Jan 22, 2008


Through the generosity of friends and area businesses, Oddfellows’ Carnaval party and fundraiser will feature dozens of fabulous auction items. Carnaval will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 5-8 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Following a silent auction of over 50 fun and unusual items, Durham resident Brad Wilkinson, MD, will serve as guest live auctioneer.

Among the many exciting auction items are a Zulu Nyala African photo safari; Red Sox tickets; a night at New York’s Algonquin Hotel; an autographed UCONN Lady Huskies basketball; one week at a Florida time share; two nights at The Ocean Lodge in Boca Raton and The Christopher in Boston; dinner at Mistral in Boston and Luce, Amici, First and Last, and Osaka Steakhouse in Middletown; autographed books from Tom Brokaw, Jimmy Carter, and John McCain; artwork by David Schulz; gift certificate donated by Chiarappa Jewelers; tickets to Theaterworks, Hartford Stage, Mystic Aquarium, Six Flags, Mystic Seaport, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, and the Mark Twain House; 3-month membership to WOW! Fitness in Cromwell; Alaskan and Inuit art prints; and lift tickets to Ski Sundown. More items are being added to the list daily.

Carnaval is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in supporting the activities of the Playhouse to wear their brightest colors and finest feathers during the dreariest time of winter. The evening will include live reggae and Caribbean music by Buru Style, international hors d'oeuvres and wine. Throughout the evening, members of Oddfellows Traveling Circus will dazzle guests with juggling, stilting, and acrobatics.

Although invitations to “Carnaval” have been extended by mail, the public is invited. Tickets are $30 per person; sponsor tickets are $75; premium sponsor tickets are $150. Snow date for the event is Saturday, February 9. Anyone interested in attending “Carnaval” can call Oddfellows at (860) 347-6143 or for more information, go to www.oddfellows.org.