For people planning to head out and about this holiday, fighting the Black Friday madness in outlets and shopping malls to find those special gifts, there is an alternative. Antique Prints Inc. will hold a holiday tent sale on Friday, Nov. 28, at 42 Central Avenue in Ocean View from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the special sale will benefit the Ocean View Historical Society.
Available items will include original fine art and discounted oil paintings, botanicals and fruit prints, select Delaware and Maryland map prints – including a print of Baltimore Hundred – Silpada jewelry offered by Paige Steen and baked goods, plus 30 percent off custom framing.
Kerry Case – who grew up in the house where the shop is now located – said that because their business is based around history and many of their prints are historical in nature and have historical scenes, it seemed a natural fit to work with the Ocean View historical group.
“I think it’s good to support the historical society and the knowledge of Ocean View’s history,” she said. “The major connection is so many of our prints deal with history, so we wanted to support them. The town of Ocean View is so interesting, and it’s a good cause.”
Case’s husband, Brandon, does all of their custom framing on-site – something Kerry Case said is not well-known to patrons. They may also be surprised to learn that Case’s father still lives in the main part of the 150-year-old house, to the left of the shop
Antique Prints specializes in the Chesapeake Bay area and offers a large selection of maps that depict some of the earliest explorations of Virginia, Maryland and the surrounding area. They also carry prints of places throughout the U.S. and around the world. They have one of the largest American collections of original 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century engravings, autographs and maps, with 25,000 prints and maps on display, and offer extensive conservation and framing services.
The newly formed Ocean View Historical Society has planned workshops and speakers and currently has a small exhibit at town hall. They just recently completed their first fundraising event, in the hopes of raising money toward renovations for the former Shore house, or the Coastal Towns Museum, as it will be known.
The museum, to be located at 39 Central Avenue, will be in integral part of sharing the town’s history with visitors and residents alike.
The Ocean View Town Council also recently introduced an ordinance to create a Historical District Zone within the town of Ocean View, which will offer opportunities for grant funding and special visitor-friendly projects in the district, such as sidewalks and streetscapes, in the hopes of making the area a tourism destination.
The Ocean View Historical Society holds meetings the third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call (302) 541-0911. For more information on the holiday tent sale at Antique Prints, call (302) 539-6702 or visit www.antiqueprintsinc.com.