Having a Duck Fiesta

By Bob Ferris

The auction for Cascadia Wildlands is a time of labor—heavy lifting and thought.  Certainly, it is a labor of love, but it is also about us receiving love.   Love is coming from our community—love from our myriad supporters…old friends, and new.  
The outpouring is so gratifying to us, why just this morning a supporter donated 2 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl on January 3 in Glendale, Arizona including parking.  This spectacular offering is the perfect gift for University of Oregon Duck fans or folks who might support the other.  (Wow Duck’s football and sun—what a combination!)
In our communications we have talked a lot about the Live Auction items but not much about the roughly 150 Silent Auction items and packages.  This is a little like looking at the tip of the iceberg without looking at what is below the surface.  

As we have in past years, we have a lot items from our regular donors like baskets from Mountain Rose Herbs and Medicine Flower, clothing and gear from Patagonia and Tactics, quality wines from local vineyards, and a rich assortment of dining and entertainment  opportunities.  All reason enough to come to the auction.  
But there are also other items from a handmade rustic bench and a bat house to a salvaged maple mirror and a stylish hand-knitted sweater vest.  And art, boy do we have art.  We have many original oils from local artists as well as photographic art including a 60-inch long panoramic photograph on stretched canvas by Cascadia Wildlands frequent contributor Tim Giraudier at Headwaters Photographic.  
So whether or not you are a rabid Duck’s fan, outdoor fanatic, or a lover of fine food, wine, and art we have something for you.  And even if you do not find something that tickles your fancy you will walk away well fed with Ring of Fire cuisine and warmed both by good drink such as Ninkasi beer and good company coming together for a great and getting greater cause.  We like it wild.
So get your advanced tickets today–December 6 before 11:00 PM PST–or pay $40.00 at the door on Saturday the 8th.