Nostalgia Sunday – It’s antiques harvest season!
For the third year running, national park Gan Hashlosha-Sachne will be holding its annual collectors’ fair. Israel is a young country so this is no “Antiques Roadshow”. Nonetheless, it is an opportunity for those passionate about the country’s industrial-age artifacts to view some rarely-seen collections. The theme for this year’s collectors’ fair is “Sports”; in parallel to the exhibition there will be special activities for the whole family.
The exhibition features items from the personal collections of Israeli sports legends: basketball coach Ralph Klein z”l, soccer player Avi Cohen z”l, who died tragically only last year, and a collection of walking shoes courtesy of the still very much alive and kicking race-walker Professor Shaul Ladany — including his shoes from the 1972 Munich Olympics when 11 of his teammates were killed.
There is also a collection of fencing swords (including one from in the 1930s owned by Israel’s first fencing coach, who happens to have been a woman), trading cards, sports magazines, banners, trophies, matchboxes and even a special exhibit of matkot — that annoying beach-paddleball game played primarily by scantily-clad women and their banana-hammock wearing partners.
The display also includes a large collection of bicycles, courtesy of the privately owned Alon Wolf Bicycle Museum.
The question is, will they also have a place for the latest in Israeli sports memorabilia: this cereal box, recently spotted, featuring basketball player Omri Caspi. If I were a collector, I’d buy a gross of these…
Gan Hashlosha is a natural water park fed by underground springs. On the premises is the “Footsteps in the Valley” museum, subdivided into three branches dedicated to historical aspects of the Jewish State.
These include the archeological branch that deals with regional and Mediterranean archeology, presenting findings from Greece, Persia, Egypt and the Beit Shean area, the heritage branch, site of the Homa u-Migdal (Tower and Stockade) museum, a reconstructed site of the early settlement; and the water and environment branch: that includes walking routes along the stream, and among the gardens and orchards.
And of course, this week there’s the festival, where there will be special activities and sports for the whole family (including discus and spear-throwing, for those inclined), workshops and guided tours of the park and the exhibition. For more information click here.