11th Annual Harvest Supper and Silent Auction this Saturday

September 07th, 2006

Here is the email we sent out to people who have RSVP’d for our 11th Annual Harvest Supper and Silent Auction. I am happy to report that at this time we have more people than last year coming and the weather is looking good!

Dear Red Wiggler Friend,

We’ve been busy preparing for our annual supper and silent auction and we are glad that you will be joining us.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and your attendance and support is integral to the success of Red Wiggler. Please know that we are grateful for your support and we are excited to celebrate our 11th growing season with you this Saturday at 5:00pm here at Red Wiggler in the Ovid Hazen Wells Park.

Each year people ask what to wear- please dress casually– I’ll be wearing khakis and a collared shirt- I hope that helps.

In case you need directions you can print them from this link- http://www.redwiggler.org/other/red_wiggler_directions.html .

Please call if you are lost and need help getting to the farm on Saturday. (Woody’s cell: 301-802-2386)

The menu is entirely vegetarian prepared by Whole Foods using many of our own vegetables fresh from the fields. There will be fine coffee by Stand Tall Espresso, non-alcoholic drinks, wine and beer. Music provided by Widad Kraemer again this year and her Cd’s will be for sale.

Please bring your checkbook as well because we have some great silent auction items.

Some examples of silent auction items:
Original artwork by local artists with a farm and environmental theme, a hand painted doll house and other items geared towards children, a 4×6 oriental rug, classes in botanical illustration at Brookside Gardens, , Roundhouse Theater tickets, hand made photo albums, numerous gift baskets with a variety of themes and as always a selection of Red Wiggler’s award winning garlic.

Sporting events:
4 tickets Nationals vs. Milwaukee September 16th, 2 tickets Nats vs. the Mets September 30 (great seats), 2 tickets Redskins vs. Tennessee October 15th

Fenwick Island, DE Beach House for a week-long getaway!
This Beach Home offers 6-8 bedrooms, large kitchen and family room, and is located right on the beach!
• Must be reserved for use in the fall, winter, or early spring.
• Home must also be used between September 2006 and May 2007. Reservations will not be extended past May 2007.
Market Value: $3,000
Starting Bid: $400

One week at rustic log home in Deep Creek, MD
It has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, family room, tv or rec room, fireplace and outside hot tub. The family has reserved the winter and summer months for their own use. Deep Creek is a lovely spot for hiking, biking and enjoying the change of seasons.

• The home will only be available for reservation to the highest bidder for use in the Fall of 2006 or the Spring of 2007.
Market Value: $1,200
Starting Bid: $150

Portrait Gallery DC Package
(come see the newly re-opened Portrait Gallery, have dinner and lodge over night across the street)
– dinner for 2 at McCormick and Schmicks (9th and F Streets)
– DC Trolley tour passes for 2
– one-night stay at the Marriott Courtyard (9th and F Streets)
Starting bid TBD

Informal Cooking Lessons for 4 in your kitchen with Chef Timothy Bartling
Learn how to prepare a 4-course meal in your own kitchen
(menu to be determined by your individual needs).

· Tim (the chef) will do the shopping.
· Finally, enjoy the delicious meal you just learned to make with good company.
· Dishes will be done by Woody Woodroof
Starting bid TBD

And this just in-
A personalized voicemail greeting in the voice of one of several characters from FOX’s animated hit “Family Guy”. Mike Henry (who will be joining us at the dinner) plays Cleveland, Cleveland Jr., Herbert the old man, the Performance Artist, and the Greased-Up Deaf Guy (Sorry no Stewie, Peter, Brian or Quagmire). Mike will leave an outgoing message on your phone as one or more of his characters. Included in the package will be 3 season’s of box sets of Family Guy (a total of 63 DVD episodes).
Starting bid TBD

There are almost 100 items in the auction this year. There is something for everyone at many different price points. (thanks to all who have donated items.)

Again, thank you for your support. Our growers, volunteers and staff have worked hard this season and this event is a real celebration of their dedication to growing some of the finest vegetables around. We’ll see you on Saturday!

Woody Woodroof
Director, Red Wiggler Community Farm

PS special thanks to Shannon Varley for coordinating this event- we couldn’t have done it without her and she is responsible for bringing Whole Foods in as our volunteer caterers!
Our Dinner Committee (Philora Kittay, Marlene Michealson and Nancy Everett) were a great support to Shannon as well-thank you.
Finally, thanks to Arura Engle-Pratt for hand making our “Big Wig” awards to be given out during the dinner- this is the 3rd year in a row she has created these special awards-thanks.