With a great outdoor space, pleasant weather, and a history of filming on the property, Filoli ticked all the boxes for a stop at the Antiques Roadshow, according to producers.
A few years ago, Allyson Izzo Smith, who works for the PBS series, came across the historic Woodside estate while scouting locations, said Marsha Bemko, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow.
This summer, Filoli will be the fifth and final stop in the 27th season of the popular TV show.
“We’re always looking for distinctive historical locations that suit us,” said Bemko. “When we called and asked, they said, ‘Yes, they would like us.'”
The show ends on Wednesday, June 22 at the 654-acre property. “When we knock on doors, not everyone says ‘yes.'” She said that when a large group of people attend the show, it can be overwhelming for some.
About 5,000 people are expected at Filoli, which includes a 54,000-square-foot Georgian Revival-style mansion and 16 acres of English Renaissance gardens, according to Bemko. Interested parties can enter and win two free tickets to the event, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also, about 120 volunteers from KQED will help run the event.
Ticket holders are given specific time slots to participate. Each participant may bring up to two items for expert review.
In each hour-long episode, auction house specialists and independent dealers offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles, including family heirlooms and flea market finds, according to the show’s website.
Although not every contestant will end up on TV — the producers cut down the 150 segments they film, there’s a “100 percent chance” your articles will be rated, Bemko said.
“Most of us don’t understand everything we own,” Bemko said. “It’s a chance to learn what you own from the best experts in the country. You get an answer to a question that you can’t find on the internet.”
Bemko noted that she feels she has “one of the best jobs in America” as a producer on the show. Due to her travels with the show, she has been to every US state.
“I love learning with the audience,” she said. “I love it (that the items lead us further into the subjects.”
She said her favorite item from the years with the show was a label on a 1918 World War I-era can of peaches and a letter from a soldier worth about $550 to $600. While not worth as much as diamond rings she has coveted in the past, she likes the sentiment of the soldier writing home that “peaches are worth fighting for.”
Filoli is no stranger to film and television productions. In particular, parts of the soap opera “Dynasty” were filmed on the premises of the property in the 1980s.
The first film to be shot in Filoli was 1978’s Heaven Can Wait, starring Warren Beatty. In the 1990s, casts of George of the Jungle and The Joy Luck Club filmed scenes at Filoli’s mansion.
Filoli appeared in the 2001 film The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey as a possible Napa wedding location.
The Antiques Roadshow will also stop in Nashville, Tennessee; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Boise, Idaho; and Shelburne, Vermont.
The draw will take place in April. After the drawing, around April 11th, the lottery winners will be notified if they have been selected. All guests must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Enter the prize draw on pbs.org by March 21st.