An event designed for new antiques collectors and experts alike, Cocktails and Collections returns to the Show on Saturday, Feb. 24. Event co-chairs are Callie Sewell and Erin Smith.

A new venue this year will accommodate the event’s popularity and demand. Attendees will begin the evening at The Garden Center at 6:00p.m. There, they’ll enjoy cocktails and camaraderie as they gather for a tour of three nearby homes whose owners are longtime antique collectors.

Visitors will have the chance to explore several homes in the Gordon Avenue district to learn about the history and use of the collections housed in the residences. A wine and cheese pairing will be provided in each home.

Representatives from Thomasville Landmarks, Thomas County’s historic preservation organization, will also be on hand to guide new collectors on their tours.

And when the tours are finished at 8 p.m., attendees will return to The Garden Center to enjoy a party sponsored by FMB. For those not attending the walk the party will begin at 7pm. Four fun bites will be provided by Kickstand. Those who stay to dance to the D.J.’s tunes will also enjoy a late-night snack.

As in years past, a raffle will be held at the party for a gift certificate towards a piece from the Donnie Grissom jewelry collection at the Antiques Show. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Antiques Show and at the event; they will not be available online.

Attendees should wear casual Saturday-night attire. Those going on the tour should pack comfortable walking shoes.

Combination tickets for the tour and the party are $125 each; tickets also are available for those who prefer to attend the party after the tour for $75 each. Either option will include admission to the Antiques Show all weekend.

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