Antique Dealers Association of Maryland

BEHIND THE SCENES

October 17, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To promote the highest standards in the antiques trade and to preserve Maryland's rich heritage. Established in 1974, the Antique Dealers Association of Maryland also encourages and stimulates commerce, trade and business in antiques and articles of historical value in Maryland. Since its affiliation in 1995 with the Maryland Retailers Association, the group is more effective in its lobbying and public-relations strategies.

Latest accomplishments: Through the years, ADAM members have helped to enrich public appreciation and knowledge of antiques through a variety of projects, including antiques shows, designer show houses and educational seminars. ADAM members were instrumental in shaping a Second Hand Personal Property Bill in Montgomery County, and they have lobbied for a reciprocal tax exemption for out-of-state buyers. Members have also testified before the Maryland General Assembly, House Ways and Means Committee and local county council hearings.

On the horizon: The group will sponsor the 23rd Annual Antiques Show and Sale, Feb. 19-20 at St. Raphael Parish in Rockville. It will also participate in numerous shows, including the Timonium Fairgrounds Antiques Show and the Thanksgiving Antique Fair, Nov. 27-28 at Towson University. Show events include educational and appraisal seminars. A social and educational membership dinner meeting is scheduled for tomorrow evening at Alfino's in Chevy Chase. ADAM's annual Maryland Antiques Guide, complete with a state map and member listings, becomes available in November. The organization will also hold and promote various informational, social and networking events throughout next year.

About ADAM: Membership: More than 60 dealers, show promoters and trade associates. Operating budget: $10,000 annually.

Where and when: 171 Conduit St., Annapolis. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-269-1440. Web site: www.antiqnet.com/adam.

Sandra Ellington, president of the board of directors: "We are now planning a big buying trip for ADAM members to England early next year. Two thousand dealers to visit in only eight days. We've almost finished our year 2000 Antiques in Maryland guide. ... We'll distribute more than 50,000 copies next year through welcome centers, member shops and tourism boards. It's a busy time and great time to be an antiques dealer in Maryland."

Members of the board

Jay Boyd

Ben Brown

Elaine Ezell

Bill Grimes

Diane Grimes

Anne Karpman

Carol Silverman

Merry Tobin

Pat Tobin

Jim Ward

Pamela A. Watson-Walker

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