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Bronze Society auction planned for this Saturday

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Bill Flower and Barbara Merz display two of the many items available at Saturday's silent auction. Both the Meadowbrook Gig and Australian field saddle were donated by Merz.

Those in attendance at the silent auction planned for Saturday, May 19, may very well make history. They may be the ones to put the fund raising efforts to complete the Bonnie Dunbar bronze over the top, according to organizers.

The Sunnyside Bronze Society is inviting the community to take part in the silent auction starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Planners will have light hors d'oeuvres on hand for those in attendance. Both Bonnie Dunbar and her mother Ethel will be in attendance at the event.

Besides the snacks, there will be musical entertainment provided by the Flat Bottom Pickers, a local musical troupe. Admission is free.

A couple of the many items on hand are an Australian field saddle and what is called a Meadowbrook Gig. This unique handmade two-person buggy, complete with harness, looks like it belongs on the streets of an Amish community. Both items were donated by long-time Sunnyside educator Barbara Merz.

Along with the saddle and buggy will be numerous gift baskets, quilts, etchings by Desiree Denton, as well as several unique wooden wine bottles by local woodworker Leroy Ganser. Some of the bottles may be adorned with one of the two special Bonnie Dunbar custom wine labels that will be available.

A tabletop version of the Bonnie Dunbar bronze is currently on display at the Hapo Credit Union in Sunnyside.

For more information or to donate items interested parties can call Bill Flower at 509-830-5209.

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