gardenparty2Join us for our annual live & silent auctions

Spring is here to stay…let’s celebrate with the annual Cultural Center Garden Party fundraiser!   We will have many gardening and other items for your bid at our May 14th event.

The Cultural Center’s annual spring fundraiser, the Garden Party, is happening on Thursday evening May 14th at the Center.  Please save the date and join us. Weather permitting, we plan to open up the back doors and extend the party out onto the back deck this year, where we will be selling brats, beans & beer.  As usual, we will also have wine, soda, and other treats & sweets for your culinary enjoyment.  The Mills Locker Plant has generously donated their award-winning brats in a variety of yummy flavors, and Dean’s Country Market has contributed the buns. Thanks to these wonderful business supporters – please be sure to frequent these local businesses!

gardenparty4Bidding for silent auction items begins at 6:00pm and concludes at 8:00pm.  At 6:45pm, a live auction segment will begin, featuring live plants and other exciting items.

New this year – we are partnering with several area greenhouses for a portion of the live auction items for which the proceeds will be split with those businesses; greenhouse/floral partners include Red Barn Greenhouse, Perala’s Evergreen Gardens, Clover Hills Farm, Jean’s the Right Plant Place, and Designs by Tes.  Again, please be sure to stop by these local businesses and support them as well.

Back by popular demand is our Wall of Wine fundraiser. Donate a bottle or two to add to the wall and a lucky winner will take home all the wine!

In addition, current visiting artist Kiki Farish has donated several paintings completed during her residency, two of which will be in the live auction, one in the silent auction, and two in a drawing.  Kiki will be at the Garden Party and looks forward to meeting local residents and supporters.

Get ready for gardening and life outdoors after a long winter at this year’s annual Cultural Center “rite of spring.”   We look forward to welcoming Spring together.

Donations are being accepted now and can be dropped off at the Cultural Center. If you would like to arrange for a pick up, please call us at 218-385-3339.  Thanks to all generous donors and bidders for making this a fun and successful event each year.

The donations are coming in and staff members can’t help but make lists of items to bid on! A sampling of items include 18-hole rounds of golf  at several regional golf courses, a canoe trip for four down the Crow Wing River with lunch or dinner at a local restaurant, kid’s gardening sets, lawn ornaments made of metal, glass and even fiber (handmade by the Center’s Sit & Stitch group), homemade pickles, and so much more. Click here to check out our Facebook page for photos and updates!