Sunday, September 21, 2008

Silent auction items for the the fundraiser

I'll be updating this post over the next couple of weeks with both photos and new listings, so please keep checking in.

Items for the silent auction on Oct. 11:
  • "Magnolia," a magnificent etching by artist Curtis Bartone (seen at right)
  • An off-season week's stay at a classic Tybee beach house owned by Scott Center at 18th Place and Butler -- it sleeps ten and has wrap-around porches on both levels. I rented it for a week in 2007 for a family reunion -- it's an extraordinary property. Advance and absentee bids starting at $1800 accepted for this one. Email Bill Dawers.
  • Gift certificate from Local 11ten, which has become one of the city's premier restaurants
  • Gift certificate from Eos, perhaps Savannah's hottest new restaurant

  • One of the "babies" (above) that lined the steps of the Jepson Center for the Arts in 2007 as part of Marcus Kenney's amazing exhibit
  • Three pen and ink works by Betsy Cain; best-known for her abstract work, these three pieces -- done with ink made by the artist herself from her uncle's black walnut tree -- are scenes of Ossabaw Island; the works will be auctioned separately but would be perfect for hanging together    
  • Gift certificate to Kasey's Gourmet Grille
  • Tickets to the Creative Minds lecture series sponsored by Savannah Country Day School
  • A tasting dinner for 4 at Cha-Bella

  • A signed copy of the book Snowbound and a signed 8"x10" print of "Emergence" (above) by photographer Lisa M. Robinson, whose work has been praised in publications like The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal
  • 4 tickets to any Savannah Music Festival event
  • Gift certificate to Magnolia Spa 
  • A tile painting party at Starlight Pottery
  • A gift package that includes a gift certificate to A Whimsical Tea Cup on Abercorn
  • Two silver passes to the Savannah Film Festival
  • Gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, opening this fall at Bay and Whitaker streets
  • A private tapas and paella dinner for 6
  • A new piece by artist Gerome Temple

Keep checking back for more items, information, and links.

Party and Fundraiser to be held on October 11

Our major fall fundraiser will be on Oct. 11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the famed Battersby-Hartridge House at 119 East Charlton St. Built by William Battersby, a business partner of Andrew Low who lived just across the street on the southwest trust lot on Lafayette Square, the home later passed into the Hartridge family, and then into other hands. The home was fittingly purchased in the late 20th century by Walter and Connie Hartridge, who will be our hosts for the evening.

It's $100/person. I know that's a lot of money, esp. in uncertain times like these, but it should be a great event, and a successful fundraiser is absolutely critical to our ongoing programs.

A few highlights:

  • Catering by Robbie Wood and Green Tomato Concepts. Robbie was for years the Executive Chef of Georges' of Tybee and his inventive foray into organic and local fare has drawn rave reviews.
  • Open bar, including some choice wine from Le Chai.
  • Jazz by piano phenom Brendan Polk and his trio.
  • An open house at the O'Connor Home, which is in the next block.
  • An amazing silent auction -- more on that in my next post.

Invitations should be received over the next day or two. If you don't receive one but are interested in coming, PLEASE just shoot me a quick email and I will answer any questions you have and make sure we have your contact info up to date.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Robert Giroux, RIP

I'm sure there are still some publishers who might one day be considered literary heroes or cultural icons. But it seems that the business of books has made it harder for publishers and agents to pursue quality like they used to, to hold fast to their ideals like they used to.

Robert Giroux died a few days ago. The 94-year old played a pivotal role in the all-too-short career of Flannery O'Connor, and his warm friendship with her is obvious in their published letters.

To get a sense of Giroux's personal and professional interest in O'Connor, read (or re-read) the publisher's introduction to Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories over on the "Speaking of Faith" site