There is a $35 set-up fee for exhibiting at the sale on Saturday.  For additional information or to make reservations for a set-up space or the group dinner, please call Steve or Lorraine German at (860) 653-5733 or send an email to madriverantiques@aol.com.
Stoneware Collectors' Sale and Lecture
The Stoneware Collectors' Group began in the late 1980s with an annual stoneware auction in Vermont.  Although the auction eventually ended, the stoneware dealers and collectors continued their periodic get-togethers in Bennington, VT to swap stories as well as stoneware.  The result was the Stoneware Collectors' Sale and Lecture, held twice a year, in the spring and fall.  The Friday/Saturday event includes a sale on Saturday, which is held rain or shine under large tents on the grounds of The Antique Center at Camelot Village.  The hours of the sale are 9:30 am to 3 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of stoneware, including some rare and one-of-a-kind examples.     
 
A few years ago, the group partnered with the Bennington Museum to include a pottery-related lecture, which takes place at 4 pm on Friday at the Bennington Museum.  Past topics have included 'New Research on Bennington's Potters', 'Patriotic Designs on American Stoneware' and 'A History of the Cushman Pottery of Albany, NY'.  The lecture is included with the $10 admission to the Bennington Museum and those who would like to browse through the museum collections prior to the lecture may do so. 

The Spring 2017 session will take place on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 and the Friday event promises to be very exciting!  Instead of having our lecture at the Bennington Museum, we've been invited by the New York State Museum to meet there.  Brandt Zipp of Crocker Farm will present an in-depth look at the early Manhattan potteries, using examples from the Museum.  Afterwards, there will be a behind-the-scenes look at the rest of the Museum's stoneware collection, including the celebrated Weitsman collection.  A group dinner will follow immediately after the lecture at the Madison Brewing Company in downtown Bennington.
                        
The Fall 2017 session will take place on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Friday's lecture will be back at the Bennington Museum where Jack McMackin and Kevin Daughney will talk about the Frank Norton pottery in Worcester, MA.  Jack  and Kevin have been collecting Worcester stoneware for many years and are recognized authorities on the subject.  A  group dinner will follow immediately after the lecture at the Madison Brewing Company in downtown Bennington.

Accommodations are available at the following: 
Bennington Motor Inn:  (802) 442-5479 
Four Chimneys Inn:  (802) 447-3500
The Paradise Motor Inn:  (802) 442-8351
Starlight Inn:  (802) 442-9200
Best Western: (802) 442-6311