Antiques Festival remakes itself for 2016

Vern Yip

Vern Yip

Thursday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Anderson Pavilion at Smale Park

The annual Art & Antiques Festival is ending its run after 50 years, but that doesn’t mean its organizers are abandoning their fundraising efforts for Convalescent Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Instead, they have hit the “refresh” button and are debuting a new event.

Dubbed Design Cincinnati, it will feature curated shopping for home decor, a gourmet basket lunch, and an appearance by celebrity architect/interior designer Vern Yip.

The new event will be presented by ClearArc Capital.

The Association of Volunteers is organizing the new event as it did the Art & Antiques Festival. The auxiliary has raised more than $4 million over the years for Cincinnati Children’s.

“We’re thrilled to present a refreshed event to celebrate both home decor and the city itself,” said AOV president Jennifer Moriarty.

“Anderson Pavilion gives us one of the best views of our city, and we like to think that our event will curate some of the best home and decor shopping that our region has to offer. At the same time, we will continue to honor our group’s heritage that celebrates the timelessness of antiques as a part of home decor.”

Yip is known for his work on TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” NBC’s “Home Intervention” and HGTV’s “Deserving Design,” “Urban Oasis” and “Design Star.”

“We love Vern’s overall design philosophy,” said lecture and luncheon chair Carrie Carothers. “He is a design trendsetter with an aesthetic that truly has a global flair. His tips and advice, however, make interior design something that’s accessible to everyone and every budget.”

Admission ($85-$150) will include Yip’s lecture; a signing for his debut home design book, “Design Wise;” a gourmet basket lunch; and access to the curated shopping event.

Proceeds this year will benefit the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department at Cincinnati Children’s.

Tickets: 561-0950, or

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