As Tropical Storm Jose swept across the Atlantic Seaboard, bringing rain and increasing winds, WGBH-TV Roadshow producers persevered on the lawn at Rosecliff Mansion. It was the first time they have taped an outdoor show in their 22 seasons.
More than 3,000 visitors carefully protected their precious paintings, books, dolls, jewelry, furniture, photos and other heirlooms from the elements swirling around them. But the storm only teased. The appraisers did not. They were right as rain.
The only hitch to the day was that guests had to park at Ft. Adams and were shuttled to the mansion to stand in line inside several dozen tents and the lower level of Rosecliff, where the film crews had set up.
•Producers gave away 1,650 pairs of free tickets out of 10,309 ticket applications.
• Every ticketholder was invited to bring up to two items for a free verbal approximation of value.
• Sixty appraisers from across the nation covered 24 different categories, ranging from large furniture, tiny dolls, folk art and maps to paintings, tribal arts, rugs, toys, games, vintage clothing, jewels and sporting items.