The mysteries of last summer will be revealed starting tonight, when WHYY begins airing the new episodes of "Antiques Roadshow" that were filmed in Philadelphia during August.

By NONA E. BREAUX

Was it trash or was it treasure?

The mysteries of last summer will be revealed starting tonight, when WHYY begins airing the new episodes of "Antiques Roadshow" that were filmed in Philadelphia during August.

If you were among the lucky 6,000 people who snagged tickets to the show on Aug. 5 - from the more than 20,000 who applied for the lottery-based ticket giveaway - you may even catch a glimpse of yourself during the programs.

Or, if you were extremely fortunate and had a treasure that made it to the filming area, you may find that you made the cut and have earned your few moments of fame in the show.

Better yet, you might discover that someone in your family has an exceedingly valuable possession that they haven't told anyone about. Now the secret will be out.

WHYY also is hosting some community events going "behind the scenes" of "Roadshow," featuring an appraiser (but no appraisals). They include an event at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown on Jan. 25; the Historical Society of Princeton on Feb. 7; and the Woodmere Art Museum on Feb. 22.

Admission is free for WHYY Arts & Culture members and members of the featured organizations. For more information, go to www.whyy.org; e-mail antiques@whyy.org; or call (215) 351-0511.

"Antiques Roadshow" was in its 10th year when it made the Philadelphia stop in August and the PBS feature is as popular as ever.

During the three shows that feature the City of Brotherly Love, you'll be treated to visits to the Philadelphia Art Museum, a shop that boasts an amazing collection of musical instruments and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well plenty of the "Roadshow" action taped at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

As always, there will be some amazing finds - including artwork from the "New Hope School" in nearby Bucks County - and a few disappointed collectors who receive the bad news that their "treasure" won't exactly pave the way to retirement.

But it's worth it to settle in for three winter evenings to get the lowdown on such items as an Alexander Calder scale model for a large sculpture commissioned for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair; a small spice cabinet from Chester County that includes a bit of a surprise; a few wonderful pieces of jewelry; and a rather interesting "frog" vase.

The show, hosted by Mark L. Walberg, airs at 8 p.m. on WHYY TV-12 on the next three Mondays. Of course, if you miss the show on those nights, "Antiques Roadshow" also airs Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at noon on Channel 12.

WHYY also broadcasts the program on one of its three digital TV channels, WHYY Wider Horizons (Comcast Channel 242) on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

But why take a chance?

Mark your calendar for this Monday - once you watch the first Philly episode, you're sure to be hooked.

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