Your weekend: The show must go on
Visitors to the website of the Alameda Point Antique & Collectibles Faire, an Alameda tradition for more than a decade, were treated to some startling news Wednesday.
“Proceedings have been commenced for the voluntary dissolution of Antiques By The Bay, Inc. As a result the show scheduled for Nov 1, 2009 will not take place,” a bright red banner across the top of the site’s main page announced. (The note has since been taken down.)
But Antiques By the Bay President Allen Michaan said that’s not true. He said the show will go on as scheduled Sunday.
Michaan accused the show’s producers and company co-owners Betsy and Jerry Goldman of trying to scuttle Antiques By the Bay. And he said a lawsuit is coming. (The Goldmans, contacted at their Antiques By the Bay phone numbers, did not return a call seeking comment.)
“They’ve gotten themselves into a lot of trouble,” Michaan said.
The Island learned Wednesday that people were being told the company was dissolving and that all future shows had been dropped. A call to Antiques By the Bay turned up an answering machine message saying the November 1 show was canceled.
The website message appeared later in the day, as this reporter checked in with the folks at PM Realty, which leases Antiques By the Bay its space on the former Naval Air Station. (They had no knowledge of the cancellation announcement.) Company leaders also apparently canceled their advertisement in a local newspaper.
Michaan said he had been calling dealers who sell at the monthly Faire all day Wednesday to let them know that contrary to what they may have heard, the show was continuing.
“It’s deplorable that the Goldmans think so little of the hundreds of dealers that depend on this show that they would try to destroy it,” he said.
The Faire has become an institution here at Alameda Point, where it has been held the first Sunday of every month since 1998. It draws about 800 vendors and 10,000 visitors a month, and show organizers claim it is the largest antique and collectibles show in Northern California.
Michaan said he created the concept for the Faire, wrote its business plan, obtained the permits to set it up and paid all its bills in its early years, when it wasn’t making any money. He said he brought the Goldmans in to manage and operate the show and offered them a partnership position. They own half of Antiques By the Bay, he said, and he and his ex-wife own the other half.
A quick check of online state records Wednesday afternoon showed the corporation is still active. And whatever happens, Michaan said the show will go on.
“We will not let the show die,” he said.