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Jimmy and Colleen Fitzgerald and Alex and Dana Deimel.

May 22, 2014
The 30th annual Christ Church Grosse Pointe Antiques Show opens its doors May 29 through June 1 with familiar vendors and two speakers.

The event draws more than 500 attendees to visit 30 merchants who will have something for new collectors and those with extensive collections at price points from $100 to $100,000. This show benefits the church's internationally recognized choirs, under the direction of Scott Hanoian, and the church's local missions, such as Crossroads of Detroit, Alternatives for Girls and helping people in need of food and shelter.

"This is wonderful on so many levels for Christ Church," said the Rev. Andrew Van Culin of the show. "It is a beautiful antique show. For Christ Church to be able to put that together with nearly all volunteers is brilliant. It doesn't stop there. It helps the economy. It's good for the community. The people connect here. It supports the important ministry — music and the choir trip for young boys and girls wrapped in music and growing up."

Indeed, the choir trips, traveling both nationally and internationally, are possible because of the show, Hanoian said. These trips help the children grow.

The Christ Church Grosse Pointe Boys and Mens Choir. They tour England and Wales in July singing in six cathedrals.
"It's the pilgrimage aspect of the young singer. To take young people to a part of the liturgical life we become part of forming their spiritual life," he said.

Hanoian went on to say, he witnesses the look on the face of a 9- or 10-year-old boy performing in a cathedral that is 1/10th of a mile long, it is a look that cannot be replicated with any other experience and is his reward.

In July, 20 boys and 14 professional male singers in the Boys and Mens Choir travel to England and Wales, performing at six cathedrals; Wells, Exeter, Bristol, Bangor, Brecon and St Davids.

To sing in cathedrals, Hanoian must apply and in some cases, provide a choir recording and recommendation from English clergy recommendations.

For two weeks, the choir sings in historic venues, becomes a family, learns about team building and gets in some sightingseeing. This year, they, along with four chaperones and 20 parents, visit Stonehenge, Snowdon Mountain and Westminster Abbey.

The tour wouldn't be possible without the antiques show, this year chaired by Colleen Fitzgerald and Dana Deimel.

To celebrate the show's milestone, the two intentionally chose a different style of speaker.

In the past, Fitzgerald said, a single speaker, noted for his or her interior design talents, came to Grosse Pointe. This year two speakers are scheduled, both art oriented.

Kenneth Myers, the curator of American Art and head of the Department of American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, discusses the DIA's growing American art collection at 10 a.m. Friday, May 30.

Curt DiCamillo, an architectural historian, will be on hand at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31. His topic is "Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey." Separate $25 tickets are needed for both of the speakers.

The 2014 antiques show begins with a preview party and silent auction Thursday, May 29. It includes a meet and greet with the two speakers at 6 p.m. with those holding $250 archangels and $125 gold angels tickets. Silver angels tickets cost $75 include the preview party with a 6:30 p.m. admittance and show admission all three days.

Silent auction items include a Ford Field box to watch a Detroit Lions game with 12 friends, catered food and parking; a week's stay at a two-bedroom Sanibel Island, Fla., condo; and a men's Bixby Shinola bike. The signature auction item is the 2014 Lincoln MKC, provided by Crest Lincoln, right off the assembly line.

"It's a pretty cool car," Hanoian said.

The next day, the three-day show opens with vendors familiar with Grosse Pointers' tastes and in return Grosse Pointers house and feed vendors.

"Vendors say this is their favorite show," Deimel said. "We house them. They get breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. They get home cooked food. We are waiting on them all day long," Fitzgerald said.

During show hours, choir members are runners. They bring meals to vendors from the Angel Cafe, with food catered by Grosse Pointer Tammy Tedesco's Edibles Rex. They are also the wait staff to those eating in the cafe in the undercroft.

Attendees to Christ Church's antiques show might run into Van Culin looking over Georgian items, Hanoian is a silver and antique furniture collector, Fitzgerald frequents Poverty Hollow while Deimel collects antique maps, particularly Armenian maps.

Because vendors return year after year they bring items targeted to this market and are willing to talk with customers.

"The dealers are wonderfully cordial," Van Culin said. "They will help educate the consumer and buyer. They are more than generous with their time. It's fantastic learning about the difference (in styles)."

Admission to the antiques show is $10 and can be purchased at event

brite.com. The price allows visitors three days admission.

In the end, the show is about the music and the community can attend the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Evensong service or the 10 a.m. Sunday Eucharist service featuring the choir and orchestra.

"Come and see and hear what you're supporting," Hanoian said.

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