It’s been nine years since the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford hosted the first Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford, and this year’s committee is looking forward to another successful event. The event will be held on Thursday, November 19 at the Rookery North located at 6152 S. Rehoboth Blvd. in Milford, from 6 to 9 pm. There will be over 150 live and silent auctions to bid on, while event goers enjoy tastes from local eateries and caterers.
“It’s basically the community kick-off celebration to the holidays, being a week before Thanksgiving, and a place where attendees can network, socialize and do some shopping, while enjoying food and beverages from local restaurants and caterers,” said Jo Schmeiser, Director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford. “Attendees get to taste a variety of food while checking out and bidding on over 100 silent auction items.”
Co-beneficiary of this year’s event is the Milford Museum. Located at the corner where Causey Avenue, Walnut Street and Southeast Second Street connect, the museum houses permanent display galleries and several changing exhibit galleries. The permanent displays include The Doll Room, which displays the antique doll collection of Zelma Nicholas, as well as information about the Kewpie dolls created in Milford after a local munitions factory was converted into a doll factory. There is also a silver and ladybug room containing the Myra Kennedy silver collection and the ladybug collection of Molly Brown Rust. New exhibits during 2015 include Dry Spell: The Prohibition Experience in Milford; Through The Lens: The Stories of Milford’s Early Photographers; decoy carvings by Douglas Gibson, and wood carvings by John Ireland. The Holiday exhibit this year, will feature a Teddy Bear Christmas. The Milford Museum is open 10 am until 3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 pm until 3:30 pm on Sunday. They are closed Mondays and holidays. There is no admission for the museum, which is located at 121 South Walnut Street in Milford. For more information on the reception or other exhibits at the museum, individuals can call them at 302-424-1080.
“The overall goal of the Milford Museum is to save our past for the future. The people, businesses, and events that have occurred in this bi-county town combine to create a unique story,” said Claudia Leister, Director of the Milford Museum. “Our visitors are both from heres and come heres. New residents visit to learn something about their new town and State. Locals are reminded of the past. Even if you didn’t grown up in Milford, the Museum can serve to bring back memories.”
Auctioneer Dave Wilson will return for the ninth time at the Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford, helping the Chamber increase the bids and entertain the crowd at the Live Auction. “Dave always does a great job, and bidders enjoy his energy and enthusiasm,” stated Schmeiser. “This year we are moving the Live Auction to take place earlier in the evening, prior to the closing of the Silent Auction, so even more people will participate and join in the Live Auction fun.”
Event tickets will be on sale soon, $20 in advance, and if there are any left, the cost is $25 the night of the event. The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford is currently accepting donation items for the auction starting at minimum value of $25.
“I hope people leave the event with a better knowledge of local restaurants and caterers, a better knowledge of local businesses, from all the auction items donated, a full belly and a trunk full of auction items,” said Schmeiser. “Also knowing that they helped raise money for two Milford organizations, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Milford Museum.”
The Chamber is also looking for businesses to join as sponsors ranging from Friend of the Chamber at $50 to the $1,000 Corporate level. For more information about the 9th Annual Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford, or the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, individuals are encouraged to call 422.3344, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.milfordchamber.com, or like them on Facebook.