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April 12, 2013

A very vintage evening

Open Door Night at the Red Door

ANDERSON, Ind. — It’s boogie woogie time in Anderson.

Red Door Vintage and Thrift opens its doors Friday night to host a festive evening filled with music, dancing, fashion and fun  — all with a vintage flavor. The shop, 621 Meridian Street, will be showcasing some special vintage items up for bid through silent auction or for purchase.

It will go to help the hungry, hurting or homeless in the area by raising funds for The Christian Center (TCC) in Anderson.

“It’s going to be pretty fun,” said Amity Rees, sales associate at the shop and volunteer chaplain for TTC. “It’s the first open door night at TCC. It’s kind of a new thing.”

Floor space will be opened up in the shop to make room for all the action. The evening will be filled with music and dancing. The Howard Boyer Band will kick things off with contemporary rock.  Jazz swing DJ Samantha Anderson, of the Anderson University Swing Club, is to pick up from there so dancing is the order of the day.

Free swing lessons will be offered by the AU Swing Club during the course of the evening. Myers Autoworld is chipping in to provide music.

Hors d’ouevres and beverages will keep party-goers fueled.

Expect to see all kinds of unique or collectible vintage items, some of them walking down the fashion runway.

“Our thrift store is run entirely through donations,” said Rees. Periodically, the shop receives items worth more than can be realized through the shop’s regular retail operations. “We can’t get the value in the thrift store.” Those items have been set aside, and for the first time, this Friday, they’ll be available for purchase through silent auction.

The offerings include items such as an antique Hoosier cabinet valued at more than $600, a vintage patio set, a Lefton china teapot, Fenton pottery and carnival glass. There’s also a ‘60s-era buffet with sliding doors.

“It’s going to be so exciting,” said Deb Nicholson, Red Door retail manager. “I think it’s an awesome venue to showcase some of the stuff… I think we’re a hidden treasure.”

Red Door’s open door night will also feature a vintage fashion show with models wearing clothes available for purchase. Medusa Hair Salon is providing hair and makeup services to give the perfect vintage touches to the show, right down to the pin curls.

Daniel Wohlberg, TCC’s  PR and Marketing Coordinator is prepared to don a leisure suit while he emcees the show.

“If they find one, I’ll wear it,” laughed Wohlberg. Vintage wear is encouraged across the board. Rees plans to wear pants a la the mod ‘60s, a black and white checkered cape and plastic glasses.

All of the fun has the ultimate purpose of raising funds for the ministries of The Christian Center in Anderson which seeks to serve the hungry, the hurting and the homeless in Madison County. Those ministries include a residential center for men and a meal program that serves three meals a day, seven days a week to those in need   — no questions asked.

“Last year, we fed 80,000,” said Rees. “It’s an operation.”

It all depends on a patchwork of donations,  grant funding and fundraising activities like Friday’s very vintage evening.

“Everything goes straight back to the community,” said Nicholson.

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