Summer temperatures are rising, and so is the number of activities for the antiques and collectibles enthusiast. Here are some upcoming events to check out:
"The French Market" takes place Sunday in picturesque Marin County. Longtime show promoter Fern Loiacono has created a show reminiscent of an outdoor European fair. In this lively atmosphere, merchants offer merchandise that includes old books, silver, glass, linens, jewelry, vintage clothing, furniture and more. Make sure you notice the imaginative way folks display their wares. You might pick up an idea or two to use at home.
As you meander through the aisles, listen to the music. And treat yourself to an order of sinfully rich crepes. It's a great way to experience summer at its best.
The merriment occurs at the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. The show runs the second Sunday of the month until Oct. 12. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking free. Details: 415-383-2252, www.goldengateshows.com.
Small and sweet
One of the smallest, yet sweetest, antiques shows held anywhere in the state happens at St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in scenic Pacific Grove on Saturday and Sunday.
This is the 57th year for the sale, which attracts buyers from as far north as Marin and as far south as San Luis Obispo. About 30 or so dealers -- that's enough for me -- exhibit a wide array of desirable goods.
After you finish shopping, take a tour of the "little red church." A heavenly lunch is dished up by cheerful volunteers daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Price: $10.
St. Mary's is at 12th and Central avenues in Pacific Grove. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8. Details: 831-373-4441.
The Preservation Action Council of San Jose is sponsoring a walking tour Saturday of The Alameda. It's a chance for history buffs to learn more about "The Garden City."
Participants should meet on the corner of Emory Street and The Alameda at 10 a.m. Price: $10 for PAC-SJ members and $15 for nonmembers. The tour lasts about two hours. Details: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, July 19, it's time for the 20th annual Western Hero Toy Roundup. This is where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Bat Masterson, Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy and Annie Oakley continue to "ride tall."
Here you'll encounter sellers who specialize in toy cap guns, holsters, cuffs, spurs, records, magazines, lunchboxes picturing 1950 and '60s TV heroes, coloring books, tin sheriff pins and more.
Join in the fun at the Walnut Creek Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Drive. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission: $5. Active-duty military personnel and small fry under 12 admitted free. There is no charge for parking. Details: 800-585-2392.
By the way, this year's special anniversary show will honor the late cowboy/collector Douglas Hamilton. The famed hobbyist was called "Cotton Eye Joe." The first 50 paid entrants will get a free commemorative mug.
Tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke had an affinity for Islamic art. She was so smitten with it that she commissioned a manse overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Honolulu's Diamond Head to house her lovely, unrivaled collection of choice artifacts.
Nearly 70 of these masterworks from the storied 5-acre property, dubbed Shangri La, are on view at the Nevada Museum of Art. It is the first time these objects have ever been seen on the mainland.
The exhibit -- "Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art" -- showcases architectural drawings, photographs and furniture. One of the eye-popping items on parade is a dazzling 19th-century Indian gold and jade hand mirror.
You'll find the museum at 160 W. Liberty St. in Reno. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors. When planning a trip, remember the museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The show remains up until Aug. 31. A 216-page catalog is available for purchase. Details: 775-329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
On July 27, the quaint fishing village of Moss Landing -- situated halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey on Highway 1 -- morphs into one mammoth antique collective.
At least a couple of hundred sellers converge along the main street offering a nice variety of furniture, toys, glass, china, paintings, kitchenwares, books and bric-a-brac. Besides shopping at the booth of out-of-town vendors, you should find time to stop by the stores and galleries that make this historic harbor town their permanent home.
In between browsing, sample the food. A fish fry, fried artichokes and burritos are among treats served. And since the annual extravaganza is not far from Watsonville, expect fresh strawberries on the menu.
Just remember that the weather in these parts is often unpredictable. It's best to dress in layers, don a hat and bring along your sunscreen.
The 44th annual bash kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Official show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but savvy shoppers arrive much earlier. Admission: $5. Kids under age 12 free. Parking is free, but you may have to hike a wee distance to the entry gate. No dogs allowed. Details: 831-633-4501.
An extra tip: With the Gilroy Garlic Festival happening the same weekend, roads in and around Moss Landing will be busy. Arrive early and leave by midafternoon to avoid the heaviest traffic.
Dates to jot down
The 51st annual Benicia Peddlers' Fair will be held Aug. 9, and the 50th annual San Juan Bautista Antiques Show occurs Aug. 10. I'm looking forward to attending each of these festivities and visiting with readers from around the Bay Area. I'll have specifics in my next column, which runs July 26.
Contact Steven Yvaska at email@example.com.