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Even Antiquers get the Blues | The Open Suitcase
Could there be anything better than a weeklong antiques fair? Don't struggle too hard; It's a trick question. What's better is that New York's scenic Chenango Valley hosts Madison-Bouckville Antique Week (MBAW) in August and it just happens to coincide with the Chenango Blues Fest. I was unaware of the latter when I drove up this weekend to attend the former. Trust me. I won't be fooled again. MBAW was on my to-do list for years since it appears regularly in Martha Stewart Living magazine. The Domestic Doyenne routinely dispatches staff to the festival to acquire the beautiful objects she features in her intimidating magazine. The latest mention came in the August 2012 issue, "Central New York provides a rustic backdrop for the state's largest antiques show." Large doesn't begin to adequately describe the scale of this event. As advertised, over 2000 vendors participate, sprawled all along Route 20. My friend Nina and I bravely did our best to finger as much junk as possible during 5