GALA 2020 Silent Auction

BIDDING NOW OPEN! 

REFRESH / STAGE / REVIVE YOUR HOME! 

      
Renowned Triangle interior designer Laura Burke will help you use what you already have to give your favorite spot at home a new look, or help you pull together a mix of new and old to convey your home's personality! Laura specializes in both virtual and in-home design assistance.  This certificate is good for a 1-1/2 hour consultation, and must be redeemed by April 30, 2021. For a look at her portfolio, visit www.burkedesigns.com. 

PAMPER YOURSELF PACKAGE 

              

Who doesn't need some pampering these days? Thanks to our supporters MDO Holdings, you can now enjoy a five-class gift certificate for workouts at Midtown Yoga to build strength and flexibility, followed by a relaxing experience at Parlor Blow Dry Bar as you enjoy three hair blowouts. Feel wonderful -- you deserve it! 

RALEIGH DENIM -- TWO PAIRS CUSTOM JEANS 


Explore the world in your American, handmade, one-of-a-kind Raleigh Denim pair of jeans. Raleigh Denim is the art project/romantic adventure/American enterprise started by Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko. Life is more pleasurable when you choose things that are made with human passion and intention. Raleigh Denim chooses denims and fabrics that they fall in love with. Every button used has a story behind it. Every pair of jeans are signed because they are proud of their creations.  We have TWO pairs of jeans to auction! 

BEAUFORT WATERFRONT STAY WITH DINNER AT MOONRAKERS! 
             

             


Beaufort, North Carolina is one of the prettiest towns on the state's coast, known for its dining, shops, waterfront harbor and access to Cape Lookout. This "Beau-mance" package includes a two-night stay at The Inlet Inn, located just across from the Inland Waterway in the heart of downtown Beaufort! you will enjoy a first-floor room with romantic fireplace and a waterfront porch plus wine and two "booty bars." You'll be close to great restaurants, fun boutiques and able to board a ferry right across the street to go check out islands in the area. 
     
BRING THE POWER OF SONOS TO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE


    


Sonos speakers are the best in the business. What's more, they can be connected via Alexa for voice activiation, allowing you to hear the best of your favorite kind of music -- maybe opera? This certificate from Big Kids Toys is good for TWO Sonos speakers to enhance your listening experience!  

KOSTA BODA COLLECTIBLES 


     
 
Kosta Boda was founded in Sweden in 1742 and has been collected by discerning buyers ever since. Early on, Kosta Boda committed to "...develop the expressive power of glass, both artistically and technically," while ensuring that "Swedish glass will always be elegant, exciting, and of superb quality in both craft and design."
Along with other now-famous Småland glassmakers, Kosta Boda quite literally reinvented the art and craft of Swedish glass in the early part of the 20th century. Moreover, Kosta Boda played a key role in the emergence of a distinctive Scandinavian idiom and quality standards whose goal is design excellence in everything from toys to tableware. Two collectible pieces have been donated by NC Opera supporters and are available for purchase, above: Blue Man and Gold Man

"NIGHT AT THE OPERA"  --  ONE-OF-A-KIND WEARABLE ART

                

    
Italian artist Nadia Bevegni works from her studio in Cary on the finest imported fabrics from artisans in her home country, making them into unique shawls and scarves. This piece made for NC Opera is hand-felted of chiffon and merino wool using an ancient technique, and is sure to be a treasured and timeless part of your wardrobe. The colors lend themselves to all seasons and work particularly well with black. 

LOOKING GOOD ON THE LINKS

     
 
Whatever your golf handicap, you'll look great and be comfortable on and off the course wearing this zip pullover from Bald Head Blues. Made of lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric, this pullover comes in size large and the color Aruba (shown). The Solid Aruba Dogwood quarter zip pullover is inspired by our unique island lifestyle and defined by the simplicity and genius of golf cart only mobility. Our performance quarter zip is soft with stretch for comfort and a true to size fitting. It can be worn on the golf course, on the water, or just when you need to warm up. Embody the Bald Head Blues island lifestyle in the Solid Aruba Dogwood quarter zip pullover.

CHIC SHOPPING AT CT WEEKENDS!

   

Get a head start on a shopping spree at C.T. Weekends with a $100 gift certificate. C.T. Weekends is a women’s clothing boutique located in Cameron Village specializing in an eclectic mix of designer women’s clothing fresh off the runways of France, Germany, Italy, and New York for women of all ages, and shapes. Stop in and be transformed!  Certificate Expires December 31, 2020
 

TRIVIATA GAME NIGHT

     

Like Opera?  Like to play games?  Gather up your friends for a fun round of Triviata.  Look the part while donning your favorite North Carolina Opera T-shirt – Siegfried or Pagliacci.  Both shirts are size large.  Let the competition begin! NOTE: Bonus NCO magnet included! 

POSH POOCHES! 

   
Take your pooch to this boutique-style pet grooming salon conveniently located in Glenwood South.  This full-service salon offers professional pet grooming, doggy daycare, a great selection of pet supplies and homemade treats!  If you want your fur baby to be in a safe, loving and friendly environment, this is the place to get them pampered!  Free belly rubs included.
 
City Pet Grooming has a great selection of pet supplies and homemade treats.  If you have been looking for a fabulous dog groomer in Raleigh, you need to visit this salon. A $50 gift certificate will do the trick!  

LUXURY PLUMBING, HARDWARE & LIGHTING FIXTURES

See the difference with your own eyes at R. Jacobs Fine Hardware and Plumbing showroom, the premier location for luxury plumbing fixtures, hardware, and design.   Come with a dream, leave with a plan to make it a reality. Show off the hard work you’ve put into your home’s design with the right plumbing, hardware and lighting fixtures. No matter what look you want, we have the right fixture for you.

All of our fixtures are of the highest quality with sustainable and environmentally-friendly design. With a variety of styles and features, you can find the right selection that matches your home’s design.  Whether you want to update your kitchen or bath or switch up your hardware, a visit to this store will make your visions come to life with a $250 gift certificate.

BRIER CREEK GOLF for Four 



This 18-hole championship design at Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh, incorporates the highest standards of excellence – the Arnold Palmer guarantee. The course opens with a serene par four. A well-placed drive in the left center of the fairway will leave an accessible short iron into this gently undulating green that is tucked neatly behind the front bunker.  A signature par 4 is a perfect way to end your round on the 18th hole. A well-placed drive will test your skills in negotiating this intimidating green setting. Surrounded by water on three sides and bordered by the Carolina ledgestone retaining wall, players may elect to play safe to the left.  Package includes cart.

COOKIE MONSTER WANTED


Love cookies – need a gift?  This is the perfect treat for you or someone you know!  Any design you can imagine, Mica’s Sweets & Treats can do.  From dinosaurs, unicorns, birthday, wedding and holidays, you choose the design and you’ll get one dozen of the most gorgeous and delicious cookies you’ve ever seen!  You’ll become a cookie monster when you try these!  Eat, Enjoy, Repeat!

CRYSTAL COAST WATERCOLOR PRINT

     
National award winning Raleigh Artist Tesh Parekh’s watercolor print of the Crystal Coast is a treasure for anyone who loves our beautiful North Carolina Coast.  This 19x13 print will look perfect in any room in your home.

Tesh is one of the very few artists to offer representational live paintings in watercolors at weddings and events.  Painting since childhood, he accepts portrait commissions of kids, adults, brides, couples, family and any and all pets!  A portrait painting will be your timeless treasure! 

DINNER AT THE BARN


Celebrating a special occasion, or just ready for a night out on the town? Enjoy an amazing dinner at the Angus Barn with a $150 gift certificate.
 
 The Angus Barn is a world-renowned American steakhouse restaurant known for its service and fine dining cuisine including in-house aged steaks, fresh NC seafood, local grown vegetables and homemade desserts prepared by Iron Chef America winner, Walter J. Royal, and his staff. The Barn hosts an award-winning wine cellar, the famous Wild Turkey Lounge; the Meat Locker smoking lounge; private dining rooms; and two private event venues: The Pavilion at the Angus Barn & Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina.

"The Angus Barn Experience goes far beyond serving meals...We are in the memory business - making and creating unforgettable memories for you - our guest. Thank you for choosing the Angus Barn to be part of the events that shape your life" – Van Eure

CRAZY AXE THROWING


Come see why Axe throwing is the hot new fun thing to do in Raleigh!  Crazy Axe provides a fun and safe activity for a unique date night, birthday party, or team building event for work.  We will show you how to safely throw an axe to get you hitting the target!

Get in on the Axe-tion at Crazy Axe with this $100 gift certificate!   


WALKING WITH THE LEMURS

Enter the world of the lemur as your guide escorts you and 3 friends into the forest where there are no barriers between you and the animals! Be sure to bring your camera as this experience offers views of the animals unlike any other.  Take a walk through the forest and see lemurs free ranging and up close!.
 
The Duke Lemur Center is located on 80 acres in Duke Forest approximately two miles from Duke University's west campus.  Founded in 1966 on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC, the Duke Lemur Center is a world leader in the study, care, and protection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals.  With more than 200 animals across 14 species, the DLC houses the world’s largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native Madagascar.

DOWNTOWN DINING

                          

Enjoy some fun evenings out with these gift certificates valued at $155.   In the ever-popular Glenwood South district, Hibernian Irish Pub and Restaurant embodies an atmosphere that infuses the alluring and relaxing nature of an authentic Irish social club and the warmth of a Gaelic home kitchen.  Just down the street at The Raleigh Beer Garden you can sample from over 386 NC and International draft beers,  enjoy a bite to eat or pick up a RBG t-shirt.  Then head over to The Station on Person Street in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood, a cozy rustic watering hole.  Enjoy classic dishes that have been hand-crafted to set the tone for comfort.  The Hibernian Hospitality Group offers an exceptional experience for the traveler or local patron!

PAMPER YOURSELF AT GREG RUFF, MD


Pamper yourself or a loved one with this package for aesthetic services.  Whether you want to experience a customized facial, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, facial peels, or other aesthetic services, Dr. Ruff and his experienced staff are dedicated to providing the best care available. 

Dr. Ruff brings over 23 years of surgical experience and gifts for art and innovation to your evaluation and treatment.  In 2002 he opened his private practice in Chapel Hill, NC.  His clinic features his art as well as his care and compassion for his patients and attracts patients from all over the world.  At Gregg Ruff, MD, you will rediscover the beauty in you.  We have two $100 Gift Certificates to Auction!

OVERNIGHT AND DINNER AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL, COUNTING HOUSE 
             
Indulge in an overnight stay in a deluxe-level room at 21c in downtown Durham. Occupying the historic Hill Building, the 21c Museum Hotel Durham is a 125-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum (iconic Fuchsia Penguin), cultural civic center, and home to Counting House Restaurant.  Minutes from Durham Performing Arts Center and Carolina Theater. This 4-star hotel is within proximity of Durham Convention Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Enjoy recreational amenities such as a sauna and a 24-hour fitness center.  Dinner for 2 at the Counting House Restaurant is included.

DOWNTOWN RALEIGH BOUTIQUE HOTEL WITH SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE GIFT CARD 


        

This is the perfect overnight getaway without having to drive very far!  Centrally located in the middle of Glenwood South and the Warehouse District, the newly opened Origin Hotel is beautifully decorated for comfort and relaxation. Origin Hotel is built on three elements of Origin LIFE, Origin BALANCE, and Origin COMMUNITY. These ideas are the heartbeat of our culture and guest experience.
 
And when nighttime rolls around, it’s a short stroll down Glenwood South to Sullivan’s Steakhouse, located in the old Creamery Building.  Sullivan’s offers guests a chance to untie, unwind and uncork. Watch the world go by from the large windows of our two-story brick building, while enjoying hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, signature cocktails and swinging live music.  Includes a $50 gift certificate.

SHOW STOPPING EARRINGS FROM KENDRA SCOTT 

              

The Fabia Statement Earrings are this season’s show stopper. These statement earrings feature an arrangement of hand-place pave crystals, held together with thin acrylic rods that create a beautiful floating illusion. Add striking sparkle to your look with the Fabia Statement Earrings.  Size: 3"L x 2.5"W

Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike.  You'll be glad to own this pair of earrings!

HIT THE COURSE AT GOVERNORS CLUB

       

Friends or family travelling to the Triangle who would love a golf outing? Have 3 golfing pals you’ve been meaning to schedule a round with?  Play one of the most challenging golf courses in North Carolina at Governors Club in Chapel Hill.  Includes all cart fees.

Jack Nicklaus personally designed Governors Club 27-hole golf course to combine challenge and beauty. The layout follows the natural contours of Edwards Mountain, skirting serene lakes and quiet woodlands while winding through the neighborhoods of Governors Club and wooded valleys of lush Carolina foliage. It’s easy to understand why those that can play golf anywhere in the world return here.

ROUND OF GOLF AT CROASDAILE COUNTRY CLUB


Want to enhance your golf game or impress your golf buddies at a golf facility that is maintained to the highest of standards year round?   Croasdaile’s 18-hole championship golf course provides a challenging and satisfying golfing experience for players of every level.  This round is for four people and includes carts.
 
The Croasdaile Golf Course has a storied history. It was designed in 1966 by renowned architect George W. Cobb and redesigned in 2002 by his former associate, award-winning golf course architect, John LaFoy. LaFoy is responsible for some of the most notable courses in the South and assisted in the redesign of Augusta National Golf Course.

Let Us Eat Cake 

       
Craving the sweet taste and comfort of a bundt cake?  Each recipe uses the finest ingredients -- real eggs, butter and cream cheese -- to bring you Bundt Cake perfection.  Enjoy a 10” decorated cake for whatever occasion you want.  This cake serves 18 guests!
 

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLPARK 
        
You and 3 friends can head out to the ball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and enjoy full access to the PNC Triangle Club.  Located directly behind home plate, it provides full-glass views of the field and easy access into the seating bowl. The premium space features a private bar, high-quality sound system and 17 HDTVs.  Enjoy a unique dining experience that features an all-you-can-eat carving station, main course selection, and salad and dessert bar that changes nightly.  You will also enjoy snacks, and drinks.  Valid for any 2021 Bulls home game, except opening night and July 4th.


MICHAEL ARAM CHESTNUT LEAF SHADOWBOX

  
Individual and intimate studies of nature, sculpted and elegantly framed in metal, are a unique and stylish way to capture the beauty of the natural world. Various natural elements, whether displayed individually or in multiples, are a beautiful way to fill your home with these artfully cast depictions of nature’s artistry.

Michael Aram is an award-winning American Armenian artist who has dedicated his career to craft-based design. Michael’s work is also a celebration of craft and age-old hand working traditions. It is the enduring fusion of these ideals – originality, narrative, and craftsmanship – that has become the hallmark of this gifted artist.  This stunning shadowbox measures 10.25"L x 2"W x 13.75"H and is made of oxidized aluminum and natural brass.

MACKENZIE CHILDS CHECKED PUMPKIN
  

Love to visit a pumpkin patch?  The Aurora Check Pumpkin features a hand-painted, color-dragged Courtly Checks, topped with a jeweled feather pattern in autumnal colors, plus a twisted golden stem. You’ll want to make this gorgeous gourd a seasonal staple right through Thanksgiving.  Measuring  7.5" wide, 11.75" tall, it can sit anywhere and make a statement.

DATE NIGHTS GO BETTER WITH CHOCOLATE



Whether you are a chocolate novice or self-proclaimed chocoholic, The Chocolate Boutique in Raleigh’s Lafayette Village has something for everyone. From the moment you enter The Chocolate Boutique, the aroma of hand crafted truffles, sea salted caramels, and all things decadent consume you. Looking for a unique way to celebrate your next event? Visit The Chocolate Boutique and make your own chocolate creations for a fun date night!  Each date night includes a demonstration, lesson, chocolate samples and up to ½ pound of chocolate to make and take home.

Package 1 - the Deluxe, focuses on chocolate and includes the toppings bar.
Package 2 - includes chocolate AND wine, two favorite food groups! Enjoy a customized pairings lesson while sipping wine and enjoying chocolates together. 
Whichever package you get, it will be a date to remember!

HANDPAINTED SHOES FEATURING YOUR FUR BABY
     
Justin Miller of Just Fur Kicks custom paints one-of-a-kind canvas Van shoes featuring YOUR dog.  These fabulous shoes will be the talk of the town as you wear this very interactive piece of art.  Now your furry friend REALLY can go everywhere you do!
 
CLASSICAL GUITAR PERFORMANCE BY EDWARD STEPHENSON


Enjoy the beautiful sounds of classical guitar at your next home event! This is for a one-hour performance that is sure to thrill you and your friends. Details to be arranged with Ed Stephenson’s booking agent.

Edward Stephenson (Edvard Stefanyshyn) is a Raleigh, NC based Canadian guitarist and Alanna recording artist.  Ed’s virtuosity includes Classical Spanish, Flamenco, and Flamenco Fusion genres.  He has performed throughout North America as a soloist as well as an active member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and the Nuevo Flamenco ensemble the Paco Band.  He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, North Carolina Theater, North Carolina Bach Festival, and the Raleigh Ringers, along with his concert series at universities and colleges in the southeast, have established him as one of the region’s most sought-after performers.

ED STEPHENSON AND THE PACO BAND

Imagine hosting a party at your favorite restaurant or in your home and dazzling your guests with a live flamenco band! This donation is for one hour of amazing and authentic music by Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band.

Ed Stephenson and The Paco Band is a Spanish music and Nuevo flamenco ensemble performing original Neuvo Flamenco compositions as well as music by Paco de Lucia, Ottmar Liebert, Isaac Albeniz, and other renowned Flamenco composers.  They also incorporate contemporary favorites such as Led Zeppelin, Santana, the Eagles, etc., all in the band’s signature flamenco style.  Add the passion of their talented Flamenco dancer (s) and it’s a show that cannot be missed!

Based out of Raleigh, NC, Canadian guitarist and Alanna recording artist, Ed Stephenson’s virtuosity traverses the Classical Spanish, Flamenco, and Flamenco Fusion genres.  He has performed as a soloist in the Paco Band, and as a member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet.  The group’s latest album, Rosamaria, was released in April 2015.

OPERA THEMED FACEMASKS BY NCO'S COSTUMER

     
This package contains 15 assorted cloth facemasks handmade by NC Opera’s Costumer, Denise Schumaker.  Each reversible, rectangular, pleated mask is 2 layers of preshrunk quilting cotton, with an arts/music-related print on one side and a coordinating solid color on the other side. They are all ADULT SIZE MEDIUM with a padded nose wire and elastic ear loops. They can be washed and dried by machine or hand.  They are individually packaged in poly bags for safety, and includes a care card.

DINNER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Farina is a local neighborhood meeting place for those seeking classic Italian inspired dishes with some modern fusion items thrown into the mix. They offer a broad palate of wines from around the world as well as an ample list of spirits. You are welcome in jeans or dressed to the nines, by yourself for a quick bite to eat, or out for a romantic evening or a friend’s birthday, you won’t be disappointed.  Make it a date to enjoy this $150 gift certificate.

IT'S ALL ABOUT PHYDEAUX

              
Phydeaux’s has the largest selection of premium quality supplies for all your pets.  And this beautifully packaged gift basket for your pooch will have all their favorites from treats to supplies and a $25 gift certificate to top it off!

Chosen as the Triangle’s favorite pet supply store for the past 16 years, Phydeaux prides themselves on having an exceptionally knowledgeable staff that can answer all your questions and help you find exactly what you need for your Fido!

OAKLEAF - 7 COURSE CHEF'S TASTING DINNER FOR 6 WITH WINE PAIRINGS


Enjoy a fantastic dinner for six at Oakleaf, a fine dining restaurant in Carrboro, serving seasonal, progressive cuisine with French and Italian influences and small production wines in an historic, stylish setting. Co-owner and chef Brendan Cox strives to deliver "immediate" cuisine; where quality ingredients are directly sourced from growers and fishermen and then delivered to you. When he’s not chasing a pesky rooster around his backyard, Cox can be found in the kitchen dreaming up seasonal dishes like pumpkin agnolotti or pickled winter squash paired with duck terrine and charcuterie. Handmade pastas, seafood from the Carolinas and ingredients from the chef’s garden populate the entire menu at Oakleaf. The quality of the ingredients is seen as the starting point, not the end point, for menu inspiration. “We don’t just buy a nice tomato and put it on the plate,” Cox says. “We consider that tomato and then put it on the plate.”

ORREFORS CRYSTAL BOWL 
    

Lars Hellsten designed the Corona bowl at the Orrefors Glassworks in Southern Sweden. Corona might have been inspired by the light surrounding the moon, as Hellsten, one of Scandinavia's finest glass designers, cites nature as his leading design source.
 
This crystal bowl, diameter 5-3/4”, makes the perfect wedding or special occasion gift.

ESCAPE TO CHARLESTON

       
Enjoy a fabulous 3-night getaway to the Low Country.  Modern style and a cavalcade of amenities await at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection. Located in the Charleston Historic District, this boutique hotel offers easy access to destinations in downtown, from the Historic Charleston City Market to the South Carolina Aquarium. After an event-filled day, retire your well-designed room with deluxe amenities. Nestle into luxury with your pillow-top bed as you enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. Plush robes and light-up makeup mirrors are available in our marble bathrooms. Later, sip vintage wine in the tasting room or cocktails on the rooftop bar overlooking the city. Take in a view over dinner at Élevé, the rooftop restaurant or be captivated as you walk through the exquisite art gallery.

Arrive in style driving a Tesla, which sets an industry standard for performance and safety. Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions – with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, adaptive air suspension and ludicrous acceleration. Tesla was designed for speed and endurance—with incredible aerodynamics, ludicrous performance and uncompromised aesthetics. Automatic door handles auto-present upon approach and withdraw when closed.  Model based on availability.


JIM PONTER'S PEWTER - THE WESTERNERS SERIES 

     

      
This collection of 4 fine pewter works by Sculptor Jim Ponter is the Westerners Series, copyrighted by the Western Heritage Museum in 1979.  Each piece is Incredibly realistic and detailed, limited edition and signed and stamped on the base. The set includes The Wrangler, The Gunfighter, The Prospector and The Fur Trapper.  Approximate height ranges from 8” to 11”. 

WRITERS WORKSHOP: ONE ON ONE WITH VIRGINIA EWING HUDSON


Got writer's block?  Choose the course you need most, either Creative Writing Critique and Prompts, or Getting Started with Your Writing Project. Virginia Ewing Hudson has won numerous writing awards including the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. She writes in several genres, mainly fiction, and has published poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. Virginia teaches cello at Meredith College and is a former principal player for the NC Opera and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

Choose your workshop for fiction or memoir.  Got a work in progress?  Send up to 15 pages for critique. Comments will be delivered before 1st meeting. Also includes two Zoom sessions (one hour each) that will include some combination of: discussing your work; planning forward, and, generating new material.

The second option is Prime the Pump, Prompt Writing. This includes three zoom sessions, one hour each.  Session one will begin with a generative writing prompt in the genre of your choice, followed by sharing, discussion, and an assignment. You may have something in mind that you wish to write but may not know how to begin. This workshop is designed to free you to take chances on the page and find your style. Sessions two and three will include writing prompts, sharing, and discussion of work generated between sessions.

UPTOWN CHARLOTTE GETAWAY


Enjoy an overnight at this historic hotel centrally located in downtown Charlotte.  Open since 1929 and recently renovated, The Dunhill Hotel features unique architecture, luxurious rooms with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi.  Plush bathrobes and a mini-bar with free refreshments are offered in every room. Each is decorated in elegant 18th-century European furnishings. A nightly turndown service with signature chocolates is provided. Enjoy dinner in The Asbury with a $50 certificate, serving Southern United States cuisine made from fresh ingredients. The Lounge has a full drink menu and features live music.

The Spectrum Center and the Charlotte Convention Center are both one-half mile away. The Levine Museum of the New South is only a 5 minute walk.

DINNER AND WINE TASTING FOR 4 AT MIDTOWN GRILLE


Enjoy dinner for 4 with wine tastings in Midtown at the Midtown Grille.   An upscale, comfortable neighborhood restaurant, Midtown Grille highlights approachable, Contemporary American cuisine. Offering lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, the restaurant features an exceptional bar with an extensive wine and beer list and handcrafted cocktails.  The menus change often for seasonal updates to provide guests with the freshest, highest quality dining experience possible.  You won’t want to miss dining here!  Valid until October 17, 2021.


LONERIDER BOURBON AND OUTLAW CIGARS
                  

Are you a Lonerider or an Outlaw?  Either way, this is the perfect combination.  Enjoy a bottle of Lonerider Sherry Cask Bourbon while smoking an Outlaw Cigar.

Lonerider’s initial spirit is a high rye finished bourbon with its kick mellowed by the sherry cask aging, but still a bourbon through and through - like a thoroughbred stallion.  We could list a bunch of superlatives describing this whiskey! 

If you are a connoisseur of good cigars, these sherry Bourbon-infused cigars are sure to tantalize your senses. A medium-bodied blend using a high-quality Dominican and Nicaraguan recipe to create the heart of the Cigar, the Bourbon lends itself to a rich beginning and the smoke stays mellow throughout. With precise burn, this Maduro Toro cigar lends itself to a rich flavorful smoke.  Package includes one bottle of Bourbon and one dozen cigars.

JOHN RUGGERO PIANO TUNING & SERVICE
        
John Ruggero Piano Tuning is a 3rd generation family owned business of piano technicians that offer the highest level of piano service, restoration, and selection since 1958. Ruggero Piano’s staff of Registered Piano Technicians have over 150 years of combined experience working on all types of pianos.

John Ruggero Piano Tuning offers expert tuning services for churches, teachers, institutions and private customers.  Whether you play every day or once a month, pianos should be tuned at least once per year. Homes and institutions with more dramatic humidity changes may need tuning 2-4 times yearly. Tuning the piano regularly not only maintains the proper pitch (tension) but insures that the tone will not be compromised.  Based on availability / must be in or around Raleigh area. 

PET PORTRAIT

Want your pet on canvas?  Get a 16x20 framed acrylic portrait on canvas of your furry friend.  Once details are finalized with the artist, you can hang it on your wall in approximately 4 weeks based on availability.  This treasure will be admired for years to come!
 
Margot Holloman paints a variety of subjects, from string instruments to landscapes and pets, to scenes of Italy and the NC Coast.  Her studio space is located at The Red Canvas in Apex, NC.

SHOP ONLINE WITH THE VINTAGE BEE
      
You’ll love shopping at The Vintage Bee with this certificate good for $50 worth of accessories. Check out their amazing handmade accessories made with upcycled vintage costume jewelry and clothing to create other one-of-a-kind items. They also make beautiful infinity scarves for every season.  Shop online on Facebook or visit their website at www.shopthevintagebee.com.Or if you see something you like and want more info, send them an email at thevintagebee@yahoo.com.  It couldn’t BEE easier!

THE BEST BASEBALL COLLECTION EVER! 



 Are you a baseball fanatic?  Want to start your own collection, or add to what you already have?  This amazing collection of 11 autographed baseballs is in very good condition, safely stored in clear plastic cubes.  This would also make a great gift for a young baseball fan!
 
Collection is comprised of:
  • Official Major League Baseball signed by White Sox coach, Don Cooper.
  • Authentic Major League Baseball signed by Cubs player, Jerry Kindall.
  • Official Major League Baseball signed by Ron Santo, who was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Official Major League Baseball signed by pitchers Ryan Bukvich (63), Bobby Jenks (45), Mike MacDougal (47), Matt Thornton (37), Ehren Wasserman (62) from the White Sox' 2007 Bullpen, as well as Bullpen Coach Art Kusnyer.
  • Official Major League Baseball signed by Cubs player, Ryan Theriot.
  • Official Major League Baseball signed by Carlton Fisk, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. Includes MLB authentication hologram sticker.
  • Official American League Baseball signed by White Sox pitcher, Billy Pierce.
  • Official Major League Baseball signed by Cubs 2nd baseman, Todd Walker.  Includes MLB authentication hologram sticker.
  • Cincinnati Reds ball signed by Hall of Famer Johnny Bench with the inscription "HOF89", Ink has faded and bled.
  • Colorful southwestern-themed baseball commemorating the Colorado Rockies' Spring Training in Tuscon Arizona, 2007.
  • Limited edition vintage series ball featuring images of Wrigley Field; one of only 75,000 pieces created.

FEEL BEAUTIFUL WITH THE BEAUTY COUNTER
           

Enjoy shopping the Beauty Counter with a $250 gift certificate.  Beauty Counter products cleanse, nourish, hydrate, and protect your skin with safer makeup, skin care and haircare products and bath & body products. They always choose the best organic, natural, sustainable, and synthetic ingredients that meet the industry-leading safety standards. Whether you are shopping for yourself, mom or dad, babies or friends and family, the Beauty Counter collection of products is the place to start.  Best of all, Beauty Counter gift sets are the sweetest way to introduce your loved ones to safer, high-performing skin care and clean beauty.

This amazing beauty company is proud to support nonprofits that align with their mission, and invest in a cleaner future by partnering with leading scientists in the search for safer ingredients that will make up the better products for tomorrow.


VIETRI LANDSCAPE WALL PLATE

          

Envision the perfect Italian getaway, sipping vino beneath the shade, looking out at the Tuscan vineyard within arm's reach. The Landscape Wall Plate Inside Looking Out Round Wall Plate is an exact replica of that very daydream. Hand painted and measuring 15.5” in diameter, this plate is dishwasher safe. Vietri recommends using a non-citrus, non-abrasive detergent on the air dry cycle and not overloading the dishwasher. However, hand washing is recommended for oversized items.
 
Vietri, a play on the phrase "tre vite" (Italian for "three lives”), has become the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware and home decor products, working with family-owned factories throughout Italy.

LOVE AN ORCHID?

Are you looking for the perfect Orchid to add a fun and festive way to decorate your home or office, or need a gift for a friend?  Self-described orchid evangelist Catherine Merriman at Raleigh Orchid will make it happen!
 
You get to pick the container and orchid from a fantastic selection of fresh, blooming orchids and Raleigh Orchid will create a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing arrangement just for you! (Plant will be similiar to one shown in photograph). 
 
TOPO ORGANIC DISTILLERY

      

Bring home the best of Carolina with this great package from TOPO Chapel Hill! Savor 4 bottles of Topo spirit - whiskey, vodka, gin and spiced rum.  Each with its own character and depth, classy and smooth enough to mix with others and appeals to a wide range of palates!  And see how it’s all done with a private tour for 4.
 
Every TOPO spirit is USDA-certified organic. It’s 100% Fermented and distilled in Chapel Hill, NC using North Carolina-grown wheat and US-grown sugar cane.

A YEAR OF FITNESS

Want health, wellness and motiviation?  Get fit with a one year membership, including Kids Club, 2 Sessions with a Personal Trainer, and Hydromassage*  (available at select club locations).  Also includes dues, annual fee, and processing.   With 21 locations, you’ll have access to any of them no matter where you are.
 
O2 Fitness strives to offer our members the most advanced fitness amenities available.  At each O2 Fitness location, you will find group fitness classes, knowledgeable personal trainers, experienced fitness instructors, a welcoming kids club, clean locker rooms and showers, speedy Wi-Fi, and so much more.  Each O2 Fitness membership allows you to access all gym locations in both North Carolina and South Carolina. 

ALLBIRDS WOMEN'S WOOL RUNNERS
      
Use this gift card toward the purchase of any pair of Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners.  A remarkable shoe that’s soft, itch-free on the inside and durable on the outside, lightweight, breathable and fits your every move.

Allbirds shoes are comfort that comes naturally.  Sourced from 17.5 micron superfine New Zealand Merino wool, which they developed into their very own material with a premium Italian mill. It’s temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking, all without an irritating scratchiness.  These shoes are machine washable and have a low carbon footprint.  Allbirds believes in better shoes, made in a better way. Allbirds is an American company which uses direct-to-consumer approach and is aimed at designing environmentally friendly footwear.


ALLBIRDS MEN'S WOOL RUNNERS
      
Use this gift card toward the purchase of any pair of Allbirds Men’s Wool Runners.  A remarkable shoe that’s soft, itch-free on the inside and durable on the outside, lightweight, breathable and fits your every move.

Allbirds shoes are comfort that comes naturally.  Sourced from 17.5 micron superfine New Zealand Merino wool, which they developed into their very own material with a premium Italian mill. It’s temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking, all without an irritating scratchiness.  These shoes are machine washable and have a low carbon footprint.  Allbirds believes in better shoes, made in a better way. Allbirds is an American company which uses direct-to-consumer approach and is aimed at designing environmentally friendly footwear.

SPEND THE NIGHT AT CHURCH, NOLA STYLE! 


Come spend the weekend at Mallalieu Harmony Church, a 19th century building located in the Garden District of New Orleans. This gorgeous studio is the reverend’s former sitting room and is beautifully renovated to accommodate two guests in this one bedroom, 1 bath setting. With its private entrance, a queen bed, luxurious bedding and beautiful antiques, the apartment is as eclectic and irreverent as the city itself, with strands of French, Caribbean, and Mississippi Delta influences.

The location is great for walking to nearby shops & restaurants on Magazine Street.  After a day of exploring this gumbo of influences—from the edgy galleries and restaurants of the Warehouse District to the postindustrial green mile of Crescent Park in the Marigny—weary walkers can put up their feet in the hammocks slung between palm trees in the church’s backyard.

 SHAKESPEAREAN STAUNTON, VIRGINIA STAY!

          
An amazing road trip to Staunton, Virginia is yours with this package! Stay in the beautiful Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast for a night; enjoy Italian cuisine at Emilio’s Restaurant nearby; and treat yourself to two tickets to a performance at the American Shakespeare Center.  Staunton is the perfect base from which to explore Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city’s charming downtown is home to a vibrant arts/music/theater scene, a reputation for delicious local food and drink, and an array of independent shops and galleries along the historic Main Street.

SPARKLING AMETHYST GEMSTONE



Design your dream necklace or ring with this Oval Cut Faceted Amethyst Gemstone, weighing 16.74 carats.  The stone is a lovely purple color of light-medium tone. Refractive index 1.544-1.553, Double refraction +0.009, dispersion 0.013, MOHS Hardness 7.00, Specific Gravity 2.63-2.65

THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF WILMINGTON


Your kids or grandkids will love this Anytime Membership at The Children's Museum of Wilmington, a downtown destination dedicated to helping children learn while they play.  Kids will enjoy hands-on, interactive programs and exhibits while actively learning through creative and imaginative play.   This membership includes unlimited admission 7 days a week for 2 named adults and all children in the household. 

The Children's Museum of Wilmington is a wonderful hands-on museum with rotating exhibits and fun daily programs. The museum includes three historic buildings, as well as an atrium and courtyard. Programs and exhibits are geared toward children of preschool and elementary school ages, though there are fun events for adults as well! Additional benefits include:
• Free access to special events (excludes Polar Express & Character Breakfast)
• Free access to daily programs
• Subscription to our e-newsletter
• 10% discount on birthday parties

REMEMBER WHEN?


Treasure your memories of NC Opera's great performances with this great package - a poster and T-shirt! from each performance.  Shirts are size XL. 

PAGLIACCI & SIEGFRIED SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS

             
Keep the memories of the 2019-20 NC Opera season alive!  You'll love wearing a Pagliacci or Siegfried T-shirt. These Hanes Beefy T-Shirts last forever! They are 100% cotton and super comfy.  Limited quantities of various sizes for only $10.

WINE LOT 1


This package contains 3 fabulous bottles of wine:  
  • 1 bottle of Chateau Batailley
  • 2 bottles of Meiomi Pinot Noir 2017
WINE LOT 2


This package consists of 4 fabulous bottles of wine: 
  • 2 bottles of Grenache Escorlada 2019
  • 1 bottle of Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • 1 bottle of Domaine Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec 2013
WINE LOT 3



Celebrate any occasion in style with 4 bottles of Baron De Seillac French Sparkling Rose’ wine. 

WINE LOT 4



Celebrate any occasion in style with 3 bottles of Baron De Seillac French Sparkling Wine, 1 Rose’ and 2 White

WINE LOT 5


Features 2 bottles: 
  •  Regusci 2016 Napa Valley Red Wine Patriarch
The 2016 vintage opens with aromas of dark raspberry, black currant, espresso beans and big, broad entry with dark fruit, while maintaining elegance and balance. This estate-grown and produced Cabernet Sauvignon represents the purest expression of one of Napa Valley’s most revered vineyards.
  • Regusci 2016   1932 Red Wine
The 1932 Red Wine represents the best of their estate Bordeaux varieties. The 2016 vintage is a smooth, velvety wine that fills the palate with nuances of violet, vanilla pods and a soft smoky, toast with rich tannins framed by French oak.   .

WINE LOT 6


2015 Kistler “Hyde Vineyard” Carneros Chardonnay.

The 2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard reveals tantalizing notions of fresh grapefruit, lemongrass, key lime pie and orange peel, medium to full-bodied, the plate explodes with citrusy freshness, complemented by a satin texture, finishing long.  6/20/18    95 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

WINE LOT 7


This amazing magnum of Terlato Chapoutier Malakoff is rated 97 by Robert Parker. Deep ruby in color. Highly aromatic with black fruit aromas (black cherry and black currant) and undertones of dark chocolate, white pepper and eucalyptus. Explosive black berry and black plum flavors with perfectly matched, elegant tannins that give the wine a long, lasting aftertaste. Full bodied and rich.   

WINE LOT 8


This Lot consists of two bottles of St. Damien Gigondas, a 2010 Souteyrades and a 2016 Louisianne.  Both are rated 95.  

WINE LOT 9


This Lot consists of two bottles: Saint-Veran 2018 – French, white burgundy wine; and Groth 2019 – Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
 
WINE LOT 10


This Lot consists of 2 Bottles of Drew, Pinot Noir, Morning Dew Vineyard, Drew Family Cellars, Elk, CA

WINE LOT 11


This Lot consists of 2 Bottles of Drew, Pinot Noir, Morning Dew Vineyard, Drew Family Cellars, Elk, CA 

WINE LOT 12


This Lot consists of 2 Bottles of Clos Apalta 2015.

There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable. More powerful than the 2014 which was 100 points. A blend of 46% carménère, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.  Rated 100 points by James Suckling, May 2018.

WINE LOT 13


This Lot consists of 1 Bottle of Silverado.  This wine offers a delicate, detailed presentation of Cabernet, with ripe currant, mineral, anise, pencil lead and cedary nuances. There's a hint of stalky, green bean on the finish, but the acidity keeps the flavors lively.

WINE LOT 14


This Lot consists of 1 bottle of Archery Summit Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2016.  Well-proportioned and bursting with details of nutmeg, cinnamon and red licorice, the Looney enchants with a supple core of black cherry fruit, chocolate and espresso.  

WINE LOT 15


This Lot consists of 1 bottle of Archery Summit Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2016.  Well-proportioned and bursting with details of nutmeg, cinnamon and red licorice, the Looney enchants with a supple core of black cherry fruit, chocolate and espresso

WINE LOT 16


Celebrate any occasion in style with 3 bottles of Baron De Seillac French Sparkling Wine, 2 Rose’ and 1 White.