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'Discovery Gala' grows into bigger tent party along Lockport's Erie Canal

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Mon, Jul 31st 2017 10:05 am
`Treasures Under the Tent,` the Niagara History Center's gala fundraiser, will offer more than 40 silent and live auction items, including a wide variety of gift baskets and packages, such as these auctioned at the 2016 celebration.
"Treasures Under the Tent," the Niagara History Center's gala fundraiser, will offer more than 40 silent and live auction items, including a wide variety of gift baskets and packages, such as these auctioned at the 2016 celebration.
Discover 'Treasures Under The Tent' Aug. 19; auction prizes, fine food & beverages
What could be better than the Niagara History Center's annual Discovery Gala party and auction? Organizers claim to have the answer, and said their mid-summer event has grown into a can't-miss event, set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.
Look for more, more, more of all you love at "Treasures Under the Tent," an outdoor dinner and auction with new prize items, amped-up menu choices from Lockport's Shamus Restaurant.
Organizers are pitching a party tent behind the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., and invite readers to join in an evening of fun and alfresco dining in view of the Erie Canal and downtown Lockport.
The annual fundraiser for the History Center features gift and getaway packages, art, jewelry, and restaurant gift certificates for auction. Both live and silent auctions will be offered. This year's "Treasures" also includes packages for restaurants, museums and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as cruise package (including excursions for Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises and the Moondance Cat), golf packages (including Oak Run and Hickory Stick golf courses), sports memorabilia from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, and decorative and gift items, such as a handmade quilt by local artisan Stephanie Drehs, a doll house made by Thomas Drehs, original art, and prints by well-known area artists.
Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour returns as auctioneer. Organizers said Voutour is a real showman, and his personality, humor and auctioneering technique add to the fun as he puts these prizes up for bid.
This year's menu will be provided by the Shamus. Dress is casual. The Heenans will provide music.
The Niagara History Center is now in its 96th year of preserving and protecting the history of Niagara County and the Erie Canal. Proceeds raised at "Treasures Under the Tent" will help develop and expand its educational programs for adults and children, which are offered year-round.
During the hours of the "Treasures" event, guests are welcome to explore the exhibits of art and artifacts in the Penney Gallery, located on the second floor of the Discovery Center. The Penney Gallery gathers inspiration and artifacts from the life of local philanthropist and collector Charles Rand Penney.
Tickets to "Treasures Under the Tent" are $50. Call the History Center at 716-434-7433.
The History Center receives grant assistance from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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