When a small group of antique dealers and preservation buffs began this beloved Antique Show back in 1986, little did they know it would still be going strong over a quarter century later.

- When a small group of antique dealers and preservation buffs began this beloved Antique Show back in 1986, little did they know it would still be going strong over a quarter century later.

And so it is that in addition to the colorful show Mother Nature promises each year around this time, the long Columbus Day Weekend is also the time when the Annual Fall Foliage Antique Show & Sale takes place.

This year it will once again be held at the recently renovated Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory in the heart of historic White Mills on Route 6 between Hawley and Honesdale.

A special Patron’s Preview and Harvest Tea will be held on Friday evening, Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring a sneak peek at the show as well as catered seasonal fare including fine pastries, finger foods and warm mulled cider.

The Show and Sale will continue on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Requested donation on Friday evening for the Patron’s Preview is $10 per person, and $5 per person on Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds to benefit three community non-profits.

A special highlight of the 2013 event will be guided tours of the renovated Dorflinger Glass Company Office building, which is the bluestone structure located adjacent to the factory building. On exhibit in the office is a private collection of some 150 pieces of Dorflinger Glass, and also offered will be a tour of the renovations taking place on the second floor of the cutting factory itself (the antique is on the first floor). The tours will be included as a part of the Show admission.

History of the show

Formerly known as the Hawley Fall Foliage Antique Show & Sale, the gathering started out in what is now the Undercroft at the Settlers Inn and later the Falls Port Inn hosted by Michael and Dorothy Fenn who were the proprietors at that time.

From its inception the show was a benefit for the Ritz Company Theatre and in 1998 a group of the participating dealers suggested holding the show in the theatre itself, overcoming slanted floors and traditional theatre lighting.

The show called the theatre home until 2011 when once again circumstances necessitated a move. The 25th annual milestone was held at the Hawley Silk Mill where it enjoyed record attendance and the proceeds were once again shared with the theatre, along with the Hawley Public Library and the Wayne County Arts Alliance.

This year as in 2012 the Show will benefit the Ritz Theatre, the Hawley Public Library and the Dorflinger Museum and Sanctuary.

In addition to unique and historic locations, what has also set this show apart and ultimately contributed to its longevity and success is the fact that although it is a small show by today’s mega-show standards, it is one of exceptionally high quality and variety.

The participating dealers hail from throughout the northeast and will offer an extensive and varied array of merchandise – much of it set aside especially for this event.

“Part of this show’s success over the years," according to Elaine Herzog and Rosemarie Fritz, who are charged with dealer selection, “is the fact that we take great care each year to insure a good balance in the categories of interest offered. In addition to timeless items of function such as period furniture, lighting and selected accessories, the wares such as those brought along by our dealers are always in great demand.”

Some of the returning exhibitors for 2013 include J Robert Kelz Antiques (small furniture and quality “smalls”) Miss Elly’s Antiques & Such (vintage linens, textiles, smalls), Barbara’s Books (books, paper, ephemera), Ann Street Antiques (estate and fine jewelry), Dakey & Fritz, (Brilliant American Cut Glass), Bergesens Antiques (quality smalls) and the Glass Hat (high end glass, porcelains).

Also participating are Kurt Reed, From the Attic, Antiquities and Curiosities, The Ultimate and Interesting, and others. Additional specialties include primitives, art glass, fine porcelains, toys and dolls, various glass categories including depression era and elegant depression, prints and paintings, etc. - all offered for sale.

Once again, Friday evening’s patron’s preview (6-9 p.m.) includes catered seasonal fare (donation $10 includes tour of the private collection housed in the office building).

The Dorflinger Glass Cutting Factory is an imposing bluestone structure in the heart of White Mills which is a short drive from I-84 exit 26 or 30, right on PA Route 6 “at the traffic light” – just 10 minutes from Honesdale, Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack.

Show goers could easily spend the entire day or the weekend taking in the fall colors and the historic sites of this vibrant part of Wayne County.

Additional information for the Fall Foliage Antique Show at the Factory is available by calling 570-226-7513.