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MAC plans 'A Taste of Spring'
"The Gift" by Deb Meyer
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MONROE — Monroe Arts Center’s largest fundraiser of the year, “A Taste of Spring,” is taking on a new flavor when it goes online from Saturday, Aug. 1 through Monday, Aug. 24.

Normally held in May, this event typically features a multi-course dinner with paired wines created by a local chef, along with both a silent and live auction. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors and Executive Director Kathy Hennessy came to the realization the event, postponed from its original spring date, would either have to be reimagined into a virtual event or canceled. Understanding that canceling the event would cause a profound economic loss to MAC, it was decided to create a virtual fundraising event that will retain as many of features of the live event as possible. 

Over 50 items awaiting bids include one-of-a-kind musical instruments repurposed into art objects, various hand-turned wood bowls, furniture, hand-knit and crocheted scarves, jewelry and gift baskets. Delicious dinner experiences such as a pizza party on the deck, a cooking class led by Italian chef Carlo Pasquino and a farm-to-table dinner for up to 12 people are also up for bids. Online bidding begins Aug. 1 at which can take place from home. In addition, items may be viewed in person in a display located in MAC’s south side (east building) lobby windows.

The final bidding for the auction items will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 via a Facebook live party. During this live event co-hosted by Kathy Hennessy and MAC Board President Kevin Callahan, updates on bidding status will be provided as well as numerous fun and surprises throughout the hour. In addition, drink mixologist Dan Blum will be on-hand, creating and sharing his recipes for special cocktails. Live music will be provided by pianist and musician, Cindy Blanc.

For questions contact Monroe Arts Center at 608-325-5700 or online at