13th Annual Grapes & Escapes

Thanks to everyone who came out last month. Here are some pics from the evening.


Clark State Performing Arts Center

Theres no time for a siesta because youre invited to a fiesta

Come shake off the winter blues with your favorite amigos! Just grab your sombrero or your colorful huipil and join the celebration on Saturday, February 4th from 6 to 11pm at the Clark State Performing Arts Center!

Fiesta Americana will feature scrumptious appetizers and specialty drinks in the lobby with an open bar, buffet dinner, a mariachi band, dancing with Not So Loud Silent Party, and a live auction – all happening on the Kuss stage.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and its distinguished education and outreach programs.
¡Ven divertirte con nosotros!

Event and Raffle Tickets

Proceeds from the benefit and live auction will support the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and its distinguished education and outreach programs including the Youth Orchestras and Choir, LiveWire ensembles, Link Up concert, the Jazz Orchestra, Taproom Series, Music at the Museum, Tunes-n-Tales with the Clark County Public Library and more.


Grapes & Escapes Party Package!

Holy Guacamole ~ don’t stop the party now! Have your own fiesta at home!
This package is filled with Tequila, Margarita mixes, Sangrias, artisan glassware, assorted Mexican fare, restaurant gift cards, and party favors!

Value: $1,000 



A reasonable effort has been made to indicate the terms and conditions of auction items. Details of terms and conditions are subject to change.

An Affair to Remember!

The Market Bar @ COhatch and YOUR SSO combine forces to create a fun, entertaining and unforgettable experiential affair. You and up to 40 of your closest raucous friends will be treated to a private 3-hour party in The Exchange – with LIVE entertainment provided by SSO’s own Katie Wolf Harford & Her Friends. Market Bar Alchemist, Andrew Lazear will prepare a specially priced Signature cocktail, custom designed exclusively for the event and The Market Bar will get things started with $100 off your first round of drinks.  Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to support the SSO by having a grand time with your friends in one of downtown Springfield’s hippest venues. Special thanks to Andrew Lazear & Rod Hatfield.

Value: $1,250 / Opening Bid: $450

Inside view of a yurt with a bed, chair, ceiling fan and bathroom Glamping Gem

The Inn at Cedar Falls offers an Ohio yurt glamping experience you will never forget! You will enjoy a 2-night stay in the 20-foot diameter yurt which boast a king-size bed or two twin beds, a full bathroom, comfortable reading rockers, plus a gas log stove, microwave, an under-counter refrigerator, a wood deck and more. They are heated and air-conditioned for year-round use! The yurts do not have a TV (but are Wi-Fi accessible), giving you the chance to truly live in the moment, enjoying your memorable glamping experience. At night, gaze up at an entire sky of sparkling stars right from your bed! It is the icing on the cake for your perfect yurt camping Ohio getaway. Valid for two years. (Some restrictions will apply. Taxes are due at checkout.)

Value: $600 / Opening Bid: $325

One Cast & You’ll Be Hooked!

Few things are as graceful and therapeutic as a line floating through the air and resting on the surface of the water.  Learn to tie a fly, master the cast, and hopefully, hook your own fish. Spend an adventurous day fly-fishing with local expert, Hal Goodrich. Lunch included. When you’re out on the water, the chatter of daily life is replaced by the whirr of the reel and the rumble of the river – your time spent in the outdoors will be memorable! Special thanks to Hal Goodrich.

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $500

Experience the Tradition

The Grand Hotel, a historic resort that beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm; with spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan from the world’s longest porch. Package includes one grand room for two people, for 2-nights, between May 5 – June 30 or August 13 – October 29, 2023, subject to availability, with a Sunday – Thursday arrival/departure pattern. Breakfast daily for two people. (Taxes, local assessment, and baggage handling charges not included, and package is non-transferable/non-refundable).

Value: $1,360 / Opening Bid: $750

A Private Concert with Terry

Enjoy a private concert in your own home or backyard! Local acoustic guitarist and vocalist, Terry Van Auker will serenade you with an array of tunes. Invite all your friends and make it a night for all to remember. A very special thanks to Terry Van Auker.

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $300

Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Then Batter Up!

While Louisville is best known for the Kentucky Derby, it’s also a hip place for sampling bourbon whiskey, and with its recent influx of distilleries, it’s also the perfect place to start or end your Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure! Experience Louisville’s rich bourbon culture yourself on a bourbon tasting tour and save some time to swing by the Louisville Slugger Museum, where you’ll have fun right off the bat! Your getaway for two includes:

• 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville

• All room-related taxes

• A Louisville bourbon tour

• Admission to Louisville Slugger Museum

• A personalized Louisville Slugger bat

• Free concierge reservation service

Mitch Stuart’s terms and conditions: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Gift cards cannot be replaced. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Distillery selection will be made at the time of booking. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Complimentary amenities are subject to availability. Blackout dates: May 5-7, Jun 21-22, Aug 8-10, Sep 29-Oct 03. Collectible, Team Logo, Pink Ribbon and Realtree bats available at an additional cost which is the responsibility of the traveler. Travel is valid for 18 months from date of issue.

Value: $4,200 / Opening Bid: $2,714

Chuck Wagon Ranch Experience

Spend the afternoon on the farm working alongside a crew of cowboys, followed by a chuck wagon dinner cooked over an open fire at Briar Patch Farm. For up to 4 people.  Special thanks to Adam Frantz and Honey Creek Beef.

Value: $800 / Opening Bid: $400

Elegance Embraced!

Combining graciousness of the past with exceptional comforts of today, a new era of elegance awaits you. The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and world-class resort that has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1778. With exceptional dining, famous interior décor, luxurious accommodations and more than 55 activities including a casino club, and the world’s only 5-star mineral spa. Your visit will consist of 2 nights and 3 days in a traditional room (based on availability). A $250 resort gift card is included with this package. See more at www.greenbrier.com. (See website for terms and conditions. Meals and incidentals are not included. Daily resort fee, preservation fee and taxes are included).

Value: $1,250 / Opening Bid: $800


Enjoy great music, tasty food, and take in all the sites like Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium and The Country Music Hall of Fame all in close proximity for this awesome get-away. No matter how you play, you’ll create new memories along the way The package includes a 2-night stay at a Marriott hotel and one dinner for 2 at one of celebrity chef, Maneet Chauhan’s (as seen on the Food Network) local restaurants.  Special thanks to John and Jill Landess.

Value: $850 / Opening Bid: $400

Lone Star Texas Pride

Walk About or Rock Out in Austin, Texas.  Austin offers rich cultural history, yet continues to be an ever-evolving city, so discover the city by taste or by sound with your choice of a food tour or a live music crawl! (Land Only). Your trip for two includes:

• 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Fairmont Austin

• Daily complimentary breakfast

• All room-related taxes

• Your choice of a downtown Austin Secret Food tour or an Austin live music crawl

• Free concierge reservation service

Mitch Stuart’s terms and conditions: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Blackout dates: Oct 20-23. Travel is valid for 18 months from date of issue.

Value: $2,900 / Opening Bid: $1,900

Reap More Than You Sow!

Guests will experience harvesting a crop from a most rare vantage point, the cab of a John Deere S780 Combine operated by Raven Farms. This experience can accommodate two people and is negotiable for a mutually agreeable time during the months of September through November of 2023.  Special thanks to Mia Grimes.

Value: $1,100 / Opening Bid: $550

Ravenwood Castle

Nestled in the remote woods of scenic Hocking Hills, Ravenwood Castle is perfect for planning a romantic trip for two or a just a unique getaway free of electronic interruptions, The package includes a $400 gift certificate that allows you to choose where you want to stay. Whether it’s in the castle, a cottage or a cabin, the medieval atmosphere will make it an unforgettable experience: www.ravenwoodcastle.com.

Value: $400 / Opening Bid: $225


Take a guided tour of the heavens with nationally recognized Wittenberg professor, Dr. Daniel Fleisch. This adventure takes place at Weaver Observatory at Wittenberg University for up to 20 people. This package also includes wine and snacks.

Value: $1,200 / Opening Bid: $600

Stay and Play Golf Package

Enjoy one stay and play package with Dormie Network, the nation’s most exclusive collection of destination golf clubs. This package includes accommodations for one night and two days of unlimited golf for up to four people. Stay and play reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance of your visit. Choose from any of these five private clubs: Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke, VA; Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, IN.; ArborLinks Golf Club, Nebraska City, NE; Briggs Ranch Golf Club, San Antonio, TX and Hidden Creek Golf Club, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The Stay and Play certificate expirers August 31, 2023.  Unaccompanied groups are required to utilize the services of a forecaddie or walking caddies (at the expense of the certificate holder). Special thanks to Marsh & McLennan Agency

Value: $3,800 / Opening Bid: $1,000

Inn at Honey Run

A relaxing getaway for two people. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Ohio Amish Country, the Inn offers a serene oasis of nature and wildlife, comfort and privacy, casual upscale dining, and warm hospitality. With 25 inn rooms, 12 Honeycombs, two cottages, and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture surrounded by 56 acres of breathtaking landscape, the adult-only resort creates an entirely unique experience for every guest. The winner will receive a $500 gift card valid for a 2-night stay and one breakfast for two (www.innathoneyrun.com).

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $225

Only the Best!

“Honey Creek Beef – 30lb box of premium locally raised Black Angus Beef. Mix of steaks, roasts, burgers, and ground beef. Traditional family farm in northern Clark County, www.honeycreekbeef.com.  (Local only. No shipping available) Special thanks to Mia and Adam Frantz.

Value: $300 / Opening Bid: $200

Go Chicago

Experience Chicago the best way possible: with the finest accommodations and fun touring experiences! You’ll spend 3 days/2 nights at Swissôtel Chicago soaking up the city, either on a fascinating architecture cruise, or with a Go Chicago Pass, which provides you access to over 20 of the city’s top attractions and tours, so you have the freedom to see what you want, when you want! Your trip for two includes:

• 3 days/2 nights accommodations at the Swissôtel Chicago

• Daily complimentary breakfast

• All room-related taxes

• Your choice of the Architectural Cruise or a Go Chicago Card

• Complimentary Morning Vitality Runs

• Free concierge reservation service

Mitch Stuart’s terms and conditions: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. If tour is not available, it may be substituted with equal or similar experience. Participating activities for Go Chicago Card are subject to change. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 18 months from the date of issue. Complimentary amenities are subject to availability.

Value: $2,000 / Opening Bid: $1,500

Find Your Inner Maverick!

Once a common sight in the skies, an airworthy PT-19 aircraft is quite rare now. Here’s your chance to take flight and soar in a historic WWII plane known as “The Cradle of Heroes” Presented by Butler County Warbirds. Rides are non-stop and can only accommodate one person at a time. Appointments are required and scheduled on Saturday’s and Sunday’s – weather permitting. Special thanks to Nathan Hale & Butler County Warbirds.

Value: $375 / Opening Bid: $200

All aboard!  Caboose in the Smokies

Experience the Smoky Mountains at its best! Buffalo Creek is open year-round, and buffalo truly roam on this private 72-acre little piece of heaven. You can watch the sunrise over the Smoky Mountains or watch as a herd of buffalo come in for their morning oats. Package includes 2-nights for up to 5 people in a Caboose with access to hiking and a nearby Playground & Game Room plus an outdoor fire pit.  Your caboose will have 1 queen bed, 1 full-size bed, 1 twin sleeper sofa, full kitchen, full bathroom with heated tile floor, linens & towels, 2 satellite TVs, free Wi-Fi, and pets welcomed (pet fees apply). Valid September 1- May 31, Sunday – Thursday (subject to availability; blackout dates include December 19- January 5 and Thanksgiving holiday). Complete travel within 12 months.

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $275

Getaway in Vermont Mountains

The Vermont Inn, steeped in classic New England beauty, features 16 individually designed guest rooms and suites for your 2  nights stay for two. The sprawling red farmhouse, set on 8 acres near Killington Ski Resort and situated in the Green Mountains, has won several awards including TripAdvisor, CBS Boston, and Booking.com for its ambiance and amenities. Relax in front of the fireplace and unwind in the whirlpool tub, or venture outside for seasonal outdoor adventures.

Valid for Apr 1 – Aug 31; Nov 1 – Nov 30 (subject to availability). Not valid during peak seasons: Sept-Oct and Dec – March. Complete travel within 12 month.

Value: $500 / Opening Bid: $275

NY Finger Lakes & Afternoon Tea

Experience Canandaigua from one of five comfortably appointed and spacious guest rooms for 3 nights for two, all with private en-suite baths and several with fireplaces. The Bed and Breakfast at Oliver Phelps is tastefully furnished with period antiques, 12 ft ceilings, and an inviting fireplace for a unique feeling of historic grandeur. Awake to a delicious three course breakfast served with local juices, coffee, or tea. Then, enjoy the park-like setting in the backyard with 40+ trees, enclosed Gazebo, and open deck for you to sit back and relax. When the day is done, revel in the delicious spoils acquired from your adventures with wine, cheese, and home brew. Valid Oct 1 – June 15 (subject to availability). Not valid on holidays. Complete travel within 12 months.

Value: $900 / Opening Bid: $475

Chauffeured Brewery Tour!

Spend an afternoon or evening with friends exploring local breweries and distilleries. Meet at Mother Stewart’s Brewery where a van service will take you on a tour to the Yellow Springs Brewery with the opportunity to sample their newest brews. Followed by a visit to Urbana Brewing Co. for a taste of their handcrafted spirits. Last but not least, you will head back home to Mother Stewart’s Brewery to enjoy a final flight of samples or your favorite beer. This package includes gift cards for each brewery and is good for up to 6 people. 

Value: $750 / Opening Bid: $375

Double the Family Fun!

Great for a family adventure or reunion because you get two cabins for the price of one! Located in Hocking Hills the property includes almost seven acres, a stocked private fishing pond, and hot tubs at each cabin! This package offers a 2-night stay which sleeps up to 16 guests in each cabin: 6 bedrooms, 9 beds & 4 baths and a separate covered area great for grilling and outdoor dining! Weekends in September and October are not valid. Additional nights may be added based on availability. Reservation must be made within 6 months of date issued.

Value: $1,500 / Opening Bid: $775

Cabo San Lucas, Anyone?

The Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos Golf & Spa is in the beautiful city of Los Cabos, on the Baja California peninsula. Enjoy the natural landscape formed by the desert, the silhouettes of the cacti, the abundant marine fauna, the dark blue of the Sea of Cortez and the famous white stone Arch of Cabo San Lucas. A mecca for deep-sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, whale watching, or perfecting your golf swing. This package includes a one-week timeshare stay in 2023 at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos in a two-bedroom suite (1 king, 2 doubles) that has a living room with a pull-out sofa, and a full kitchen.  Airfare, ground transportation, and dining is NOT included.  Special thanks to Deborah Hill.

Value: $6,700 / Opening Bid: $2,300