Auction for the Arts: A Sampling!

Iauctionf you’ve been hearing the buzz about the Earlville Opera House’s Auction for the Arts on September 23, you’ll know that there are five different categories of amazing items available for bid. Auction item categories include: {EDIBLES} – {EXPERIENCES} – {ENTERTAINMENT} – {ESSENTIALS} – {EMBELLISHMENTS} – so read on for some of our great offerings, and remember, this is only a partial list, there will be more great items at the auction!



  • Family Day at Rosamond Gifford Zoo – Take your crew to the zoo with a one-day pass for four. Ranked by TripAdvisor as Syracuse’s 2nd most popular attraction. Lions and tigers and monkeys, oh my! Be sure to count heads before you leave so you don’t bring any extra monkeys home!
  • Lake Moraine Boat Excursion – Cruise our very own Lake Moraine on a pontoon party boat with seven of your best friends. You can choose from a lazy afternoon float or a daybreak fishing trip. The ship’s captain Dave Folta might even be talked into bringing his mandolin for a serenade!
  • Seven Oaks Golf – Treat yourself and three buddies to a round of golf at the gorgeous Robert Trent Jones-designed course right here in our backyard. Remember: the best golf partner is one who is always a little bit worse than you are! Seven Oaks Golf Course – one of the best public courses in NYS according to GOLF Magazine and Golfweek!
  • Colgate Athletics Basket – Root for the Raiders at one of their home hockey games with this basket worth $150 – 4 tickets, a hockey jersey, and a hat included for a great game day with our hometown team. Go Raiders!
  • Recording Studio Time – Spend a couple hours recording your own original tune with Jim McDowell at his Bradley Brook Recording Studio. Your Big Break is waiting for you! Recording time is valued at $50. Big Break not included.



  • Private Theater Showing at the Hamilton Theater – Bring 62 of your besties to a private screening of your favorite flick. Whether it’s Star Wars or Psycho, you can experience every thrilling detail on the silver screen. Insider tip: Ask for layered butter on your popcorn!
  • Blue Parsley Boys Concert – Imagine the glorious voices of the Blue Parsley Boys at your next house party or fundraiser. These a capella songsters will hit all the right notes to make any occasion festive. Valued at $200, even a penny less would be a bargain!
  • A Private Concert with Rabbit in the Rye –SAMMY Award Winners and local favorites Rabbit in the Rye will give a 1-hour performance for you and your friends, sharing their beloved brand of progressive folk rock.
  • A Private Viewing at the Ho Tung Visualization Lab at Colgate University – Bring up to 50 for this private viewing at the Visualization Lab, a state-of-the-art digital theater displaying the sky’s planets, constellations, and much more, all in a full-dome experience like no other!


And speaking of ENTERTAINMENT… the incomparable DIANE ADAMS McDOWELL, fresh from her work on the Tony-award-winning Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will be performing at the event. That alone is worth the price of admission!


Here more exciting selections from the Earlville Opera House’s Auction for the Arts event to take place this Friday. These {ESSENTIALS} may be just what you’ve been needing, and provide some solutions to life’s complications. Read, buy tickets, mark calendar. Go!



  • Legal Beagle – Hire Attorney Chris Kendall to help with your legal concerns. Want to set up a trust for your pet parakeet? OK, maybe not that one. What about completing an iron clad last will, power of attorney, or health care proxy? You name it, Chris will wrangle all the legal details. Valued at $500, but taking away the worry, you will sleep like a baby.
  • Picture This – Enjoy your very own photo session with Vantine Imaging, and make memories that are priceless!
  • Steph – Make a fashion statement with carefully selected designs for every occasion at Steph. Shop for that perfect outfit using a gift certificate at the quintessentially glamorous boutique that has what it takes to make you look mah-velous!
  • DIY with Curtis! – Get your DIY project started with a toolbox and tools from Curtis Lumber!
  • Bookstore Bonanza – Enjoy a shopping spree at the Colgate Bookstore with this gift certificate, and share the joy of reading!
  • House Beautiful – Take your home remodeling project to the next level with professional architectural consulting by Bruce Ward, AIA. With a design to fit your exclusive needs, enjoy a 4-hour consultation and concept drawings. Valued at $300 and sure to make your design dreams come true.
  • Get Fit, Be Fabulous – Check out the newest and most exciting fitness sensation to hit Hamilton at the FITT Stop. Employing the principles of Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type, shake your groove thang with a personal training program that zeroes in on your goals. This package entitles you to two 60-minute personal training sessions plus 10 group fitness classes.



  • Common Thread CSA – What better investment in your future than a mini-share in community supported agriculture? Enjoy a summer allotment of organically-raised produce valued at $180 and choose from a seasonal assortment of farm-fresh delights. Dividends paid in health and well-being!
  • La Iguana – Savor the flavor South of the Border and all your Mexican flavor enticements with generous gift certificates valued at $45. More than just a dining place, La Iguana is known for its icy margaritas and warm welcomes.
  • Maple Avenue Farms – Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. Look no further than this three-generation farm if you are looking for locally raised, high-quality, grain finished beef, with a gift certificate valued at $50. Our mouths are watering already!
  • Good Nature Brewing – Enjoy a scintillating growler of any one of GNB’s “Farm to Glass” beers – offering handcrafted, all-natural ales brewed right here in Hamilton with local ingredients. Sure to please any beer connoisseur!
  • Ingallside Meadows – A generous assortment of red meat, white meat, and the “other” white meat, this hearty selection offers salad bar beef, free-range chicken and fresh air pork, valued at $60. You’ll know exactly where your food is coming from.
  • Jakes Cheese – You’ve tasted these goodies at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, now treat yourself to an assortment of cheese, jellies, jams and cookies made with a passion for well-crafted food by the Soltzfus Family. You know it’s gonna be Gouda!



  • Antique Oak Library Table – Add some antique flair to your home with this beautiful oak library table from Black Cat Antiques, valued at $185.
  • Ede Walker Bowls – Well known in the region for stunning timeless ceramics, these 3 Ede Walker pottery bowls will bring a touch of earthy elegance to any table. Rich in colors and kiln-baked textures, and a must-have for any serious host or hostess.
  • Caricature Portraits – Have a personality that feels hemmed in by mere photographs? Try a custom caricature portrait by artist Jonathan Vaughn! You and a fellow “character” can enjoy a rare pleasure reserved for royalty and heads of state. Go ahead, you deserve it!
  • It’s a pile of projects! Get crafty with three separate bundles of crafting projects! One has kits to make 66 cards, a desk top calendar frame, a perpetual birthday calendar kit, a stamp carving kit & tools, a fun display board kit & 2 different style banner kits – any occasion and counting your blessings. Another basket contains a beautiful palette of 100 sheets assorted colors of 8 ½” x 11” acid free cardstock, 11 stamp sets, 4 exclusive paper punches, 4 exclusive color inkpads, set of markers, embellishments & more! If your muse does not heed the call, there are 5 idea books for inspiration as well!


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