On Saturday, Nov.19th, I am chairing The Artful Lobster for the third year for The Hermitage Artist Retreat on gorgeous Manasota Key. It is truly a day of afternoon delights! Starting off at 11 AM with an hour of touring the historic studios spaces, mingling with the artists in residence, exploring the extraordinary silent auction items, and just enjoying the soft gulf breezes on a beautiful fall day.
At noon you will have a very special treat. World-renowned cellist and Hermitage Fellow, Michael Fitzpatrick will be performing a special mini-concert of music he composed during his residency at the Hermitage. Shortly thereafter, the famous Michael's On East lobster buffet opens with mouth-watering treats - lobster, b-b-q chicken and ribs, and all the special Michael's fixings - yum!
Then at 1 PM, the real magic starts! Our auctioneer, GCCF's charming Scott Anderson, has scads of fun in store for bidders. Here is just a sampling of our fabulous opportunities - a week's stay at a precious maisonette in Antibes, France, just steps away from the Picasso Museum; a weekend stay in Washington DC with many special VIP surprises; an artistic getaway in Santa Fe; an unique dinner for eight at the studio of internationally collected artist Andrea Dasha Reich; lunch with the "godfather of historical fiction", John Jakes, author of the Kent Family Chronicles and the North and South Trilogy (I am getting the vapors just thinking of the dreamy Patrick Swayze in his Confederate uniform); and a very special trip that we can't even announce yet that will make you feel like Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy!
Two once-in-a-lifetime silent auction items for the creative genius in all of us that you will want to look at for either yourself or a very special gift for a loved one - an aspiring playwright workshop and an aspiring novelist workshop. We will connect you with experts to mentor you and give you constructive feedback and also give you the inside scoop on getting your work published. How can you put a price on experience, knowledge, and connections? You can't, so bid high!
The remaining silent auction items range in price from $500 - $1500. You most certainly will find a bargain there!
Ticket prices start at $125 for all this magic! You can go to www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org to buy tickets or to find out more information about any of the above items. And remember, you do not need to have a group to attend with, nor do you need a significant other. It is a very welcoming atmosphere for singles or a couple of girlfriends in a casual daytime setting. You definitely will not want to miss one of the most fun charity events in Sarasota County!
|Committee member, Elizabeth Rose at last year's Artful Lobster - Yum!|
|Cellist Michael Fitzpatrick|
|The gorgeous Hermitage campus|