Although the smash PBS television hit Antiques Roadshow’s swing through Wilmington this summer has long been ‘sold out,’ the show is giving Delawareans a second chance to get their family heirloom appraised when their antique experts come to Delaware for the first time in June.
The longtime PBS program will conduct a day-long appraisal event at Winterthur on June 18, and they are inviting “really great stories” be submitted for a limited number of objects that will be guaranteed appraisal, and possibly end up in the broadcast.
Pitch your object and knock their socks off!
Delawareans may submit applications for Antique Roadshow’s “Knock Our Socks Off” competition through May 6th. Up to 100 people with exceptional objects will be selected to receive a free pair of tickets to the taping at Winterthur.
Each ticket holder is allowed to bring up to two objects. This means a pair of ticket holders may bring up to four objects to Winterthur for appraisal.
Antiques Roadshow’s executive producer Marsha Bemko told us the show is looking for “unique stories in addition to objects” that give personal meaning to the antique, whether it is a cuckoo clock or a mysterious portrait.
“We want to discover America’s hidden treasures – and stories about something you own that we can’t find easily on the internet.”
Why Delaware never made the list – until now
Now in its 24th season, Antiques Roadshow garners more than 7 million viewers each week. When asked why it took so long to get to Delaware – particularly given the strong local heritage in American decorative arts thanks to Winterthur – Bemko confessed that the simple reason was that Delaware did not have a convention center or comparable arena.
In preparation for their 23rd season, producers took a different approach, deciding to locate and film at distinctive historic locations. They kicked off their first segment in Newport, RI, and began compiling a database of extraordinary locations large enough for their appraisers, crew and visitors.
“Winterthur is our entry into Delaware. There was nowhere to hold our event,” said Bemko. “Winterthur is really special. We had a team who did a reconnaissance trip, and one of the advantages to Winterthur is that we can blanket the grounds. We will be shooting in all of the galleries, the Enchanted Woods, period rooms, the conservatory, at the reflecting pool. It’s an amazing piece of property.”
Producers on the front lines will look for true hidden treasures with a story
Bemko says film crews will be roving throughout all locations during the June 18 event searching for the best stories and visuals to film and ultimately broadcast as part of the show when it airs.
“We will have several crews out there on the grounds of the estate when we tape the show. But I take pitches all day long from our experts on the front lines. If they see something they like they will pitch a producer to see if we can film it.”
The first ever Delaware Antiques Roadshow will run after the first Monday in January, 2020, and sometime before the end of May. “Those who know first are registered for our newsletter,” jokes Bemko. But TSD will also keep you posted.