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Auction Items Remaining for 2019

If you are interested in one of more of these items, please email with the following:
  1. The item(s) you want
  2. For how many people?
You will then receive a reply email within 24 hours or so confirming if the item is still available ("first come, first serve")--and if so, how to pay.
  • Storytelling 101 Class (only 1 spot remaining @ $40/person)
We all have stories to tell. But sometimes, we do not know where to begin. This class is designed to facilitate the live, true storytelling process, from beginning to end, starting from nothing and ending up with one performance-ready story. There will be five classes, 2 hours at a time. Each class will focus on a specific step in the process, starting with finding, then crafting, editing, practicing and, finally, performing the story. A performance night will be mutually chosen and agreed to by class members and UUCF staff. If you like The Moth or StoryCorps, you will love this! (Every Saturday March 7 through April 4). 18 years and older are welcome to participate. (Juliet Hutchings has been telling and teaching live true stories since 2010. Trained by the good folks at Story District in Washington, DC, Juliet took those skills to Rwanda and taught live storytelling in Kigali and then in Cape Town, South Africa. She looks very forward to helping guide you on your storytelling journey!
  • Doggy Days of Summer Pool Party! (7 spots available @ $20/person)
Bring your four legged friends (or just yourself!) for an end of summer pool party, doggies, kids and humans are all welcome to enjoy our pool and hot tub. Summer Barbecue food and beverage will be the theme of the day. Donors: Bobbi Mead, Date: 08/22/2020
  • Annual Blue Bell Walk (2 spots available @ $35/person)
Take an afternoon stroll down the C&O Canal towpath for a couple hours and enjoy the company as well as a display of bluebells. Perhaps we will spot an eagle or owl. Return to the Wilsons for Maryland crab soup and local wine or beer, and carrot cake. Donors: Marguerite and Jeff Wilson, Date: 04/18/20
  • Songwriting Workshop with Lisa & Bill Bromfield (12 spots available @ $25/person)
What do you need to know in order to write a song? How do you create music for your words? How do you create words for your music? How do you tap into sources of inspiration? The answers to these and other questions may be different for each person. But whether you have experience or not we will have some fun writing a song together and each attendee will walk out with the mental tools to keep writing songs on their own or with others. Date: Saturday January 18 from 2 - 4 pm. Snacks provided.
  • I Want to Dance with Somebody (4 spots available @ $70/person)
Bring your dancing shoes! Come dance the night away to your favorite hits on the back deck at the Coleman house! Be sure to send four songs you want to dance to via email before the dance. We will provide ambiance, music, deserts, and sangria. You bring any other snacks and beverages. 7pm until ? (One rain date Sept 19th 2020). Donors: Geoff Coleman and Scarlet Fannin, Date: 09/12/2020
  • Strawbale Home Tour, Cocktails & Dinner (6 spots available @ $50/person)
Tour & cocktails at Ashley and Michael Judd's straw bale home then dinner next door at the home of Carolyn Judd. Dinner will suit vegetarian and non-vegetarian folks. Donors: Carolyn Judd, Date: 3/6/20
  • Sizzling Summertime Smorgasboard (3 spots available @ $50/person)
Kick back and revel in the warmth of Summer at this June celebration of good companions, good food, and cool drinks prepared by the Dynamic Duo of Gourmet, Mary Fletcher and Nancy Lohrey, on the deck at Mary's Lake Linganore home. Handicapped accessible, and air conditioned for your comfort. Come come whoever you are, and enjoy! Date: 06/20/20
  • Annual Salmon Dinner (0 spot available) - SOLD OUT
  • Mushroom Walk with John (2 spots available @ $40/person)
Starting with a brief talk about how to identify mushrooms, and avoid accidental poisonings, John will lead an informative Mushroom Walk in the Thorpewood woods. We will hope to see a variety of mushroom types, but circumstances beyond our immediate control, (like the weather and climate change) will have the final say on what we see on any given day. Walk will be re-scheduled in the case of totally unacceptable weather. Donors: John Beutler, Date: 08/22/20

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Theme: "Halloween 2"--costumes encouraged!

Auction Catalog

2019 Auction Catalog

Donate Items for Auction

Please add descriptions of items you plan to donate through our online Auction Donation Form.


$10 for ages 15 & up.
Due to Space Constraints, ticket Sales are limited. (Don't delay, buy your tickets early!) On sale in the atrium each Sunday.

Auction Set-up

Friday November 1 at 9:00am. (Volunteers needed and welcome to help!)

Auction Night Schedule

  • 5:00 - 6:40 p.m. Silent Auction
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Finger Foods (BYOB)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Entertainment
  • 6:45 p.m. Cashier opens for early check out
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Live Auction
  • 9:00 until… Clean-up

Ideas for Auction Donations

We need events for the Live Auction!

  • Dinners & Parties,
  • Tours & Vacations
  • Home-cooked meals,
  • Expert advice and services, and more!

Let your imagination run wild! We also encourage welcome family-affordable and family-featured events

Silent Auction items needed too--quality items such as:

  • Decorative items (Jewelry, Art, etc.)
  • Tools, Appliances, Dishes,
  • Sport equipment, Musical instruments, Household goods

That unusual item your relative left you--all gratefully accepted, and more!
(Minimum Bid for all Silent Auction items is $5, so please consider that when planning your donation.)

UUNIQUE Handcrafted Items are also needed: Calling All Artists & Handcrafters!

  • We will again be featuring a special section in the Silent Auction of "UUnique Handcrafted items" such as hand knits, quilts, hand carved items, etc. This will feature high quality items hand-made by UUCF Members and Friends.
  • Minimum bids will be priced commensurate with their actual value, considering the time and materials it takes to produce a quality handcrafted item. In addition to a minimum opening bid, there will be a minimum bidding increment for subsequent bids. Unsold items will be returned to the donor and will NOT be included in the next day “Cash and Carry". 
  • If you have an item you would like to offer, please select the "UUnique" category when filling out the donation form, and also identify it in the item title, e.g.. "UUnique hand-made quilt". Items must be hand made by a UUCF Member or Friend to qualify for this designation!

Useful Info for Silent Auction Donors & Bidders
  • Donors: Attach confirmation emails to your donations (so that the Silent Auction Team can easily identify them). Deliver them to Room 124 immediately after the second service on Sunday, October 27, and daily after that during office hours and at other times, when the building is in use, the week before the auction. Set-up occurs Friday, November 1, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until approximately 4 p.m. Can’t get to UUCF at any of those times? Donations with confirmation emails will be accepted Noon-4pm on Saturday, Nov 2.
  • Donations of alcoholic beverages cannot be accepted, due to laws unique to certain areas of the county.
  • If you have a donation that is not a "thing" (such as a service) or is too big to transport, please include a photo or other visual to be displayed with its bid sheet at the auction. Otherwise, the item could be easily overlooked!
  • Silent Auction Bidders: on Auction Night, the minimum bid is posted as the first bid on the bid sheet, and reflects the value of a donation, as defined by the donor. The listed minimum bid is first bid on all items. You can find out if you won and take your winnings, after the Silent Auction Team completes the close-out process and all winnings are recorded by cashiers. This year, we will announce when bidders can begin to retrieve winnings. Please wait for that announcement before going back to see if you won a silent auction item!
  • Early check-out begins on or about 7pm, after the cashiers have recorded all winnings. There will be an announcement when check-out is open.
  • Cash & Carry: Items receiving no bids or whose minimum bids were not met will be for sale the next day, Sunday in the “Cash ‘n Carry.” Look for the Cash ‘n Carry table set up in the Chapel. Purchase these items by taking them to a cashier in the office and making an offer. After Sunday services and coffee hour, all remaining items are donated to the Goodwill.

Questions? Contact Karen Russell, Silent Auction Chair: or 301-834-3884.

Thank you for your creativity & generosity to everyone who donates to either the Live or Silent Auction!

Join the Auction Team

Your help is needed for the Auction set-up and clean-up, starting on Friday November 1 at 9am! Please contact Scott Norris or Nancy Roblin:

  • Scott Norris:
  • Nancy Roblin:
  • Karen Russell: