If It’s Fall, it’s time for the FineHome Source Show
No question, the internet simplifies shopping. You hear about a product, and within a click or two, you know exactly where you can get it, how much it costs, and what it looks like… on a computer screen. But for certain kinds of purchases — custom work, expensive things, technically complicated systems — nothing will ever replace a face-to-face encounter with an expert. Which is why the annual FineHome Source Show, under the tent at Millbrook, New York’s Village Bandshell, is such a boon. More than 60 high-end exhibitors, some local, others from farther afield, display, explain, answer questions and demonstrate the sort of luxury goods and services that design professionals, such as the show's organizer, architect James Crisp, routinely specify on their clients' behalf.
Every year the show gets bigger and more expansive in terms of the categories of products as well as the activities planned. One year it was a fashion show; last year organizers added the Plein Air Art Event and Auction, which returns this year. Making its debut in this, the 11th annual, is the fine antiques auction, conducted by the Millbrook Auction Center. “These are unique, valuable pieces in beautiful condition,” said Annette Santacroce, executive assistant at Crisp Architects, and, by now, the show’s majordomo. Previews will open at 10 a.m. on the day of the show, and the auction, run by the Milllbrook Auction Center’s Tom McGeady, will take place from 3-5 p.m. (You can get a pre-preview peek here.)
While many of the 60-plus vendors are returnees — furniture makers, faux finishers, landscape-design and installation specialists, the show continues to attract new exhibitors. First-timers include The Hudson Company, a custom mill specializing in wood flooring, paneling and beams, custom milled in the Hudson Valley; Wesley Stout, landscape architecture; Signature Wine Cellars; and Marras Lighting Design. Refreshments, too, are the interactive part of the show; on site will be Peony Vodka, Zoe’s Ice Cream and Clinton Vineyards, plus entertainment by the Evergreen Chorus, an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, and jazz pianist Lary Ham. There's even something for kids: Merritt Books will be there with their exceptional range of building-related children's toys.
In short, FineHome Source is a great way to get a lot done fast. It's as painless as using the internet, plus you get to kick the tires.
FineHome Source Show
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Bandshell in Millbrook, NY
Admission is free; a $2 suggested donation benefits The Millbrook Rotary Shelter Box program.
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