"The continued generosity of donations by area businesses, society members and local residents alike has been outstanding,"said Meg Schneider, co-chair of the event. "Now we are asking anyone interested in preserving our museum and its amazing collections to join us and attend this important event."
There is a wide variety of gift certificates, antiques, home goods, collectibles and more. A traditional Chinese auction will be featured again with chances to be offered on a dozen themed-filled gift baskets. The live auction portion, conducted by local auctioneer Ted Sivers, will begin at 7:15 p.m. This includes a number of items such as a Bowflex TreadClimber, travel packages, a custom-made area rug from France, and antique furnishings.
"One very unique gift for the live auction that local sports fans will enjoy is a quilt made from Syracuse University t-shirts," said Schneider. "An anonymous donor has graciously commissioned this one-of-a-kind quilt to be made. This will be among the more distinctive items available for bid."
Another popular live auction feature from last year that will be offered again is a one week stay in a penthouse condo in Miami, Florida. "This could be used for a honeymoon, anniversary or just a winter escape," said Schneider. Local getaways in Central New York will also be an option for bidders who would like to travel nearby. Choices include an exclusive spa experience with a gift certificate to the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles or to a rural camp experience in a cabin on Autumn Lake near Altmar.
Watercolors, prints and photographs by local artist will be special features in the silent auction. For those who want to spice up their outdoor spaces for the summer, a brand new bistro table with chairs and fire pit will be auctioned. Among the antiques are American pottery pieces, including Roseville, and several small furniture items.
"There truly is something for everyone," said co-chair Fran Lanigan."We want each one to walk away with something they will enjoy and remember. All proceeds will go to the support of the historical society's programs and initiatives. It takes a tremendous amount of resources to maintain this historic local landmark, and every dollar earned is important. Bring your friends and family out to enjoy this popular occasion."
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated the preservation and promotion of the county's rich historic past. The society owns and maintains the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open to the public from April to December on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.
For more information about the auction, visit the society's website at www.rbhousemuseum.org or call the museum at 343-1342.