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  • Colonial Fox to host antique fair on stage

  • What better  place to  have an antique fair than in a building that’s old and historic?

    The inaugural Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation antique fair will be held today, featuring an antiques market, appraisals and an antiques consignment auction.

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  • What better place to have an antique fair than in a building that’s old and historic?
    The inaugural Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation antique fair will be held today, featuring an antiques market, appraisals and an antiques consignment auction.
    “We’ve got 30 vendors registered for the market, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Vonnie Corsini, foundation director. “They’ll set up on the Broadway sidewalks between Fourth and Sixth Streets, and a little bit on Fifth Street.”
    She’s hoping, of course, that Friday rains will have stopped well before the market opens.
    “If not, we’ll leave it to the vendors’ discretion whether they want to set up if it’s raining, or it could be clear by noon and we could start then,” Corsini said. “The appraisals, auction and raffles will all be held inside the theater, and rain will not cancel this event.”
    Appraisals will be available between noon and 2 p.m. in the theater foyer.
    “We have four appraisers scheduled, and they represent a wide variety of knowledge,” Corsini said. “The cost will be $2 per appraisal item, and no appointment is necessary. People can come on in with whatever they want to have appraised.”
    Sarah Jensen, foundation public relations and marketing director, said she had received inquiries from people who would like to have larger items, such as furniture, appraised.
    “For that, we recommend that they bring in really good photos of the item,” Jensen said.
    Auction items will be arranged on the Colonial Fox stage. Interested persons may preview the items between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., those who wish can bring items for the consignment auction until 2 p.m. today. The auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., with Joel Stewart serving as auctioneer.
    Corsini said this will be the first live performance on the Colonial Fox stage since about the 1950s or even earlier.
    “We’ve had tours and a Chamber coffee here and there, but that’s it,” she said. “The last movie was shown in the theater in 1985.”
    There are now lights on stage, without which it would have been extremely difficult to do the auction.
    “Seward Electric and Home Center Construction have been nothing but magic the past two weeks,” Corsini said.
    The foundation and the City of Pittsburg have also consulted on the safety aspects of holding the event in the theater.
    “We have six volunteers who will be serving as what they call fire walkers,” Corsini said. “They will walk routes in the theater, looking for hazards, and they are trained in how to get people safely out of the building if there is any problem.”
    She added that some “very creditable” pieces will be in the auction, including a spinning wheel, a beautiful piano stool with glass ball and claw legs, a pretty desk and chair set, children’s wooden wagon, lots of movie posters and old signs, a really nice clock, an ice cream table and a 1924 University of Notre Dame Football Review. There’s even the “FOX” letters which were on the theater’s marquee between 1959 and the 1990s.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The way I judge if an auction is good is if it has things I would like to get,” Corsini said. “There are a lot of things here I would love to have.”
    Raffle items include a signed, dated Ted Watts print, a Pittsburg Pottery 10-gallon water crock and a Howard Miller grandfather clock. Tickets are $3 each, four for $10 and 10 for $20.
    The Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation will receive all of the raffle and appraisal proceeds, and 10 percent of the money raised by the consignment auction.
    “The vendors keep all the money they make at the antique market,” Corsini said. “We did ask those who registered for a $50 deposit, which will be refunded to them when they come and set up their booth.”
    She said that the inspiration for the antique fair came from Ted Monsour and Larry Black. Also working with the foundation on the event have been antique dealers Roger Stumfoll, Cathy Clouston and Tim and Christy Corn.
    Corsini said that, aside from enjoying attending an antique fair at Oswego years ago, she knew nothing about such events.
    “The steering committee has been meeting every week for three months and I would go and take notes,” Corsini said. “Then I’d go back to the foundation office and tell Sarah that we needed to do this and that. Then I’d go back to the meeting the next week, say what we’d done and find out what we needed to do next. This has been a very stretching experience.”
    She and Jensen that the antique fair could become an annual event.
    “Now we know how to replicate this,” Jensen said. “We can do this again.”

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