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Visitors can get their antiques appraised at a Farmington's Faith United Methodist Church event

Kay Hoeppner has several antiques in her home, most of which have a story that go with them.

There are stories hidden away in Farmington homes.

There are colorful ceramic plates handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter. There are meat cleavers that belonged to a long-ago ancestor who was a butcher.

There are bits of the past tucked away in cabinets and chests and closets, and the organizers of an event this weekend at Faith United Methodist Church would like to hear all about them.

The church's Women of Faith group will hold a brunch and antique appraisal event starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Women of Faith member Kay Hoeppner has several antiques in her own home, and she looks forward to a fun event. She attended a similar antique appraisal recently in Woodbury and enjoyed herself. The appraisers look over the items participants bring in, then talk about them in front of the entire group. Some are worth a lot, others not much. But many have interesting stories attached to them. That's the part Hoeppner likes best.

One woman at the Woodbury event had a sugar bowl that had come from Sussex, England. Another had a picture frame that went back two generations in her family. The photo in the frame was of a woman - the current owner's great-grandmother, who had died when her daughter was just 4 years old.

It seemed like just about every piece had an interesting story attached about where it had come from or how its current owner had come to possess it.

"We sat right in the front row," Hoeppner said. "We could look at these beautiful items. Some were really old. Over 100 years old."

The idea for the antique appraisal came from the Women of Faith's president. Hoeppner was skeptical at first, but now she's excited to see what happens.

"We're going to have a good time talking about these antique pieces and telling each other the stories of our pieces," she said.

Women of Faith has held spring brunches for the last few years as fundraisers for the organization. The group, which meets monthly, has a number of projects it takes on, such as scholarships for college-bound students and large-print publications for the elderly. The group also contributed to a remodel of the church's kitchen.

Reservations are required for the brunch. For information call the church at 651-460-6110 or Hoeppner at 651-463-8735.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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