OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its 31st Annual “Not So Silent Auction” fundraiser on April 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.
Admission is $20 and includes a light food buffet, refreshments and cash bar.
Tickets are available in advance and at the door the day of the event.
All proceeds from the event support the general operating support of the Richardson-Bates House Museum, the headquarters of the OCHS.
“Many wonderful donations have been made by generous businesses, OCHS members and local residents,” said Mary Kay Stone, co-chair of the event. “The support has been incredible, and now we need public support by attending this important event. Anyone interested in preserving our local history, the museum and its amazing collections please join us for a fun evening.”
A wide variety of gift certificates, antiques, home goods, collectibles, artwork and more will be available for bid.
A traditional Chinese auction will be featured 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. Payne Horning, a local reporter and producer of WRVO Public Media, will be master of ceremonies throughout the evening.
One of the special live auction items is a beautiful Victorian era 14-karat gold carved Cameo broach with a female visage wearing a real diamond necklace.
Another rare item in the live auction is a vintage 14-karat yellow gold ring with diamonds.
Both unique jewelry gifts were generously gifted by JP Jewelers of Oswego.
These items are highly valuable and one-of-a-kind.
For those who want to spice up their outdoor experiences and summer adventures, there are several to be featured.
A fishing charter experience will be hosted by professional guide Captain Chad Gehrig of Son of a Gun Charters. For a more relaxing time, a sunset or afternoon sailboat trip on Lake Ontario for two couples or a family will be arranged by “Point…Counterpoint” and hosted by Chris and Jeanne Rotunno.
Anyone looking forward to the summer season will be able to bid on a brand new stainless steel gas grill. This will include a complimentary picnic-style basket that will take care of any barbecue needs.
The grill has been donated by Atom and Falecia Avery of Avery Rentals.
One of the exciting gift certificates has been donated by the Oswego Speedway – Home of the Supermodifieds. In addition to four tickets to be used during the 2018 season, it includes a rare experience to wave the green flag to start a race on a date to be determined with the winner.
Watercolors, prints and photographs will be special features in the silent auction.
For the live auction a watercolor scene of the famous Everglades in Florida by the late Jeanne Kraft has been donated to support the auction. A life-long Oswego resident, Kraft was a graphic designer for Sealright Corporation for more than 40 years and an avid artist.
Her brother, Frank Kraft, was also a local artist and taught art in the Oswego City School District.
The Kraft family spent winters in Florida, which inspired the watercolor painting.
For those interested in the history of the American Civil War, two custom framed limited edition battle prints by military artist Don Troiani will also be auctioned.
Another rare item is a limited edition serigraph by artist Linda Le Kinff entitled “La Promise.”
Le Kinff is a native of France and has studied art in many countries, beginning her studies in Italy.
She worked in a variety of genres of art and trained in techniques such as tempera, gold leaf, printmaking and engraving. The serigraph technique allows for a high quality print of the original.
Among the antiques in the auction are Oswego collectibles and small furniture items.
Possibly the most unique item, is a pair of 19th century etched glass windows saved from St. Louis Rectory in Oswego.
A committee of 14 volunteers works for several months to formalize the fundraiser.
Oswego County resident Jennifer Bertollini is one of the newer committee members and supporters of the event.
“I visited the museum for the first time several years ago as part of a Leadership Oswego County tour and was instantly awed at how amazing it is and what a special asset it is to our county.” said Bertollini. “Part of the leadership program is to learn how to become involved in civic endeavors. When I was asked to be on the auction committee I was instantly interested, as I knew I wanted to help the museum thrive and become more recognizable.”
Since then Bertollini has enjoyed helping with the auction and also attending many of the functions of the museum with her family.
They have all become dedicated supporters.
“There is something for everyone at the auction and many items for bid would be perfect for families for weekend trips nearby. I know I plan to bid on some of those great deals,” added Bertollini.
Fun family opportunities include two weekday passes at Seabreeze Amusement Park near Rochester, four tickets to the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse and a family four pack to the Children’s Museum of Oswego. A Cosmic package for an evening night at the Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego is another opportunity for family enjoyment.
Popular entertainment opportunities include tickets to the SUNY Oswego Ke-nekt Chamber Series, the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Syracuse Stage. For anyone who likes Broadway shows, two tickets to the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse on Owasco Lake near Auburn. Two tickets for the Food & History Tours of the city of Oswego hosted by Colette Astoria provide an opportunity to taste samples of local cuisine and learning about historic points of interest in the downtown and residential areas.
A popular addition to the silent and live auction portions will be the antique appraisal opportunity.
Every ticket will include one free antique appraisal by Gerald Petro of Iroquois Auctions in Brewerton.
Additional appraisals after the first free one will be $5 each.
“If you have an interesting family heirloom or a yard sale discovery that you would like to know more about, this will be the perfect time to find out more about the history and value,” said Jennifer Mays, auction co-chair. “We have been very fortunate to always receive interesting, unique and relevant items for everyone. We hope those who attend will walk away with something they will enjoy and remember.”
All proceeds will support the preservation of Richardson-Bates House Museum.
“Every dollar earned always helps to maintain this historic local landmark. Bringing your friends will be a big boost to the event,” said Stone.
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to 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, call 315-343-1342.