Bargain-hunting at fundraiser auctions this month; a stellar line-up for April Fridays at Robie House in Hyde Park and all-female fun in Holland and Crown Point.
Bargain-Hunters in Paradise: Although the need for non-profit fundraising has never been greater, the sources, especially families and couples who would normally support live and silent auctions, have been dwindling. There is upside to this: I was at a fundraiser on Saturday night and witnessed a 7-night stay at a two-bedroom condo at the Arizona Biltmore—Frank Lloyd Wright-designed resort-spa-golf in Phoenix---with two first class airfares attached to it, some free meals and others percs go for less than 10% of its value. Of course, there were other bidding wars that went way over the cost, but these incredible deals are out there. So, my advice is when you get that auction email take a look, especially if you are planning on attending anyway. Looking at the calendar, March weekends have robust fundraiser content including St. Patrick's Day weekend. Coming up this Saturday the National Hellenic Museum's Ambrosia Ball at the Palmer House includes a slient auction. Black Tie preferred.
April Springs Forward: The Livery is the only Southwestern Michigan brewery anxious enough for better weather to announce the start of Spring\Summer hours next Monday, March 4. (Those extended hours consist mainly of being open on Monday, however.) But Robie House, known as the pre-eminent achitectural masterpiece in Hyde Park, consult the new issue of Shore for further information on that neighborhood, will begin a Friday evenings in April program with live music and refreshments from 5-8pm. In addition to acoustic jazz by Dave Saenger, beer, white wine and appetizers, there will be speakers including Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry April 26th. Admission is $30 for Preservation Trust Members and $35 for non-members. Advance reservations are recommended. Visit gowright.org/afterhours for tickets and further details.
Women Only Worth Mentioning: In Northwest Indiana, the very active Tri-Kappa members are already out selling fabulous chocolate Easter Eggs at 20 locations in Crown Point for $4 each. And Holland is hosting a Girlfriends Weekend that starts tomorrow with the “Red or White?” cocktail-party style wine-tasting in Butch’s wine cellar or the lobby of CityFlats Hotel, followed by a pajama party. On Saturday there's yoga class, breakfast and a fashion show.