11TH ANNUAL GRAPES & ESCAPES

Saturday, January 30, 2021 – 7-8:30 pm

You are invited to A (VIRTUAL) Date to Escape 

Enjoy a glass of wine, or a signature drink, and delicious hamburger sliders in the comfort of your own home; as your hosts John & Jill Landess & notable guests, entertain you with an evening of SSO escapades, music, and trivia. There will be a “Celebrate Downtown” raffle wreath with gift cards and an auction with desirable travel packages good until 2022 plus much, much more! 

Reservations are $95 per person or $175 a couple (tax deductible) and raffle tickets are 1 for $25 or 3 for $50. 

Tickets can be purchased on this page for a $3 processing fee on single tickets and $5 processing fee on couples tickets or by calling the SSO Office @ 937.325.8100, M-F from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 

Event details will be sent to you via email once reservations are secured.

All proceeds from this event will benefit our youth & school programs, community outreach initiatives, and our stellar livestream and in-person performances.

AUCTION ITEMS

Timeless Treasure

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia, the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, WV, is a National Historic landmark with fine dining, more than 55 activities, and the world’s only 5-star mineral spa. Your visit will consist of 2 nights and 3 days in a traditional room (based on availability).A $250 resort gift card and a $25 Speedway gas card are included with this package. See more at www.greenbrier.com. (Valid Jan. 30, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022. Meals and incidentals are not included. Daily resort fee, preservation fee and taxes are included).  

Value: $1275 / Opening Bid:  $800

 

Cocktail Lesson with Andy!

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

This package for 4 lucky people will include a two- or three-hour tasting journey of The Market Bar’s current craft cocktail menu. Eight drinks to taste (1/2 size each) and eight rounds of cocktail building, along with taste profiling of the ingredients each round. The participants will receive a mixology tutorial and some history with each cocktail. Light snacks will be provided. Andy will contact the winner directly to make the arrangements. Please note: the cocktail lesson will likely happen on a Sunday when The Market Bar is more private.  Special thanks to Rod Hatfield.

Value: $400 / Opening Bid:  $250

 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

The Grand Hotel, a historic resort that beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm; with spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan from the world’s longest porch. Package includes one room for two people, for 2-nights, between May 7 – June 30 or August 15 – October 29, 2021, subject to availability, with a Sunday – Thursday arrival/departure pattern. Plus, breakfast daily for two people and a $25 Speedway gas card. (Taxes, local assessment, and baggage handling charges not included, and package is non-transferable/non-refundable).

Value: $1,225 / Opening Bid: $750

 

The Ultimate Yurt Experience

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

The Inn at Cedar Falls offers an Ohio yurt camping experience you will never forget! You will enjoy a 2-night stay in the20-foot diameter yurts which boast a king-size bed or two twin beds, a full bathroom, comfortable reading rockers, plus a gas log stove, microwave/an under-counter refrigerator, a wood deck and more. They are heated and air-conditioned for year-round use! The yurts do not have a TV (but are Wi-Fi accessible), giving you the chance to truly live in the moment, enjoying your memorable glamping experience. At night, gaze up at an entire sky of sparkling stars right from your bed! It is the icing on the cake for your perfect yurt camping in Ohio getaway. Package also includes a $25 Speedway gas card. Valid for two years. (Some restrictions will apply. Taxes are due at checkout.)

Value: $625 / Opening Bid: $400

 

Evening for Eight at Westcott

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Did you know The Westcott House in Springfield is the only Prairie style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Ohio? Come and experience the timeless design and beauty of the Westcott House while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine with a group of friends. The evenings music will be provided by musicians of the Youth Symphony.

Value: $800 / Opening Bid: $500 

 

Flying High in an Antique Airplane!

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Here’s your chance to take control of a historic WWII aircraft. Referred to as “The Cradle of Heroes” you can bid for 3 certificates for a 30 minute (each) once-in-a-lifetime flight on a Fairchild PT-19. Presented by Butler County Warbirds.  Rides are non-stop and can only accommodate one person at a time. There is no minimum or maximum age limit, however children or adults must be large enough to be held in securely by the seat belt and harness by themselves.  Must be in good health. Appointments are required and scheduled on Saturday’s and Sunday’s – weather permitting. Special thanks to Nathan Hale.

Value: $325 per certificate ($975 total) / Opening Bid: $250 per ($750 total)     

 

 

An Evening with Terry

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Be your own VIP with a private concert in your own back yard! Invite all your friend and make it a night for all to remember. Featuring music by local acoustic guitarist and vocalist, T.A. Van Auker.  Special thanks to Terry Van Auker.

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $400

 

Music City-Nashville, TN

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Have a ball in one of the most vibrant cities in the country.  The package includes a 2-night stay at a Marriott hotel and dinner for 2 at one of celebrity chef, Maneet Chauhan’s (as seen on the Food Network) local restaurants.  A $25 Speedway gas card is also included. Take in all the sight-seeing Lower Broad has to offer.  With Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium and The Country Music Hall of Fame all in close proximity. Your entertainment options are limitless. Special thanks to John and Jill Landess.

Value: $725 / Opening Bid: $400

 

Springfield Memorabilia!

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Explore the rich history of Springfield and images of a by-gone era as you thumb through a 20-page, nonacidic photo album with approximately 200 items including historic postcards, historic business ads and historic Springfield envelopes. Special thanks to John Landess.

Value: $1800 / Opening Bid: $800

 

Fly Fishing Adventure!

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Spend an adventurous day fly-fishing with local expert, Hal Goodrich. Lunch included. Your time spent in the outdoors will be memorable! Special thanks to Hal Goodrich.

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $500

 

 

A Sip of Italy at Home

Savor the Tastes of Italy and Tuscany with Your Choice of a Collection of Four Fine Italian Red Wines (Twelve Bottles Total), Including Tasting Notes and a Recorded Video Tasting and Wine Consultation.  Your virtual wine tasting experience includes:

* Your choice of either the Classic Tuscany or Taste of Italy collection of red wines
* Classic Tuscany wines include three bottles each of Brunello Di Montalcino Verbena (2015), Poggio Rosso San Felice Gran Selezione (2016), Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Montemercurio Messaggero (2016), and Foglio 38 Fornacelle (2015) or
* Taste of Italy wines include three bottle each of Brunello Di Montalcino San Giacomo (2015), Barolo Tenuta L’illuminata (2015), Barbaresco Produttori Del Barbaresco (2017), and Amarone Della Valpolicella Corte Giara (2017)
* Descriptive notes for each wine
* A video presentation and guided tasting by a sommelier

* Door to door shipping in Styrofoam boxes, taxes, duties and insurance

A Mitch Stuart package

Value: $1,500 / Opening Bid: $800 

 

Follow Your Dreams!

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Do you need space to follow your creative dream?  We have the answer…Hatch Artist Studio, opened to promote excellence in the arts, is providing a studio space for six months beginning April 2021.  Parents or grandparents help the artist in your family get started with a studio of their own. Special thanks to Jill and John Landess

Value: $900 / Opening Bid: $500

 

d’Histoire  Naturelle
(Natural History Museum in Paris)

Designed by Christina (aspoonfulofyarn@hotmail.com)

Crocheted by Gail Lynn Scott, Made with Scheepjes Stone Washed/River Washed yarns

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

A Journey Through the Museum: This blanket is designed to take you through all the big gardens and galleries of the National Natural History museum in Paris. The center represents the Jardin des Plantes, the museum gardens where all the galleries are situated. The next section is a visit to the Galerie d’Entomologie where you will find drawers full of insects such as bees and butterflies. The next stop is the Galerie de Botanique, packed with amazing live plant species and scientific drawings of flowers and herbs. After that it continues to the Galerie de Mineralogie with dazzling diamonds and crystals (geodes). Then visit the show stopping Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, containing its amazing procession of preserved mammals, such as giraffes, elephants and rhinos. The outside edges represent the Galerie de Paleontologie where the skeletons of animals of a bygone era are kept, as well as other fossils and shells. Size:  approx. 56-58″ square

Value: $600 / Opening Bid: $300 

 

Broadway Stage Door Virtual Experience 

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Bring the Magic of Theater into Your Home During a Private Virtual Chat with Two Broadway Stars for Up to 10 People, Including a Solo Performance. From Oklahoma’s “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” to “Some Enchanted Evening” in South Pacific, Miss Saigon to Mamma Mia, 42nd Street to Bridges of Madison County, you’ll get to treat yourself, friends and family to Center Orchestra seats by bringing the magic of Broadway into your home during a private virtual experience with two talented Broadway artists! Your virtual Broadway experience for up to ten people includes:
• 1-hour private virtual chat with Broadway stars, Rodney Ingram and Kaley Ann Voorhees, with a customizable solo performance
• Suggested song/show list
• Your virtual experience will take place on Zoom, technical requirements and app download instructions will be provided

A Mitch Stuart package

Value: $2000 / Opening Bid: $950

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Experience is non-refundable and subject to availability. Experience is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. One complimentary reschedule is permitted. In the event that talent availability changes, artists or representatives reserve the right to request a rescheduling of your experience at a mutually agreeable time. Participants are responsible for downloading the Zoom app on your desktop or mobile device. A strong internet and/or WiFi connection is best for the success of virtual on-line experiences, and we cannot guarantee that the experience will be free of all technical issues affecting quality of service or interruptions. Please refer to Experience Guidelines and Zoom User Guide for additional information. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.  CANCELLATION POLICY: Modification and cancellation less than 48 hours prior to scheduled experience may be subject to a change or cancelation penalty.

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All aboard!  Caboose in the Smokies

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Located in Clyde, North Carolina, this is the Smoky Mountains at its best. Open year-round, our cabins & cabooses are pet-friendly, and they all have wi-fi. Buffalo truly roam on this private 72 acre little piece of heaven. You can watch the sunrise over the Smoky Mountains or watch as a herd of buffalo come in for their morning oats. You will not be disappointed!  Package includes 2-nights in Caboose with access to hiking and a nearby Playground & Game Room plus an outdoor fire pit.  Your caboose will have 1 queen bed, 1 full-size bed, 1 twin sleeper sofa, full kitchen, full bathroom with heated tile floor, linens & towels, 2 satellite TVs, free wifi, and pets welcomed (pet fees apply). This package also includes a $25 Speedway gas card. Valid September – May, Sunday – Thursday (subject to availability; blackout dates include December 19- January 5 and Thanksgiving holiday).

Value: $525 / Opening Bid: $350

 

Champagne and Caviar Basket

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Specially selected by Alex Doughty, Sommelier at Wine Works, is a paired CHAMPAGNE and CAVIAR basket for two with all the necessary accoutrements!  JUST CHILL AND ENJOY!  TSAR IMPERIAL ALVERTA caviar from California is paired with a full-body, premier CRU BRUT from Gaston Chiquet and the light, buttery ROYAL OSSETRA caviar is paired with a crisp and complex, BLANC de BLANCS GRAND CRU from Varnier-Fanniere.  Presentation is complete with Mother of Pearl caviar spoons, Petrossian blinis and Petrossian creme fraiche and 2 wine glasses.  If purchasers desire, Alex will do a Zoom call at purchasers’ leisure (length determined by purchaser) to go over caviar/champagne production and pairing.  Purchasers will determine when caviar is shipped so they can choose the date to enjoy this marvelous delicacy!  Must be claimed by May 31, 2021. Special thanks to Wine Works and Elaine Stevenson

Value: $425 / Opening Bid: $265

 

Great Scot! Glenlaurel Package

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Experience old world elegance in a secluded and romantic cottage, hiking trails with recessed caves, and Scottish links golf, all on 140 acres at what has been labeled “the premier romantic getaway in the Midwest.” The winner will receive a $528.00 gift certificate applicable for lodging, dining floral, or gift gallery purchases (not valid for spa service and taxes or gratuities not included) This package also includes a $25 Speedway gas card. Good until 1/8/2023.  Special thanks to Cindy and Paul Valente

Value: $553 / Opening Bid: $300

 

Buy Local, Buy the Best!

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

“Honey Creek Beef- 30lb box of premium locally raised Black Angus Beef. Mix of steaks, roasts, burgers, and ground beef. Traditional family farm in northern Clark County,

www.honeycreekbeef.com.  (Local only. No shipping available) Special thanks to Mia and Adam Frantz.

Value: $250 / Opening Bid: $200

 

The Home of Elvis, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Home of the Blues in Memphis, Tennessee for 4-days and 3-nights at The Guest House at Graceland for Two.  Including skip-the-line access to an audio-guided Tour of Graceland and Two Custom Airplanes, access to the Presley Motor Car Museum, The Entertainer Career Showcase Museum, and Elvis Discovery Exhibits (Land Only).  Your getaway for two includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at The Guest House at Graceland
  • All room-related taxes
  • Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Airplanes Tour, including access to the Presley Motor Car Museum, the Entertainer Career Showcase Museum and Elvis Discovery Exhibits
  • Free concierge reservation service

A Mitch Stuart package

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Blackout dates: Aug 6-16, Nov 3-9. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid through 03/31/2022.

Value: $1800 / Opening Bid: $1300

 

Inn at Honey Run

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

A relaxing getaway for two people. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Ohio Amish Country, the Inn offers a serene oasis of nature and wildlife, comfort and privacy, casual upscale dining, and warm hospitality. Located in Holmes County within two hours of Cleveland and Columbus, this country inn offers a tranquil retreat and the perfect destination to regain harmony and balance. The winner will receive a $500 gift card valid for a 2-night stay and one breakfast for two. http://www.innathoneyrun.com/.This package also includes a $25 Speedway gas card.  Special thanks to Cindy and Paul Valente

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $350

 

Chicago’s Roaring Twenties

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Step Back in Time to the Era of Prohibition, Speakeasies and Gangs in

Chicago, Illinois for 4-days & 3-nights at either The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Swissotel Chicago or Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile for Two, Including a Gangsters and Ghosts Tour and a Prohibition Tour (Land Only). Your trip for two includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at Either The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Swissotel Chicago or Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • All room-related taxes
  • Gangsters and Ghosts tour
  • Chicago Prohibition tour
  • Complimentary Wifi at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Complimentary Morning Vitality Runs at the Swissotel Chicago
  • Free concierge reservation service

A Mitch Stuart package

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Minimum age for Chicago Prohibition tour is 21 years. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Complimentary amenities are subject to availability. Travel is valid through 12/31/2022.

Value: $2500 / Opening Bid: $1700

 

Wines from Around the World

This package is a LIVE Auction item and increases in increments of $100.

Treat yourself to an assortment of wines from around the world such as Cortonesi La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino 2015 (Italy), Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018

(Oregon), Vina  Zorzal  Cuatro  del  Cuatro 2018 (Spain), Ascension Malbec 2018 (Argentina), Cuvée du Vatican Cote du Rhône 2019 (France)and more.  The basket consists of 20 bottles of red and white wine and sparkling wine, all are absolutely bursting with flavor!  Special thanks to Marlies Hemmann, Bob White and Wine Works.

Value: $550 / Opening Bid: $400

 

Greg Norman, The (Great White) Shark

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Win an autographed frame print of Greg Norman nicknamed “The Great White Shark” which he earned, at age 26, after his play at the 1981 Masters. Norman spent 331 weeks as the world’s Number 1 Official World Golf Rankings golfer in the 1980s and 1990s.  He won 89 professional tournaments, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors: The Open Championships in 1986 and 1993.  This print is a “must have” for all golf fans!  Special thanks to Paul Valente.

Value: $350 / Opening Bid: $250

Crowell – Collier Smokestack

Size: 3’ X 2’

Photographed by: Marlies Hemmann

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Value: $350 / Opening Bid: $200

 

 

CELEBRATION!

Painted by: Rebecca Graves

Size: 21” X 27”

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Value: $600 / Opening Bid: $300

 

 

 

Four Hearts

Painted by: Mike Major

Size: 23” X 20”

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Value: $225 / Opening Bid: $125

 

 

 

 

Trombonist

Painted by: Robine Wright

Size: 18” X 29”

This package is a SILENT Auction item and increases in increments of $50.

Value: $450 / Opening Bid: $125

 

 

For more information call 937-325-8100

Event Chair: John T. & Jill Landess