The Summit Antiques and Collectibles Fair

The Summit Antiques and Collectibles Fair

Friday, September 9, 2016

Charles Thaxton-a 2-year President of the regional Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA)-cites, “It’s a history lesson,” as what excites him about infusing the former beauty back into antique cars. History is what September 9th’s Antiques and Collectibles Fair at The Summit explored. Organized by The Summit, the Fair occurred from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and was an informative and successful event held for residents and invited guests.

Participants of the Fair viewed antique cars like Mr. Thaxton’s and a motorcycle outside the back entrance; an estate jewelry display could be found in the Creative Arts Center, courtesy of Lynchburg Jewelry and Loan, a local Wyndhurst Business. An interesting collection of bottles, tobacco and Lynchburg collectibles were on display courtesy of collector Jeff Barker; and historic handbags, jewelry, plates, tools, vintage clothing and shoes, pins, personal fans, and more were showcased inside the Private Dining Room by H & S Estate Services and Appraisers.

Owner of a beautifully restored 1937 Pontiac Coupe, Mr. Thaxton explained that the Lynchburg, Virginia AACA affiliate is comprised of about 50 to 60 car owners. But, you don’t need an antique car to be a member: it’s “A Club for All Lovers of Old Vehicles,” declares the Hub and Spoke’s regional publication. Also club members, Reggie Goolsby and Otto Vallastro showed off a 1924 Cadillac and a 1986 Chevrolet El-Camino SS, respectively.

Before lunch, semi-retired Certified Master Clockmaker Jim Harding-who received certification 37 years ago from The American Watchmakers - Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) at the time’s unprecedented age of 31-demonstrated servicing antique clocks (oiling and adjusting) in the Dining Room Lobby. Being mechanically adept, Mr. Harding’s interest in clocks began early, at age 8. A clock he began as a precocious 8 year-old was successfully restored in 2007, as he had been quite busy with his business, Harding’s Clocks and Music Boxes, of which he still dabbles in part-time. Stating he received good feedback and questions for his antique clock demonstration at the Fair, he shared that his favorite part was “a lot of interest” from an engaged audience.

Meriwether-Godsey catered the event from 11:30 to 1 with a delicious boxed lunch, including The Summit’s delectable house-made chips, while Frosty Penguin Ice Cream Truck provided sweet cold treats until 2. 

Throughout the Fair in the Community Room, H & S Estate Services and Appraisals’ owner and appraiser Barbara Sazynski and her respected team evaluated the value and history of pieces brought in by participants.

Reveling in bits of time, The Antiques and Collectibles Fair brought together neighbors, friends, antiques enthusiasts, and serious collectors alike. At The Summit, “it’s a great big family-casual, friendly, happy,” warmly stated Summit resident Karen Greenlaw. The Fair proved that history entwines us all.