The 2012 Chewelah Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Auction will feature world-renowned fly tier John Newbury as the featured artist on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Chewelah Civic Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Newbury, of Chewelah, will demonstrate how he ties fishing flies throughout the evening, and a few pieces will be up for auction, among many other items, to help raise money for the Chamber of Commerce.
The centerfold pages from “Proof” magazine featuring 64 of Newbury’s flies will be mounted with three actual flies in a shadowbox and available for bidding at the live auction. Other prints of individual flies by photographer Tony Roslund will be in the silent auction.
Silent auction bidding begins at 5 p.m. and the live auction will begin around 7 p.m. when silent auction bidding is closed. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m and the evening will have an seasonal fall theme.
The Chewelah Cougar Boosters are providing the food that includes chicken alfredo, caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert. The booster club and Chamber will split the net proceeds from the dinner ticket sales.
Dinner tickets cost $12.50 each and can be purchased at Akers United Drug, Valley Drug, the Nordlig Motel, Sety’s Ace Hardware and the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce office. You do not need to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the auction
Beer and wine will also be made available at the no-host bar.
Auction items include a load of firewood and a variety of other items donated by local businesses including 49 Degrees North lift tickets, loads of grave and landscaping rock, salon gift certificates, and hotel packages.
Cash, checks, debit and credit cards will be acceptable payment for winning bidders.
The Chamber auction committee is still seeking donations for auction items. Call Sherri Hansen 936-3720 or Diane Evans at 936-1502 for more information.
The winning ticket for the Chamber of Commerce Golf Cart Raffle will be drawn at the end of the event as well. Tickets cost $5 and are sold by several Chamber members. They will also be sold throughout the dinner and auction. The golf cart is a 2006 E-Z Go Gas Golf Cart custom painted by Redline Finishing.
The Chamber of Commerce made over $11,500 at the 2011 auction. Since then they have sponsored activities such as the patriotic decorating contest, the Main Avenue and Park Street light pole banners, the city-wide yard sale, and city clean up and beautification efforts.
Chamber member Diane Evans said “It’s guaranteed to be a great event.”
The Chamber office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
John Newbury will also be featured on Sept. 7 at the Steam Plant Grill in Spokane for a free event to benefit Project Healing Waters (see above article for more information).
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent
In This Photo: John Newbury, of Chewelah, is well-known for tying flies. Newbury will be the featured artist at the Sept. 22 Chewelah Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Auction. Tony Roslund photo