Grapes & Escapes: Symphony Night Fever

Event Start Date:
February 3, 2018
Event End Date:
February 3, 2018
Event Venue:
Kuss Auditorium

6-11pm, Saturday, February 3, 2018
Do the Hustle! Grapes & Escapes is celebrating the grooviest decade in history, and it’s an event that you Cool Cats and Foxy Ladies don’t want to miss! We’ll have Far Out trips to bid on, and the food will be Out Of Sight! So strap on your platform shoes and get ready to boogie down for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra! Watch this page for details on the event and our live auction items!

The fun begins at 6pm!

Be There or Be Square
Hors d’oeuvres, Premium Beers, Fine Wines, Bourbon and Scotch Tastings, Open Bar

Tastes Like Disco
Dinner on the Kuss Auditorium Stage
Complimentary Wine and Spirits

Night on Disco Mountain
Live auction with one groovy auctioneer!
Can’t attend? Set up your proxy bid on our website.

Put on Your Boogie Shoes
Get hip to the groove and dance the night away to your favorite music by The Street Players.

2018 Live Auction Packages

Do Us A Solid: bid generously, often, and To The Max! This Grapes & Escapes fundraiser is Hard Core for the SSO – the BREAD raised from the auction will support each and every one of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s programs (including the Youth Education initiatives). Can You Dig It?

1. Family Blast Off to Florida’s Space Coast
Prepare for a vacation That’s Out of This World in Cocoa Beach Florida for four days/three nights at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront (one guestroom)! Two adults and two children will enjoy 2-day admission to the Kennedy Space Center. This package also includes a chef-prepared buffet lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut; what better way to culminate your exploration of space than by hearing a firsthand account about life in space? The following day your NASA dreams will come to life with admission to Cosmic Quest (land only), where you participate in an interactive game experience featuring real NASA missions!
Value: $3,500

2. Close To Home ~ The Welsh Hills Inn
One of the world’s top-rated bed & breakfast nestled on 15 wooded acres in the beautiful, New-England like Village of Granville, Ohio. Relax to a simpler time and feel the stress melt away. Package includes a one-night getaway at the Inn, complimentary Wine & Cheese Hour and Signature Inn Breakfast. Donated by Cynthia and Paul Valente
Value: $400

3. Fly Fishing Adventure
Spend a day fly fishing with Hal Goodrich. Hand-tied flies, gear, instructions, and lunch included. Your time spent in the great outdoors will be memorable!
Value: $500

4. Great Scot! Glenlaurel Package
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.” Your two-night stay includes breakfast each day, as well as a six-course meal of legendary Scottish gourmet cuisine. See more at
Value: $775

5. Choose Your Destination
Make your own vacation with Two Round-trip Tickets on Delta Air Lines to anywhere in the Continental United States. Donated by AAA.
Value: $1,000

6. 2019-2020 Name That Tune!
Here’s your chance to choose a musical piece and sponsor a concert on the 2019-2020 Season. Get your creative juices flowing while lunching with Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson and help set the season. With this offering, you will be listed on all posters and marketing materials and acknowledged from the stage. You will also receive a framed signed poster as a keepsake.
Value: $3,000

7. 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, MI from the world’s longest porch. Includes a $50 gas card, a two-night stay with dinner on the day you arrive, breakfast and dinner on day two and breakfast on your departure day.
Value: $1,950

8. Pop-Up Dinner Party
The French countryside, the hills of Tuscany, the most exclusive jazz and blues clubs in the Windy City, these are some of the locations that Springfield’s finest and most exclusive pop-up dinner party has visited in the past. Where will the party pop-up this year?  We’ll leave that to your imagination, but we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed in this “Escape” for eight discerning diners – featuring great food and drink, the best music, and worry free transportation to and from your front door. The date for this outstanding package is fixed – the dinner will occur on August 4, 2018. Presented by Dr. Jo Blondin, Jeff Fortescue and Daragh Porter Wobbe
Value: $1800

9. Columbus Experience
The arts in Columbus tell incredible stories of inspiration, passion and purpose.  Come find out what inspires you at our state’s capitol city. Package includes: Tickets to CAPA; CSO; BalletMet; Opera Columbus; the Wexner Center; Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra; Columbus Museum of Art, and the Pizzuti Collection (all subject to availability). Donated by Peter Stafford Wilson
Value: $1000

10. Take a Swing at Chicago from the Rooftop
Revel in exclusive luxury high in the sky in Chicago, Illinois for three days & two nights at either the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or the Swissôtel Chicago for two, including a Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience (Airfare Not Included); daily complimentary breakfast; all room-related taxes; all-inclusive access passes to a Wrigley Field rooftop for a regular season Chicago Cubs baseball game; free concierge reservation service.
Value: $2,000

11. Ultimate All-Inclusive Indulgence!
Delight in the unexpected in Cancun Mexico’s Hyatt Zilara, and escape to an oasis of sophistication, casual elegance and comfort. Carry nothing but a beach towel because your meals, drinks and unforgettable memories are all included. The trip for two includes: Round trip Economy Class air; five days and four nights accommodations at the Hyatt Zilara in a Junior Suite; all meals/gourmet dining, unlimited drinks, 24-hour food service; daily and nightly activities, including theme parties, contests, singers & live performances.
Value: $8,500

12. An Exceptional Excursion Through Central Park
Timeless, Authentic, Unforgettable! Stay at the most Celebrated Address in New York, New York! From the sumptuous décor to the impeccable white glove service, The Plaza, built by the Rockefeller family in 1907, is an extraordinary hotel that will offer its guests every indulgence; including a Private horse and carriage ride in Central Park. The trip for two also includes: Round-trip Economy Class air; four days and three nights accommodations at The Plaza in a king-bed room, Daily complimentary breakfast, all room-related taxes and Free concierge reservation services.
Value: $6,300

13. Greenbrier Escape
Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia, the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, is a National Historic landmark with fine dining, more than 55 activities, and the world’s only 5-star mineral spa. You will stay three days, two nights in a traditional intermediate room. We have also included a $250 gift card so you can choose your own activities! See more at
Value: $1,350

14. Brewery Tours In Style!
Spend an evening with your friends exploring local breweries and distilleries. Meet at Mother Stewart’s Brewery where a limo (donated by Littleton & Rue) will take you in style to the Indian Creek Distillery in New Carlisle. There you will tour the distillery and a tasting of their Rye Whiskey. The second destination is Yellow Springs for a tour of the Yellow Springs Brewery with the opportunity to sample their brews (maybe a “Smokin’ Handsome” or a “Birkensock”) while having a few snacks. The next visit is to the Artisan Distillery for a sampling of their liquors or schnapps specialties like apple pie moonshine. Last but not least, you will head back home to Mother Stewart’s Brewery where you will receive a tour led by Kevin Loftis and enjoy a final flight of samples or your favorite beer while munching on pizza from Bada Bing. This package is for seven people.
Value: $1,000

15. Discover Detailed Elegance at The Brown Hotel
A Louisville, KY landmark since 1923, The Brown is an iconic destination. Behind its striking Georgian-Revival façade is a blend of Old World elegance and modern day comfort. Now nearing its centennial, the hotel reflects the rich heritage and Southern gentility that have made Louisville a hot spot for bluegrass enthusiasts, bourbon drinkers and equestrians! This package includes a two night stay at The Brown; two tickets to the Angel’s Envy Distillery and two tickets to the Louisville Museum of Art plus a gas card. Donated by the Springfield Symphony Orchestras Board of Trustees.
Value: $750

If you are unable to attend G&E and/or wish to pre-bid on one of our fabulous auction items, please e-mail Nuggie or call 937.325.8100 and Nuggie will take your bid. We will notify you if you win! Thank you for your support of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra!