Silent Auction To Benefit Area Students

Caroline Bissell, Auction Co-Chair, modelling a cowboy hat, amid an array of donated items for the auction.
Caroline Bissell, Auction Co-Chair, modelling a cowboy hat, amid an array of donated items for the auction.

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Janet Wallace

A Silent Auction will be held at the Chautauqua Institution on Sunday, July 15 from 12 – 2:30 as part of the annual Great American Picnic. The Auction funds scholarships for Chautauqua County high school literary arts students to spend an all-expense paid week at the Institution, taking classes, attending lectures and concerts, and living on the grounds with a host family. The Auction and Picnic are sponsored by the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Alumni Fund and take place on the lawn of the CLSC Alumni Hall.

Donations have been pouring in, including some collectible Chautauquaiana, such as Cat’s Meow miniature replica Chautauqua buildings, a painting of the storied “Sea Lion” sailing vessel, CLSC Reading Series books and magazines from 100 years ago, and Bird Tree and Garden Club plates no longer produced. A great variety of items will be available, ranging from a Stetson cowboy hat, a king size Amish quilt, a tabletop poker slot machine, some very collectible art work, a collection of Muffy and Hoppy animals with many outfits, a large quantity of unique jewelry, interesting antique furniture, vintage linens and glassware, designer clothing, significant gifts from area businesses, and many, many other items. A table of lesser value items with fixed prices—true bargains, will offer something for every shopper. A Preview/Sale will take place in Alumni Hall on Thursday and Friday prior to the Picnic from 10 – 5.

The Picnic itself will include burgers (as well as veggie burgers) hot dogs, potato salad, beans, chips, drinks and watermelon for sale. Also featured will be games for children, a book table, bake table, fortune teller, and music by a local musical group. In case of rain, the Picnic will be held at Seaver Gym, while the Silent Auction will be held on the Alumni Hall porch. Admittance to Chautauqua Institution is free all-day every Sunday.
For further information, contact Auction Co-Chairs, Janet Wallace, [email protected] or Caroline Bissell, [email protected]