleboro, Vermont

The Vermont Summer Book Fair Returns To Brattleboro
and highlights new features!
The Vermont Summer Book Fair, inaugurated over 30 years ago  by the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association (VABA) gathers 40 plus dealers in fine old books, maps, ephemera, manuscripts, postcards and paper to the Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro, Sunday, August 12, 2012. Fair hours are 10am to 4pm.
This year’s fair features the “Ten Minute Symposia”, a series of impromptu dealer talks. Hourly, designated dealers will discuss an aspect of the old book business, collecting, or their particular specialty in the trade. Each talk will be held in the respective dealer’s booth and will be followed by a Q & A session. We encourage all interested visitors to join in and ask the questions that may have intrigued or puzzled you about old & rare books and related subjects.
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Ben Koenig of The Country Bookshop, a frequent contributor to WCVT FM 101.7 Classic Vermont will be one of our speakers as will Garry Austin of Austin’s Antiquarian Books in Wilmington VT, a specialist in all aspects of Theodore Roosevelt material. There will be a schedule in the Fair program.
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VABA is also proud to have with us this year the Philadelphia Printshop and Don Cresswell.  You will remember this affable individual from his many appearances on “The Antiques Roadshow”. Don will be sharing some behind the scenes “Roadshow” stories and will be taking your questions as part of the “Symposia”.
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Directions:
Just off Exit 2 of I-91, on Rte 9, The Park complex is identifiable by the local landmark of the Creamery Covered Bridge. Plenty of parking surrounds this well-lit spacious exhibition arena that is home to the Brattleboro Winter Sports Program and events like the “Home Show”. At the Vermont Summer Fair you will see names that you recognize from the the New York, Los Angeles, or Boston ABAA shows, however you will also find some dealers that exhibit only regionally. Some come from as far away as Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and others travel from New York and all our neighboring New England states and Canada. They will all be bringing their fresh material garnered from auctions and attics, barns and book sales, housecalls and pickers. The variety of the dealer offerings will be amazing. Of course you will find books in almost any subject, but the ephemera, maps, autographs, documents, photographs, post cards, prints, and exotica are head turning.
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Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, you will find something to your taste. We invite you to visit the fair, explore the booths, and purchase the treasures on display. Listen to a discussion, ask a question or two and enjoy the show. Show hours are Sunday, August 12, 10 am to 4 pm. The show admission is $5.
Posted by:
Garry R Austin
Austin’s Antiquarian Books
PO Box 730
Wilmington, VT 05363
802 464-8438
c2012 VABA

The Country Bookshop ~ Radio Ad for Classic Vermont 101.7

Ben Koenig at The Country Bookshop runs an ad on the Vermont radio station  Classic 101.7 – a celebration of Vermont living, Music, and BOOKS!

You can listen to Ben’s song by clicking on this link – turn up your sound, and enjoy!

The Country Bookshop

Ben Koenig
35 Mill St
Plainfield, VT
www.thecountrybookshop.com

[Image from ehow mom]

c2012 VABA

Yea! ~ Real Books at Monroe Street Books in Middlebury

Here is a great YouTube from Monroe Street Books in Middlebury Vermont – who needs ebooks, nooks, or kindles when there are REAL books to collect, read, and savor!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgqZT6fx1zA

Monroe Street Books
Route 7 North [just north of downtown Middlebury]
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-398-2200

c2012 VABA News Blog

The Vermont History Expo ~ June 16 – 17, 2012

Join VABA and many other exhibitors at the upcoming 2012 Vermont History Expo, the weekend of June 16, 17 in Tunbridge Vermont. This year’s theme? Vermont in the Civl War. This bi-annual event is put on by the Vermont Historical Society, and sponsored by various Vermont businesses and Foundations.

Here is a sampling of the goings-on:

  • 150 Local Historical Society, Museum & Heritage Attraction Exhibits
  • Genealogy Resource & Archive Center
  • Ongoing Musical Performances in Two Venues
  • Author Lectures/Book-Signings
  • Historical Presentations 
  • Genealogy Presentations
  • Heirloom Animals: Demonstrations and Breed Presentations
  • Hands-on-History Demonstrations
  • The Little Dig: Hands-On Field Archaeology with the Vermont Archaeological Society
  • Traditional Craft Demonstrations
  • Tunbridge Fair Log Cabin Museum, Late 18th to Early 20th Century Collection
  • Living History Encampments: Revolutionary, Civil & Korean War
  • Morgan Horse Presentations and Demonstrations  
  • Special Exhibit on Common Crackers
  • Viewing of 19th Century One Room Schoolhouse
  • Working 19th Century Blacksmith & Print Shops
  • Antique Farm Equipment Exhibits
  • Sponsor Exhibits
  • Vermont Historical Society Museum Store Annex
  • Food Vendors
  • History-on-PARADE TWO DAYS!: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday June 17, at 1:00 pm
  • Parade Preparation Craft Activities: Saturday, June 16 & Sunday June 17, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Live Auction: Sunday only, June 17, at 2:00 pm

Please visit the website for information on events, exhibitors, visiting authors, and everything Vermont!

 Hope to see you there!

[Images from the Vermont History Expo website]
@2012 VABA News blog

The Quilt Collection at the Vermont Historical Society ~ Now Online!

This is just lovely! – The Vermont Historical Society has an extensive Quilt collection that ranges from whole-cloth examples from the early 1800s to a commemorative piece from 1991, all being documented as Vermont-made. The collection is now available to view in an online exhibition called ‘Patterns of History’you can view it here.

 

Log Cabin Quilt: A wool, linen, and cotton quilt in a Log Cabin Variation pattern made by Ella Hay Harris of Ludlow, Vermont, in the late 1800s. [image from the VHS Website]

There are 9 Galleries of quilts – click on each image to see a larger image and details. The exhibit was created by Katherine Poarch, with photography by Jeffrey Lomicka of Jeff and Cricket Quilts.

@2012 VABA News Blog