One of the many items up for auction is a special Christmas tour, taking the winner by the scenic Golden Pass Train to Christmas markets in Switzerland and France. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)
One of the many items up for auction is a special Christmas tour, taking the winner by the scenic Golden Pass Train to Christmas markets in Switzerland and France. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

Archived Story

TFAC fundraiser features Swiss theme Dec. 5

Published 6:43pm Friday, November 29, 2013

The bidding will be enthusiastic when guests arrive at the Swiss-themed holiday fundraiser at Tryon Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Dec.5 at 6:30 p.m.
Lisa Stokes, silent auction chair for the annual holiday fundraising fete, has collected a wide array of items for purchase.
“We’re excited about our Swiss connections this year,” says Stokes, “As well as the work of the various artists we are able to showcase this year, including bronze sculptures, paintings, pottery and jewelry.”
In keeping with the Swiss theme, guests can bid on genuine Swiss experiences. For adventuresome bidders, Stokes has arranged through Rail Source International for two different rail tours of Switzerland. Both packages will include first class train travel and resort hotels in scenic destinations such as Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne and Interlaken.
Says Stokes, “I am excited to offer our wonderful supporters and donors a chance to bid on two trips to Switzerland at two popular times of the year!”
One trip can be booked at the winner’s whimsy for two weeks during April – October  2014 and will feature beautiful hotels and panoramic rides through the lakes and mountains of Switzerland. The second is a special Christmas tour, taking the winner by the scenic Golden Pass Train to Christmas markets in Switzerland and France, staying in resort hotels along the way.
On a more domestic note, bidders can purchase a painting for their home by Campobello-based equestrian artist Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragon, or stock the holiday bar of their own by purchasing a “Barrel of Booze.”  Also up for bid is a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef J.P. Debeuf in the home of the highest bidder.  One generous bidder will purchase a three night stay at a private estate on Lake Lanier for six of their closest friends. A couple can purchase a year of dinner dates at upscale area establishments or dance lessons.
“We have had fun gathering items for the silent auction. Artists and business owners have been very generous. We have purposely condensed the number of items this year, offering an exclusive and rich assortment of exciting ideas for the holidays,” says event chair Wyndy Morehead.
Visit www.tryonarts.org or call Tryon Fine Arts Center Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 828-859-8322 for more information.

Editor's Picks

Editorial: Divisive prayer alienated citizens

Everyone deserves the right to free speech. Few will argue this point more staunchly than those who work in the newspaper industry.  Even we have ... Read more  | 2 comments

Bathanti will judge Lanier Library’s poetry competition

North Carolina’s Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will judge for this year’s Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition. Bathanti is the author of eight books of poetry as ... Read more