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100 have antiques appraised at Wolf Park

First September event draws good turnout downtown


From left, professional appraisers Stephanie Reeves and Maria Velazquez check out an antique for Joyce Bayless and Lynette Waltisperger under pavilion at Wolf Park on Saturday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown From left, professional appraisers Stephanie Reeves and Maria Velazquez check out an antique for Joyce Bayless and Lynette Waltisperger under pavilion at Wolf Park on Saturday. Reporter/Mike Brown If you appraise it, they will come. And 100 people did.

They came to Wolf Park from as far away as Waco, Austin and Bryan- College Station Saturday morning and afternoon to an “Antiques Roadshow”-style session conducted by two Houston area appraisers.

The event, held in conjunction with Rockdale’s annual citywide garage sales (see page 1B), was the first one held under the guidance of the city’s new tourism committee and consultant Orasi Development.

“We had a steady stream of people all day,” Joan Ratliff, tourism committee chairperson, said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy it and I think some went away pretty happy with what they were told.”

Ratliff said the last appraisal of the day, for a couple who drove from Waco, had a unique collection of African-American historical collectibles that thrilled professional appraisers Stephanie Reeves and Maria Velazquez.


Steady steam of antique owners at Wolf Park, some waiting as much as six hours on Saturday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Steady steam of antique owners at Wolf Park, some waiting as much as six hours on Saturday. Reporter/Mike Brown “As I understood it, the appraisers will go to the couple’s home in Waco to appraise the rest of the collection because it’s so large and unique,” Ratliff said.

“ The appraisers were just thrilled,” volunteer Joyce Dalley said. “ They told everyone the items which were brought to Rockdale were so wonderful they were honored just to hold them in their hands.”

Denice Doss, tourism board member who helped coordinate the event, said exactly 100 persons signed in, took numbers and were called up to the Wolf Park pavilion tables for one-onone appraisals.

In addition to the out-of-town guests, the appraisal also drew a good turnout of local residents.

“I saw something I haven’t seen in Rockdale since I’ve lived here,” Dalley said. “People would visit and share information about their families while standing in line. It was heart warming.”

She said some persons waited up to six hours for appraisals.

Each person was allowed free appraisals of two items.

MORE EVENTS— T h e appraisals- garage sales were 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.”

The big September continues at Fair Park on Saturday with John Corbett, who has parlayed a successful acting career into another one as a major musical attraction.

(See separate story, page 1A.)

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 www.rockdalecityhall.com.

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

Opening act w ill be Wally West and the Lost Bound Souls.

Sept. 28 is also the date for the annual Run For the Kay, a 5K run and walk which is the major fund-raiser each year for the Kay Theatre restoration effort.


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