Annual Doll Show returns
The Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club of Long Island will be presenting their 43rd Annual Doll Show featuring antique and modern dolls as well as toys and teddy bears.
The event will take place this weekend, Sunday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge. Tickets are on sale now for $7 and under. Children 12 and under are free.
The club originated in Patchogue in 1974, the doll show formed a year later and the club federated into the United Federation of Dolls in 1976. Former Village of Patchogue recreation director Ruth Padham, who recently passed, was among the first to start the club and get it off the ground with about 25 people from across Long Island.
The club quickly became a staple in the community. At that time, doll collecting was at an all-time high. The show, which debuted in 1975 at the Four Sisters Community Center in Patchogue, ran for a full week, attracting dignitaries and crowds by the dozens.
The event, according to charter member and Patchogue resident Betty Ann Richardson, was just that, an event, often plastered in the Long Island Advance and featured throughout the town.
Over the years, the show moved around, expanding and developing into what it is today: a full day of buying and selling at the Radisson Hotel, big enough to accommodate the thousands of collectibles on display.
Themes have ranged from Happy Birthday USA to Love is a Doll from Granny’s Attic and Dream Dolls and Decades of Dolls. This year, however, will run without a theme, due to having run out of ideas in 43 years, said Richardson.
Currently, the nonprofit club operates with about 29 members. This year’s show will feature 40-plus dealers with over 70 tables and an unlimited amount of dolls, all for sale, anywhere from $1 to thousands of dollars. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.
Show chairperson Mary Voegele also promised a raffle with an assortment of dolls and doll-related items. Usually, she said, the dealers supply items for it.
“This show is going to be very full,” she said, having hosted the event for 10 years. “It’s a fun event and there will be all different types of dolls, doll-related items, teddy bears and this year, toys.”
The event usually attracts about 300-400 people, weather depending.
“We collect dolls to preserve yesterday and today for tomorrow,” said Richardson of why the group has lasted so many years. Mostly, she said, it’s for the love of dolls.
For more information or for tickets, call Richardson at 631-475-4199 or Voegele at 631-981-9332.
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