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Taste of the Holidays auction set Nov. 18

A week at Hilton Head, a week at Nags Head or Emerald Isle, a long weekend at Cherry Grove and accommodations for four for four days and four nights with personally guided tour of southern Italy are just a few of the featured offerings to be auctioned off at Taste of the Holidays Sunday evening, Nov. 18, at The Prizery.

The event, hosted by the South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club and Parsons-Bruce Art Association, is a fundraiser for The Prizery Community Arts Center.  

The two organizations joined forces to bring back the popular event after a four-year absence.  

Pat Burgess, Parsons-Bruce Art Association board member and co-chair of Taste of the Holidays, said the community has missed the function.  

“Many residents said they missed the social function and felt it ‘kick started’ the holidays.    We felt people are so busy from Thanksgiving through Christmas having someone else prepare a dessert, cheese ball, pie or some other delicacy would not only be helpful but also rewarding.  And the parties and trips being offered as silent and live auction items are an added bonus affording people the opportunity to unwind with family and friends after the holidays and throughout the year.” 

Burgess said the two groups joined forces because preparing for a function such as Taste of the Holidays requires a lot of planning and work.  

“Having a quality event requires a lot of preparation and joining forces with the South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club enables us to share ideas as well as sharing the workload.”  

Since both groups are partners of The Prizery Community Center, working together on the project will help raise funds needed to maintain the day-to-day operation of The Prizery.   

Meredith Bowman, board co-chair of Parsons-Bruce Art Association, added, “We joined forces with South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club because the two organizations are partners in support of The Prizery.  We love this community and want to insure that our children, grandchildren and children of all ages have the benefits that only The Prizery can offer.”

Scheduled the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Taste of the Holidays is designed to set the stage and welcome the holiday season with beautiful, festive decorations, delicious foods and spirits and live and silent auctions.  

All items for Taste of the Holidays have been donated by local businesses and individuals who strongly support The Prizery Community Arts Center.  

Burgess said, “We are very fortunate to live in a community where the citizens and businesses support one another, and we realize we have a gem in The Prizery and want to keep it a vital part of our community.”  

Live auctions will highlight the evening with featured parties and dinners being offered by local business owners and supporters of the arts. 

 “Taste of the Holidays will definitely have something for everyone,” Burgess said, “from pit/garage passes to the April 7, 2013 Sprint Cup Series race at the Martinsville Speedway, a personally autographed ball cap from Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer, wine baskets, children’s baskets, hobby baskets, fresh coconut cakes, pound cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes and an array of other taste-tempting holiday treats.” 

Attendees of Taste of the Holidays will not only be able to sample the delicious delicacies and place orders but also will have a chance to view and purchase original paintings and photography by Andrew Bohanon, Betty Caldwell, Kay Lewis, Phillip Ramsey and Karen Shelton.  

All proceeds from Taste of the Holidays will go into the general operating fund of The Prizery.  It is estimated it takes close to $700 per day to keep The Prizery operating on a day-to-day basis, and many do not realize the building is used for more than plays and performances, but it is also used for children’s music, art, dance and pottery classes throughout the year. 

 Meredith Bowman added, “Our community needs the arts in all forms to inspire, educate and bring excitement into our everyday lives.  The programs The Prizery offers attract visitors, businesses and people of all ages.  The Prizery is here for all to enjoy.”

Get tickets now for Taste of the Holidays Sunday, Nov. 18, from 6: until 8:30 p.m. at The Prizery.  Tickets are $10 per person available in advance at Bistro 1888 and Pulliam Insurance in Downtown South Boston, Eclipse Studio in Riverdale, Triangle Florist in Halifax, Italian Delight in Centerville, The Prizery and from South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club members and Parsons-Bruce Art Association members.

Parsons-Bruce Art Association and South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club members will be accepting food and other donated items at The Prizery Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon, and again Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon until 2 p.m.