We had an event of a different kind on January 7, when our Fundraising Team hosted an Antiques’ Appraisal in fellowship hall. Joseph Bodnar and colleague Allen had come to introduce us to the auctioneer’s profession and to offer opportunity to have heirlooms and other antiques appraised. It was an Antiques Roadshow of sorts and turned out to be highly educating. In fact, there was so much suspense in the room that I did not even offer a church tour! We still had a table with church artifacts displayed. Please see the pictures.
Joe and Allen provided much welcomed insight in the actual market value of the treasures people brought. However, I deemed it even more important that they provided much historical context for the various objects, and they proved extremely knowledgeable. Consider the range of things: We had everything from colonial jewelry and furniture over British etchings from the 1830s, a New England gingerbread clock and an art deco one from France, all the way to a tribal doll from Africa and a mysterious cloth document from centuries ago in India.
The Fundraising Team with Janet Waanders and Lauren Bernhofer in the lead had prepared the event well, and many contributed to the well-placed bake sale that added to the raised funds. Kathleen Boyles, a member of our Confirmation Class, did a fine job selling items. There remains only one question: When are we doing this kind of an event again?