By Amanda Anderson
BREVARD -- Attention, all antique collectors and fans of the PBS show "Antiques Roadshow!"
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science Board of Trustees is hosting a two-day fundraising event, May 31 and June 1, called "What's It Worth?"
Renowned antiquity expert Harry Rinker will be appraising your antiques, with funds benefitting the Mastodon Articulation Fund for the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the museum, which focuses on Brevard County and Florida history.
"The Brevard Museum will be one of the very few museums in Florida that have all four Florida 'Ice Age' creatures -- the giant ground sloth, the sabre tooth cat, the mastodon and a megladon jaw," said Nancy Rader, executive director for the museum.
Currently, the mastodon is being articulated at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, but will return to the Brevard Museum in July. Upon its unveiling, the mastodon will also be given its community-chosen name.
"There were many names submitted, and we narrowed it down to 10," Mrs. Rader said. "Then, the community voted on the final 10 names, and we can't wait to let the public know what they picked!"
The funds raised will help make a final payment for the Mastodon Articulation Project due in August, as well as pay for new signage that must be made for the exhibit.
As part of the two-day event, Mr. Rinker will be performing home visits, giving speeches and antique appraisals. Mr. Rinker specializes in providing appraisal, consulting, editorial and educational appearances.
Home visits will be available on Friday, May 31, where Mr. Rinker will appraise items at one location for a cost of $150.
On June 1, Mr. Rinker will continue to appraise items at the Brevard Museum. Cost to appraise one item is $15, and three items is $30. Mr. Rinker and the Brevard Museum kindly request that all appraisals be scheduled in advance.
"We believe that Mr. Rinker's appraisals will have an 'Antique Roadshow' kind of feel to it," Mrs. Rader said. "The price of $15 for one item is a fair price for what the item is worth, but also the entertainment of what others bring in."
Mrs. Rader also stressed that those who attend the Saturday appraisals at the Brevard Museum will have access to all the exhibits.
"I know there are many citizens in Brevard that have not seen our wonderful museum in many years," she said. "We are hoping that this event will bring many people in to see and enjoy the museum."
The "What's It Worth" gala will be held on Friday, May 31, at the Women's Community Club, Inc., beginning at 6 p.m. Mr. Rinker will give a presentation, and dinner will be catered by Renaissance Catering. A silent auction, featuring items donated by local businesses, will also take place at the event.
Rachel Burris, director of education at the Brevard Museum, is very excited for this incredible event.
"This is one of the largest fundraisers the museum is doing this year and one of the few we do outside exhibit openings," Ms. Burris said. "Mr. Rinker's appraisals are a unique way to discover more information about pieces that might have been donated without a significant amount of background."
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science Board of Trustees "What's It Worth" two-day fundraiser will be Friday, May 31 through Saturday, June 1.
Home visits by Mr. Harry Rinker are $150, and will be held on Friday, May 31, with the "What's It Worth" gala at 6 p.m. Limited tickets for the gala are $50 and can be purchased at the Brevard Museum.
Appraisals will continue on Saturday at the museum. Cost for a one-item appraisal is $15, while three items is $30. Tickets must be purchased, and the price includes admission to all the exhibits the museum has to offer.
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is located at 2201 Michigan Ave., Cocoa.
For more information, contact Nancy Rader at (321) 632-1830, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.