An auction at Government House on October 9 at the annual Black Tie Auction presented by the Government House Historical Society will raise funds for the government house.
The antiques and collectibles on sale include a pocketable, portable utensil that looks like a jack knife but used to eat fruit and a “rescued” lava rock cameo from Naples. The antiques also include a small painting by Daphne Odjig, one of Canada’s most celebrated aboriginal painters.
“We keep to the theme of antiques and collectibles,” explained Isabelle Zohner, one of the volunteer event organizers.
“We had a lot of people empty their collector cabinets and miniature cabinets.”
All auction items are donated, “So we never know what we’re going to get … There are so many friends of Government House. We pull out items that are unique and reserve them for our black tie auction.”
This year’s Black Tie Auction will feature more than 50 live auction items and approximately 30 silent auction items. The Black Tie Auction attracts collectors, antique dealers, as well as those who just want to support Government House.
During the first two years of the event, $45,000 was raised to “promote, preserve and enhance the Government House museum.”
“We hope for another $20,000 to $25,000 this year,” Zohner said. “Our mission is to bring people in,” Zohner said. “We want people to get deals and to have fun.”
Tickets are $75, available by contacting Iris Sirke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 586-9760. Only 100 tickets are available.