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 2014 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)
Awesome Shows at PlayhouseSquare — Combined
for Your Theatrical Pleasure!
Our friends at FirstEnergy have donated tickets to several productions in this year's KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. If you've never been to one of the Broadway Series performances, one visit will confirm why Northeast Ohio audiences have made Cleveland's Broadway series the most-subscribed series in the country!
The lucky winning bidder to each package will enjoy the awesome shows from the comfort of four loge seats at the Connor Palace Theatre and the State Theatre, thanks to the generosity of FirstEnergy.
(Performance dates to be announced. Each package includes two parking passes. Estimated retail value of each package: more than $300 each.)
The specific show packages have yet to be determined, but here are the shows in this year's line-up (and you can click on each one to learn more about the show!):
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!)
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!)