The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will host its 2021 Zoo Online Auction starting Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. through Saturday, May 22 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to sign into the auction website at fundraiser.bid/uusd where they can bid, purchase, and pay for items online.
Shoppers can pick up purchased items Sunday, May 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the UUSD church, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. Socially distanced masked volunteers will place purchased items into shoppers’ cars. Some larger items include delivery, and other pickup arrangements can be made instead of Sunday, May 23 if necessary.
Auction coordinators Gwen Johnson and Kris Acker say they have enjoyed getting ready for their church’s first online auction. Johnson says, “Bidding online is simple and fun with our new user-friendly auction software. Shoppers can browse through our extensive auction catalog and click the picture of the item to see an enlargement. Shoppers will find cuddly, virtual zoo animals tucked in these item pictures, which are fun to see and will be part of a contest with a prize awarded Wednesday, May 19.”
Acker says, “We are especially thrilled this year to feature, in our extensive Art Category, the beautiful original watercolor painting ‘Dolle's Salt Water Taffy and Boardwalk’ by local artist Kathleen Fitzgerald. Her painting has captured the very essence of beach life in Southern Delaware. This painting will be a treasure for someone’s coastal home or living space.”
Fitzgerald says, “I am a lifelong artist and now a retired lawyer. Beach life has inspired many of my pieces over the last 15 years. ‘Dolle's Salt Water Taffy and Boardwalk’ is my watercolor for one of my favorite views in southern Delaware. I have walked those boards countless times, from one end to the other, and the Dolle's sign is as iconic to Rehoboth Beach as Joe and Jill Biden. With the Dolle's sign possibly moving from that perch in the near future, I think this painting evokes a feeling of nostalgia for carefree, pre-pandemic days at the beach. I am honored to have this painting featured in the UUSD auction.”
Shoppers can view over 180 items in this year’s auction catalog being offered on the fundraiser.bid/uusd website. New items include a metal fire pit, a Bernina Model 220 Swiss sewing machine, and a variety of gift baskets. Other items include gift cards from local restaurants and a variety of hand-crafted items, such as knits, jewelry, glass art, etc.
Shoppers can also purchase items from UUSD’s Unique Boutique with many preowned family treasures. The Collectables Category features Pink Depression Glass dishes - Doric Pattern by Jeannette Glass with many serving pieces, Royal Ruby Red Cranberry Roly Poly pitcher and glasses, and Disney Collectors Plate set, plus vintage jewelry, vintage Coach bags, and much more.
UUSD is a welcoming and progressive spiritual community with a faith rooted in love and justice. Proceeds from this year’s annual auction will support their mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. For more information, contact Fundraising@uussd.org or visit uussd.org.