Viva Coro! Gala

Featured Auction Items

Laura Broadhead and Dog with Matching Sweaters Below is a sampling of the great items which will be available for auction at this year's gala. Stop back to see other items as they are donated.

At right, Oratorio Society alto Laura Broadhead and her dog Kallie show off their matching sweaters won at the 2010 Gala auction. They were custom-knitted and donated by Oratorio Society bass Paul Robinson.

NOTE: The list below is only a partial listing. A full catalog will be available shortly before the auction date (March 31, 2012).


Delta Vacations Gift Card

Imagine flying away from winter… You can use this card toward the purchase of any Delta Vacations “Air & Land” or “Hotel Only” products worldwide. To see where Delta Vacations can take you, go to Delta Vacations Destinations. The card will be valid for one full year from now, and it does not need to be used all at once. Value: $600

Delta Vacations

Sing-A-Long with Matt

Ring in 2013 at this great gathering at the home of Bill Marshall and Margaret Shreves on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Matt Mehaffey will play everyone’s favorite songs on the piano, wine and dinner will be served, and a good time “will be had” by all. Value: $25/person

Single Malt Scotch Tasting for Ten

Sam Young, bass, and Donald C. Willeke (tenor, OSM charter member, historian, award winning gardener, tree hugger, bulldog breeder, and Star Spangled Banner “Conductor Extraordinaire,”) invite ten people to taste what Sir Alistair Cooke called, “The Twilight Wine of Scotland,” in a traditional setting, Don’s home. At least eight single malt scotches will be served with hors d’oeuvres. Note: Sir Alistair Cooke of Hughenden House (the English bulldog) will be a special guest at the tasting. Value: $400

Weekend at a Rustic Cabin

View from a Rustic Cabin near Spooner, Wisconsin

For those who enjoy living simply, this cabin (owned by alto Debbie Ingebretsen, her husband, and friends) is ideal. It is 2½ hours from the Twin Cities, on a largely undeveloped spring-fed lake near Spooner, Wisconsin, and accommodates 6 to 8 people. No plumbing it’s true, but there’s an outhouse “with a view”, plenty of water from an artesian well, a wood-burning sauna, sandy beach, inviting dock, the use of a canoe to explore the peaceful lake, and a large screened-in porch. (Date of weekend to be negotiated with owners.) Value: $150

Science Museum Membership

Is your family crazy about collections, bananas for biology, or really dig dinos? Then a Science Museum of Minnesota membership is right for you! Get a great deal on science fun for the whole family, all year long. This is a Household Membership, for two adults plus children or grandchildren under 18. (May be used for new or renewing members.) Value: $99

An Evening with Tom Crann

Sign up for an evening of “Cocktails and Conversation with Tom Crann,“ host of MPR’s “All Things Considered.” Now is the chance for eight of you to pose those pithy questions of Tom: How does he research his topics? How much does he really need to know about the weather in order to converse with Paul Huttner? What music does he listen to? Cocktails and hors d’œuvre will be generously provided during this party in a private home. His engaging personality and fine sense of humor will delight each of those who attend. Date to be negotiated among host and guests. Value: $25/person

Minnesota Orchestra Tickets

These two Minnesota Orchestra tickets are for Friday, April 27, 2012 at Orchestra Hall. On the program is a performance of the Oboe Concerto by Michael Berkeley featuring Basil Reeve, and a rare complete performance of Ravel’s masterpiece, the ballet Daphnis and Chloe with the Minnesota Chorale, and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, who “…electrifies both audience and Orchestra whenever he takes the podium.” Value: $138

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Twin Cities artist DiEtte Henderson crafted these three beautiful leaves. Carved from wood and painted with textured acrylic paints in fall colors, they are ready to be hung on your wall. Value: $85

Gift Bag from the Landmark Center

This bag contains many fun and interesting items donated by the Landmark Center Gift Shop in St. Paul, including a tee shirt (sz. L) with the Landmark Center logo; a post card book; a historic St. Paul photo cube; a colorful Landmark Center pin; a pewter Landmark Center medallion; a copy of the book, Landmark, Stories of a Place, about the Landmark’s history; a boxing Uncle Sam toy; and a $25 gift card to use in the Landmark Center gift shop. Value: $85

Foursome at the TPC Twin Cities

Situated on 235 acres of breathtaking terrain within the community of Deacon’s Walk in Blaine, Minnesota, TPC Twin Cities offers a winning combination: 18 holes of golf designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer; an array of amenities; and the personalized service and privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of premier clubs. Arrangements for your exciting day of golf are based on availability within these time frames: Tues., Wed. or Thurs. before 10 a.m. Golf cart included. (This gift card is valid through Aug. 31, 2012.) Value: $800

“Water Gardens” Photograph

Water Gardens Photograph

Created and signed by JoAnne Walstrom, this original photograph of “Water Gardens” is in sepia tones and has been matted and framed to a 16 by 20 size. Joanne is a member of the Garden Club of America (GCA) and the St. Paul Garden Club. She is an artist, gardener and avid photographer, with a natural eye for composition. She has won first and second place awards from the GCA for her color and black and white photos, has been published in FOCUS magazine, and has been recommended as a GCA Photography judge. Value: $375

Voice Lesson

Try a 30-minute voice lesson with Kristin Morant, founder of Como Voice and Piano Studio! Kristin has been the voice coach for several of Oratorio Society’s members. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and MN Music Teachers Association and an active performer with a Master of Music degree from U of MN. Kristin is very personable and will be respectful of your needs and goals, whether they are professional singing or purely recreational. Her studio is located near the State Fairgrounds. (This certificate is valuable through September 30, 2012.) Value: $30

Hand-Crocheted Afghan

Hand-Crocheted Afghan

It measures approximately 3.5 x 5.5 feet with a cream-colored border and background and “granny squares” of pastels, browns, blues, and pinks. Lovely and comfy. Comes in a zipped plastic case with handles for carrying and storage. Value: $30

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum VIP Passes

Experience “A Place For All Seasons” with two VIP passes to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. The Arboretum features more than 1,132 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas—from woodlands and wetlands to prairie—with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Value: $18

NPR CD Basket

Over 20 hours of listening to the best of your favorite National Public Radio programs, including “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!” “This I Believe”, the NPR Chronicles Series: The Civil War, World War II, and Civil Rights, and more. Value: $174

Minnesota Boychoir Packages

In each of two packages are three recent CDs, All is Well, Sing to the Power, and I’m Sailing Right Behind, of the Minnesota Boychoir, and a 47-page book commemorating 50 years of the group’s existence in our state, Helping Boys Find Their Voice. Value: $45/package

Knitted Scarf Set

Knitted Scarf Set

Two scarves: One is a rich, red, Misti Alpaca Wool (very soft!) scarf measuring 57 inches long and 4 inches wide, conventionally made, with a delicate knitted ruffle on each end. The other is made of Knitting Fever Ripple Yarn, a fun acrylic yarn that ruffles as you knit with it, creating a circular effect. This scarf is deep purple, and measures 55 inches long. Value: $36

Computer Tutoring Session

OSM tenor Bill Gurnon of Gurnon and Associates has donated two hours of computer tutoring. He can assist you in learning Microsoft Word, Power Point, Publisher, or basic Excel. Bill is a highly effective professional with skills in training and communication. His training programs consistently result in top notch ratings from participants. He’s detail-oriented with an enthusiasm for connecting with people, and has an open and approachable style. Value: $60

Lady’s Slipper Mural

Lady’s Slipper Mural

Created by OSM soprano Jodie Greene of Ink Imaging, this mural of the Minnesota state flower is made up of 16 tiles held together with rings. The sway design and free-hanging connections give a unique appearance allowing for slight movement. Use as a dramatic wall hanging in a home or office setting. Value: $200

Tapas Dinner and Salsa Dance Lesson

“Tapas: a variety of Spanish cold or warm appetizers or snacks.” OSM soprano Carol North will graciously open her home to 8 people who want the full Spanish experience, both old and new worlds, with a variety of Spanish tapas, vegetarian, meat, seafood for all kinds of tastes, and salsa dance from Latin America. Date to be determined. Value: $25/participant

Old Mill Candle Set

Old Mill Candle Set

The set contains eight high quality, handcrafted 100% beeswax candles of different sizes and shapes created at Old Mill Candles. The beeswax is pure, organic, domestic, and from a family farm in western Minnesota. 100% cotton wick, no zinc or lead filler. Value: $75

Architectural Consultation

Award-winning architect Paul Buum (husband of OSM soprano Heather Buum) will meet with you to discuss ideas and possibilities for the residential project you have in mind. Paul has been a residential architect with the firm SALA Architects for over 15 years. His past projects include both new home construction and home remodeling, always seeking to seamlessly integrate the new addition with the existing structure. His work has been published in several magazines, including Renovation Style and House Beautiful, and was also featured in the books The Not So Big House and The Not So Big Remodeling by Sarah Susanka and The Simple Home by Sarah Nettleton. Value: $250

Twins vs. Yankees

Two people can enjoy an evening game on Monday, September 24, 2012 at Target Field. Field terrace seating in section 226. Value: $62

A Bag of Trader Joe’s Goodies

A Bag of Trader Joe’s Goodies

For those who are not familiar with Trader Joe’s, it is a crazy, fun grocery store and wine shop chain (in St. Paul it’s located on Lexington and Randolph) where you can find “innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods.” This large, sturdy grocery bag was donated by alto Barbara Brown and contains many of her “favorites”: sweet potato tortilla chip rounds, pretzel slims, triple ginger snaps, lemon crisp cookies, a jar of cherry preserves, a quart of organic tomato & roasted red pepper soup, peach salsa, jar of marinara sauce, whole wheat spaghetti, package of dried mango, 3 milk chocolate bars, a tin of sipping chocolate, and more! Value: $50

Old Log Theater Tickets

Two people will enjoy a play at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior for any performance, Sundays through Fridays (New Year’s Eve excluded). Recognized as one of the most popular theaters in the U.S., the Old Log offers contemporary plays and comedies year-round. Minutes away from anywhere in the Twin Cities and set on 10 acres near the shores of historic Lake Minnetonka, the Old Log combines rustic charm, a serene setting, and spacious accommodations, including a 629-seat auditorium and a 350-seat restaurant for pre-show dining. Value: $60

A Canning Party

Libby Mehaffey will be the host and guide for this half-day workshop for 8 people. You don’t need to bring a thing, but will leave with a jar of homemade, preserved fruit jam. The date will be negotiated. Value: $20/participant

Valleyfair Tickets

We have two all-day admission tickets to Valleyfair Amusement Park, Shakopee, Minnesota. These can be used any day that Valleyfair is open to the public from May 12 – Sept. 16, 2012. Take them directly to the turnstiles. No need to wait in line! Value: $85

Minnesota Opera Tickets

“Love, power and politics collide in biblical Babylon.” (Minnesota Opera). Verdi’s monumental opera, Nabucco, follows the plight of the Jews as they are conquered and exiled from their homeland by King Nebuchadnezzar. Sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage, this performance features Jason Howard, Brenda Harris, and John Relyea. You may attend on September 25, 27, 29, or 30, 2012. Value: Up to $200

Ripple Yarn Scarf Set

Ripple Yarn Scarf Set

The scarves in this set are both made from Knitting Fever Ripple Yarn, an acrylic yarn which ruffles as you knit, giving a circular effect to the finished scarf. These two scarves can be worn together or separately. One, 50 inches long, is shades of matte maroon and dark red. The other, 55 inches long, is lavender and purple with purple metallic threads throughout, adding a bit of shine. Value: $36

Cannon River Wine

We have three bottles of superb wine from the Cannon River Winery near Cannon Falls, MN: (1) St. Pepin White Wine: Estate Grown, created with St. Pepin grapes nurtured in Sogn Valley. Exhibiting characteristics of the finest Sauvignon Blanc, this wine offers crisp herbal and citrus flavors with aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and freshly cut grass, (2) Cannon River Winery Sogn Blush Rose Wine, a sweet, nicely balanced wine with aromas of wild berries and a crisp finish, and (3) Minnesota Meritage, a blend using Minnesota red grapes with characteristics of rich chocolate, caramel, and a hint of wild berries. Expect an intense flavor with a velvety, medium body and a lingering finish. Value: $48


De-stress with this basket of items that are guaranteed to calm you down! Basket includes a box of Well Being Nurturing Soap, an envelope of Aura Cacia “Relaxation” Aromatherapy Mineral Bath salts, a Kikkerland Head Massager, a Sensual Amber home fragrance set, a box of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tea, a package of Bach Natural Stress Relief Rescue Gum, a copy of local writer Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn, and more! Value: $85

Oratorio Society Music Bag

Attention, singers! You do not have to be a member of the Oratorio Society to use this bag and what it contains: A sturdy, black, zippered bag with strong handles with the red Oratorio Society of Minnesota logo, three handy paper tablets, pencils, a yellow highlighter, a package of 3M Post-it flags, an OSM key ring, a large OSM clip, and a black OSM ceramic mug. Value: $35

Latvian Socks

Latvian Socks

These finely-crafted Latvian men’s socks hand-knitted from new wool, using traditional pattern and colors, were purchased in the 1990s in Riga from a traditional knitter. Some or all of the dyes are probably derived from plants. Knitters typically dyed their own yarns and improvised their own patterns. The socks would be part of a traditional men’s outfit, which in most parts of Latvia would have been gray woolen homespun trousers and a gray homespun jacket with some embroidery in black on the cuffs and the lapels. Often, the footwear was pastalas (a type of simple leather moccasin) and white socks with a colored pattern on the cuff, which went over the bottom of the pant legs. Value: $25

“Dancing with Aurora” Painting

“Dancing with Aurora” Painting

This is a beautiful 16 x 20 inch painting using predominantly blue and green acrylics on canvas by Minnesota artist Lynn Benson. Value: $145

Squire House Gardens Gift Certificate

You may use this gift certificate to beautify and fortify your yard or acreage this spring. Located in Afton, Minnesota, Squire House Gardens offers gifts and goods for home and garden. Value: $200

Bibelot Gift Card

The Bibelot Shops—offering everyday indulgences from gifts, clothing, & jewelry to paper & home goods. Shops are in Linden Hills, Grand Avenue near Lexington, Como Avenue in St. Anthony Park, and in Northeast Mpls. Value: $25

Treadle Yard Goods Gift Card

Treadle Yard Goods, on Hamline and Grand Avenues in St. Paul, features quality natural fiber fabrics, including imported and designer pieces, patterns, tools, notions, fabulous buttons, gorgeous ribbons, and sewing classes. Value: $20

Wine and Glassware Set

From Kowalski’s Wine Shop, we have a bottle of 2005 Clos Pegase Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon and a Riedel Vinum Cabernet Decanter/Glassware set. Value: $165

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Tickets

We have a voucher for best available seats to any performance in the 2012-13 season of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). Value: $80

Another Bag of Trader Joe Goodies

A bag full of many mouth-watering Trader Joe’s delights, including a 10 oz. box of Roasted Gorgonzola flavored crisp crackers, a 20 oz. box of Joe-Joe’s vanilla sandwich creme cookies, a l lb. jar of Valencia crunchy, salted Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds, a 16 oz. bag of Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels, a 7 oz. bag of Gummy Tummies Penguins soft candy, a 24 oz. container of Oatmeal Cranberry Dunkers with White Fudge Drizzle, an 8 oz. bag of dried, tart Montmorency cherries, 16 oz. of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and a 5 oz. bag of Candied Pecans, plus a few “real food” items (peanut butter, oats, soup, and tea.) Value: $50

Crocheted Afghan

Crocheted Afghan

This lovely rectangular hand-crocheted afghan measures 4 x 6 feet. It is cream-colored with tan and forest green accents, and has a cream-colored fringe. A double thick pot-holder, knitted with the same yarn, is a bonus. Both come in a plastic, zipped carrying case. Value: $50

Potbelly Sandwich Works

This card will serve lunch to four people at Potbelly Sandwich Works. Shops in downtown Mpls., Dinkytown, Roseville, Edina, Richfield, and more. Value: $45

Starbucks Gift Card

Use this Starbucks card for your next few Frappuccinos. Value: $20

Golf at Wendell Pittenger

This certificate is good for two 18-hole green fees, at any Wendell Pittenger golf course: Oak Marsh in Oakdale, Lost Spur in Eagan, Willow Creek in Rochester, or Mississippi National in Red Wing. (Valid Mon-Thurs. only) Value: $70

Wine, Stout, and Vodka

This package includes a 2001 bottle of Domaine De L’Oratoire St. Martin Cuvee Prestige from Côtes du Rhône; a fifth of Pinnacle Vodka, imported from France; and four pints of Murphy’s draught style Stout, imported from the U.K. Value: $66

Mini-Music Lesson Sampler

Have you always wanted to play an instrument, but are not sure which one? Why not get a taste of four different instruments? With this lesson sampler package you will receive one 30-minute lesson on each of the following instruments: electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, and drums. Lessons are held at Twin Town Guitars at 3400 Lyndale Ave. South in Minneapolis, and given by professional musician and instructor Mark Wade. You’ll also receive a Twin Town Guitars logo t-shirt at your first lesson! Value: $115

More Tickets to Park Square Theatre

Two tickets to any performance in the remainder of the 2011-12 season of Park Square Theatre. You can enjoy The Diary of Anne Frank through May 18, American Family through April 7, Doubt, A Parable from April 20 through May 13, or Laughter on the 23rd Floor from June 1 through July 8. (Must be used by July 10, 2012.) Value: $80

B + W Coffee Club Memberships (2)

The B + W Coffee Club membership includes one 12 oz. bag of coffee every month for 6 months, plus two special gifts throughout the 6-month membership. B + W Coffee is located on Franklin and Hennepin in south Minneapolis. (This must be redeemed by May 15, 2012.) Value: $87.50/membership

Harvest Dinner and Farm Tours

Two tickets for a multi-course dinner, with wine pairings, presented by MFA (Minnesota Food Association, which offers a multi-year, hands-on program to train immigrants in organic farming) and Slow Food MN (“Events and projects for people who love food and care about the environment.”) The dinner will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Big River Farm in Marine-on-St. Croix, and features foods of MFA’s farmer-immigrants and favorite dishes of Lucia’s Restaurant and guest chefs. Much of the produce will come from MFA’s Big River Farms. Value: $200

OSM Board Retreat Dinner

Oratorio Society Charter Member Don Willeke has graciously offered 4 seats to his Annual Board Alfresco Dinner which is held in late summer (usually August on a Saturday evening) in the garden of his lovely home. The evening will begin about 5:00 p.m. with Peach Bellinis (Prosecco and peach nectar), white wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet meal and red (or white) wine, and ending in dessert and your choices of many liqueurs (Don makes the liqueurs himself). Live classical guitar music is always a feature. Join the OSM members who serve on your board, along with Matt and Helen, for this fine event. Value: $40/seat

Driving Range Pass

From Three Rivers Park District comes a certificate good for one complimentary driving range pass which can be used in Baker National Golf Course, Cleary Lake Golf Course, Eagle Lake Golf Center, or Chalet Drive Golf Practice Center. Value: $40

Tease Salon Certificate

Tease is a team-oriented hair salon conveniently located in the West Seventh area of St. Paul, MN, where everyone works together to ensure that you have a great experience! Tease offers hair for women and men, color, treatments, extensions, massage, nails, and more. “We strive to make a difference in the lives that we touch every day.” Value: $145

Axel’s Gift Certificate

You can use this gift card at any of the Axel’s Bonfire, (locations in Blaine, Eagan, Savage, Plymouth, Woodbury, and St. Paul) or Axel’s Restaurants (Chanhassen, Roseville, and Mendota). “The energy of Bonfire’s atmosphere and aroma of our wood-fire cooking welcome you the minute you walk into our neighborhood gathering spot. Our wood fired ovens and grills are in the center showing our Chefs’ passion for great food.” Value: $25

One-Hour Plane Ride

You and up to two other passengers can enjoy an hour-long plane ride with pilot Steve Schwister. Steve has been a private pilot for 32 years. After getting his pilot license in high school, Steve flew for the U of M flying team and since has received many certifications. The plane for your trip will be one in a fleet of planes owned by the Flywell Flying Club out of the Anoka County Airport. Expiration date and date of flight to be determined by winner and pilot. Value: $250

Retro Photo Workshop

Stone Arch Bridge B&W Photo

Stone Arch Bridge © Mark Gustafson

Take photos with a classic 1950s Rolleiflex twin-lens camera, receive coaching to take your images beyond snapshots, and experience creating B&W prints in a traditional darkroom. You select a Twin Cities area site of your choice. OSM tenor Mark Gustafson will join you for up to half a day of photography and coaching, and another half day with you in the darkroom, showing you the basics of traditional darkroom printing. You will end up with finished prints of your work. Mark’s work has been published in Architecture MN, the Pioneer Press, and on the National Park Service web site. He also frequently photographs the Oratorio Society! Value: $400

Island Vacation

OSM soprano Florence Walklet has donated a one-week stay (October–March, holiday weeks excluded) at her 3-bedroom, 2-bath cottage (which sleeps 6) near the beach on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, near Charleston. It’s a great spot for fun with close proximity to a 10-mile pristine beach. Secluded with privacy and security, guests will enjoy the natural beauty of the Island with spectacular wildlife—a bird lover’s paradise. Several golf courses…excellent clay tennis courts and bike rentals available within a few minutes walk. Neighborhood pool for cottage guests… Cottage is located in West Beach area in Sparrow Pond, only 30 minutes drive from Charleston—one of the best-kept secrets on the South Carolina Coast, without the crowds. Linens, washer and dryer, wifi, and much more provided. Sorry, no smoking or pets. (Cleaning charge of $153.00 will be collected upon arrival. Confirmation of selected week must be coordinated with Florence.) Value: $1500

Welcome-in-the-Season Party

Up to 25 people may join Matt and Libby Mehaffey in their home this fall for wine and hors d’œuvres to help celebrate the beginning of the Oratorio Society’s 33rd season and Matt Mehaffey’s 5th year with the group. (Exact date to be determined.) Value: $30/person

Thymes Gift Set

From Thymes, a Fragrance Studio, based in Minneapolis, is an 8-ounce bottle of Azur body lotion, an 8-ounce bottle of Red Cherie hand wash, a large jar of Red Cherie body butter, and a Wild Ginger scented candle. Value: $60

Wine Basket

Wine Gift Basket

This elegant basket contains 6 Cutter and Buck suede and leather coasters, a pottery wine cooler, a bottle-shaped cutting board made of green glass, 2 wine glasses, champagne-shaped salt and pepper shakers, the book Wine by Andre Domine, and a bottle of 2010 Mirassou Moscat. Offering refreshing notes of peach, tangerine, melon, and honeysuckle, Mirassou Moscato is a sweet expression of California’s most celebrated growing regions, and pairs beautifully with fruit, light cheeses, or desserts. Value: $100

Elegant French Dinner for Eight

Enjoy an elegent French dinner created and prepared for you and 7 of your best friends in Chef Jeffrey Longenecker’s Paris-inspired dining room in South Minneapolis! You will meet with the chef to plan a five-course menu paired with wine to compliment each course. You could choose from scallops Meuerhoff, steamed mussels in wine, braised beef burgundy, coq au Don, just to name a few. Then sit back and enjoy this fabulous evening! Date to be determined by you and the chef. Value: $500 to $600

Skin Rejuvenation Services

We have a gift certificate for services at Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, a state-of-the-art minimally-invasive aesthetic clinic located in Edina. Owned and operated by a skilled husband and wife team of physicians, the clinic ensures a high quality of care and results. Service categories include body contouring, injectables, laser and light treatments, aesthetician services, and skin care products. (This gift certificate is valuable through September 30, 2012.) Value: $120

Dog Basket

Basket with Dog Goodies

Thinking of adding a dog to your life? This basket has a lot of what you will need to care for your friend: a 1 lb. bag of Zukes Mini Naturals Dog Treats, a 20 oz. bag of Old Mother Hubbard Dog Biscuits, a 1 lb. bottle of Buddy Wash shampoo/conditioner, a Safari Slicker grooming brush, a turquoise and black/white dotted Top Paw medium-sized dog harness, a Spot brand “Skinneeez” rodent toy for stuffing, a Grriggles brand dragon squeaker toy, and a bright green Kong Air Dog Fetch Toy. (Sorry, dog not included!) Value: $100

Health Care Package

Dr. Eric Mayfield of Health Source Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab has donated a generous, 10-visit package of full exam, x-rays, personalized treatment plan consisting of adjustments, progressive rehab exercises, instruction, and massage/manual therapy. The office is located in the Uptown area of South Minneapolis. Value: $1750

Family Fun Getaway

A deluxe room awaits you on a Friday or Saturday night between now and January of 2013 at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport—Mall of America. Two remarkable environments come together near the hotel: the nearby Mall of America meets the natural beauty of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which is located across the street from the hotel. Take the morning to hike and view wildlife, then head off to the Mall of America! Children will love the two Nickelodeon Universe passes in this package, along with two passes to Moose Mountain Golf and parents will love the 2012 Mall of America coupon book. Then finish off your evening with the classic Italian food at Tucci Benucch restaurant at the Mall of America. Value: $250

Two Guthrie Theater Tickets

You may select any one of the first 12 performances of a production in the Guthrie’s 2011-12 season. Upcoming shows include Hay Fever, The Amen Corner, The Sunshine Boys, Time Stands Still, and Roman Holiday. (Excludes opening night, any performance of A Christmas Carol, Dowling Studio productions, special events, and concerts. It is for best available seating, excluding area 1A. The voucher may be used until July 20, 2012.) Value: $124

Interior Design Consultation

Design professional and OSM soprano Diane Foote will give two hours of interior design consultation to the winning bidder. With 35 years of experience, Diane’s specialty is in remodeling and new construction, but she will tackle any project—large or small. She has been twice voted “Best Interior Designer” in the Lake Minnetonka area in a vote sponsored by Lake Minnetonka Magazine. (This certificate is valuable through November 30, 2012.) Value: $250

Gift Card to Sunsets Restaurant

Sunsets Restaurants feature a chef-driven kitchen that strives to deliver food of high quality and value. All items are prepared fresh daily. This card can be used at the Woodbury or Wayzata locations. Value: $25

“Silje” Necklace

“Silje” Necklace

This beautiful necklace of blue goldstone and Norwegian pewter hangs on an 18” snake chain. It was designed by Anna Bloomstrand, owner of lilleknappen. Value: $40

Six Hours of Language Instruction

Learn with the Master! You get six hours of language instruction in either French or Italian from Professor Walter Blue, retired from the faculty of Hamline University and OSM’s bass section. He will tailor his teaching to your needs and desires, whether for tourism, literature, basic conversation, and/or grammatical structures. Beginners or more advanced students are welcome. It is guaranteed that you will enjoy your lessons and your tutor. He may even delight you with tales of African life, or challenge you to a Scrabble game! Lessons will take place in Walter’s midway-area St. Paul home. Value: $300

Plymouth Playhouse Tickets

Enjoy the acclaimed, hilarious A Mighty Fortress is our Basement, featuring “The Church Basement Ladies,” with this pair of tickets to the Plymouth Playhouse. The tickets can be used any Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday through November 4, 2012. Value: $60

Gift Card for the Happy Gnome

Located in the old firehouse on Selby Avenue just east of Dale Street in St. Paul, the Happy Gnome features 70 craft drafts that change regularly and captivate every level of beer drinker.  Their upscale contemporary menu is made in-house daily to achieve the freshest quality possible, well-balanced to suit local Midwestern tastes and palates. Value: $25

Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Hinkley

For the adults: enjoy a standard room for one night at either of the Grand Casino hotels, Sunday through Thursday. While there, you may sign up to become a Grand Rewards member ensuring future discounted visits. Value: $100

Tapas and Sangria Party

OSM soprano Heather Buum invites you and five of your friends or family members to experience the flavors of Spain as you enjoy an evening of Tapas and Sangria! You will enjoy sizzling garlic shrimp, chilled mussels with tomatoes and sherry vinegar, marinated chickpeas with chorizo, as well as an assortment of olives, nuts, cheeses, and crackers. To compliment it all, they will serve their signature sangria made with red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, and fruit. Hosted at the Heather and Paul Buum family residence in St. Paul, this evening of “Small Plates” is a fun, casual, and enjoyable adult get-together. Value: $25/participant

Bloomington Civic Theatre and Art Center

You and a friend may attend a performance at the Bloomington Civic Theatre, located on Old Shakopee Road. At the end of April My Fair Lady will be performed in the main theatre; the Black Box Theater will feature The 39 Steps in March and April, and Crimes of the Heart in May, 2012. (The 2012-13 season will be available at the end of March.) These tickets are good for all shows except special events or dinner packages. Value: $60

Hunter Motif Fleece Throw

Hunter Motif Fleece Throw

This throw, which features a hunter and his dog, would be the perfect gift for a hunter in your life or to add a touch of warmth to a cabin. It measures 5 by 6 feet, in colors of blue, green, and brown with a fringed edge. Soft and cozy! Comes in a zipped plastic case with handles. Value: $30

Scandinavian Winter Dinner

Traditional holiday dinner with Torsk (fresh cod), Swedish meatballs, potatoes, lefse, pickled beets, lingonberries and cloudberry cream, complimented by Linje Aquavit. Includes appetizers, full dinner, dessert and coffee. Served in your own home, or ours in St. Paul for up to 8 people. Your chefs have been preparing this menu and serving to enthusiastic guests for 30+ years. (Date to be negotiated; not available November 19, 2012, through Jan 2, 2013.) Value: $40/participant

Art Collectible

Art Collectible

This is a beautiful moss agate sphere of 2 inches in diameter. The agate colors are a smoky blend of dark green, brown, and grey. The sphere sits in a small, wooden cup made for it. Value: $35

Mother Earth Gardens Gift Card

It won’t be long now! With this gift card from Mother Earth Gardens you can get started early. Mother Earth Gardens, located in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis, specializes in organic gardening, sustainably grown plants, and eco-friendly products. Value: $10

Gift Bag from Ingebretsen’s Gift Shop

Sturdy canvas tote bag with vintage Scandinavian map design holds Nordic Masterpieces CD (works by Grieg, Sibelius, and others), a “Tiny Tomte Trio,” handmade in Småland, Sweden, and a gift certificate for any needlework, knitting, cooking, craft, culture class taught at Ingebretsen’s Gift Shop. Value: $100

Colorful Knitted Scarf

Colorful Knitted Scarf

Katia Triana is an exciting new acrylic yarn that creates a beautiful ruffled, lacy effect in the finished scarf. Measuring 40 inches, this scarf is in gorgeous shades of green, blue, aqua, and silver. Value: $18

Level Salon Gift Certificate

Level Salon is the home of a group of highly trained and genuinely friendly professionals who can provide you a wide range of styling services, combining artistry with talent. They also offer complete nail services by accredited technicians, and other cosmetic offerings such as facial waxing. Located in downtown Minneapolis, near the Guthrie Theater. Value: $25

Breadsmith Gift Certificate

This certificate entitles the winner to up to 12 loaves of delicious, fresh European-style artisan bread from Breadsmith Bread Bakery. Each loaf is made from scratch using only the finest ingredients. Many, many different types from which to choose, from white, wheat, and rye to Irish Soda Bread, Honey Raisin Pecan, Greek Olive, Focacia, Challah… the list is extensive. (Not all breads are available at all locations.) The certificate is good at Edina, Minnetonka, and St. Paul locations. Value: Up to $84

Dunquin CD Sets (3)

Twin Cities-based Dunquin Irish Trio was born about fifteen years ago to play the traditional music of West Kerry in Ireland. Since then the band has branched out to play Scandinavian and other Celtic music. Its members include Sherry Ladig (piano), Don Ladig (flute and whistles), and Kathleen Green (fiddle). The two CDs in the set are Dunquin and Postcards from Ireland. Value: $30/each set

Movie Basket

In this basket are two tickets to the Riverview Theater in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis. The Riverview features state-of-the-art projection and sound systems, and customers enjoy the opportunity to “step back in time” and experience movie-going as it was in the 50s, when neighborhood theaters were in abundance. (The Riverview also features real butter on their popcorn!) Also in the basket is a new copy of the DVD, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” for you to enjoy at home, and you will get 3 boxes of delicious “movie candy.” Value: $20

Guthrie Tickets

Enjoy two tickets to see The Sunshine Boys on Saturday, July 28, 2012 (or exchange these for another date). Neil Simon’s popular comedy, “The Sunshine Boys,” is the story of “two cantankerous vaudeville comedians who, despite their comedic chemistry onstage, can’t stand each other offstage. The shenanigans that ensue when these seasoned stage partners are coerced to reunite for a CBS television comedy special will likely make this ticket one of the hottest—and most hilarious—in town.” Value: $88

Rosemaling Work by Linda Laitenen

Glass Pieces with Rosemaling Shelf with Rosemaling

Beautiful examples of the Norwegian folk art of “rosemaling” are displayed on several items donated by award-winning folk artist Linda Laitenen, sister of OSM alto Lois Laitenen. Linda was selected as one of four people whose rosemaling work was displayed at the Norwegian Hall in Duluth when the King and Queen of Norway visited Minnesota last fall.

Large vase. Value: $20
Hand-painted chimney. Value: $15
Small vase. Value: $10
Old-fashioned Santa bottle. Value: $20
Plate shelf and key rack. Value: $30

Aveda Basket

The basket contains three Invati (“solutions for thinning hair”) products: a 6 oz. bottle of Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, a 5 oz. bottle of Invati Scalp Revitalizer, and a 6 oz. tube of Invati Thickening Conditioner. You will also get a 4 oz. tube of Hand Relief and Foot Relief. Value: $155

Laurel Poetry Collective Book Sets (2)

From the Laurel Poetry Collective, a group of Twin Cities poets and artists, comes The Quiet Eye: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Nature. This collection of poems by Tom Rund, Lisa Ann Berge, Su Smallen, Suzanne Swanson, Mary Junge, Ilze Klavina Mueller, and others addresses the broad topic of “nature” from the broadest of perspectives. Also in the set is a signed copy of Ilze K. Mueller’s collection, Gate, which “takes the mind on uncommon journeys and transforms simple experience into exquisite, almost surrealist detail. She writes about gardening, eating, and treasuring food — which was scarce during her childhood. Her extraordinary relationship with plants allows her to render gardening and mushroom collecting with deep, purified appreciation.” lze Klavina Mueller, who emigrated from Latvia during World War II, lives in Minneapolis. Her poetry reflects her range of languages and cultures and her interest in travel. Her poems have appeared in Looking For Home: Women Writing About Exile, CALYX, Water-Stone, 100 Words, Hedgebrook Journal, and Deeper Than You Think. Value: $22/each set

Schubert Club Concert Tickets

We have two tickets to The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series concert presenting baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in concert on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Value: $100

Garden Consultation

Premier garden designers Martin Stern and Kathleen Oss from Squire House Gardens in Afton will visit you for a 45-minute garden consultation. They will identify opportunities in your garden, offer advice on organizing outdoor areas, provide inspiring ideas, suggest plants for you, and answer your gardening questions. A follow-up correspondence will summarize the visit. (A reasonable fee for travel will be charged for gardens outside the immediate metro area.) Value: $125

Park Square Theater Tickets

Two tickets to any performance in the 2011-12 season (with the exception of Ragtime and prime seating). Value: $80

Sephora Manicure Basket

You will receive a tube of Sephora brush-on cuticle oil, a Sephora metal cuticle tool, a Sephora 4-step buffer, two bottles of Sephora nail polish in soft, frosty shades, and a large emery board. Value: $55

Trinket Box

Trinket Box

Artist Nancy Viebrock created this whimsical, one-of-a-kind wooden “trinket box.” It measures 7 inches wide, 6.5 inches in height and 4 inches deep. It is painted with glossy, black paint, and the interior is lined with aluminum sheet. The outside of the box is the highlight: Nancy has decorated it with metal screws, keys, wire, nuts, tacks, pieces of jewelry and watches…all artfully arranged. You have to see it up close for the full effect! Value: $75

Schell’s Beer Sampler

From the August Schell Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota, comes a package of six different types of Schell’s beer. There are two 12-ounce bottles each of: Schell’s Bock, Stout, Dark, Hopfenmalz, Pilsner, and Firebrick. Two glass Schell’s beer mugs are included. Value: $26

MIA Group Tour

This is a custom tour for you and up to 12 of your friends at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts! Docent Helen Leslie will lead you on a one-to-two hour tour of the MIA’s fabulous collection, tailored especially to your particular interests. Formerly a corporate lawyer, Helen now focuses her energies on her first love: the study and enjoyment of fine art. She would be thrilled to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of the collection with you! Helen has been a “regular” at the MIA since she was old enough to walk. (Her great grandfather was one of the founders of the museum!) Having been fortunate to tour many of the world’s finest museums, Helen retains her pride in the quality and breadth of the MIA collection. (Tour must be booked at least one month in advance.) Value: $15/person

Wine Tasting in Your Home

You may invite 7 of your friends for this event in your home. Ron Goldser is an avid wine collector and has taken classes toward becoming a certified Sommelier. His passion is to choose wines that enhance individual understanding and enjoyment. This private tasting will be tailored to your interests, either by country, region, or varietal. An attorney by day, Ron enjoys fine dining and great wines. He has traveled extensively in wine country including an extended stay at a vineyard in Bordeaux. (Winning bidder must provide hors d’œuvres.) Value: $500

Personalized Watercolor

Mountains Watercolor

Self-taught artist Stefanie Varga will create a personalized 11x17 nature watercolor painting for your home, office, or cabin. You choose the subject matter and framing details. Would make a lovely gift for a friend or family member! Value: $100

Case of Sparkling Wine

We have two cases, each with 6 bottles of delicious, sparkling, white 2004 Chateau L’Hesperit. This exclusive wine comes from Chateau L’Hesperit in Moncaret, France, and is available on a limited basis in the United States. L’Hesperit’s vineyards are located in the heart of Montravel AOC, producing wines on the same hills and plateau where the Romans did some 2000 years ago. The Chateau L’Hesperit is produced by the traditional method of “double” fermentation utilizing only the best grapes and gentle pressing. The flavor is crisp and “Brut like.” Value: $115/case

Set of Bose Headphones

This set of Bose headphones is comfortable, around-ear style for quality audio performance. The set comes with a carry bag and an Apple wall charger to charge your iPod/iPhone. Value: $140

Chino Ssam Tribal Feast

The Chino Ssam is Chino Latino’s version of a traditional Korean BoSsam dinner. This is your chance to enjoy a delicious bone-in, slow cooked pork shoulder that will have been prepared for 8 hours prior to your arrival. The main course will be accompanied by an array of Korean condiments including bean sprout salad, kimchee daikon, puree of kimchee, ginger scallion sauce, jasmine rice and bibb lettuce, and more. (The dinner does not include tax or gratuity. The Tribal Feast must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.) Value: $275

Be the Conductor!

Now you can cancel your plans for graduate school in conducting, as you will learn how to conduct in three easy lessons with Dr. Matthew Mehaffey. Each hour long session with Dr. Mehaffey will surely turn you into the next armchair conductor! Value: Priceless!

Signed Adrian Peterson Jersey

Signed Adrian Peterson Jersey

Running back for the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson, number 28, signed this white (away) jersey. Value: $300

Timberwolves Tickets

You and a friend can attend this 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, April 4, 2012: Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors at the Target Center. The tickets are for seats 9 and 10, row R, in section 126. Value: $140

More Timberwolves Tickets

You and a friend can attend this 7 p.m. game on Saturday, April 14, 2012: Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at the Target Center. The tickets are for seats 18 and 19, row R, in section 106. Value: $140

Chocolate Basket

A mouth-watering collection containing packages of Godiva Chocolatier Gems in both milk and dark chocolate, two Starbucks mugs with Indulge Hot Cocoa Mix and snow marshmallows, a package of Ovation 100% Irish Cream/Crème Irlandaise Dark Chocolate Covered Sticks, the book Ultimate Encyclopedia of Chocolate: With Over 200 Recipes by Christine McFadden & Christine France, the DVD, “Chocolat” with Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, and Judi Dench, and Godiva chocolate truffles in a padded, red, heart-shaped box. Value: $100