The auction items we’re not talking about yet . . .

You have learned by now that I cannot be trusted so much with exciting information.  So be it.

We’ve just received some way-too-good-to-keep-secret info from our friends at Travel Leaders. Linda Jenkins, trip planner extraordinaire, is helping us design a unique trip to be included in our live auction at the Picked by the Pros Wine Dinner on June 19th.

Here’s what we’re looking at.  California.  Private vineyard. Four people to stay at the Vintner’s House for two nights including breakfasts. A scavenger hunt to visit other local vineyards in the area and that night, those wine makers to join our four guests for dinner, each bringing a couple of bottles of their own labels to enjoy (what unbelievable dinner conversation!). A tour and private tastings at this new bio-dynamic farm. And lots of other activities to fill your time there.  It’s a blue jeans and t-shirt kind of wine trip.

More info to come when the gag order is lifted and details are finalized.  But this sounds like so much fun.

Also in the live auction – A selection of the wines “picked by the pros” for our dinner, so you can continue to enjoy at home (and you can, of course, recreate the Club Soda menu at home, too, can’t you?), one of a kind, hand-painted wine glasses (thank you, Julia Meek!), and other treasures.  I think that we might even offer a chance for a generous, persistent bidder to help program a Midday Matters hour and be the featured guest (still being argued about discussed, but I like the idea, so . . .).  Silent auction, which will run all through the evening will include lots of great wines, including our Trustees’ Choice selections, awesome barware and glasses, and things that wine lovers, experts and novices, will enjoy.  Bring money and remember that it all supports your public radio station and your Arts United.

Ticket sales are in full-swing at www.nipr.fm.  I hope you’ll come.  I will be the person sitting on my hands so I don’t accidentally on purpose bid on that trip.

Thanks for stopping by,

Joan

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