Friday, September 24, 1999

Auction for symphony to include artwork, violin

Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — Not many benefit auctions can boast an original musical score as one of its featured items. Or a Wurlitzer organ or a 19th-century violin.

        But this is a fund-raiser for the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra (HFSO), so these noteworthy offerings are most appropriate.

        The event, the symphony's first Second Fiddle Auction and Boutique, will take place tonight and Saturday at the Fenmont Center. While guests enjoy cocktails and live music, symphony volunteers will solicit silent and oral bids for original artwork, jewelry, use of a Hilton Head condominium, and many other goodies donated for the occasion.

        “Opening bids for items in the oral auction range from several hundred dollars up to $1,500 for the organ,” said Marion Thoms, acquisition co-chair for the auction. “For items in the silent auction, minimum bids average less than $50.”

        Prices at Saturday's boutique will start quite a bit lower. Bargain hunters can load up on treasures that cost as little as 25 cents.

        “We're hoping to raise $8,000,” said Eugenia Beecher, event co-chair. “The money will be used to support musicians, performers, rentals and the symphony's general fund.”

        Tickets are still available to tonight's auction. Saturday's thrift sale is open to the public.


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