OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host its 30th Annual “Not So Silent Auction” fundraiser on April 7 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.
Admission is $20 and includes a light food buffet and cash bar.
Tickets are available in advance and at the door the day of the event.
“Many wonderful donations have been made by generous businesses, historical society 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, museum and its amazing collections, please join us for this fun night.”
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.
One of the special live auction items is a beautiful pearl necklace gifted by JP Jewelers of Oswego.
This was custom-made in the tradition of marking the 30th anniversary of the historical society’s silent auction.
A pearl is cradled by two hands of gold on a gold chain.
The pearl represents a great treasure and is a symbol of hope. The hands are symbolic of the historical society holding the pearl.
The necklace is highly valuable and is one of a kind.
Another unique item gifted by local resident Sam Tripp is an antique early 20th century Sonora phonograph, which is hand-crank operated.
It is built into a detailed wooden cabinet and still operates with some of its original records.
For those looking forward to the summer season, a stainless steel gas grill will be auctioned with 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.
Watercolors, prints and photographs by local artists will be special features in the silent auction.
For the live auction a landscape watercolor painting by the late Evgenijis Kaskin has been donated in support the auction by David and Sandra White.
Kaskin was a well-known artist that resided in Mexico.
During his long career of creating art, his watercolor paintings were predominantly of recognizable scenes throughout Oswego County.
As a result of that he made a unique documentation of the rich architecture throughout the county in the late 20th century.
For those who want to spice up their outdoor experiences, summer adventures are another new feature.
Jennifer Mays of Oswego Expeditions has partnered with Wayne Weber of Wayne-O’s Guide Service to provide a guided fishing kayak adventure for two.
A fishing charter experience will be hosted by professional guide Richard Germain of Whiplash Charters.
Among the antiques are Oswego collectibles and small furniture items.
Popular entertainment opportunities include tickets to the SUNY Oswego performance of “Pride and Prejudice,” and weekday passes for two at Seabreeze Amusement Park near Rochester.
For anyone who would like to entertain guests and relax at the same time, will have an opportunity to bid on a well-prepared dinner party for up to 10 people by chef Ken Garno.
The multi-course meal will be agreed-upon by the highest bidder and served by the chef in the comfort of the winner’s home.
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,” added 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 the museum at 343-1342.