“This is a fundraiser to purchase things for the museum that are not in the budget,” said Alice Seaver, a member of the Friends of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, which organizes the event.
The third annual Deck the Halls opens today and runs through Dec. 10. Museum visitors can bid on an item or two as they view the festive decor created by 22 local artists.
Proceeds from this year and the 2010 event, along with proceeds from the coinciding Classic Holiday Home Tour, will be used to purchase new doors for the museum, Seaver said.
The winning bids for the three-week-long silent auction will be revealed at a Gala Evening on Saturday, Dec. 10. That evening will also include a short live auction of five prizes — including a soup supper, three-day vacation and large gift basket — and dancing to live music provided by Schock Effect, led by local musician David Schock.
Tickets for the Gala Evening, which runs from 8-11 p.m. at the Akeley Building, are $20 per person. They are available in advance at the museum.
Centennial Hall will also be decorated with small Santa Claus figures from the collection of Rodney and Jo Schmidt, but they won’t be for sale.
The hall will also have large decorated trees and holiday-related artifacts on display that are not auction items.
Tonight, visitors to the museum during the downtown Light Night event will be treated to popcorn and hot chocolate.
For more information on any of the events, call the museum at 842-0700.
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