Budget-Conscious

Budget-Conscious

Fun and fabulous finds for the budget conscious!  Many items other than these that are sold at the Auction are also affordable, including many foods and other tangible items.

(NOTE – Bid types are, infrequently, changed during the preparation of the hard-copy auction catalog, so please check back here, as auction night approaches.)

Click item titles (alphabetical order) to view details.

    A walk through Columbia’s past, present and future

    Donor(s): Ned Tillman

    A walk through Columbia’s past, present and future with Ned Tillman. Sunday April 19 from 2 to 4. Come learn about the native Americans, settlers, pre-Columbia history, and what’s going on today as we build toward the future. Ned is an author and an earth and environmental scientist who has served as chair of The 2030 General Plan, HC Conservancy, and the HC Environmental Sustainability Board. Appropriate for teens and adults. Scheduling details: On paved paths for ~ 2 miles. Just for UUCC & friends

    Details:

    • Item Number: 111
    • Date: Apr 19 2020 2:00-4:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 40
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $20.00. Family pricing has been recommended for this item.

    Airport Loop Bicycle Tour

    Donor(s): Julie Boughn, Hallie Getty, Sara Getty

    Casual and very kid-friendly ride around the BWI Airport Trail Loop. This is a 10-mile, relatively flat loop that is suitable for two-wheelers of all ages. We will meet at the Dixon Observation Park in Glen Burnie and set off for adventure, with great views of the airport and planes flying by. We will stop several times to drink water and once for snacks, which will be supplied by your hosts. Scheduling details: Ride will take about 2 hours.

    Details:

    • Date: May 2 2020 10:00am.
    • Maximum buyers: 25
    • Auction Position: No preference
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $5.00. $5 per child, 16 or under. Older people ride free!
    • Item Number: 109

    Annual Bowling Night

    Donor(s): Mark Brooks

    For the 1,208th consecutive year, UUCC will be meeting at Brunswick Zone Columbia Lanes. The date will be Saturday February 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM, 7100 Carved Stone Columbia, MD 21045. All expenses will be covered including bowling shoes, bowling, food, and drink. I expect this should provide great times for at least a couple of hours. Previous bowlers have proclaimed that this activity clearly ranks among the three finest evenings of their lives. All for $25!!! Hearty snacks or appetizers that can make a meal will be served. It’s a bowling alley!!! No almondine anything. Grease and plenty of it. Alcoholic beverages will be served.

    Details:

    • Date: Jan 25 2020 7:00-9:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 10
    • Auction Position: Vocal auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $30.00. Prices are going up everywhere.

    Annual Fall Fossil Hunt at Bayfront Park

    Donor(s): Regina Verow

    Join us for a lovely day on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay as we search for shark tooth fossils. A short walk from the parking lot will take you to a small sandy beach just outside of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland where we will spend the day finding fossils, playing in the water and enjoying each other’s company. This annual event is suitable for families of all ages and no experiences is necessary to bring home treasures.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 107 (family pricing item number: 108)
    • Date: Sep 12 2020 9:00am.
    • Maximum buyers: 50
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $10.00. Family pricing has been recommended for this item.

    BWI Airport/Train Station Shuttle Service

    Donor(s): Norm, Kyle, Inge, Greg, Sheldon, and Linda

    Make an appointment with Norm (410-531-6098 or normanhazzard@gmail.com) to have one of our volunteer drivers (Kyle, Norm, Inge, Sheldon, Greg, or Linda) pick you up at your home and deliver you to either BWI Airport or BWI Train Station; or arrange to have them meet you on your return and drive you home. Buy two rides for the round trip. We have room for up to seven persons per trip, and there is no extra charge for multiple passengers. In addition to trips bought at the auction, buyers can arrange with Norm (or any of the other drivers) for rides throughout the year.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 302
    • Venue: From your home to BWI and/or back
    • Date(s): To be negotiated.
    • Maximum buyers: 99
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $40.00.

    Cat Sitting (1-2 cats)

    Donor(s): Karla Pearce and Linda Uphoff

    Does your kitty need a friend when you leave town? I will feed, amuse (if possible) and change the litter for Mr. or Ms. Kitty. $15/visit.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 301
    • Date(s): To be negotiated.
    • Maximum buyers: 99
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00. Per visit.

    Cat Sitting (3 or more cats)

    Donor(s): Karla Pearce and Linda Uphoff

    Do your kitties need a friend when you leave town? I will feed, amuse (if possible) and change the litter for all your Kitties. $20/visit for 3 or more cats.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 300
    • Date(s): To be negotiated.
    • Maximum buyers: 99
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $20.00. Per visit.

    Chocolate Chip Meringues

    Donor(s): Inge Hyder

    Scrumptious Chocolate Chip Meringues by Inge are back! If you haven’t ordered these before, try them this year. A large platter (3 dozen +) of these melt-in-your mouth meringues will be delivered to you at your specified date – for a party or holiday or just as a treat for yourself. Contain walnuts but that can be omitted if you request.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 357
    • Pickup/Delivery: to be negotiated.
    • Maximum buyers: 10
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $20.00.

    Galactic Party to Celebrate 100 Movie Nites

    Donor(s): Tom & Carol Benjamin; Laurie & Alan Coltri; Randy Raymond/Linda Strowbridge

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event has been POSTPONED, new date tbd.

    Come help us celebrate our 100th Movie Nite with a big congregational bash, featuring a screening of the immortal comic sci fi masterpiece, Galaxy Quest (1999).

    Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman & Tony Shalhoub star in one of the funniest films of all time: a witty and affectionate send-up of Star Trek & sci-fi cons, brilliantly written, chock-full of wonderful gags & immortal lines. Guests are encouraged (but certainly not required) to come in costume. Creatively themed light refreshments (with nonalcoholic beverages) will be served.  After the movie, linger & help us polish off the refreshments.

    By Grabthar’s hammer, what a party!

    Details:

    • Date: Jun 27 2020 7:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 120
    • Auction Position: Vocal auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    For those of you who were not around in 2005, sci fi was the theme of our first Movie Nite series, and we had so much fun that first year that we added Galaxy Quest to our series that summer.

    Get Jewelry to Match or Custom Items

    Donor(s): Joy Woelfer

    Get Matching Jewelry For Your Outfit. I will create jewelry to match, and will guarantee it will be to your satisfaction. The auction bid covers your opportunity to consult with me about your preferences and desires. There will be additional charge for the cost of the items, such as beads and clasp.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 307
    • Scheduling: To be arranged with the Buyer.
    • Maximum buyers: 1
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $25.00. The cost of the beads, clasp, etc. is additional.

    Homemade Award-Winning Peach Rhubarb Pie

    Donor(s): Karyn Marsh

    Taste the pie that won the best in show at the Maryland State Fair in 2018. Karyn Marsh has been baking artisan pies for 30 years. Take this home to your family tonight.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 352
    • Pickup/Delivery: Pick up at auction. .
    • Maximum buyers: 1
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a minimum bid of: $35.00. This is an artisan pie.

    Movie Nites – Burn After Reading

    Donor(s): Tom and Carol Benjamin; Alan and Laurie Coltri

    (2008; Joel & Ethan Coen); Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich head a star cast. Gym employee denied adequate health insurance concocts a bizarre scheme to raise money for a body lift; the inanity of the conspirators as they bumble through their crimes is topped only by that of the federal agents trying to untangle the plot. Hilariously Coen!! Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 105
    • Date: May 1 2020 7:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 22
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    Movie Nites – Men in Black

    Donor(s): Tom and Carol Benjamin; Alan and Laurie Coltri

    (1997, Barry Sonnenfeld; written by Lowell Cunningham & Ed Solomon). Tommy Lee Jones drafts Will Smith; together they battle an intergalactic alien bug intent on destroying the Earth. The action includes a host of ingeniously hilarious extraterrestrials – good, evil, or just plain silly (including a comic turn from Tony Shalhoub). Oscar for Best Makeup (obviously); a host of wins from the Academy of Sci Fi, Fantasy & Horror Films. Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 104
    • Date: Apr 3 2020 7:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 22
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    Movie Nites – Toy Story

    Donor(s): Tom and Carol Benjamin; Alan and Laurie Coltri

    PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, A REMOTE-ACCESS SUBSTITUTE EVENT IS BEING PROVIDED. Please contact the donors for details.

    (1995, Tim Lasseter, Director and co-writer), voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles & others. Not for kids only! The Pixar classic about toys that come to life when human backs are turned won an Oscar for Lasseter (Special Achievement), plus a host of other nominations & awards, including Best Score (Randy Newman) & Best Screenplay (a clutch of first-rate writers). To Infinity and Beyond! Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 106
    • Date: Jun 5 2020 7:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 22
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    Movie Nites – Waiting for Guffman

    Donor(s): Tom and Carol Benjamin; Alan and Laurie Coltri

    (1996, Christopher Guest) “Best in Show” meets Community Theatre! The usual Guest troup (Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard, Parker Posey) are recruited by the hapless Corky (Guest himself) to perform in his musical about their small Missouri town. Aspirations & egos blossom with the rumor that a New York theatre critic will attend; we all somehow know where THAT will lead! Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 103
    • Date: Mar 6 2020 7:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 22
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    Movie Nites – When Harry Met Sally

    (1989, Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephrom – Oscar, Best Screenplay). The classic progenitor of “You’ve Got Mail” & “Sleepless in Seattle;” the most hilariously ascerbic of them all. College grad Sally (Meg Ryan) is drafted by a female friend to drive her boyfriend Harry (Billy Crystal) to New York. They take an immediate dislike to each other but gradually become friends. Will it become even more?

    Famous for its immortal restaurant scene: “I’ll have what she’s having.”

    Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Movie Nites 100th Film – Airplane!

    Donor(s): Tom and Carol Benjamin; Alan and Laurie Coltri

    (1980, Abrahams, Zucker & Zucker) Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielson, & a host of cameos. An unremittingly laugh-out-loud-hilarious spoof of disaster movies & nearly every other cinematic genre. Fasten your seat belt, because otherwise you’re gonna fall right out of your chair.

    Co-Winner of our summer Viewer’s Choice 100th Movie Nite balloting!

    Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 101
    • Date: Jan 10 2020 7:00pm (Snow date: Jan 17).
    • Maximum buyers: 22
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    Movie Nites 101st Film – Moonstruck

    Donor(s): Tom and Carol Benjamin; Alan and Laurie Coltri

    Co-Winner of our summer Viewer’s Choice 100th Movie Nite balloting!

    (1987). Directed by Norman Jewison; starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis & Vincent Gardenia. Oscars for Cher (Best Actress), Dukakis (Best Supporting Actress), & John Patrick Shanely (Best Original Screenplay). The classic big Italian-American love story set in Brooklyn; steeped in family, opera, food, tragedy, passion & laughter. Larger than life performances, delivered with such sensitivity & honesty that that the audience is swept along as the plot accelerates. Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 102
    • Date: Feb 7 2020 7:00pm (Snow date: Feb 14).
    • Maximum buyers: 22
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $15.00.

    Murder by the Book — a Murder Mystery Tea

    Donor(s): Lauren Haywood, Ann Wing and Linda Nedzbala,

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event has been POSTPONED, new date tbd.

    This game, “Murder by the Book,” is set at a gathering of The Columbia Pioneers Book Club where a former member of the club will be giving a preview reading of her New York Times best seller “Sins of Suburbia”. Participants will be seated at one of ten tables representing each of the ten characters. There will be more than one representative of each character. Teams seated at each table will brainstorm their response to questions asked. Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegetarian options, but not vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will be served.

    Details:

    • Date: Oct 3 2020 1:00-4:00pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 40
    • Auction Position: Vocal auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $20.00.

    Note Cards by Lauren Haywood

    Donor(s): Lauren Haywood

    A selection of 4 different images in a pack of 8 note cards created by Lauren Haywood

    Details:

    • Item Number: 502
    • Pickup/Delivery: Pick up at auction.
    • Maximum buyers: 2
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $20.00.
    Palette with Brushes and Paint, Clipart

    Paint Lunch

    Donor(s): Lee and Colette Gelwicks

    Pull on your smock and join us at OBIC for a couple hours of painting and lunch! We’ll feed the stomach and we’ll feed the creative soul while we guide you in creating your own unique UU painting. Put your own spin on it or follow along directly – it is all up to you! This event is open to all skill levels, so don’t count yourself out if you’ve never painted before. Come on out and give it a try! Food, drinks, and art materials are included. A meal other than dinner will be served; please let us know if there are dietary restrictions (we will do our best to accommodate!) Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

    Details:

    • Date: Jan 18 2020 10:30am-1:30pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 12
    • Auction Position: Vocal auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $25.00.

    Pearl and Shell Necklace

    Donor(s): Jill Christianson

    Fresh water multi-colored pearl necklace with abalone. The 30″ necklace is adjustable to wear as a choker. From the Philippines. A beautiful accent piece for your holiday events or a gift box under the tree! Take this fine necklace home on the auction night.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 230
    • Pickup/Delivery: Pick up at auction.
    • Maximum buyers: 1
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $24.00.

    Songs by John Wille

    Donor(s): Harry Woelfer

    John Wille was a very talented singer-songwriter. He wrote over 130 songs. You have never heard of him because he never performed in public, but only for a very few friends and family members. He died in August of this year. He bequeathed his songs to his life-long best friend, Harry Woelfer of the UUCC choir. The songs are unique and original, with folk-song-like melodies. The lyrics are clever, sophisticated, and darkly humorous. Harry is offering to perform a selection of the songs in an hour-long house concert, accompanied by acoustic guitar. (Some songs may not be suitable for children.) Light snacks or appetizers will be served. Vegan options will be offered. Alcoholic beverages will be served.

    Details:

    • Date: Jun 20 2020 7:30pm.
    • Maximum buyers: 25
    • Auction Position: Vocal auction
    • Bid type: The donor suggests a fixed bid of: $20.00.

    When Pigs Fly Wine Tote/Goodie Bag

    Donor(s): Michele Smith

    When Pigs Fly Wine Tote/Goodie Bag: Hand-made by me start-to-finish! Faux suede in a dark eggplant color, and lined in a soft navy blue fleece. Ridiculous, delightful FLYING PIG is embroidered on the front of this wine/goodie bag. Know someone who just loves Flying Pigs? Know someone who needs a good giggle? This bag’s for you!

    Details:

    • Item #: 509
    • Pickup/Delivery: Pick up at auction.
    • Maximum buyers: 1
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Minimum Bid: $20.00.

    Yoga — Private Lesson or With a Friend

    Donor(s): Nancy Kochuk

    Yoga is a health-enhancing practice that can reduce stress. Everyone—regardless of age, gender, size, or flexibility—can benefit from a well-designed class. Never tried it? Here’s your chance—2 hours of instruction on your terms from Nancy Kochuk, RYT 500, an experienced yoga teacher (teaches at Columbia Yoga Center, Shift Yoga, and elsewhere). Choose either a chair yoga class (if you prefer or require sitting on a chair, have joint or balance issues) or a basic class (gentle or Level 1). Enjoy 2 sessions (60 mins each). Mats and props provided.

    Details:

    • Item Number: 309
    • Venue: Your place or mine (you choose)
    • Date(s): To be negotiated.
    • Maximum buyers: 1
    • Auction Position: Silent auction
    • Minimum bid: $40.00.