‘TIS THE SEASON of fund-raising auctions and church dinners and festivals in Minnesota, and I hit my first one this past weekend in Morristown.
My husband, Randy, and I attended Cannon Valley Lutheran High School’s annual auction. Even though we didn’t make any major purchases this year as we have in the past, we still enjoyed a fun Saturday evening of interesting conversation, auction entertainment and great food.
Did I mention the great food? These Lutherans serve up some fantastic a la carte selections like the pork sandwich, potato salad and slice of homemade apple pie that filled my plate.
And that’s not all. In the country store, volunteers sold homemade salsa, pickled beets, honey, pickle relish, bars, more pie and a whole lot of other homemade goodies in addition to garden-fresh produce.
The silent and live auctions offered yet more tempting culinary delights like one-gallon bags of Bonnie Borchert’s “Best Ever Caramel Corn,” which sold for as much as $50; Delbert Velzke’s ever-popular homemade wines; and black walnuts from Elmer Fuchs’ trees.
But this event features much more than crowd-pleasing foods. It also highlights the artistic talents of those who support Cannon Valley Lutheran High School. Evelyn Meschke donated dainty crocheted doilies. Jamie Hays brought her colorful butterfly art. Dave Becher contributed his quirky garden art lady bugs made from recycled bowling balls.
And then there was The Lord’s Prayer that Bob Kuschel crafted from white birch and Minnesota black walnut. He carefully sawed every word of the prayer, letter by letter, to make this fretwork piece. This was his 24th creation of the “Our Father” prayer, following a pattern used by his father many years ago and only recently rediscovered, according to CVLHS art teacher Barb Bruns. The artwork made by the elderly Kuschel sold at Saturday’s live auction for $275. I was impressed by the skill and talent invested in creating this outstanding piece.
From catered meals to a week at a cabin to 50 bushels of corn for a corn burner to a pickup load of firewood to a half a hog to bird baths and a digital TV, the auction lists were packed with a variety of merchandise.
While we bid on a few items, we didn’t end up with any winning bids. But that’s OK. We still enjoyed the evening of arts, entertainment and fine dining, Cannon Valley style.
For more information about Cannon Valley Lutheran High School, go to www.cvlhs.org.
Plan to attend a fundraising auction, dinner or festival in your area this fall. You never know what you’ll find while supporting a worthy cause.
© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling