April 20, 2019
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Collectors, hobbyists called to Calais show

CALAIS – People love to poke around anything that is old and unique, and they will have an opportunity to do so at the second annual Collections and Hobbies Show.

Interested in antique buttons? There will be a collection to look at next month.

Are jackknives your passion? Tom Parks will be there with his collection.

John Dudley will be front and center with his collection of historic maps.

The Collections and Hobbies Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Downeast Heritage Museum. The money raised will go to the Friends of the Calais Free Library who are sponsors of the event. Tickets are $3 per person and $5 for a family.

Although this is only its second year, the event was written about in the June 2007 issue of Collectors News.

Among the other items that will be on display are Flow Blue China, pocket watches, small ornate boxes, bottles, spoons, local postcards, teapots and teacups, jewelry pins and Limoges miniatures. There also will be “Star Wars” memorabilia and small action figures.

Last year’s show had 20 collectors, and this year there will be 23. Eventually, organizers hope to have as many as 35 collectors as the show grows.

“We might have to find a different venue someday,” Vicki Farrell, a member of the library’s board of trustees, said Wednesday.

The show, a brainchild of Farrell’s, drew more than 100 people last year, and Farrell expects more people this year.

“We have some of the same people as we had last year,” librarian Marilyn Sotirelis said Wednesday of the collectors who will be bringing their items to the show.

Sotirelis will be there with her collection of Whimsies Wade animals that are included inside Red Rose tea boxes. She has been collecting them for a few years now. Sotirelis said that putting porcelain miniatures inside boxes of tea began in the 1960s in Canada. It was so popular it spread to the United States in the 1980s, she said.

The show is not only fun, Sotirelis said, it’s a great family affair and there will be light refreshments this year.

Sally Moir, also a member of the library board of trustees, said organizers hope eventually to attract the attention of antique gun collectors or coin collectors.

“The sky is the limit,” Moir said.

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