WHITE MILLS - If  you enjoy antiquing and visiting historic landmarks, all while having the opportunity to do good for three community non-profit organizations, then save the dates of October 7 & 8 and plan to attend the 31st Annual Fall Foliage Antique Show.  

This year’s show will once again be held at the renovated Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory in the heart of historic White Mills, on Route 6 midway between Hawley and Honesdale, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Started in 1986, when a small group of antique dealers and preservation buffs began this beloved Antique Show, little did they know it would still be going strong over three decades later.  

Beneficiaries

Proceeds from the show directly benefit the Hawley Public Library, Hawley’s Ritz Theatre, and the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.

In addition to the show which offers some of the finest quality merchandise in the Northeast, attendees will once again be treated to tours of the restored Dorflinger Factory office building and showroom as well as more recent exhibits added in the factory itself. In addition to exquisite cut glass one of the cutting room floors has also been renovated, boasting many original tools and work areas from the heyday of the American Brilliant Cut Glass period for which Dorflinger was famous throughout the world.  

History of the show

Formerly known as the Hawley Fall Foliage Antique Show & Sale, the gathering started out at the Settlers Inn and later the Falls Port Inn (today the Hotel Belvidere).  

From its inception the show was a benefit for the Ritz Company Theatre and in 1998 a group of the participating dealers suggested holding the show in the theatre itself, overcoming slanted floors and traditional theatre lighting.  

The show called the Theatre home until 2011 when once again circumstances necessitated a move. The 25th Annual milestone was held at the Hawley Silk Mill where it enjoyed record attendance and the proceeds were once again shared with the Theatre, along with the Hawley Public Library, and the Wayne County Arts Alliance.      

In addition to unique and historic locations, what has also set this show apart and ultimately contributed to it’s longevity and success is the fact that although it is a small show by today’s mega-show standards, it is one of exceptionally high quality and variety. The participating dealers hail from throughout the northeast and will offer an extensive and varied array of merchandise – much of it set aside especially for this event.  

Exhibitors

Some of the returning exhibitors for 2017 include Bittersweet Antiques (furniture and quality “smalls”) Miss Elly’s Antiques & Such (vintage linens & textiles, small furniture), Barbara’s Books (books, paper, ephemera), Ann Street Antiques (estate and fine jewelry),  Dakey & Fritz, (Brilliant American Cut Glass), Bergesens Antiques (quality smalls) and the Glass Hat (high end glass, porcelains).  

Also participating are  Glenverly Antiques, Whimsical You, Antiquated Curiosities, The Ungers, Cindy’s Antiques, Peddlers Antiques, fine quality porcelains and glass by Dave Hoffmann, and others,  Specialties include primitives, art glass, fine porcelains, toys and dolls, various glass categories including depression era and elegant depression, prints and paintings, and etc cetera  - all  offered for sale.  Area historical societies will also offer information and selected items.

Admission

Admission to the Show Saturday or Sunday is just $5.00 – (which includes the facility tours) all to benefit the aforementioned non-profits.  

The Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory is an imposing bluestone structure in the heart of White Mills, between Hawley and Honesdale, located at the blinking light on Route 6 (Main Street).

(The Dorflinger Factory Museum is a separate entity from the Dorflinger Glass Museum on top the hill, which is part of the non-profit Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary.)

Show goers could easily spend the entire day or the weekend taking in the fall colors and the historic sites of this vibrant part of Wayne County. Additional information is available by calling 570-226-7513.