The Literature Lover’s Live Auction
Donated by Dick and Mary Beth Gemperle and Rick Steves' Europe. Raise your glass and drink from one of three bottles of fine wine from Leonetti Cellar, Walla Walla’s first commercial winery, which produces famous wines from the deep silt loam of the valley. The vineyards were established by a family with roots in Cosenza, Italy, and you can dream of your next vacation as you enjoy the wine while perusing an autographed copy of Rick Steves' Europe: 101, DVD, tour catalog, and more! Wines include Leonetti's 2013 Cabernet, 2013 Reserve, and 2014 Merlot.
Donated by Hotel Sorrento and Vito's. Treat yourself or throw a special party for someone. Slip into the infamous Cougar Room at Vito’s for an evening of food, drink, and some classic private Italian dining with up to fifteen people, then cross Madison to spend the night in a deluxe room at the Sorrento Hotel. The Cougar Room will reserve the room for your party, chip in a $250 credit, and let you make a little Seattle history of your own. At The Sorrento, enjoy overnight valet parking, luxury accommodations, and breakfast for two.
Donated by Dick Cantwell, Kim Jordan, and City Lights Booksellers. It’s said San Francisco has nearly as many bookstores as bars. Take a week to explore them (both!) and bring an extra suitcase for all the books you pick up along the way. You and up to three guests will stay in a beautiful, private 2BD, 2BA home centrally located in Lower Haight/Hayes Valley. Kitchen is fully appointed and there is a modest patio. The unit occupies two floors of a three-story house. Very close to the Castro and across from Duboce Park, within easy walking distance of the Mission and Golden Gate Park, as well as a block from light rail which is an easy connect to BART. Plus, you’re invited on a private tour of City Lights, the landmark independent bookstore. Scheduling is flexible.
Donated by Honey Skin Spa, Annie Mauad, and Sweet Tea Apothecary. The writing life can take its toll and even those plumbers of the human depths need a little pampering from time to time. You or your lucky someone will enjoy a Brow Shaping & Tint, then a 60-minute Illuminating Oxygen facial at Honey Skin Spa before crossing the courtyard for a massage from licensed massage therapist, Annie Mauad. You will also receive a collection of seven bookish perfumes by Sweet Tea Apothecary, so you'll smell as great as you feel with scents including Dead Writers, Beatrix, Dharma Bum, Death in the Afternoon, Lenore, Pemberley and Sylvia (all 9ml bottles). The facial is customized to your specific skin needs and includes a deep cleanse using papaya and pineapple enzymes, followed by a customized peel, a custom mask and antioxidant.
Donated by David Schmader and Stash Pot Shop. Enjoy an evening with the guy who literally wrote the book on marijuana. David Schmader, author of Weed: The User's Guide, will come to your home with a signed copy of his book to share all he knows and then some, before enjoying 90 minutes of relaxing video pleasures. (Netflix and chill, literally!) To sweeten the POT (Ha!) we'll throw in a $200 gift certificate to Stash Pot Shop in Ballard! "The winner should go seek out weed that will be perfect for hanging out high with a writer you don't really know but who seems nice." -David Schmader
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