The 23rd annual Washington Antiques Show will kick off with a gala Oct. 2 at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot.

The event is a major fundraiser for the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum.

Following the gala, the show will be open Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at town hall.

Washington residents Gretchen and Philip Farmer, former library presidents, will serve as honorary chairmen.

After a two-year hiatus, Sandra Canning and Rod Pleasants will return as the show's co-chairs and overall organizers.

Barbara Bouyea, Chris Giftos, and Chris Zaima, all Litchfield County residents, will contribute to the overall decorative style of the weekend. Noted landscape designer Renny Renolds will donate plants for town hall's interior.

A total of 22 local and national dealers will participate in the event, exhibiting antiques and rarities ranging from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Led by Stephen Brighenti and Hillary Houldin, the library's trustees have assembled a variety of items for a first-time silent auction.

Admission to the gala begins at $125. General admission to the show will be $10. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, or to make a reservation to attend the gala, call the library at 860-868-7586 or visit