2014 Optional 90-Minute Social with Silent Auction



Sept 19, 5:15 - 6:45 PM


Appetizers, beer/wine/soft drinks (includes coupon for free drink and one free Chinese auction ticket), and silent auction

June 28 - Sept 14 -- members $25, nonmembers $30

Sept 15 - conference -- $35 members and nonmembers



NOTE: ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT AT THE SILENT AUCTION ARE CASH OR CHECK . . . NOTE: ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT AT THE SILENT AUCTION ARE CASH OR CHECK . . . NOTE: ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT AT THE SILENT AUCTION ARE CASH OR CHECK . . .

17 Baskets








Lover's Picnic Basket, gifted by Susan and Milt Saunders, Lynn Moon, Susan Okaty, and Holiday Inn Express in Suffolk--$250

Wicker, fabric-lined picnic basket with leather straps, The Best Possible Bad Luck by Lisa Roney, Imagine Morning by Eric Forsbergh, Buffalo Grove Cabernet, Le Rime Pinot Grigio, 4 acrylic appetizer plates, 4 small plastic bowls, 2 blue acrylic wine glasses, a red checkered tablecloth, two red cloth napkins, a jar of gourmet black bean and corn salsa, gourmet blue corn tortilla chips, and aged Parmesan crisps made from aged cheese, a gift certificate for a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Suffolk




Koehler Books Basket, gifted by Koehler Books--$200

Hannah, Delivered by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Mad Max Unintended Consequences by Betsy Ashton, The XYZ Affair by Mary Billiter, Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks, Jessie by Glen Alan Burke, Don’t Eat Cancer by Sean David Cohen, Grounded by Angela Correll, The Bequest of Big Daddy by Jo-Ann Costa, Traveler’s Hotel by C. R. Downing, The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove, Real Santa by William Hazelgrove, Heart and Soul by Fred L. Helms, Refuge –A Lilith & Cain Novel by Melinda Viergever Inman, When June Comes by Vernal Lind, The Killdeer: A War of 1812 Novel by Northcott Mayes, The Drone Enigma by Ron McManus, A Minor by Margaret Ann Philbrick, The Confessional by Reiny Pierson, Phantom by Megan Rockey, American Sky: Good Landings and other Flying adventures by Fred Tribuzzo, The Traveler -- Welcome to Dubai by Omar Tyree, Road to Death -- A Randi Sterling Mystery by Susan Union, The Chessmaster’s Violin by Jennifer Willows, Script & Seal Syrah, Godiva Chocolates




Button Legacy -- Emily's Inheritance Basket, gifted by Ginger Marcinkowski--$175

The Button Legacy -- Emily's Inheritance by Ginger Marcinkowski sparkling mineral Water, The Button Legacy -- Emily's Inheritance red wine, Trade paperback The Button Legacy -- Emily's Inheritance by Ginger Marcinkowski, Button Journal, Thank you note cards, Button Magnetic list pad, Button Shower Cap, Button Bar of Soap, Button gumballs, Button candle (cucumber melon), Button nail files, Button bracelet and matching earrings in small burlap sack, Mini Button sewing repair kit, Wine Stopper, Janis & Melanie Cappuccino Cookies, Peanut Caramel candies, Yankee Candle Pumpkin Spice fragrance Spheres, 8 oz. bag mini licorice allsorts candy, 3.5 oz. bag Trader Joe’s peanut butter cup candies, Trader Joe's pretzel slims, Stonewall Kitchen Roasted garlic onion dip mix, house-shaped tin containing a button and note from Ginger, key rack, picture frame decorated with buttons, coffee mug, 14 oz. Creme de Pirouline wafer cookies, napkins, $25 Barnes & Noble gift card in book shaped gift box, tea




Spa Basket, gifted by Randy and Debbie Duncan and Remedies Salon Spa & Barbershop of Suffolk--Value $150

Freixenet Cordon Negro Sparkling white wine, Chill Out Moscato, Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla scent body butter, 2 shower gels, anti-bacterial foaming hand soap, Body lotion, anti-bacterial deep cleaning hand soap, triple moisture body cream, creamy body wash, Beauty to Die For -- A Spa Mystery by Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark, 365 Journal Writing Ideas by Rossi Fox, Design Keune Root Volumizer, Design Keune Color Care Shampoo, Tan Towel Self-Tan Toweltte half body application for face & body




The Destroyer Basket, gifted by Warren Murphy, author of the Destroyer Series of books--$150

This year you write your novel by Walter Mosley and Write Your Novel Write by Warren Murphy, The Best of the Destroyer by Warren Murphy, Grandmaster by Warren Murphy, Miss Bidwell's Spirit by Warren Murphy and Ron Semple, 2 cans of Murphy's Law beer, Dead Guy Ale, Curmudgeon beer, The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, Inkling Cabernet Sauvignon, Jargon Pinot Noir, a letter from Warren Murphy




Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Basket, gifted by Lauran and Carolyn Strait--$145

Flag flown over the U.S. Capital July 4, 2014, Bogle Vineyards Merlot (RED), Williamsburg Winery American Riesling (WHITE), Horton Chateau le Cabin Blueberry wine (BLUE), patriotic paper plates/napkins, George Washington's Secret Six by Kilmeade and Yaeger, HOW TO write history that everyone will want to read by Ann Curthoys, Boston Pops Orchestra's America the Beautiful CD, Triple scented (Cherry Pie, Vanilla ice cream, Blueberry Pie) Candle in jar, Apple Pie scented candle, wooden patriotic wall plaque, a flag hand fan




Tres Bell Artistic Baking Basket, gifted by Tres Bell Artistic--$140

Wilton cake cooling rack, Nordic Ware Snowman figure Cake Pan, 4 pks of 75 count cupcake papers, Wilton Cookie Cutter Set, 200 Cake Mix Creations by Stephanie Ashcraft, Chef Apron, parchment paper, Taylor's Dry Sherry, $50 gift certificate for an Occasion Cake from Tres Belle Artistry, Recipe For A Cookbook: How to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Cookbook by Gloria Chadwick




The Agency Series Mystery Basket, gifted by Lynn Moon, author of the Agency Series of books--$140

The Agency: When Souls Collide by Lynn Moon, The Agency: What Rings True by Lynn Moon, The Agency: Dysfunctional Bloodline by Lynn Moon, The Blue Book of Grammmar and Punctuation by Jane Straus, Mirassou Winery Pinot Noir, Ancestry.com Scrap booking kit, Negligee, Deadly Serious Sticky Notes, sunglasses, $25 Starbucks gift card, Black Widow spider pendant, an Agency coffee mug, a Martin Marietta coin token



Killer Thriller Basket, gifted by Dan and Stephanie Brannick--$140

Lady In Red Wine, The Fugitive Wine, $25 Amazon.com gift card, Harlan Coben’s Missing You, James Patterson’s NYPD Red2, Carolyn Wheat’s How to write Killer Fiction, Stephen King’s On writing, Bag Kettle Corn, Bag Organic Popcorn, Pirouline Dark Chocolate Cookies, Natural Nectar Chocolate cookies, Three 3.5 oz Divine Chocolate bars, DVD of Prisoners, DeadFred Pen Holder



Virginia Basket, gifted by Susan Okaty--$115

The Ghosts of Virginia by L.B. Taylor, Jr. (signed), Wired by Martha Randolph Carr (signed), The Freedom Star by Jeff Andrews, Fiction Writing Step by Step by Josip Novakovich, Arrabiata sauce from Pasta e Pani (local gourmet Italian restaurant), She crab soup from Blue Crab Bay Company (on Virginia's Eastern Shore), Bread and Butter pickles from Cullipher Farms, Honey roasted peanuts from Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield, 2011 Arundell Cabernet Sauvignon from Williamsburg Winery, Hampton Roads Writers Merlot




Tea Basket, gifted by Quentin's Tea Emporium, The English Rose Tea Room, Donna Young, and Nancy Blumenberg--$100

Coffee Syrup, Noritake China cup and saucer from Quentin's Tea Emporium, car tea warmer from Quentin's Tea Emporium, Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke (gently used), Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Olver Relin, 3 oz. Vanilla Cream Black Tea from Quentin’s Tea Emporium, 3 oz. English Breakfast Black Tea from Quentin’s Tea Emporium, 100 Tea Brew Filters, 15 oz. bag Sticky Fingers Scone Mix, Duncan's of Deeside Chocolate Chip Scottish Shortbread, 2 porcelain Tea Bag Holders, Coffee cup and saucer candle




A Young Chef's Cooking Basket, gifted by Gaylia Taylor, author of The Saratoga Chip--$100

Writing Pitcure Books by Ann Whitford Paul, The Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor, Young Chef's academy Mixing Spoon, Young Chef's academy measuring spoons, apron, icing spreader, and chef hat, recipe cards and protective covers, Recipe keeper notebook, "Food Network Kids Magazine," "Hampton Roads Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide," gift certificate for one weekly cooking class at the Young Chef's Academy (along with some kitchen utensils marked with Young Chef's Academy logo, Young Chef's academy tee shirt, 8.5 oz. bag Lay's potato chips, 6-pack fruit punch bottles




Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot TWISTED basket, gifted by John Robert Mack--$100

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot by John Robert Mack, Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack, Keep Breathing: Zen and the Art of Social Dance by John Robert Mack, On Writing: A memoir of the craft by Stephen King, a Tango with a Twist t-shirt, a bottle of Twisted white wine, a bottle of Twisted red wine




Trader Joe's All Italian Basket, gifted by Trader Joe's and Jan Carlson--$65

Tribunal Red Wine, Trader Joe's Pane Guttian crackers, Trader Joe's Italian breadsticks, Trader Joe's Lattemiele milk and honey cookies, Trader Joe's Chocolate Almond biscotti, Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate covered espresso beans, Trader Joe's brown rice and quinoa pasta, Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper Pasta, Trader Joe's balsamic Vinegar, Trader Joe's Roasted garlic marinara sauce, Trader Joe's three cheese pasta sauce, Trader Joe's bruschetta, Trader Joe's Italian Roast coffee, Trader Joe's Extra virgin Olive Oil, Trader Joe's Villa Italia Italian blood orange soda, Trader Joe's spaghetti




Poetry Basket, gifted by Dr. Anne Meek and Gil Kraine and Linda Cobb--$65

The Best Possible Bad Luck by Lisa Roney, Imagine Morning by Eric Forsbergh, A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver, pads of paper, mind teaser puzzles, Hampton Roads Writers Red wine




Elephantine Publishing Company Basket, gifted by Elephantine Publishing--$40

The Man Test by Amanda Aksel, Indie Author Guide: A self-publisher's Toolbox by Heather Hildenbrand, 1 lb. bag honey roasted peanuts, Elephantine Publishing's Viva de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 wine, elephant statue




Date Night Basket, gifted by Susan and Milt Saunders--$40

Cupcake Vineyard Red Velvet wine, DVD movie The Notebook, DVD movie The Blind Side, Pirouline Wafer Cookies, bag microwave popcorn, theater-size box of Whoppers, theater-size box of Good & Plenty, 2 bags of salted peanuts



27 Individual items for silent auction


($300 value) Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Westin Hotel Towne Center, Virginia Beach

($150 value) Two $25 gift certificates each for one green fee/cart fee at Nansemond River Golf Club and a gift certificate for a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Suffolk

($150 value) Voucher for two tickets to see the Opera Salome playing at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk January 30, 2015 and February 1 & 3, 2015

($125 value) Original oil painting by Karl Blumenberg

($120 value) Handmade necklace of carnelian, crystals, and agate chips in fall colors, donated by The Bead Shop

($100 value) Gift Certificate for $100 off a class at the Muse Writing Studio in Norfolk

($100 value) Cultured pearl necklace and bracelet, donated by D.B. Bowles in Suffolk

($100 value) Gift certificate for 1 month unlimited Studio Membership including all classes and gym privileges and 2 Personal Training Sessions at C-Fit Studio in downtown Suffolk

($80 value) $30 gift certificate for alterations, donated by Cecelia Robbins and a $50 gift certificate for upholstery work, donated by Cecelia Robbins

($70-$80 Value) 4 passes for admission to Portsmouth Children's Museum, Portsmouth Naval shipyard museum, lighthouse Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center, donated by the city of Portsmouth, Virginia

($75 value) Voucher for 2 tickets to a performance by the Virginia Symphony

($75 value) Gift certificate for a 1-hour, nutrition based European Facial, donated by Amazing Face and Body of Virginia Beach

($75 value) Gift certificate for 1-hour of floating at Float Norfolk in Renova Wellness Spa

($70 value) Two $35 gift certificates for Pet sitting, donated by Cecelia Robbins

($50 value) Gift certificate for a facial at Elysian Wellness and Day Spa in Chesapeake

($50-$60 value) Voucher for 2 tickets to any performance of the play The Book Club, Oct 28 - Nov 16, donated by The Virginia Stage Company and Wells Theater

($50-$60 value) Voucher for 2 tickets to the Nov 2, 2014 ODU football game

$50 Amazon.com gift card, donated by Priority Pest Company

$50 Amazon.com gift card, donated by author C.L. Bevill

$50 Gift card to be used at all major home improvement retailers, donated by Terry Peterson Residential

$50 Gift certificate to Chili's restaurant, donated by Rachel Keipe

$50 Gift certificate from BRAVO! Cucina Italiana

($40-$60 value) Gift certificate for a 60-minute massage at Paradise Found Massage and Day Spa

($40 Value) gift certificate for a manicure from Luxury Nails Spa in Virginia Beach

($44 value) Four 1-day passes to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

$35 Gift certificate for a meal at LaBella in Ghent

$30 Gift certificate to Eddy's Cafe in Virginia Beach



9 CHINESE AUCTION ITEMS


($30 value) Words To Text Software, donated by TextAloud software from NextUp.com

$25 Amazon.com gift card, donated by author C.L. Bevill

$25 Amazon.com gift card

$25 Gift certificate from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

$25 Gift certificate from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

$25 Gift certificate for a meal at Luna Maya in Ghent

$25 Gift certificate for a meal at Citrus Breakfast and Lunch

$25 Gift certificate at Farm Fresh

$10 Gift certificate to Starbucks, donated by Lynn Moon




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