Welcome Mat: Home events around Metro Detroit

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Palmer Woods works to preserve historic past

As Detroit’s beloved Palmer Woods neighborhood celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, a permanent archive is being created about the neighborhood to share with future generations. The archive, which will be made with the help of the University of Detroit’s School of Architecture, will include recorded stories from former Palmer Woods and other artifacts. Part of those recorded histories will be gathered this weekend at a special tea at the home of longtime Palmer Woods residents Norman Silk and Dale Lee. Silk and Lee, owners of Blossoms in Birmingham, say as lovers of history, they “wanted to preserve the stories many of their customers told them about growing up and living in their same neighborhood.” They’re especially looking for personal histories before 1963. Registration has already passed for Sunday’s tea, but to possibly share your story about growing up in Palmer Woods, email turkelhouse@gmail.com.

Art Van opens eighth Chicago area location

Warren-based Art Van Furniture opened its new Chicago store this week with a big bash that included Oscar winner and singer extraordinaire Jennifer Hudson, celebrity photographer Nigel Barker and HGTV star Hilary Farr. The 112,000-square-foot-store in Downers Grove, Illinois, is Art Van’s eighth store in the Chicago area and the retailer’s biggest. Located in a former Home Depot center, the new store, which underwent $13 million in renovations, has a stone exterior, 12,000 square feet of windows and a cascading fiber optic light shower installation by world-renowned British artist and lighting designer Bruce Munro in the main entrance. The new store also includes a Scott Shuptrine Interiors gallery, the high-end furnishings brand of Art Van. It’s the first Scott Shuptrine location in the Chicago area. “My excitement has multiplied a thousand-fold from the moment we conceptualized our Downers Grove store,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, in a press release. “We are creating an extraordinary environment; a home furnishings feast for the senses in this vibrant community.” Art Van plans to open three more stores in Illinois by March 2016.

Boston-Edison hosts ‘Sounds of Music’ summer jazz party

Tickets are selling quickly for Saturday’s “The Sounds of Music” House Concert Series in the Historic Boston-Edison Neighborhood. Part of the fifth annual “Sounds of Music” house concert series, Saturday’s summer jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. will feature Grammy-nominated group, Straight Ahead. Food, meanwhile, will be provided by celebrity Chef Jeff Toney of Chef Toney Private Catering. Tickets are $40 per person. The address for the home hosting the concert will be provided to paid ticket holders. The deadline to buy tickets is midnight Friday; go to historicbostonedison.org or call (313) 865-1149.

Jarden Home Brands hosts 5th annual Can-It-Forward Day

Ready, set, can! Saturday is Jarden Home Brands’ fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day. To celebrate, Jarden is hosting a series of live webcasts and canning demonstrations online from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will also be webcasts from four bloggers ambassadors from across the country who will share their canning expertise. To tune in, go to FreshPreserving.com. To learn more about canning, Jarden — which makes the Ball brand canning products — has some great tips on its website on how to get started with canning, techniques and recipes.