Auction to aid Academy  at Charlemont students

CHARLEMONT — The Academy at Charlemont’s annual “Cornucopia Auction” combines an evening of sociable wine-and-dining with a chance to bid on restaurant, theater and museum passes, artwork, and one-of-a-kind “experiences.”

It’s an auction in which you can bid on a handmade knitted garment or take a class from an award-winning knitter. Offerings range from spending the night in a private treehouse to spending a week on Cape Cod in a home in Truro. You can bid on a living orchid, opal glass earrings, hand-forged wrought iron bathroom fixtures, pottery, paintings, a felted aardvark and much more.

In all, there are 150 items and services from which to choose.

The auction will be Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Academy on Route 2.

The silent auction bidding starts at 6 and finishes at 7:30, when the live auction begins. Former Academy parent Doug Wilkins of Heath returns this year as auctioneer.

The Academy’s Sumner Recital Hall will be transformed into a gallery of high quality silent- and live auction items.

Student servers will offer trays of delicious appetizers and samples of local award-winning cheeses, local sweet cider, West County hard ciders, Berkshire Brews and fine wines selected by the Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant.

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