Montessori School to hold 'Speakeasy' Silent Auction12:54PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2012
LENOX, Mass. — Montessori School of the Berkshires' annual silent auction fundraiser is looking to be the "cat's pajamas" of events this month.
Shakespeare & Company's Bernstein Theatre will have its lobby transformed into a scene straight out of the '20s for the "Swingin' Speakeasy Revival" on Saturday, May 19. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. and will feature the jazz sounds of The Lucky Five band.
A committee of parents has been soliciting sponsors and donations for the last few months and to find wonderful items to bid on for all ages. Students have also been busy creating functional works of art that will be auctioned off, including canvas bags, a bird bath, a room divider screen, and a chess set.
Other auction items include autographed sports memorabilia, Disney World passes, tickets to theaters in the Berkshires and Boston, museum memberships, framed photographs and paintings, and handmade jewelry, to name but a few.
There is a scenic flight around the Berkshires, a private wine tasting, and gourmet cooking lessons just waiting for the highest bidder. One lucky guest will walk away with latest iPad, the prize of the $20-a-ticket raffle drawing to take place during the evening, and another with a quilt made by elementary pupils students.
Food baskets and restaurant items are also in the auction and Firefly of Lenox will provide a spread that night. Although the theme harkens back to the Prohibition Era, attendees will be able to sample Wandering Star Craft Brewery and Berkshire Mountain Distillers.
Tickets are $25 per person in advance; $30 the night of the event. Purchase tickets at www.berkshiremontessori.org/auction or call 413-637-3662 to make a reservation.
Proceeds will go toward the school's financial aid fund. The Montessori School of the Berkshires, located in Lenox Dale, serves children from toddler-age through eighth grade.