The 43rd annual event, which starts Sunday and is hosted by the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, remains the Southeast’s largest antiques show with more than 600 volunteers, 29 dealers and thousands of pieces for sale.
But this year organizers have added a floral festival and Inspiration Avenue, an area inside the Episcopal church where nine designers will create special vignettes to excite residents about ways to incorporate both antiques and contemporary furniture into their homes. Inspiration Avenue will be similar to last year’s Inspiration House, where designers decorated each room of the home located on the church’s campus.
“We’ve got floral designers on Inspiration Avenue and six [local] church guilds decorating the church’s sacred spots,” said Marion Williams, who is co-chairing the event with Katherine Hill. “[Inspiration Avenue designers] have each chosen a historical client to design their vignettes around.
“The third new thing is we have many more lectures than we usually have had. We’re trying to expand the learning aspects of the show. We want people to learn about the different design areas.”
There will be nine lectures and talks given by both local and international experts, including award-winning architect Bobby McAlpine and Joseph Massie, a five-time winner of the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
The event also will include the First Place Passion Tour, a look at five unique homes owned by first-time homebuyers, to draw young professionals.
This year’s tour and show will benefit Crossroads Community Ministries, a Midtown-based nonprofit that aids Atlanta’s homeless. The church receives no money from the event and gives all proceeds to a local charity it chooses annually.
“We had 19 very good applications this year and had to cull them down to one to give them the boost it needs,” Williams said. “That is what is really special about it. … It does a world for the selected beneficiary.”
The event normally raises between $200,000 and $250,000 annually for local nonprofits and has collected more than $4 million overall. Last year it brought in $285,000 for Refugee Family Services.
The co-chairs said all residents should attend the event.
“There’s something [appealing] at the show no matter what your interests are,” Williams said, adding for the beneficiary it’s important for people to buy tickets to the event and not just purchase antiques.
Said Hill, “This is a not-to-be-missed event. It’s a great way to see what’s going on in the community, to enjoy a day of antiques and of design and beauty. In our harried lives, we don’t take a lot of time to do those things.”
If you go:
o What: 43rd annual Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes
o When: Show – Wednesday through Feb. 1; Tour - Sunday and Feb. 2
o Where: Show - Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Buckhead; Tour – various sites
o Benefits: Crossroads Community Ministries
o Information: www.cathedralantiques.org
Click here for Nicole Dow's article on Crossroads Community Ministries.