Archive for Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Bidding on chocolate

Edible art the highlight of 15th annual BCAC auction

February 5, 2003

Consider it edible art.

About 200 chocolate items, some almost too beautiful to eat, will be going to the highest bidders at Sunday's annual Chocolate Auction.

The elaborate chocolate masterpieces include everything from cookies, candies and brownies to cream puffs, cheesecakes and pies.

"It is the absolute best place to get anything from chocolate chip cookies to a double-chocolate, swiss mousse mocha torte," Christy Carlisle, auction co-chair, said. "It's beyond belief the amount of chocolate in one room."

Sunday's Chocolate Auction will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Baldwin High School, 415 Eisenhower St. The doors open for viewing at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $1.

Admission is free if a chocolate item is donated to the auction. Items can be taken to the high school at noon Sunday.

This will mark the 15th year Baldwin and area residents will have an opportunity to tame their chocolate cravings and help the community arts at the same time.

The Chocolate Auction, which is sponsored by the Baldwin Community Arts Council, serves as a fundraiser in order to support arts in Baldwin throughout the year, including the summer Art Walks, band concerts and scholarships for local students.

"State funding is at an all-time low," Carlisle said. "Money's getting tight, so we're trying to help. We feel we can be more of a help now than ever before."

Last year, the auction raised nearly $4,500.

"We're hoping to do at least that this year," Sandy Cardens, BCAC president, said.

Even though chocolate is the main attraction at the auction, Cardens said there will also be a variety of artwork, including photography, prints, pottery and original paintings from area artists, on the auction block.

Local businesses have also donated a number of items to be auctioned off.

"We got some new and interesting things this year," she said.

The silent auction will begin at 2 p.m., followed shortly by the live auction led by auctioneer Lester Edgecomb.

"He has a fabulous sense of humor and he makes it a great deal of fun," Cardens said. "This is not one of those scary auctions where you're afraid to scratch your nose."

She said bids range from the inexpensive to the not so inexpensive. Last year, two chocolate pies sold for $105.

"There are things from 50 cents to $10, $20 on up," she said.

There will even be a couple of tables with items children can bid on.

Cardens said people don't necessarily have to bid on anything.

"They can just come and watch," she said. "Although a serious chocoholic like me can't imagine going and not getting something."

She said the auction is the perfect chance to get some Valentine's Day shopping out of the way.

"It's a great opportunity for people to get something for their honeys," she said. "I bet there's not one wife, daughter or girlfriend in town that wouldn't like some chocolate."

Carlisle said the Chocolate Auction was a community event that couldn't be missed.

"The sights and sounds and smell are just phenomenal," she said. "Where else can you go and have a good time for $1 and take home some good stuff?"

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