By K. Woodzick, Editor
The 60th annual Eagle River Rotary Antique Show and Sale will be held this weekend at the World Championship Derby Complex in Eagle River.
“We’re one of the few organizations that can give generously,” said Robin Ginner, Rotary Past-President. “It’s a fun event–we raise about $4,000, which goes right back into our community.”
The Eagle River Rotary has three fundraisers throughout the year: the Antique Show and Sale, the Wine, Craft Beer and Cheese Tasting and running the food tent at Up North Beerfest. These fundraisers give the Eagle River Rotary Club the capacity to fund projects that enhance the community.
Recent projects include helping Eagle Scout Troop 601 develop a frisbee golf course at Oldenburg Park, a new sound system and bookshelves for the new Kalmar Community Center, completion of the Conover-Phelps Trail as part of the trail’s Homestretch Campaign, providing nearly 3,000 meals for students in the Northland Pines School District through the Feed Our Rural Kids (FORK) program and helping to fund renovations to the historic Eagle River Sports Arena.
Robin not only supports the event by helping to run it: she’s an avid antique collector herself.
“I not only work the show, but I shop it,” she shared. “The reason I chose to start helping with the show is that I am a long-time lover of antiques and I believe in the beauty and the nostalgia of collecting old things.”
One personal find that stands out for Robin is a gorgeous Art Deco style necklace from Gablonz, Czechia. Her family heritage is Czech, and the piece reminded her of the style of Alphonse Mucha, one of her favorite artists.
“I very rarely wear it,” she said. “It’s a piece of art.”
Robin has useful advice for first-time antique show visitors: “Come early, bring cash and small bills. Walk the show first before you even spend a single dollar.”
She suggests you bring a list of items that you are interested in seeking out. After walking the entire show and taking notes, you’ll be better prepared to start making your purchases.
Doors for the Antique Show and Sale open at 9:00 am on both Friday and Saturday morning. The entrance fee is $5 per person. Robin encourages attendees to think of it as a donation to the Rotary Club and an investment in your community.
Food will not be available at this event, and you may want to bring your own water. There is no parking fee. If you plan on leaving and coming back, make sure to take a brochure with you, as it is your ticket to get back in.
For more information about this event, please visit https://eagleriver.org/events/rotary-antique-show-and-sale.
To learn about the work that the Eagle River Rotary Club is doing to support the community, please visit https://www.eagleriverrotary.com.
K. Woodzick is a life-long theatre artist and has over a decade of experience as a non-profit marketing professional and writer. They live in Woodruff with their silver lab, River.