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.

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:

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 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.

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