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'Keying Into History' A Grand Affair

Primary fundraiser for interpretive center museum set for March 12

More than 100 items from fine art, weekend packages and river cruises will be up for grabs Saturday, March 12, at the 13th annual Silent Auction in Stevenson.

The grand event is the primary fundraiser for the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum and is considered by history-buffs and the community as the premiere event on the Gorge social calendar.

Tickets are restricted for the first 250 diners and include admission to the museum, a buffet dinner, live entertainment and a no-host bar.

This year, the museum is celebrating the recent donation of a Steinway concert grand piano and have dubbed it a night for "Keying Into History." Portland's John Nilsen will be the pianist accompanied by Jeff Leonard on bass.

"We're really excited about this year's auction," said museum executive director Sharon Tiffany. "Our corporate and private donors have been especially generous this year and the list of items up for auction is impressive."

Proceeds from the auction will help fund the ambitious Lewis and Clark exhibit scheduled for dedication on Saturday, Oct. 29, just in time for the National Parks traveling exhibit, Corps II: The Tent of Many Voices, which will arrive in Stevenson in April 2006. A variety of programs, lectures and Lewis and Clark activities are on the agenda, all geared to be family friendly.

"This is going to be a great year for us but we need the support of the public to make it happen," said Tiffany.

The auction gets underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, with the event scheduled to end at 10.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 427-8211.

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