Here's just a sampling of the many exciting items and packages that will be up for the bidding during the live auction at the 2013 Weathervane Gala! Bid early and bid often!
An Elegant Dinner for Eight at Grafwick
Join Richard Worswick and John Grafton for an elegant dinner for eight guests at their beautiful home in Bath Township (aka "Grafwick"). You and your fellow diners can sit back and unwind as these incredible hosts serve up five delicious courses, fine wines, cocktails, and camaraderie. Enjoy drinks in the pergola by the pool and then feast on dinner in the dining room (set with their eclectic collection of fine china, silverware, and crystal). Relax with an after-dinner drink, coffee, or tea in the great room. This is a dinner party which you and your guests will never forget!
You pick the date — and they'll make it a memorable night for you and your guests! (TWO dinners available — Opening bid for each dinner: $1,000)
CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of photos from a "Grafwick Gala Dinner!"
Here are some comments from prior years' attendees of
"Dinners at Grafwick":
"Truly, the build up to the Grafwick Weathervane Gala Dinner did not do it justice. What an experience! You and your delightful crew have raised the dining stars to 10. It felt as though we were inside Architectural Digest...how do you do it? The entire dinner was beyond delicious; never have I experienced such attention to detail (and I had just returned from a trip to the Greenbriar in West Virginia). Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"Thank you for the warm hospitality and spectacular meal you presented to us. What a privilege to be part of such a memorable evening — it was nearly surreal!"
"It is more than likely perfectly obvious that everyone had a SUPER DUPER time last night! Your efforts were well appreciated as well as the efforts of your team. THANK YOU! Looking forward to next year!"
Some past menu items
at the Grafwick Dinners!
Herbed rack of lamb with Bordelaise sauce
Individual Beef Wellingtons
Saumon en croûte (salmon in puff pastry)
Filet of beef with peppercorn pate
Smoked Lake Erie Walleye
House-smoked wild salmon
Bacon-wrapped oysters a la Teddy Roosevelt
Vichyssoise a la Rita
Chilled tomato consomme
Fruit consomme with fresh pineapple fritter
Prosciutto-wrapped grilled asparagus
Garlic mashed potatoes with caramelized onions
Hunan green beans
Roasted romaine wedge
Flower of endive salad
Salad Caprese with basil gorgonzola vinaigrette
Creme brulee pears with raspberry coulis and creme anglaise
Raspberry orange trifle
Lemongrass basil sherbet
Chocolate mousse with raspberries and mint
One Week in a Beautiful Pelican Watch Condo in Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Carolina Beach is located on the Atlantic Coast of southeastern North Carolina. It's about 15 miles from the historic city of Wilmington. This beautiful town is uniquely situated between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. You will enjoy stunning views from this beautiful ocean-front condo in Pelican Watch. The kitchen has been remodeled with ceramic tile, granite and stainless appliances. Enjoy the tile work in the recently redone master bathroom shower. The open kitchen and living area lead onto the ocean-front deck. Awake to beautiful sun-rise views from the ocean-front master bedroom. The spacious three-bedroom, two-bath unit boasts a king in the master, a queen in the second bedroom and two twins in the third. There is also a sleeper sofa. Pelican Watch offers guests an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sun deck, private beach access, and an area to grill and picnic. This is a wonderful location near shops, restaurants, the Carolina Beach Board Walk, and the Lake. It is a place the entire family will enjoy — so much so that you might want to visit year after year. You'll be able to see it up close and personal, too, when you are the winning bidder for this fabulous package! (Value: $2,000)
Two Awesome Shows at PlayhouseSquare — Combined for Your Theatrical Pleasure!
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty is the critically acclaimed ballet that first made a splash in London's West End theater district. Now, American audiences will get to see why English critics have lavished so much praise on both this production and its incredibly talented director/choreographer, Matthew Bourne. Bourne’s haunting new production is a gothic romance; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder. This timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was first turned into a legendary ballet in 1890. We meet our heroine, Aurora, at her Christening, when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination, before the story moves forward a century to the modern day. In America, we have the Tony Awards, but in Great Britain they hand out the Olivier Awards for outstanding achievement in theater. And Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty took home several Oliviers. In this groundbreaking work, the traditional story of good versus evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story — and all of it is accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score (in specially recorded surround sound). You'll see why Bourne is the only British artist to have won a Tony Award for both best choreographer and best director when you see this show at Cleveland's Palace Theatre in PlayhouseSquare — and you'll luxuriate in four loge seats courtesy of our friends at FirstEnergy. (Performance date: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $316)
Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare will be the first stop on the national tour of a new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Starring as the Narrator will be Diana DeGarmo, who first broke on to the scene at the age of 16 (when she shined brightly on TV's American Idol). Since then, she has appeared on Broadway in Hair, 9 to 5 and Hairspray. If you're a fan of daytime TV's No. 1 rated soap opera, The Young and the Restless, you know her as "Angelina." Starring alongside DeGarmo is her real-life husband, Ace Young, who plays the title role of Joseph, the man with the fondness for a certain multi-color coat! Young is also a performer who first found fame as an American Idol contestant, and since then he has performed on Broadway in Grease and in Hair (during which he met DeGarmo). And what can we say about the show? Of course, Weathervane audiences know all about Joseph... (which will soon see its 14th consecutive annual production on the Weathervane stage!). But if you're a newcomer to the show, here's a quick catch-up: One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), Joseph... blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, Technicolored story of biblical proportions. You'll see why audiences never seem to tire of this delightful show when you see it from the comfort of four loge seats at the Palace Theatre at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare, courtesy of our friends at FirstEnergy. (Performance date: Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $316)
The Akron Aeros V.I.P. Experience!
Love baseball? Then you'll love this exclusive experience with the Akron Aeros. This package includes eight reserved tickets to a home game, early-arrival privileges to watch batting practice, a behind-the-scenes tour of Canal Park, an opportunity to throw out the first pitch of the game, and the privilege of watching the post-game fireworks from the dugout! Batter up and bid! (Value: $450)
A 'Wicked' Night Out!
Have you seen the smash Broadway hit Wicked? If no, you are in for a real treat! The national tour of this Tony Award-winning musical blockbuster is coming back soon to Northeast Ohio — and we've got four awesome seats in the FirstEnergy box at at the beautifully restored State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland! Back for a return engagement, this show has consistently sold out during its previous stops in Cleveland, so tickets will be hard to come by! What's that? You say you don't what this show is about? Well, here's the quick scoop on this clever and tuneful prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz: Long before that girl from Kansas arrived in Munchkinland, two girls met in the merry old land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for what USA Today declared to be "the most complete — and completely satisfying — new musical in a long time." (Performance date: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 8 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $396)
Three Nights at Holiday Valley!
Holiday Valley is a family-oriented vacation spot and ski resort located in the Town of Ellicottville, near the Village of Ellicottville, New York (about 45 miles southeast of Buffalo). Established in 1957, the facility opened with four runs and one t-bar lift. Currently, the resort contains 56 slopes and 13 lifts. Since its opening Holiday Valley has experienced steady growth and has become the main tourist attraction in Cattaraugus County. In 1995 the Inn at Holiday Valley opened, turning the slope into a self-contained ski resort. But wait! It's not just a ski-oriented place! Holiday Valley offers many activities during the non-winter months! There's golfing, hiking, biking, dining and more! Check out the region's diverse offerings HERE! After spending the days keeping busy — or even just relaxing! — the winning bidder on this package will spend three comfortable nights at a beautiful condo! (Value: Priceless!)
Two Great Musicals That Go Great Together!
Here's a PlayhouseSquare musical "two-for" package that spans a century of time. First up is the celebrated new musical Once, a beautiful love story that plays out on the streets of modern-day Dublin, Ireland. Show No. 2 is the classic American musical The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards — including best musical — Once tells an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear…and the power of music to connect all of us. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights...but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all. Enjoy it all from the comfort of four box seats in FirstEnergy's loge at PlayhouseSquare's beautiful Palace Theatre in downtown Cleveland. (Performance date: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $316)
Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is now hittin' the road with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging by celebrated director Diane Paulis. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” See what Time magazine declared to be “A don’t-miss theatre event! The No. 1 Broadway musical of the year.” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in the fabled community known as Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories. Luxuriate in this American classic from awesome seats — four of them — in the FirstEnergy loge at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre in downtown Cleveland. (Performance date: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $296)
Frank and Friends — The Handy-Dandy Fix-It Men!
"Have tools, will travel!" That's the motto of Frank and Friends, your friendly neighborhood fix-it men! This unique live-auction item a hands-on, handy-man package! Weathervane Playhouse trustee Frank Comunale has gathered several of his friends who excel in "odd jobs." These are the guys to call to complete all the time-consuming taks that are on your "Honey-Do List!" Got a leaky faucet? Frank and Friends know how to fix it right the first time! How about a broken hinge? Frank and Friends will fix that, too! You'll be delighted to see your to-do list shrink when you are the winning bidder on one afternoon of services provided by these proficient problem solvers! (Value: Priceless!)
Take Me Out the Ballgame — In Style!
Comfort, privacy, and a great view of the action are what you and your guests will enjoy as you take in a game from an Akron Aeros luxury suite! Bring your top clients and prospects out to the ballpark and build relationships that will result in new business — or just bring your family and friends and enjoy a wonderful outing! Afraid of rain or inclement weather? No worries! This climate-controlled suite is located on the third level of Canal Park and features both indoor and outdoor seating, a personal wait staff, a full-service cash bar in the Suite Lobby, and a flat-screen, high-def TV to watch the action on the ballfield! Food and drinks are ala carte — but this package includes 20 tickets to the game, so make your guest list now! (Value: $450)
Cultured Pearls for the Cultured Gal!
A must for every woman's wardrobe, this is a stunning matinee vintage Akoya cultured pearl necklace. Handknotted on natural white silk and secured with the traditional 14K yellow gold fishhook clasp, this beautiful necklace has been generously donated by Bill Koke at Cambridge Jewelers in Hudson. The pearls on the necklace measure 6/6.5 millimeters are "AA" quality, have an evenly matched nacre with very few blemishes and display a lovely cream-rose color throughout. (Value: $4,000)
The Really Rockin' Broadway Musical Double Play
Here's a totally awesome double bill of two musicals that's perfect for someone who rocks!
Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew (a boy from south Detroit) and Sherrie (a small town girl) both in L.A. chasing their dreams of making it big and falling in love. This musical comedy takes you back to the times of big rock bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This five-time Tony Award-nominated musical is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of such iconic rockers as Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. This rocking shows features 28 classic rock tunes including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," "Renegade," and "I Want To Know What Love Is." Don't be put off by this incredibly fun show if you had the misfortune of seeing its inferior movie adaptation — 'cause the stage version truly rocks! Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! Enjoy it all in the comfort of four seats in the FirstEnergy loge at the beautiful Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland. (Performance date: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $296)
The smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey. Based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declared to be "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!" Featuring such Green Day hits as "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot will jolt you out of complacency with its rocking score and awesome theatrics. Enjoy it all in the comfort of four seats in the FirstEnergy loge at the beautiful Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland. (Performance date: Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $296)
Get Your Very Own V.I.P. Parking Space at Weathervane Playhouse!
If you're a frequent visitor to Weathervane Playhouse, have we got a spot for you! In fact, we've got two spots! You'll be parking with style and convenience when you are the winning bidder on your very own V.I.P. parking space at Weathervane! Up for the bidding are TWO reserved parking spaces — and each comes complete with a personalized sign. (TWO parking spaces will each be auctioned. Value: Priceless!)
Oh What a Night!
Their music was the soundtrack to a generation — and their lives contained as much drama and turmoil as any song! We're talking about the Four Seasons, whose music and lives are showcased in the incredibly entertaining smash-hot musical Jersey Boys. The 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi). This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop-music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30! Walk like a man, talk like a man — and BID like a man on this cool package of tickets for a very cool show! Take it all in from from the comfort of four seats in the FirstEnergy loge at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre in downtown Cleveland! (Performance date: Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $376)
Sit. Stay. Good Dog! It's the Puppy's Pleasure!
Our friends at Pet's Pajamas show their love for Weathervane Playhouse by offering up a furry friend for you — if you are the winning bidder on a delightful four-legged cutie pie! You'll get plenty of unconditional love when you welcome a canine into your home! Before bidding, however, please remember that welcoming an animal into one's home requires a considerable commitment of love, time, care and financial resources. Consequently, the most successful bidder is one who is prepared for the long-term commitment that comes with canine companionship. Housebreaking is not included, but quadruped kisses are guaranteed! (Value: $850)
Special "Rose Raffle" Item! You'll Look Stunning Courtesy of Sterling Jewelers!
You'll look stunning when you pick the winning stem in our Rose Raffle and take home this lovely piece of jewelry (courtesy of our friends at Sterling Jewelers). This is a beautiful Neil Lane Designs Lace diamond necklace. Its overlapping spirals are lined with brilliant round diamonds, creating an intriguing lacy centerpiece in this fashionable necklace. The 14K white gold pendant has a total diamond weight of 3/4 carat and sways from a 19-inch cable chain that is secured with a lobster clasp. (Value: $1999.99)
Up, Up and Away — In a Beautiful Balloon!
Would you like to ride in a beautiful balloon? Here's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will enable you and three guests to float for an hour above the treetops and below the clouds from our friends at Soaring Adventures of America! When you land, you'll celebrate with a champagne toast (or just ask for a soft drink if you'd prefer!). Rides can be taken close to home, or while on vacation. In fact, you can choose from 200 locations to launch your ride! You do not need to choose the location until you are ready to book your flight. Offer is good for any time in the next 12 months. (Opening bid: $800)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
Here's a double bill of two Broadway musicals about hard workin' women!
Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids. The celebrated Broadway revival of Chicago opened to rave reviews in November 1996 and now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history and fourth longest-running production in Broadway history. Especially if you only know this show from the movie, you "have it comin'" to see this show in all its explosive glory on the stage! Sit back and relax in four seats in the FirstEnergy loge at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre in downtown Cleveland. (Performance date: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $316)
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop-culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage! With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance: The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Flashdance: The Musical features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance — What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the stage musical. You'll love this package of four seats in the FirstEnergy loge at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre in downtown Cleveland. (Performance date: Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value: $316)
A Round of Golf for Four on the West Course of Firestone Country Club
Here's an awesome package for a golf lover! Enjoy a round for four people on the West Course at Firestone Country Club, which is built around the perimeter of the South Course and is home to the Ohio Senior Open each year. This is a links-style course (designed by Tom Fazio in 2001) and features 18 holes, a length of 6,904 yards and a par of 70. This package also includes the use of a golf cart. (Value: Priceless!)
Other Items on our Oral-Auction Slate
► A beautiful, hand-made quilt (pictured at left)! Depending on how you lay it down, it can fit either a twin- or king-size bed. (Opening bid: $550)
► An autographed, vintage Frank Sinatra long-playing record album, This Love of Mine, released by Capitol Records in 1969, beautifully framed to preserve the treasured item — accompanied by a certificate for dinner at a local restaurant AND two tickets to Weathervane Playhouse's December production of Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash. (Opening bid: $550)