Volunteers from area Mennonite churches have been working year-round to prepare items to be sold on the Silent Auction and Live Auction of the 15th annual TriState Relief Sale Festival & Cruise-In July 19-20.
Quilters have been working at their quilt frames at home and in church groups, artisans such as Spruce Forest potter Lynn Lais and bird carver Gary Yoder are using their talents to create pieces and woodworkers have been creating cabinets, benches, poly-lumber lawn furniture and rocking chairs.
A dozen hobby carpenters from the Kaufman Mennonite Church in Davidsville, have gathered together weekly to create an 8 foot by 12 foot building that may be used as a storage shed or is adaptable for a backyard chicken coop which is the current rage.
Dan Saylor said it is extremely sturdy and everything is finished except for the trim paint. When asked why they took time out from their lives to create the building, he said this is something we need to do to help the less fortunate. The building can be viewed at the Kaufman Church parking lot prior to the event.
The Scottdale Mennonite Church is sponsoring a hand-crafted hunters' blind that will be brought in from Little Cottages Company located in Amish country, Millersburg, Ohio. The camouflaged paint covers the six-sided building complete with stand. Each side contains a 12 in. x 42 in. working window. A volunteer is waiting to deliver either of these buildings to your door in the local area.
Beginning July 19, a giant silent auction will be on hand to greet buyers. One-of-a-kind items including handcrafted wood and craft items, artwork, chain saws, gift certificates for local entertainment, and B&B stays will be offered.
A classic auto cruise-in will be held on the grounds for your viewing pleasure July 20. The cruise-in is sponsored by the Oakland, Md. car club and they invite any antique or classic vehicle owner to participate. The first 50 entries will receive a free dash plaque. There is no fee to enter.
All proceeds benefit victims of hunger, famine and war, both worldwide and in the United States through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the relief and development arm of Mennonite and Brethren churches, based in Akron, Pa. (www.mcc.org). Thousands of kits and comforters made by local volunteers have recently been sent to Syria to aid the refugees because of the recent conflict and volunteers to partner organization Mennonite Disaster Service have been responding to give assistance where Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma City tornadoes have wreaked havoc.
The benefit will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, McHenry, Md. For further information or to obtain a schedule of the Saturday auction, call 814-442-4594 or go to www.tristatesale.org for a preview of sale items which will be continually updated.