Cathedral Antique ShowBy Collin Kelley

The Cathedral Antique Show & Tour of Homes is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The tour is Jan. 30-31 and the show is set for Feb. 2-5 at the Cathedral of St. Philips.

With more than $3 million raised for charities around the city over the last four decades, this year’s show is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s beneficiary is H.E.R.O. for Children, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The show will feature 35 exhibitors offering 18th and 19th century antiques consisting of furniture, paintings, textiles, porcelain, jewelry, silver and other fine pieces.

There will also be lectures – including former University of Georgia Coach Vince Dooley and his wife Barbara – appraisals and a daily luncheon for attendees.

Hours are Thursday, Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at door for daily admission. Daily ticket includes admission to the show, learning lectures for the day and a visit to the Inspiration House. There is also three-day “Run of the Show” pass for $50, which includes admission to all three days of the how, all learning lectures (except Vince Dooley) and the Inspiration House.

The Inspiration House at 2799 Andrews Drive is filled with antiques and unique design ideas and will remain open through Feb. 12. It’s also part of the Tour of Homes, which features four of Buckhead’s gorgeous mansions. Tickets for the tour are $30.

The special lecture with Vince Dooley is set for Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. He’ll be talking about “Georgia Football, Then and Now” and his new book, Vince Dooley’s Garden, the Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception with food from Five and Ten and Empire State South.

The daily learning lectures include talks by porcelain expert Pamela Tidwell on Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m.; furniture restorer Mickey Gullia on Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.; interior designer Suzanne Kasler on Feb. 4, 2 p.m.; and Barbara Dooley will dsicuss renovating her home on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.

Experts will be giving verbal appraisals on Feb. 3-4 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per item, third item $5 with a maximum of three items. No firearms, coins, stamps or fine jewelry.

If you get hungry, there will be a daily luncheon served and complimentary afternoon tea from St. Anne’s Guild and Bigelow Tea Company from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

An opening night gala and preview party is Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with food, wine and a special performance by Francine Reed. Tickets are $150 and include a “Run of the Show” pass.

For a complete schedule of the show and more details about special events and lectures, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.