Cranberries calling Amherst

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Auction, sale to restore church basement

AMHERST – It’s not bad news at all that the First Baptist Church needs to restore its basement.

Pauline Lusby and volunteer cooks at the First Baptist Church are calling on cranberry and Christmas fans to the Christmas Cranberry Sampler and Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 23, where up for grabs will be more than 100 quality items in the auction, and homemade samplers like cranberry cider will be served.

There wasn’t a flood. The foundation is sound. But for all sakes and purposes, it just can’t keep up with the congregation anymore.

“We’ve outgrown our kitchen and have 95 youths in our youth group, compared to 30 [a few years ago],” Rev. Don Miller said. “It’s good news we need a newer basement.”

Enter the annual Christmas Cranberry Sampler and Auction. The proceeds from the annual church-sponsored launch of the sweets and treats the church will sell from Oct. 23 and throughout the holiday season, combined with a night of auctioning and sampling, will go towards renovating the basement and an elevator.

And it’s going to be fun, by golly.

“For me it’s the highlight of my year. It’s a lot of fun,” Miller said. “I’m not an auctioneer by any means, so it’s a chance for people to laugh, for me to laugh at myself and have fun.”

With such samplers as chocolate cranberry bark, cranberry marmalade, cranberry cider, cranberry mincemeat and, yes, cranberry sauce, Miller hints there might be ulterior motives to sweetening up the crowd during the auction.

“Basically I’m giving them a sugar rush so they’ll bid higher,” Miller jested.

More than 100 quality items will be in the auction, Miller said, and all of the sample items will be available for sale at the First Baptist Church during and after the auction.

Tickets for the events are available through the church, located at 90 Victoria Street East.

christopher.gooding@tc.tc

Twitter: @ADNchris

Organizations: First Baptist Church

Geographic location: 90 Victoria Street East

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