Brush & Palette Club gear-up for traditional summer event, but with new twists

Plans are in high gear for The Brush & Palette Club’s summer fundraiser in the Upper City Park at the Rotunda. This year, however, the event will include a new feature and will put a new twist on a usual feature. Traditionally the event has been an ice cream social and live and silent auction. This year’s event will be an ice cream social, a St. Paul UCC Hand Bell Choir concert, and celebrity live and silent auctions. Some traditional auction items will also appear on the block.

August 19 is the date. The ice cream social begins at 1:00, the hand bell concert at 2:00 and the auction at approximately 3:00, immediately following the concert.

Hermann’s St. Paul UCC Hand Bell Choir, known for its annual Christmas concert at Starkenburg, Missouri, will donate half of the proceeds of a free-will offering received at its concert to the cemetery restoration project. An intermission feature of the concert will be Sev Meyer’s rendering of a vocal and guitar composition, “Silent Sentries,” written especially for the Hermann cemetery restoration project. Meyer is a member of The Brush & Palette Club.

Immediately following the concert, a live auction will open with items donated by celebrities up for bids. Entertainers, artists, authors, sports figures, politicians and more – all will be represented through auction items. A silent auction will run throughout the event.

An opportunity for item preview and pre-bidding for persons unable to attend the auction will be available at the Gasconade County Historical Society Community Room at 311 Schiller Street on Thursday and Friday, August 16 & 17 from 1- 8 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 from 9 -12.

The Brush & Palette Club began raising funds for restoration of the oldest portions of the Hermann City Cemetery in 2011, after it had completed fundraising and restoration of the 1864 Rotunda in the park. Actual gravesite restoration began in late summer 2011 and continues as funds are made available through contributions and fundraisers. To date approximately 200 gravesites have been restored at a cost of approximately $53,000. Restoration moves forward as long as funds are available; restoration halts when funds are depleted. Further restoration is currently on hold for lack of funds.

For more information call (573) 486-5544 or (573) 486-2633.

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