“Brookby Enchanted” Transforms Iconic Grand Rapids Estate with Fairy House Show

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The Blodgett Estate, a historical Grand Rapids landmark on the grounds of Aquinas College, will be transformed into a fairy garden during the month of June. The event is “Brookby Enchanted,” the Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee’s annual fundraiser benefitting the education programs of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Guests can visit the estate for a tour of the iconic Broobky House home and grounds featuring fairy houses created by local artists. “Brookby Enchanted” is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Edith I. Blodgett Legacy Fund of the Brookby Foundation.

The Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee has a long history of supporting the growth of the Grand Rapids Symphony and furthering appreciation and understanding of music. Founded in 1941, the group was an important key to growth during the effects of World War II on the orchestra. Today, the committee organizes projects and fundraisers including the recently published Encore cookbook celebrating Grand Rapids culinary and culture, and the Well-Orchestrated Kitchen fundraiser event in May 2014.

“Members of the Women’s Committee thought a show featuring fairy houses would be an enchanting way to engage with young families as well as the creative community of Grand Rapids,” said Julie Connors, President of the Women’s Committee.

A VIP and Sponsor Preview Party will kick off “Brookby Enchanted” on Thursday, June 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests will be first to be captivated by the magical fairy garden at the estate as they stroll through the fairy gardens while enjoying a signature cocktail, light hors d’oeuvres and jazz in the garden. More than 25 fairy houses created and designed by artists from Grand Rapids will be on view, and the formal rooms of the Brookby House will feature works by Mathias Alten. Tickets are $75 and include a complimentary cocktail, tour of the fairy garden and the Brookby house. Tickets for the gala can be purchased at: BrookbyEnchantedPreviewParty.eventbrite.com.

The estate will be open to the public from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on June 5-7 and June 11-13, and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 14. Tickets are $5 for kids and $12 for adults and are available for purchase at BrookbyEnchanted.eventbrite.com. There will be a fairy map for kids to explore the grounds and discover the fairy houses.  Fairy wings and wands for children will be available at the gift shop located on the porch of the Brookby house. Grand Rapids Symphony musicians will perform at intervals throughout open hours and other activities will occur as weather allows.

For more information and updates, visit www.BrookbyEnchanted.org.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director David Lockington, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated Organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony please visit GRSymphony.org.