Opera House to Host BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction Fund-Raiser

Violist Brian Walnicki is one of the local musicians who will join colleagues from around the world to perform in the Opera House’s annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival. This year’s Festival will be supported by funds raised at a Chicken & Pork “Bach BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction” to be held in Fredonia’s West Barker Common on Sat., June 3, starting at 9 a.m.

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The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will hold a chicken & pork BBQ fund-raiser on Sat., June 3, in Fredonia’s West Barker Common near the Gazebo. A Bake Sale and Basket Auction also will be a part of the event. All proceeds benefit the Opera House’s annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival.

Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis says that the event is the third Bach BBQ event in as many years, and replaces the “BachYard” sale, which the theatre held for many years during the Village’s Attic & Seller Days. “The yard sale became very labor-intensive and difficult to mount every year,” he says. “So we have put that project to rest and for the past few years, we have held a ‘Bach BBQ, Bake Sale and Basket Auction’ instead!”

BBQ by Hector Alverio will provide the food for the event. Each meal includes a quarter chicken with BBQ sauce, a pulled pork slider, baby red potatoes and corn on the cob. BBQ tickets are $11 and can be purchased from Opera House Board and staff members, at the Opera House Box Office and online at www.fredopera.org. They also will be available for purchase in the park the day of the BBQ until sold out.

A variety of delicious baked goods also will be for sale at the June 3 event. And 15 baskets containing a variety of goods and services will be raffled off using a Basket Auction format. Examples of items in the baskets include: a baseball package including four tickets to a Buffalo Bison game and Bison Bucks; a basket filled with $100 worth of scratch-off instant lottery tickets; a bird-feeding station and bird feeders; an autumn serving platter, pitcher and bowl set; an original watercolor painting by Vermont artist Gary Eckhart; and a wooden patio bistro table and chair set, among a host of other things. For a $10 donation, supporters receive 26 tickets they can put into the basket raffles. Businesses/organizations donating baskets include Tec-Ease Inc. and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

The Bake Sale and the Basket Auction will begin at 9 a.m. The BBQ lunches will be served starting at noon.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.