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 2012 Weathervane Gala! Bid early and bid often!
An Elegant Dinner for 8 at Grafwick
Join Richard Worswick and John Grafton for a fabulous and delicious dinner for up to eight people at their beautiful Bath Township home (aka "Grafwick!"). You pick the date — and they'll make it a memorable night for you and your guests! (Value: $1,000)
One Week in a Beautiful Pelican Watch Condo in Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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'll be able to see it up close and personal, too, when you are the winning bidder for this fabulous package! (Value: $2,000)
"Anything Goes" at the Palace Theatre on Oct. 10, 2012
Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is a classic musical comedy. It's a delightful 1930s-era version of The Love Boat — only with better songs, better actors, better singers (and a better time to be had by all!). You'll fall under the spell of this timeless charmer during the first national tour's stop in Cleveland. And you'll set sail for a two- or three-hour theatrical cruise by luxuriating in the comfort of FOUR box seats in FirstEnergy's loge at PlayhouseSquare's beautiful Palace Theatre! Heck, they'll even bring drinks to your seats! (Value: $300)
"Beauty and the Beast" at the Palace Theatre on Nov. 14, 2012
It's a tale as old as time: Boy meets Girl. Only this time, he's quite a beast! Can the beautiful Belle turn her Beast of a man into the prince he was meant to be? Find out when you see the national tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare's beautiful Palace Theatre. And what's more, you'll enjoy it in FOUR comfortable box seats in FirstEnergy's loge! This lavish stage show is adapted from the Academy Award-winning feature film and features some of the most eye-popping sets and costumes you'll ever see! (Value: $300)
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" at the Palace Theatre on Jan. 23, 2013
Three friends embark on a road trip of a lifetime! They hop aboard a battered old bus and search for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback — and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” See it in Cleveland when the first national tour arrives at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre (in FOUR box seats in FirstEnergy's loge, no less!). (Value: $300)
"Sister Act" at the Palace Theatre on March 13, 2013
Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “ridiculously fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! If you're the winning bidder on this package, you won't have to stand at all — 'cause you'll be relaxing in FOUR box seats in Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre (in FirstEnergy's loge) when the first national tour of this fabulously fun show makes its stop on the North Coast! A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice! (Value: $300)
"War Horse" at the Palace Theatre on April 17, 2013
Before it was adapted into a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg, War Horse was wowing audiences in London with its incredible use of large-scale puppets to bring to life the story of a boy and his horse during World War I. When it came to Broadway, War Horse won six Tony Awards. Now you can see it — if you are the winning bidder on this package — in Cleveland when the first national tour comes to PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre. Enjoy this magical and moving play in the comfort of FOUR box seats in FirstEnergy's loge! This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, War Horse is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is still currently playing to packed houses in both London and New York. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. (Value: $320)
"The Book of Mormon" at the Palace Theatre on June 26, 2013
Nine 2011 Tony Awards say it’s the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, “It’s the funniest musical of all time.” And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. Comedy Central The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.” Don't get angry — get tickets! Be the winning bidder on what promises to be one hot ticket when the first national tour hits Cleveland next summer for a stint at the beautiful Palace Theatre. What's more, you won't miss a thing when you see the show in these FOUR heavenly wonderful box seats in FirstEnergy's loge! (Value: $520)
The I Wine Package
As Ernest Hemingway once remarked, "Wine is the most civilized thing in the world." Discover the virtues that Hemingway praised when you are the winning bidder on this attractive wine-lovers package! Enjoy a wonderful wine tasting — complete with yummy appetizers — for up to six people in the home of Weathervane supporters Jon Fiume and Mark Munoz. Explore the world of "reds" and "whites" and perhaps fall in love with one or two or four! Take a journey of wines from around the world accompanied by delicious appetizers to please any palate! Special delights are included to make the evening a pure, heart-filled pleasure! Good on a mutually agreeable date between January and May 2013 or between September and December 2013. Cheers! (Value: $750)
A Wonderful Weekend in Chautauqua
Enjoy a relaxing weekend in a four-person condo in beautiful Chautauqua, New York — home of The Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit adult education center and summer resort. Founded in 1874 by inventor Lewis Miller and Methodist Bishop John Heyl Vincent as a teaching camp for Sunday school teachers, The Chautauqua Institution has operated each summer since then, gradually expanding its season length and program offerings organized around the four pillars: arts, education, religion and recreation. It offers a wide range of educational and cultural activities to an average of 75,000 people, in residence on any particular day during the season, and another 145,000 during the season attend public events, including popular entertainment, theater, symphony, ballet, opera and visual arts exhibitions. This condo is available on a mutually agreeable weekend between Oct. 1, 2012, and June 1, 2013. And be sure to CLICK HERE (pdf) to see additional photographs of the beautiful condo up for bidding! (Value: $500)
Up, Up and Away — in the Goodyear Blimp!
Since 1925, Goodyear blimps have adorned the skies as very visible corporate icons of the world's largest tire and rubber company that began operations in 1898. And it's not every day that one can get a ride in a world-famous Goodyear blimp! Be the winning bidder and discover a new way to see Akron! This offer is good for one single ride on a Goodyear blimp for up to two people. (Value: Priceless!)
Have You Got a Penchant for a Pendant?
Look stunning when you are the winning bidder on this lovely piece of jewelry from our friends at Sterling Jewelers. This is an 18K White Gold certified-diamond necklace. A breathtaking, round, ideal-cut Hearts Desire® diamond is the focal point of this magnificent necklace for her. Additional diamonds embellish a frame and bale to complete the look. Three-quarter carat total weight. Independently Certified by Gemological Science International. Styled in 18K white gold with milgrain detail. Suspended from an 18-inch cable chain with a secure lobster clasp. (Value: $2,699)
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. (Value: Priceless!)
Sit. Stay. Good Dog! It's the Puppy's Pleasure!
Our friends at Pet's Pajamas show their love for Weathervane Playhouse by offering up a furry friend for you — if you are the winning bidder on this delightful four-legged cutie pie! You'll get plenty of unconditional love when you welcome a canine into your home! This puppy is a male Cavashon, which is a combination of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon breeds. Adult weight is around 16-18 pounds. Before bidding, please use the Internet to research the Cavashon breed and see if he would be a good fit for your family or as a great gift for someone else. Housebreaking is not included, but quadruped kisses are guaranteed! (Value: Priceless!)