St. Clair Shores
Antique appraisal coming to Blossom Heath Inn
Posted March 22, 2017
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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Do you ever wonder if that old vase from Grandma or that clock from your great-great-grandfather could be a pile of cash in disguise?
Well, you can wonder no more and help out a good cause at the same time when the Pettipointe Chapter of the Michigan Questers hosts a fundraiser for the Scarab Club in Detroit next month at Blossom Heath Inn.
“What we do is we study and preserve antiques, and so we’re having this fundraiser to help the Scarab Club in downtown Detroit,” said Dona Reynolds, of Grosse Pointe Woods.
The Scarab Club is a non-profit organization of and for artists, art lovers and supporters housed in a 1928 building in midtown Detroit’s arts center. It was founded in 1907 and offers art and cultural events, programming and experiences that include exhibits, lectures, sketch sessions, chamber and blues music concerts, social events and more.
“As we embark on a capital campaign to celebrate this milestone, we’re thankful for the Questers’ support as we work to preserve and renovate our building for the next generation,” said Scarab Club Executive Director Ashley Hennen in an email interview.
Because the Questers have an affinity for antiques, it seemed that an appraisal fundraiser would be the perfect fit. Reynolds said the Pettipointe Chapter of the Questers recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It hosted a similar fundraiser at the St. Clair Shores Public Library two years ago to benefit the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum.
“This time we’re going to have our appraisal fundraiser at Blossom Heath, which I’m real excited about because that’s an old building with a lot of history and antiques,” Reynolds said.
Blossom Heath Inn is more than 100 years old. The property for Blossom Heath was purchased in 1911 by Matthew Kramer, and shortly thereafter he built what he called the Kramerhof, which later became Blossom Heath Inn, according to Muskrat Tales, Vol. 2, No. 1, put out by the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission.
The appraisal fundraiser will be held 3-8 p.m. April 26 at Blossom Heath Inn, 24800 Jefferson Ave. Those wishing to have antiques appraised can pay $5 per item to have it evaluated by one of several appraisers who will be at the event. Guests are asked to bring only two or three items for appraisal. The event will occur during one of Blossom Heath’s midweek happy hours, so there will be food and beverages available for purchase as well.
The prior event was a big success for the group, Reynolds said.
“The reason why they like it, I think, (is) because of the program ‘Antiques Roadshow.’ They think, ‘I’ve had this item, it was my grandfather’s, great-grandfather’s, maybe it’s valuable,’” she said.
Auctioneers and certified appraisers will be on hand, as will experts in diamonds, rare coins, jewelry, books and military relics.
Questers member Betsy Berg Jachman, of Grosse Pointe Farms, said the Scarab Club fosters young artists’ careers and has shows open to the public.
“Like any other building, it needs tons and tons of maintenance, and anyone can walk in there absolutely for nothing,” she said. “They just do all kinds of great activities to promote our area, and it’s a hidden treasure that very few people know about.”
About the author
Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public schools for the Sentinel. Kristyne has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State University and Chippewa Valley High School.
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