Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SIA Newsletter - CFSWB Community Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 31

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
This Saturday evening, the Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach will hold their second annual fundraising auction.
The fun starts at 4:00 pm with a Chinese Auction. That's where you buy tickets and put them in a jar or basket for the items you desire. The more tickets, the better your chances - but one ticket could win! This is a great one for the kids, with lots of "stuff" they'll love! The winning tickets will be called at 6:30 pm.

Next will be the Silent Auction, beginning at 6:00 pm. That's where you write down a higher bid on an item than the last bid entered. Don't wait too long or you may miss out! Silent auctions begin to close at 7:00 pm with the last one closing at 7:45 pm.

Finally will be a Live Auction, starting at 8:15 pm. There will be a tent in front of the firehouse, so the auction will be "under the big top"! The highlight will be a live auction of a painting generously donated by Strathmere's local artist, Greg Bennett!
Desserts, beer, wine, soda and water will all be provided, so come out and have a great time!

Here are some pictures of last year's fun:

Folks peruse the Silent and Chinese auction tables...

Then folks gather for the Live Auction(s)...

Butch conducts the bidding...

The crowd is enthralled...

Greg's painting generates high interest....

And the fun continued into the darkness....

Upcoming Events (mark your calendars):
**CFSWB Community Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 31 (4:00 pm - Preview; 6:00 pm - Auctions Begin; 8:00 pm - Live Auction)

**Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company Fire Prevention Day, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 1 (SIA will have one of the tables there)

**Traveling Turtles program by the Wetlands Institute at the Schiavo Library, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, August 12

**SIA Meeting at the Firehouse, 8:00 pm Friday, August 13

**Kayak Carnival and Races Saturday, August 14.

**"Nightmare in Strathmere" Boat Parade (sponsored by the SFEC), 6:30, Saturday, August 28

**Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament (also sponsored by the SFEC), Saturday, September 4, 9:00 am

**Strathmere Ensemble Concert at 7:00 pm Saturday, September 4

**Last day of Flounder Season, Monday, September 6 (Labor Day)

**SIA Meeting at the Firehouse, 8:00 pm Friday, September 10

**and every Sunday until September 26 at the Strathmere United Methodist Church: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service

And at all times, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere website at  and Blog at

The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all owners and many visitors to Strathmere and Whale Beach. It was founded over 50 years ago as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years. Our thanks to all who have paid their SIA Dues ($10 annually per adult). If you have adult children or relatives (or visitors) who visit Strathmere, please forward this message to them - perhaps they'd like to receive these e-mail newsletters also.
You can contact us by responding to this e-mail  or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57 in Strathmere.

Thanks to all for your continuing support!

Butch Vandegrift - President
Ken Weaver - Vice-President
Donna Diefenderfer - Treasurer
Debbie Vandegrift - Secretary



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