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Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association holds WHAM event

A brief story about Heritage Hill's 2nd Annual WHAM event.
Heritage Hill Neighborhood Assoiciation holds it's 2nd Annual Wham event

Heritage Hill Neighborhood Assoiciation holds it's 2nd Annual Wham event /Allen Wegener

Attendees socializing with each other for Wham event.

Attendees socializing with each other for Wham event. /Allen Wegenr

Wham greeters at the entrance of event...Deb Bruker (Board Member) and Maria Zache (Office Staff Member)

Wham greeters at the entrance of event...Deb Bruker (Board Member) and Maria Zache (Office Staff Member) /Allen Wegener

It was a wham of an event. Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association held it's 2nd annual WHAM event at the Women's City Club located here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. WHAM is short for- Wine Hops Art and Music. It was held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Women's City Club because of the club's unique venue in that it is over 100 years old and has artistIc things in it that make it the right place to hold such an event for WHAM.

"This is our second annual WHAM event for Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association," says Mary Robinson, hostess of the event. "We are expecting about 125 people attending here tonight."

This WHAM event featured things like wine vendors that offered a taste of their latest fine wines, hops that were clearly and decoratively on display to snack on while those attending the event could browse around the room checking out the artwork on display for silent auction bidding and music was performed by th band group called 555 Blues.

"I've been doing art work since I was three years old," says local artist Esther Tanus Van Alsburg. "My art piece is the Light House which is a watercolor painting on display here tonight." Van Alsburg took three years of art classes at Kendall in downtown Grand Rapids. She stated that she also would be willing to do a watercolor painting of a persons home if they would like one done. The art work on display were worth any where from $40 to $2,500 a piece. 

"We volunteer here for this event because we love our neighborood," says Maria Zache, office staff employee for the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Assoication.

There was also four different kinds of wine vendors available for the attendees to try out. These were Amy Ruis, Art of the Table, Brewery Vivant and New Holland Brewery were available to taste. The next WHAM event will be held in the Fall of 2014.

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