The Friends of the Museum and area businesses donated the items to help with the fundraising event. The evening began with a silent auction in which participants prowled around the tables, looking at goods, writing down their paddle number next to their bid and then keeping watch to ensure no one outbid them for the treasured items.
There was certainly something for everyone at the silent auction. Patrons could choose from a two-night stay at Atlantic Beach, a Death By Chocolate goodie basket that looked sure to live up to its name, a one-night stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites at Shelton Vineyards, a five-piece silver-plated coffee service or framed pictures among many other items.
“I just wanted to see what they’ve got,” said Aline Duncan. “They’ve got stuff I’ve never even heard of.”
Scottie Crowder and Loretta Umburger were eyeing one item in particular with the idea of cashing in during the holidays. Brack Llewellyn, of the NoneSuch Playmakers, offered up one hour of storytelling for the auction, something the ladies saw as the perfect entertainment for their holiday guests.
“Everybody likes to hear storytelling,” said Crowder. “We might get some bargains.”
Following the conclusion of the silent auction at 7:30, there was a more traditional auction headed up by Bracky Rogers with Rogers Realty and Auction Co., Inc.
That portion of the evening offered up items such as a love seat, a dining room set, lamps and chairs. Between the two auctions, there were more than 80 items available for bidding.
Even with the unpredictable weather, people still turned out for the event which was held in the Museum Annex on Oak Street. The auction raised around $4,300 for the museum. Area businesses even partnered with the museum to provide “Doggie Bags” with hot dogs, chips and dessert as well as a drink for the attendees.
“We just came to see what’s going on and maybe support them a little bit,” said Kenneth Donaldson of attending the auction. “We always try to support local things. We need to do as much local shopping as we can.”
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