It’s that time of year again — time for the Island County Museum’s annual Autumn Auction.
“Now there’s a bunch of ‘A’s’ for you,” Museum Executive Director Rick Castellano said with a laugh.
Festivities will run from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 N.E. Ernst St., Oak Harbor, and include a live and silent auction, banquet dinner, dessert and beverages.
Tickets are $75, or a table for eight is $500 and table for 10 is $600.
“This is our major fundraiser of the year and helps keep our doors open,” Castellano said. “This will really go a long way to keep the museum open during the winter months especially.”
This year’s person of honor is Judy Lynn.
“She is a local historian,” Castellano said. “Over the 40 years she’s been here (on Central Whidbey), she helped start the Coupeville Art Center and she’s been a community activist since she’s got here. She’s collected over 100 oral histories for the museum and is just involved in everything so she is the perfect choice for this year.”
The Coupeville Art Center is now known as the Pacific Northwest Art School.
Lynn also co-authored a book with Kay Foss titled “Coupeville,” through Arcadia Publishing. The book contains photos and stories about the town’s history. The book is sold at the museum as well as on Amazon. She’s also produced an e-book, “Front Street Oral History: Coupeville,” also available on Amazon.
Castellano said there were many considered as guest of honor, but that Lynn stood out.
“I talked to a lot of our volunteers and staff,” he said. “Several people said ‘it’s got to be Judy — no questions.’”
Lynn said she is honored to be selected as their year’s honoree.
“It was hard to accept at first because there are so many people who should be honored,” she said, “but Rick convinced me that I should do it.”
She first got involved with the museum in the mid-1980s. She said she sold people tiles with their names carved in them as a fundraiser.
The bricks are visible at the entrance to the museum.
“I’ve always loved the museum,” Lynn said. “I just love history.”
In addition to dinner and the auctions, there will be a “Raise the Paddle” event during which the museum hopes to raise at least $15,000. If they meet this goal, two anonymous donors agreed to double that amount, Castellano said.
“That would really get us into next year,” he said.
The auctioneer is Dale Sherman, who is an engaging and entertaining local resident, Castellano said.
“He really makes these things fun. He’s got a great sense of humor, knows everybody and we just have a blast,” Castellano said.
They have about 20 items for the live auction and about 40 for the silent auction. Items include meals, themed gift baskets, theater tickets, zip-lining, guided hikes and a biplane tour of the San Juan Islands.
They hope to see at least 160 people show up, Castellano said. Last year they managed to raise more than $30,000.
“There’s a lot of laughs at these events,” Castellano said.
“They’re so much fun.”