Organizers expect a cut diamond-drop style pendant and set of pear shaped diamond earrings in platinum and gold to fetch the highest price in the 18th annual Talents and Treasures auction on Saturday, April 5, at Beacon United Church.
The jewelry was donated by the late Audrey Kenney and has been appraised at $18,000.
“We’re literally talking treasures this year,” said Stephen Sollows, co-chair of the Beacon Church stewardship team.
Last year the event raised $7,400.
“We’re hoping we do a little better this year, with those,” he said, pointing to the jewelry.
The money raised will be directed towards a new roof for the Beacon Church auditorium and sloping sections flanking the sanctuary. The roof is expected to cost approximately $125,000.
Some of the items up for auction include a miniature bureau, possibly built by L.B. Wyman from toilet soapboxes, that is full of hand-made doll clothes; a Victorian brass birdcage with a green patina; rattan doll furniture; a snall buttercup Amethyst hand lamp from 1880; intricately worked linen; a vestibule sink made by a local potter; cigar boxes; hand-painted Japanese china; a collection of 19 books by Stephen King; a toll painted carving by Nick and Bonnie Kenney; a carved and driftwood schooner donated by Hubert Hall and a portable easel.
Minister Sharon Lohnes is donating an hors d'oeuvre party. Legal services, T1 income tax returns and gardening are other services available.
Viewing is at noon, with the auction running from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $3 and available at the church. Terms are cash, cheque, debit, VISA or Mastercard.
A baked potato bar or chili is available noon to 1 p.m. for $5.