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Upcoming Events at the Ward Museum
December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A brisk chill is in the air and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University has a variety of activities to get families into the holiday spirit during this festive time of year.
The Ward Museum’s Silver Bells Quarter Auction takes place on Friday, December 6. Doors open at 5 p.m. This annual fundraiser features over 100 items up for bid. Items include gift cards; admission tickets to performances, sporting events, and museums; home décor; vacation packages; gift baskets; and more. This is the perfect opportunity to have a fun night out with friends and a chance to win some unique and completely gift-able prizes.
Never been to a quarter auction? Here is how it works. Everyone will receive a numbered auction paddle upon arrival. Each item has a bid price in quarter increments. When an item is presented that you wish to bid on, you place the appropriate number of quarters in the provided bucket and raise your paddle. A number will be drawn, and if it matches your raised paddle you win. If your number is called and your paddle is not raised, a new number is called until a winner is declared.
Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door and includes one paddle. VIP access is $35 and includes one paddle and access to the VIP room with an open bar and light fare from local businesses. Additional paddles can be purchased for $5 each. Have your quarters ready or obtain some at the door. Proceeds benefit the Ward Foundation’s education and outreach programs.
On Saturday, December 21, the Ward Museum will host Winter Wonderland, a free, family-friendly event that includes holiday crafts, performances, a visit from Santa, sweets, and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Winter Wonderland is the Ward Museum’s chance to give back,” says Events Director, Kristie Clattenburg. “It is our way of celebrating the holiday season with the community.”
Each child will get an elf hat to decorate and wear as they stroll through a makeshift toy land in the galleries. This year, visitors will get to participate in theatre games with the Community Players of Salisbury as part of the museum’s free monthly Drop in Art program. For over 70 years, the Community Players of Salisbury have brought high quality community theatre to the area. In addition, returning favorite, D’Ann Danse Studios will perform a selection of holiday-themed choreographed routines from their A Rockin’ Cool Yule holiday recital.
Treetops Gifts of Art and Nature, the museum gift shop, is fully stocked for all gift-giving needs. Carrying an assortment of specialty nuts, honey, Fisher’s popcorn, ornaments, home décor, outdoor décor, educational toys, jewelry, and accessories, there is something for everyone. In addition, Treetops hosts a holiday consignors’ market during the months of December and January, with over 50 local artisans’ works featured and available for sale. Treetops will also be offering daily specials on their wide selection of items throughout the month. Keep an eye on the Ward Museum’s Facebook page to see what’s new.
The Ward Museum galleries will be open throughout December for outings with your out-of-town guests and out-of-school children. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day and closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. More information about the Ward Museum and the above events can be found at www.wardmuseum.org or by calling 410-742-4988. Don’t forget to look for the Museum on social media too, @WardMuseum.