Gala Auction Items

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 2015 Weathervane Gala!

Bid early and bid often!

Up, Up and Away! Take a Ride in a Goodyear Blimp!

Here's a ride you'll never forget! You will enjoy a leisurely look at Akron — from new heights! — when you and your guest enjoy an amazing ride in one of the iconic Goodyear blimps!

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, this priceless package will be sure to fetch a "high" price, but you do NOT want to miss out on this rare opportunity!

An Elegant Dinner for Eight at Grafwick

Join expert chefs and gracious hosts John Grafton and Richard Worswick in their beautiful Bath Township home for a casually elegant dinner to remember!

This one-of-a-kind experience can be enjoyed by you and up to seven other guests, and the good men of Grafwick will help you to arrive at a mutually agreeable date and time for your special affair!

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 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

Shrimp boats

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

Pelican Watch condo 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)

The Best of Broadway and Beyond! at PlayhouseSquare

Our friends at FirstEnergy have donated tickets to several productions in this year's KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland and a few for the FirstMerit Diamond Performance Series. If you've never been to one of the Broadway Series performances, just 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 listed below will enjoy an awesome show from the comfort of four loge seats at the Connor Palace Theatre and/or the State Theatre, thanks to the generosity of FirstEnergy. What's more, each package also includes two parking passes!

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

This hilarious musical tells the story of Monty, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by — you guessed it — eliminating the eight relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentleman's Guide restores our faith in musical comedy.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $380

This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf!.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring a book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow."

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today — and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post)” simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $380

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music — she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by and Tony Award nominee and Academy Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $380

Time magazine’s No. 1 Show of the Year! Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, Matilda: The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny! Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda: The Musical continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible — triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Four LOGE tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $440

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera is now on tour across North America. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” This Phantom features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, the Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score — with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You” and “Masquerade” — is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

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!)

Root, Root, Root for the Indians!

Don your best blue- and red-colored clothing and take yourself out to the ball game! We have a set of FOUR prime-spot tickets to a single Cleveland Indians home game in the 2016 season at beautiful Progressive Field!

Thanks to our friends at WAKR 1590-AM, the winning bidder can choose a mutually convenient date in the 2016 Indians home schedule. (Value: T.B.D.)

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