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ROCK the RAA February 9, 2017

We are excitedly counting the days until our biggest night of the year, the ROCK the RAA Art Auction on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Wahill Farms. Remember, if you need tickets, you can click here

One of the highlights of the night is always the live auction. Here’s a overview of what we’ll have available that night!

Cabin in Waynesville, North Carolina

You and nine of your friends can get away and recharge your batteries in this spectacular 5 bedroom custom log built home in Waynesville, North Carolina, just a 30 minute drive from trendy Asheville. Perched at 4,000 feet on the side of a mountain overlooking the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can take in the scenery from one of the two decks or the hot tub. Fully appointed chef’s kitchen will make it easy to just stay and relax all week but you won’t want to miss venturing to Asheville to check out the vibrant music, arts, and foodie scene. Date to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. Value: $2,500

Listening to Color by Donovan Freeland

Listening to Color was inspired by rock and roll music, an abstract original that Donovan Freeland saw in Paris and Neil Harbison. Freeland met Harbison, a British-born avant-garde artist, at an International Color Marketing conference several years ago. Born color blind, Harbison pioneered the transposition of light waves into sound frequencies, creating an implant that allows him to hear the symphony of color. In tribute, Freeland crafted Listening to Color as a rock and roll concert for the senses. (Wall hanging approx. 31 ½ X 23”)

Local Batesville hobby-artist Donovan Freeland (sometimes known as Gheppeto) took up “hooking” as a creative outlet during his career in color merchandising that spanned four decades. Patterned and solid colors of specialty-dyed wool sourced from his textile colorist and mentor are cut into varying pasta-like shapes and hooked into one-of-a-kind artwork. Though sometimes designed for use as an accent rug or table runner, most of Freeland’s pieces are back-framed or full framed for wall art.

Freeland collaborated with David Walsman to create the custom frame for Listening to Color, which includes locally harvested barn-wood inlay. His inspired creations are displayed in places as far away as Sweden and Hawaii. Freeland won’t admit just how many hours he put into this significant piece but as he has yet to do art for commission, this is a rare opportunity to obtain one of his prized and storied pieces.

Farm to Table Experience

Come experience the joy of harvesting fresh berries and vegetables from the gardens at Alpine Berry Farm. Food is at its tastiest when prepared immediately after harvesting. For the ultimate corn on the cob, Martha Stewart recommends getting your pot of water boiling, picking the corn and immediately cooking it! You will get to do just this in the highest of ‘farm to table’ fashion. After the harvest you will help in the preparation of the dinner which will feature locally raised foods from nearby farmers. Included in the evening will be an easy hike to the pine forest for happy hour. The menu will be adjusted depending on the season and what’s growing in the garden. summer cocktails will be provided for happy hour and 6 bottles of wine with dinner. (Preferred dates are any time after Father’s day to Labor Day.) Recipes from the evening fare will be provided.

Hosts: Debbie Blank, Kathy Cooley, Tracy Fox, Susan Glaser, Kathy Gutzwiller, Mary Robertson, Virge Tidman, Connie Rozman

Lake Bischoff Architectural Tour via Pontoon Boat plus Wine Tasting!

We are so excited to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity to tour 3 of Batesville’s most fabulous homes. Step onto a pontoon boat on scenic Lake Bischoff and embark on the ultimate insiders tour as Susan Glaser guides your group through 3 of her recent projects. She will discuss the design process and point out highlights along the way.. Afterward, partake in wine tasting and gourmet appetizers complements of Chris Nichols and Brandi Truesdel. Dates mutually agreeable for all parties, mid-June thru end of October 2018.

Donors: Marc and Kristina Cerniglia, Dr. Steve and Becky Stein, Chris Nichols, Brandi Truesdel.

Diamond Reds Seats for 4

With seating featured in the first 8 rows behind home plate, there is no better way to take in Reds baseball action that the Diamond seats at Great American Ball Park. This ultimate fan experience includes complimentary in-seat food and beverage service, including alcohol. Arrive early at the private entrance and enjoy gourmet food in the climate-controlled Diamond Club lounge before the game. Tickets are available in March. Value- $1000.

Whitefish, Montana Experience

Visit Whitefish Montana where the saying is “Our life is better than your vacation!”

Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, Whitefish is nestled the edge of Glacier National Park. Each season offers breathtaking opportunity to experience the millions of acres of mountains, forests, lakes and rivers that surround town in every direction.

Despite its seemingly remote location, Whitefish boasts among the closest direct air service into a mountain ski town (just 11 miles) in the U.S. Its Northern Rockies location, adjacent to the peaks of Glacier National Park, Big Mountain (home to Whitefish Mountain Resort) and the Whitefish Range, is comprised of numerous lakes, including Whitefish Lake, wild and scenic rivers and an enormous valley that stretches 60 square miles and features Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The location of the valley keeps it safe from extreme climate changes encountered in other portions of Montana, making it ideal for year-round recreation which includes hiking, skiing, mountain biking, swimming, zip line, music, art, theater, world class dining and more!

We are thrilled to offer a Whitefish Montana experience which includes airfare travel voucher, 4 night stay at the Whitefish River Inn in the Blue Heron suite for 2 Adults and 2 children, a day trip to a scenic lookout guesthouse that is 1400ft above Whitefish atop Lion Mountain. Here you will spend the day enjoying 360 degree views and catered picnic lunch from Central Ave Bakery & Deli. Included in the package is an unlimited pass for Glacier National Park.

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