Antiques, garage sales—’Nuff Said

Town’s new era dawns with September events
Reporter Editor

A new era in Rockdale events—marketing and maybe even the way a community views itself—dawns this weekend.

The traditional citywide garage sale has been transformed into a weekend event, with a giant, free downtown antique fair Friday and Saturday and garage sales in all areas of town Saturday and Sunday.

The two events are expected to draw more than 150 antique dealers and garage sales throughout Rockdale.

Two professional appraisers from the Houston area will be at the antiques fair on Saturday to provide free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.

And it’s only the start of a star-studded September in Rockdale that features two concerts at Fair Park with major musical talent, John Corbett and Reckless Kelly.

The new era was triggered this year when the city, through its tourism committee, contracted with Orasi Development to bring outside expertise into marketing Rockdale as a destination to attract tourists and benefit the community’s hotel-motel industry and business in general.

That has resulted in a new “brand” for the town— “Rockdale—Real Texas—’Nuff Said.”

ANTIQUES, GARAGE SALES—The Antique Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Wolf Park, corner of Main and Milam, across from the I&GN Depot Museum.

Admission is free.

Appraisers Stephanie Reeves of Houston and Maria Velazquez of Kingwood will be on hand to provide free appraisals—no more than two antiques per person—on Saturday only.

Both women are certified as senior appraisers by the International Society of Appraisers and by the Appraisers Association of America.

Like admission, parking is free and there will be food and live entertainment.

Scores of garage sales in all areas of town will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A map of Rockdale and a list designating locations of garage sales is found on page 2B.

It’s the first time for Rockdale’s traditional early September citywide garage sale event to expand into two days.

Thorndale will hold its garage sale day Saturday, one day only.

CORBETT—Rockdale’s spectacular September continues at Fair Park on Sept. 14 with John Corbett, who has parlayed a successful acting career into another one as a major musical attraction.

Advance tickets for the Corbett concert, priced at $8 for adults and $5 for children, are available at

Tickets at the gate Sept. 14 will be $10. Opening act is Michael Carubelli.

Corbett played disc jockey Chris Stevens on the hit “Northern Exposure” from 1990 to 1995. He was also Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend, in the television series “Sex and the City” and in one of the movies adapted from the series.

His movie career also featured the lead male role in the hit film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

He also starred in the television series “United States of Tara” and has appeared in “Parenthood.”

Corbet t says his singing style was influenced by Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt and Garth Brooks.

RECKLESS—Two weeks later, Reckless Kelly will appear, also at Fair Park.

Tickets for that Sept. 28 show are priced at $12 in advance and $5 for children 12 and under and are also available at

At the Fair Park gate on concert night they will be $15.

Opening act will be Wally West and the Lost Bound Souls.

Reckless Kelly bills itself as an “Americana-Texas Country” band.

Their debut album “Millican” appeared in 1998, shortly after the band relocated from Bend, Oregon, to Austin.

Subsequent releases, and a large You Tube following, have cemented the band’s reputation as one of Texas’ most popular country-rock groups.

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