above: Bronson Van Wyck, honorary design chair of Antiquarius – Photograph: courtesy of Hannah Thomson
ANTIQUARIUS INSPIRES WITH STYLE
With a unifying theme of “animal instincts,” the Greenwich Historical Society will usher in its beloved and highly anticipated holiday extravaganza Antiquarius with a series of events designed to appeal to discriminating, style-conscious design professionals and enthusiasts as well as hostesses, gardeners and antiquarians.
“For over fifty years, Antiquarius has been the region’s premier holiday event and the Historical Society’s most important fundraiser for supporting art and education programming,” says Debra Mecky, executive director and CEO of the Greenwich Historical Society. “This year, we’re taking it to a new level to appeal to an even greater cross section of people. Rather than schedule all events in one week as we’ve done in the past, we’ve moved the holiday boutique to Christ Church the first week in November to allow more time for holiday shopping and to avoid conflicts with other Antiquarius events. Antiquarius roars back in early December with the opening cocktail party that introduces the Winter Antiques Show. We’re truly honored to have Bronson Van Wyck, one of the world’s most sought after event planners, join us on center stage as our honorary design chair.”
November 6-7, Christ Church
The holiday boutique’s curated collection of thirty-five vendors offers something for everyone, including monogrammed children’s wear, cozy knitwear, chic accessories, fine jewelry and specialty foods. The Greenwich High School band will perform, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support art and education programs at the Historical Society.
GREENWICH WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
December 6, Eastern Greenwich Civic Center
Bronson Van Wyck, event planner extraordinaire and one of the world’s leading authorities on hospitality, presides over the festive opening night reception. Van Wyck’s signature style of entertaining that combines wit and sophistication with the gracious warmth of his Southern upbringing has attracted an A-list clientele including Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama as well as Hollywood luminaries, Wall Street titans and leading luxury brands. The reception includes an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a light buffet dinner provided by Watson’s Catering. Patron ticket holders have exclusive benefits, including an intimate presentation by Van Wyck on holiday decorating and a personsally signed copy of his book Born to Party, Forced to Work: 21st Century Hospitality.
GREENWICH WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW
December 7-8, Eastern Greenwich Civic Center
Produced by Frank Gaglio’s Barn Star Productions and open to the public, the antiques show has had a long tradition of serving as a trusted source for the finest 18th, 19th and 20th century American, European and Asian decorative furnishings, fine art, estate jewelry and luxurious handbags across a variety of price points.
HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
The house tour will showcase several stunning Greenwich homes that span a variety of styles, providing a glimpse into the ways Greenwich residents celebrate during the holidays. Participants travel to the homes via shuttle buses located at convenient locations. An optional luncheon will be held at the Milbrook Country Club in a festive setting. Reservations and tickets are required for the tour and the luncheon.
For more information about Antiquarius or to purchase tickets for any of the events, visit greenwichhistory.org/antiquarius.