April blossoms and birdsong announce the return of spring.
The annual Heritage Tea sponsored by the Maple Ridge Historical Society is back too, coming up on April 14, 1-4 p.m. at the Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 – 224th Street in Maple Ridge.
This will be the 20th anniversary for this popular event. It usually is held on the first Saturday of April, but the Easter week-end intervened this year.
There are a number of new features to the Heritage Tea.
For the second year, expert appraiser Al Bowen will be on hand to offer his informed opinion about the value of your family antiques and collectibles.
Today’s photo shows Al Bowen at work at the 2011 Heritage Tea.
His long career as an appraiser gives him plenty of experience.
Even if the monetary value of your treasure isn’t great, you will enjoy chatting with Mr. Bowen.
People may bring two items for evaluation, and will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
Another change this year will be an increase in prices. The tea will cost $7, and the appraisal of two items plus your tea will be $15.
You must have noticed that groceries don’t seem to get any less expensive.
For many years, the Maple Ridge Historical Society has announced a year of eligibility for attending the Heritage Tea.
This is no longer in effect, so people who have lived here for a long or short time are welcome to attend.
All you need is an interest in local history.
There will be some high school grad reunion people at the tea, and another group known as We Call It Haney. The members usually meet and correspond on Facebook, but will be coming out in person. They will have a booth on April 14, when they will talk about their group and sell bumper stickers, all profits going to the Maple Ridge Museum.
You will be happy to know that some things never seem to change. There will be an appetizing afternoon tea, with freshly made sandwiches, cakes and goodies. You will be given a warm welcome, and find plenty of friends and history enthusiasts to talk to.
As usual, there will be an extensive display of photographs with information provided by the Maple Ridge Museum.
If you need any more information about the 2012 Heritage Tea, please call the Maple Ridge Museum at 604-463-5311. You may also contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at the tea.
Sheila Nickols is past president of the Maple Ridge Historical Society.