Cultural center holding virtual auction

A biplane ride is one of the many items people can bid on during the virtual auction, Culture, Of Course!, which benefits the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

LINCOLN CITY – You may already be a loc-avore, someone who relishes the food produced in their own neighborhood. But are you a loc-adventurer? That is, are you practiced in the art of finding adventure in your own backyard? You could be, with one of 21 prizes up for grabs in the online Culture, Of Course! auction, a benefit for the operations of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. 

The list of auction items includes everything from luxurious hotel stays and unforgettable meals to group workshops and original art, all donated by businesses that support the cultural center. People can browse and bid online at www.32auctions.com/cultureofcourse, or make a proxy bid by calling 541-994-9994. The 2020 Culture, Of Course! Auction will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. 

Culture, Of Course! is the LCCC’s annual dinner and benefit auction, usually held on the first weekend of May. This year’s in-person event was postponed by COVID, then rescheduled for Sept. 19, then canceled again by the community response to the Echo Mountain Complex fire. In response, the committee took the gala’s fundraising activities online, and so far, has raised more than half of the original goal. 

There are 21 chances for loc-adventure in the online auction. Among these are “Plein Air in the High Desert,” a package for six people that includes a two-night stay at the Good Bear Ranch; “Mussel Beach – Delicious Food and Education,” a local adventure led by Paul Robertson that features a mussel harvesting short course and cook-out on the beach for up to four people; “Tour in a Teardrop,” a three-night rental of a sleek and sturdy Teardrop Trailer with everything provided; and “Romance of the Red,” a special vineyard group tasting for four adults and a case of Three Wives Remy’s Red 2017. 

The list of adventures also features a ride in an historic biplane, a tasting menu extravaganza at the new Bay House at Salishan Coastal Lodge, a stay (with class credit) at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology at Cascade Head Ranch and a guided fungi-foraging weekend at Camp Westwind on the Salmon River. You and your friends can buy a culinary class, or a workshop in dyeing silk scarves, or a load of gravel to pave your driveway — all to benefit the cultural center. 

“If you don’t feel like taking an adventure, that’s OK. We understand,” said LCCC Executive Director Niki Price. “We’re doing some pretty serious nesting ourselves. That’s why we added some comfort foods to the online auction. You can bid on pies from Captain Dan’s Pirate Pastry, cupcakes from My Petite Sweet and a quarter portion of grass-fed beef from the Schooner Creek Valley. We’ve got the right bid item for you, even if you don’t want to leave the house: a Katia Kyte still life painting, a glass float by Kelly Howard and a mosaic by Joanne Daschel.”

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is a nonprofit center for arts, culture and community, located inside the historic Delake School in the heart of Lincoln City. After a short closure during the pandemic, the LCCC is open to the public for COVID-safe visual and performing arts experiences. The funds raised in this year’s Culture, Of Course! will help the center survive and thrive in the uncertain times to come. 

All proceeds from the online auction (at 32auctions.com/cultureofcourse) will go the operations of the LCCC. To learn more about the auction or contribute to the cultural cause, call 541-994-9994.

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