Posted on July 27, 2012
Maryhill Museum Northwest Wine AuctionEssay length: 396 words.
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Have you ever been to the Maryhill Museum? This is a cherished asset to the Goldendale community and a must see museum with a rich historical past. Sam Hill, a successful businessman and entrepreneur, initially began construction on the building as a hilltop mansion and personal residence. When his original plans did not work out, he was encouraged by friends to turn the residence into a museum, and that is the extremely abbreviated version of how the Maryhill Museum got started.
Every year, Maryhill Museum hosts its annual fund raiser, the Northwest Wine Auction and dinner. This is a great event featuring locally sourced wines and food, a silent auction of donated items, plus a live auction with everything from individual bottles of wine to exceptional packages. Recently, I was invited to take pictures of the annual event, so I got a first hand look at this special event.
First, I must say I was impressed with the variety and breadth of the donations. Both the live and silent auction items were set up for the guests to view and either make a silent bid, or choose what items they wanted to bid on during the live auction. The items available ranged from hand crafted art to gift certificates and wine donations. The bigger packages featured items like commemorative bottles of wine, special wines from local wineries, tours, dinners and vacations...to name a few.
Clearly, you can imagine how lively things got once the live auction got started. Volunteers paraded the items around the room, while the auctioneer described each item in detail. Tables bid against each other feverishly to get the desired items. All in great fun, of course, and for a really good cause.
This annual fund-raising event is really important for the Maryhill Museum -- it is their signature event to raise funds and continue service to the greater Columbia River Gorge region. The museum is a valuable asset to the area not only because of the art and special exhibits at the museum, but also because of the excellent programs they offer to the community such as school field trips, onsite educational programs and special events free to the public.
Consider attending this event sometime and enjoy the wines and food of the Gorge. Or, make a visit to this special place and support a Columbia Gorge treasure and a Goldendale community asset.