OFFBEAT: Display of church statues and Mom's cookies are holiday finds

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-12-04T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Display of church statues and Mom's cookies are holiday findsBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Reader Irma Cunningham of Merrillville called and left a message for me over the holiday weekend telling me about an interesting window display along the courthouse square in Crown Point.

"I read one of your columns from a couple weeks ago about the 75th birthday of Bishop Dale Melczek of the Gary Catholic Diocese and his mention of the religious icons in his office," Cunningham said.

"On the subject of religious icons, the store Antiques on Main in Crown Point, just across from the courthouse, has a holiday window display that includes two church statues. Stop and take a look while driving through that area."

Thank you Irma for tipping me off about this interesting window display. I took your advice and stopped by to check out the statues you described.

Andrea Keehn of Merrillville is the antique dealer who created this window display for Loretta Nosal, of St. John, who is the manager for Antiques on Main, locaded at 208 South Main St. (A second storefront window features a homage to the film "It's a Wonderful Life.")

The two vintage church statues on display are depictions of St. Patrick and Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Patrick, attired in splendid robes and green cape, has his staff in hand, with a snake coiled around the base.

The Blessed Virgin Mary has her head reflected in prayer, standing on a star-scattered orb representing earth and the heavens, which also features two prominent horns protruding from the globe with a serpent wrapped around and around, as symbols of her prayerful conquest of humans' temptations by Satan. Keehn, who owns Gypsy's Treasure, one of the booths featured at Antiques on Main, said the statues were recently acquired by her a month ago from a private collection in Hammond. St. Patrick is priced at $550 and the Blessed Virgin Mary is $400, with both of these prices including a display pedestal.

Cookies for sale

The 16th annual Hospice Holiday Cookie Walk is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave. in Munster. This year, the entrance has moved to the East entrance. Cookies are priced at $8 a pound and, as always, all proceeds benefit Hospice of the Calumet Area. Shirl Pawlowski of Friends of Hospice tells me this year's cookie sale will once again feature one of my mom's annual cookie recipes, which she donated to the group back in 2011 and turned out to be a hit with cookie customers. "We are looking forward to once again offering 'Peggy's Christmas Pecan Crescents' for sale," Pawlowski said.

"They were 'gobbled' up so quickly last year, they sold out very fast, so we are delighted to bake them again and we thank your mom for letting us feature them as a highlight."

I'm also told anyone wishing to donate fresh baked cookies can contact Cynthia Camp at (219) 922-2732 or

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