Live Auction Items

If the exquisite food and wine isn’t enough – these live auction package deals are sure to make SlowFoodVastWine™ 2017 an event to remember!

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Carson Mountain Cottage

Start planning that special long weekend for the two of you or a small family to a cozy cottage on a full wooded acre on Chester Gap less than a five minute walk from the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. Charm and comfort awaits with this 500 sq ft. studio cottage includes a full kitchen, hand painted sinks, a claw foot bathtub and heated ceramic tile floors. There is a full bed as well as a sleeper sofa, TV, DVD player, and a pellet stove. While close by, enjoy a night out at Griffin Tavern featuring pub fare with flair made from local ingredients with a $30 giftcard, and wine tastings for up to four at Philip Carter Winery in Hume and Gadino Cellars in Little Washington. Savor another meal at Regions 117 with a creative menu sourced largely within 117 mile radius using your $50 gift card.
Value: $685
Courtesy of: Carson Mountain Cottage, Griffin Tavern, Philip Carter Winery, Regions 117, Gadino Cellars

Culpeper Charm

Get away to charming historic downtown Culpeper and relax in style for two Sat-Sun nights in a luxury suite at Suites at 249 – a boutique hotel featuring world class amenities within walking distance of quaint shops and fabulous eateries. Explore the main street charm of downtown Culpeper and partake of a farm-to-table lunch for two at Grass Rootes Kitchen and Cocktail, with creative fare that features more than 20 regional farms and producers. Stop by Moving Meadows Farm and Bakery with your gift card for some of the best cinnamon buns in VA or many other market selections of breads fresh-baked daily from stone ground organic flour, free-range meats and eggs and much more!
Courtesy of Walden Hall B & B, Grass Rootes Kitchen and Cocktail, Moving Meadows Farm
Estimated Value: $500

Savor History in Staunton

Go and explore why downtown Staunton was voted as one of the ‘best small towns in America’ from USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and Virginia Living.  Enjoy a 1 night stay with a discount for the second night at the Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast.  You will not be disappointed in this historic Queen Anne 8000 square foot bed and breakfast that has character and charm that is breathtaking.  Included with the stay are two tickets to the American Shakespeare Blackfriars Playhouse where you will enjoy the world’s first historically accurate Shakespearean touring troupe ($110).  “Eat Well. Feel GREAT” at Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery ($20) before starting your day exploring history and shops throughout downtown Staunton.  For the cigar lover, take a break and relax at Beverley Cigar Store ($25) before meeting up with your wife to indulge in an Italian feast dinner at Emilio’s Italian Restaurant ($50).  Save room after dinner to enjoy gelato or sorbet from The Split Banana ($15).
Estimated Value: $500
Courtesy of: Berkeley House Bed and Breakfast, American Shakespeare Blackfriars Playhouse, Beverly’s Cigar Store, Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, Emilio’s Italian Restaurant, The Split Banana

Madison County Art and Culture

Plan your luxurious two night Sat – Sun stay at Walden Hall, a premier modern country estate Bed and Breakfast near Culpeper, voted best B&B by VA LIving Magazine in 2016 & 2017. While there use your gift card for a flight tasting to their Bald Top Brewery – VA’s first historic farm brewery. Walden Hall guests also enjoy free tastings at several area wineries including Barboursville Vineyards. Make an afternoon cultural excursion to the nearby studio of renowned local Artist Henry Wingate. Henry will give you a personal tour of his studio and latest endeavors. Make time to stop and enjoy the incredible wines at Ducard Vineyard . Perhaps invite some friends to join you for a tasting, private tour in the vines, followed by a gourmet lunch – for up to eight guests.
Estimated Value: $1,350

Farm to Table Package #1

Know your Farmer! Meats of integrity from “beyond organic” local producers to nourish your family and tantalize your taste buds!
  • Beef selections with a value of $200 from Cottonwood Ranch
  • A tender young Leg of Lamb –  $75 value from Briarmead Farm
  • 12 Free-range pastured whole chickens – $250 value – from the Fidero Family
  • Pork Sampler Package – $125 value – Beatrix Farm:
  • 1 lb Bacon, 5 lbs.sausage or ground pork, 2 lbs breakfast links,6 pork chops, 2.5 lb pork loin roast
Estimated Value: $650
Courtesy of: Cottonwood Ranch, Briarmead Farm, Beatrix Farm, Fidero family

Farm to Table Package #2

A second delicious opportunity to stock your freezer with beyond organic meats while getting to know the good folks of Wiffletree Farm in Warrenton, and Beatrix Farm in Toms Brook, VA. (While out at their farms for pick-up, be sure to buy a few more selections to let them know you appreciate their hard work and generous support of SFVW!) Round out your menu and get your children involved in farming by taking the family out to Great Country Farms in Bluemont for sustainably grown fruit and vegetable picking throughout the summer! While there have free tastings at on-site Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewery.
  • 5 free-range pastured chickens – $100 value –  Beatrix Farm
  • Farm cornucopia worth $100 – Wiffletree Farm:  1 sirloin strip steak, 1 whole pastured chicken, 2 pkgs. Chicken thighs, 1 free-range turkey breast, 1 pkg. Sage breakfast sausage, 2 pkgs pork chops, 1 dozen eggs from pastured chickens.
  • Great Country Farms’ Bluemont Experience package – $289 value – Includes tasting experiences at Bluemont Vineyards, Dirt Farm Brewery, plus Fan of the Farm  season pass –   for a family of up to six; activities include a Farm Animal Barnyard, hayrides, 10% discount on all U-pick or farm store fruits and vegetables, giant slides, jumping pillow, putt-putt, and more! April- Nov. 2017  
Estimated Value: $489
Courtesy of: Wiffletree Farm, Beatrix Farm, Great Country Farm & Bluemont Vineyard, Dirt Farm Brewery

Gourmet Winemaker’s Dinner

An evening to remember for you and 10-16 friends with hobby chef extraordinaire Marc-Pierre Jansen and Theo Smith, award-winning winemaker at Rappahannock Cellars. Marc-Pierre will prepare a gourmet multi-course menu paired with a case of Rappahannock Cellars wines. Theo will guide you and your guests through the paired menu while discoursing on the winemaking experience with tasting notes. All in the exclusive atmosphere of the members-only Wine Club room at  Rappahannock Cellars after-hours. Perfect for a company dinner or staff thank you party!  Date to be mutually agreed upon. (Not available June-August 2017.) Extend the R.C. experience with the addition of a complimentary 3 month Wine Club membership.
Estimated Value: $1, 200
Courtesy of: Rappahannock Cellars, John Delmare, Theo Smith, Marc-Pierre Jansen


Make My Day in Middleburg

Make your day (or maybe your weekend) in charming Middleburg with a one night stay for two at the luxurious Red Fox Inn and Tavern  – includes one night plus $100 gift card towards a second night or a meal at the Tavern. A stay at this perennially popular historic Inn also includes a sumptuous Hunt Country breakfast. For lunch or dinner, dine in style with a $50 gift card for nearby Field and Main, where the creative farm-to-table seasonal menu celebrates the VA Piedmont region. Savor another great meal in nearby The Plains at “fresh, fun, fabulous” Front Porch Market and Grill  with a generous $100 gift card.
Estimated Value:   $500


Memorable Myrtle Beach

A memorable family vacation awaits with a one week stay in a magnificently furnished two-bedroom oceanfront condo at Ocean One Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC;  recently voted ‘BEST OF THE BEACH for Best Overall Hotel.” Choose your week on the warm sands of the South Carolina shore; anytime between October 2017 and March 2018 subject to availability at the time of the auction.  You and your children will enjoy the on-site Lazy River, interactive splash area and spacious sun deck. Ocean One Resort is located at the foot of the new Myrtle Beach boardwalk convenient to many of the area’s most popular attractions. Use your Skywheel passes to view the beautiful coastline from the top of a giant beach ferris wheel. Plus treat the family to a day at Ripley’s Aquarium (voucher for 2) and two meals out with gift cards to nearby Tupelo Honey Cafe ($60,) and Mr. Fish Seafood ($25)  
Estimated Value: $1,600

Wine and Dine with Ken Cuccinelli

A gourmet dinner for 10-15 people will feature two special guests: Head Chef Donald Higby of Christendom College (Graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute in 2004) who will prepare a multi-course fine dining experience for your guests at Christendom College’s Killian’s Cafe, beautifully decorated for your culinary evening. As if the food wasn’t enough of a treat, Ken Cuccinelli will delight and entertain you and your friends with his sparkling wit and wisdom. Perfect for a company event or promotional dinner for donors, this evening is available in June, July or August 2017 scheduled according to Chef Higby’s and Ken Cuccinelli’s availability. (Four week notice needed.)
Estimated Value: $1,500
Courtesy of: Chef Higby, Christendom College, Ken Cuccinelli

Jazz and Wine at the Barn

Start your fall off right enjoying award-winning wines, delicious locally-sourced casual fare and sparking jazz music with a fun outdoor event for up to 50 couples at the Barn at Rappahannock Cellars.  The Farm Effect food truck will deliver their popular creative menu as you sip and savor while soaking in tunes by the Mark Brandt Jazz Trio in the barn with the best acoustics in town! Come early for a tour of the vineyard with Proprietor and owner, John Delmare. Stay late for stoking up the bonfire! Raise your bid number to purchase a place for a couple at this night to remember on Sunday, September 24th, 2017. Rain or Shine – if inclement weather, event will be moved to the Club Barrel Room.  
Value: $175 per couple
Courtesy of: Rappahannock Cellars, Mark Brandt Jazz Trio, The Farm Effect

Silent Auction Items

A sneak preview of more of our terrific, one-of-a-kind packages; only to be found in the Silent Auction at SlowFoodVastWine 2017!

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Father and Son Woodworking Workshop

Build memories and learn new skills with craftsman Rob Hencken.  Rob will set aside an afternoon to work with you and your son to build something out of wood that you can use at your home.  The boys will take pride in the final product, learn new skills, and share time with their fathers in the process.  Materials are included and up to 3 Father-son pairs are available.  
Value: $150 each father-son pair


Sheer Beauty of Shenandoah Valley

Pilot and John XXIII dad, Paul Uhlenkott, offers a one hour scenic flight for two.  Savor the matchless spectacle of the living colors of the Shenandoah Valley from the best seats in the house.  Enjoy a six pack of locally crafted Penn Druid brewery beer before, during, or after your flight from the co-pilot’s seat!
Estimated Value $175

Instant Wine and Cheese Party

Wine, Cheese and this “How to Host a Wine Tasting Party” box will get you started at hosting your next fun event. Your guests will enjoy this wine selection from Desert Rose Ranch and Winery,  and a 2 lb. wheel of gourmet mild Gouda made with milk of grass-fed cows and love by the Sisters of O.L. of the Angels Monastery, in Crozet, VA. Select another bottle or two for your party at Desert Rose when you go for free tastings and use this $10 certificate towards a wine purchase.
Estimated Value: $110

Toast to the Tunes at Tarara

Grab a picnic basket and head for Tarara Winery in Leesburg, where they feature open air concerts on Saturday nights in summer.  This certificate is good for 8 summer concert tickets during the 2017 season.  Begin the celebration with a prime vintage of Tarara wine.
Estimated Value: $160

Savory Lamb Feast

The centerpiece of your next special or holiday meal. Rub some savory spice rubs from locally based Shenandoah Spice Company on a succulent young tender leg of lamb ( 5-7 lbs)  from Briarmead Farm, producing grass-fed lamb for the past 25 years.
Value: $95

Herb Harvest Planter

This terra cotta planting of an assortment of fragrant, decorative, and culinary herbs has been potted and nurtured by children from the primary classroom at John XXIII Montessori . Place this generous pot right by your back door to harvest herbs including basil, chives, oregano, lavender, and more.
Estimated Value: $75

Bread, Chutney and Cheese: Picnic Fare

Savor an assortment of fresh-baked bread made with care and organic flour from Créme Berry Bakery in Amissville. Layer your bread slice with some O.L. of the Angels Monastery Gouda, topped with Virginia Chutney Co from this two gift box selection of their award-winning chutney.
Estimated Value: $95

Potted Joy Flowers

Two planters chock-full of colorful flower varieties planted with Mrs. Hambleton by the two-year-olds in our toddler program. Brighten your front stoop with these cheerful planters potted and cared for by the John XXIII Toddler Community!
Estimated Value: $100

Joie de Vivre Eggs

Get your mornings off to a great start with a three month egg share from the happy hens lovingly tended by our own White Oaks Middle School students. That’s one dozen large brown eggs per week for twelve weeks.  These eggs are from free-range pastured chickens whose diet is grass and bugs, supplemented with some organic, non-GMO and non-soy feed.  Green pastures + freedom to scratch and peck + sunshine = joie de vivre for a chicken!  Eggs may be picked up at White Oaks Middle School  in Front Royal, VA; flexible pick-up schedule; may be done weekly or monthly. Learn more about WHY these free-range eggs are the most superior for your health and more vital information with a membership to the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Estimated Value: $100

Hand-worked Calligraphy Adds a Touch of Class

Pretty Mail Calligraphy by John XXIII parent and calligrapher extraordinaire Annie Lloyd adds a touch of class to your special event, perhaps a bridal shower or anniversary party.  Use the gift certificate for up to 100 envelopes addressed. Plus a lovely handwritten card to inspire prayer and love of God’s Word at home.
Estimated Value: $325

Atrium Prayer Table in the Home

Here is everything you need to set up your very own Prayer Table in the home.  The basket includes a handcrafted prayer table, liturgical color cloths and handmade scripture cards for each liturgical season, candle tray, song books, a statue of the Good Shepherd, a Bible with a pillow, and a crucifix.  Find a place in the home that can become the prayer corner for your children to encounter the Good Shepherd.  This is something that is ready to be used throughout the year and will tremendously bless your family!
Value- $300

Date Night Package

Get away from it all for the night and enjoy gift cards to Houlihans ($25)and Regions 117 ($50).  Also included is babysitting!  Drop your children off at the Hencken farm where Rob and Colleen will watch them for up to 4 hours so you can enjoy a nice date. The Farm is conveniently located with 2 miles of both restaurants.  The children will be treated to pizza and a movie in the Home Theatre Room on a 120in screen.  If you have little ones that won’t sit through a movie night, Mrs. Hencken will do baking or a craft with them that they can take home.
Value – $150

Summer Activities Package

Everyone is looking for things to do during the summer with the kids!  This package has everything that your children will love.  One week of fun at Kieran O’Donnell’s Chelsea Summer Camp, ($50 value), one month of free gymnastics lessons at Shenandoah Tumblers ($80 value), a chance to make pottery at Polka Dot Pottery and a day for the family at the Discovery Museum; both in Winchester.   Also choose a two week date for a ½ price summer camp at Belle Meade Farm in Sperryville.
Value- $400

All Things Jack

Welcome to all things Jack Daniels.  A big bottle of Jack to go with any mixed drink you like!  Included is a nice tumbler glass with Jack Daniels inscription and barbeque sauces for your next cookout.  Includes a $25 gift certificate to Gore’s Meats and Deli, and a $25 gift certificate to The Two Fat Butchers. 
Value – $150

The Complete Artist Package

An incredible opportunity awaits your child’s artistic yearnings.  Local Artist Mandy Haines has offered 2 one month passes to art lessons in the child’s age group, ($60 value each) and 2 free passes to one art camp of their choice, the Color Camp or the Drawing Camp this summer. ($200 value each). Your children will learn how to observe and look closer at the objects they draw, see connections they may not have noticed before, grow in confidence, and above all have a great time!
Value – $550

Birthday Party Package

There are always birthdays to celebrate and this time it’s all taken care of for you!  Included in this package are 15 free games of bowling for your party at the Royal Family Bowling Center and all the birthday paper products you’ll need!  Also included is a cake of your choice by Vangie Wilson for the birthday party ($50 value).  This is something everyone can use and what kid doesn’t enjoy bowling and cake!
Value – $100

Girls Sleepover Party!

Your daughter and up to 7 of her friends will be pampered and entertained completely at the Hencken farm on a date of their choice!  The night will start off with baking pizzas and treats while listening to music.   Mrs. Hencken will do a craft that the girls can take home, followed by painting nails, and watching a girl’s movie in the Home Theatre Room on a 120 in. screen.  In the morning they’ll have homemade pancakes and enjoy relaxing on the farm for a bit.
Value – $200

Best Pizza in Town? You Decide!

This is a package for everyone.  Treat your family to pizza nights with these gift cards to seven pizza places in Front Royal, VA: Fox’s Pizza, Ledo’s Pizza, Anthony’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Melting Pot, Little Caesars, and Papa Johns.  Families are able to enjoy pizzas at all of these locations and when all the pizza has been tasted, the family will give the “Best Pizza in Town” award to their favorite pizza place!
Value – $140

Spring Cleaning 

These state-of-the art Norwex cleaning supplies selections donated by Norwex representative Rachel McMahon. is the ultimate “Household Package” which contains an enviro cloth, polishing cloth, dusting mitt, travel pack, and cleaning paste. But for those times you don’t feel like cleaning, it gets even better! Also included is a complimentary house cleaning by Naomi Egger.  She will come to your home and for up to 3 hours give your house a complete spring  cleaning (or whatever season!)
Value: $150

Handyman for the Day 

Start making that “Honey-Do” list of basic electrical, plumbing and carpentry, household repairs and maintenance. A “Master Handyman Technician” from among the Hambleton Handyman service team, all with at least 15 years experience in the field, will spend the day at your home polishing off your project list. (Mutually agreeable date; materials extra at cost.)  
Value: $750
Courtesy of: Hambleton Handyman

Proceeds benefit John XXIII Montessori Children's Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing educational opportunities for children in the Front Royal, Virginia area.

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