August Events for The Design Minded

Text by Lynda Simonton

Nantucket by Design
August 1–4
The four-day event presented by the Nantucket Historical Association features lectures and social events celebrating creative and inspiring interior design. A luncheon panel, moderated by Sophie Donelson, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, spotlights interior designer David Kleinberg. The festivities will be capped off with the “Night at the Museum” gala at Nantucket’s historic Whaling Museum. nha.org for a full schedule of events and ticket information.

Flower Arranging in the Garden
August 3
Florist and horticulture professional Debbie Brown will take you into the Hollister House Garden to teach how to cut and condition flowers for arrangements. Guests will create their own floral arrangements to take home. 2 p.m.–5 p.m., $50 HHG members, $55 non-members, registration is limited. Washington, Conn., hollisterhousegarden.org

37th Annual Maine Antique Festival
August 3–5
This venerable antiques show has been a tradition for Mainers and tourists alike for more than three decades. The largest antique show in Maine features dealers from more than 20 states displaying fine antiques, vintage pieces, and collectibles. Attendees can take a break from the heat at the Maine Craft Beverage Beer & Wine Garden. Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $10 per day, $25 for an early-bird weekend pass. Union, Maine, maineantiquesfestival.com

Jeff Soderbergh Gallery Artist Reception
Showcasing exquisitely crafted contemporary art, sculpture, and furniture created using highly sustainable materials. Featured artists Jeff Soderbergh, David Gonville, Lisa Barsuminiam, Joshua Enck, Mary Jameson, Tom Deninger, Bernhard Dessecker. JS Gallery, Wellfleet, Mass., 6 p.m. – 9 p.m, jeffsoderbergh.com

Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair
August 4–12
Come and experience the oldest continually running craft fair in the United States, where more than 350 New Hampshire craftspeople will display their work. Almost every type of medium is represented, including furniture, glass, pottery, prints, and woodcarvings, along with daily demonstrations and workshops for all ages. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H., nhcrafts.org

August Fête
August 9
This festive night, a benefit for the Nantucket Preservation Trust, will feature tours of historic homes in the School Street neighborhood, a tented reception with Spanky’s Raw Bar, catering by Island Kitchen, and live music. 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Nantucket, nantucketpreservation.org 

61st Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show
August 9–11
Enjoy everything antique at this show, held at The Manchester Downtown Hotel and featuring more than 60 national exhibitors showcasing a wide range of items, from folk art to formal furniture. August 9 and 10, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., August 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10–$15. Manchester, N.H., nhada.org
 
27th Annual Antiques Show at the Osterville Historical Museum
August 16
Dealers from around New England will showcase unique items at this popular show. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $10 for adults, children free. ostervillemuseum.org

2018 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn
August 16–18
The historic Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park hosts this annual antique show comprised of dealers from the United States and England. The event launches with an opening-night cocktail party and dinner on August 16 (see website for party pricing). There will also be wine tastings, beer tastings, and music throughout the weekend. August 17 and 18, 10 a.m.–6 pm, August 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10 per person or $15 for both the show and a Woodlawn Tour. Ellsworth, Maine, woodlawnmuseum.com

Garden Conservancy Open Days
Washington County, R.I.
August 25
Tour landscape designer Louis Raymond’s own fantastical garden. Garden beds are packed with delightful horticultural specimens displayed in a unique way. At 3:30 p.m., Raymond gives a special talk, “Digging Deeper: Natural is for Wimps—Training Plants into Extraordinary Shapes.” $7 per garden nonmembers, 50 percent off for members (advance tickets can be purchased at a discount), advance registration for the talk is required. gardenconservancy.org

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