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 2014 Weathervane Gala!

Bid early and bid often!

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

The KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquareOur 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 Star 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 will enjoy the awesome shows from the comfort of four loge seats at the Connor Palace Theatre and/or the State Theatre, thanks to the generosity of FirstEnergy.

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Four tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

It has begun as one man's story, became everyone's music and is now Broadway's musical hit. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavy-weight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical — all from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's State Theater.

Newsies: Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
For each show: Four tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $640

Combined into one auction package, here's a family-friendly, Disney-centric treat: Two awesome Broadway shows, combined for your family's pleasure!

"Newsies"They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines! Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for best score and best choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “a musical worth singing about!,”  as The New York Times put it! Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss — all from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast"The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming back to Cleveland! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — all from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre.

White Christmas: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.
I Love Lucy: Live on Stage: Sunday, May 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
For each show: Four tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $600

You might call this the "nostalgia package," but we like to call it "two kinds of fun!"

"Irving Berlin's White Christmas"White Christmas, the classic holiday movie, comes to the stage at last! This new musical shines with classic Irving Berlin hits like "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song. White Christmas tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont Inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience or the whole family — all from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre!

"I Love Lucy: Live on Stage"I Love Lucy: Live on Stage is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 1950s style harmony and the side-splitting antics of America’s favorite foursome — Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel — are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years — including Broadway!” The truth is in the title — whether young or old, everybody really does love Lucy! And you will, too, when you see this show from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre!

Stomp: Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Dirty Dancing: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
For each show: Four tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $600

Here's a dancing duo — one package of two great dance-ful shows!

"Stomp"Stomp is an explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. And you will see what all of the noise is about when you see the show from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre.

"Dirty Dancing"Dirty Dancing, the classic story on stage, is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring all the hit songs you remember, including "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." You'll fall in love all over again with Dirty Dancing when you see it live on stage from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre.

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

We've got magic to do — all for YOU! Pippin is Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including best musical revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza,” it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience Pippin, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. The magic of Pippin awaits you — all from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre.

"Kinky Boots"KINKY BOOTS
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Four tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards including best musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in comon than they ever dreamed possible...proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world! Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Come join the sold-out audiences who've discovered why — sometimes — the best way to fit in is to stand out! And don't forget, when you see this show from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre, you'll be able to kick off your OWN boots and enjoy the show!

"Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderalla"RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Four tickets, two parking passes
Estimated retail value: $340

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists! You'll see for yourself that impossible things are truly happening every day when you enjoy this timeless tale from the comfort of Loge 802 in PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre.

Frank and Friends — The Handy-Dandy Fix-It Men!

Frank and Friends"Have tools, will travel!" That's the motto of Frank and Friends, your friendly neighborhood fix-it men! This unique live-auction item serves up 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!)

Private Use of the Oval Room at The Twisted Olive — for You and 13 Others!

Located in the city of Green, The Twisted Olive is slated to open in November and boasts that it will provide a modern, vibrant dining experience!

Owned and operated by the same family that runs the fabulous Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, The Twisted Olive is a 16,000-square-foot property set on 10 acres of land and is encompassed by the the lovely Southgate Park and federally protected land.

It's envisioned to be part of a family-oriented getaway with multiple dining areas, including spaces for events and private dining.

The lucky bidder for this package will enjoy the private use of the Oval Room, located on the lower level of the Twisted Olive. This offer is valid Mondays through Thursdays and can be enjoyed by up to 14 people. (Value: Priceless!)

Cheer for the Cavs!

Don your best wine- and gold-colored clothing and head up to the Q! We have a set of FOUR tickets to a single Cleveland Cavaliers home game!

The winning bidder can choose either Sunday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m., in which Cleveland faces the Detroit Pistons, or Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m., when it's the Charlotte Hornets who face the wrath of the Cavs. These are awesome seats — on the lower level, 29th row! (Value: $480)

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