Silent Auction

The Peninsula Cantare survives and thrives through fundraising and donations. Thank you in advance for supporting us through the 2019 Silent Auction!

We will again host our Silent Auction during our spring concert, with doors opening to the auction at 7 pm.   During the program intermission you may continue to bid, with the announcements of the winners being made near the end of the concert. Cash, checks and major credit cards (processed through PayPal) will be accepted. Alcohol should only be purchased by those 21 and over, and should be enjoyed responsibly.

But enough of the fine print! Here is a preview of items that will be auctioned , so you can plan accordingly!

Lot 1. Bay Tour By Air– See the beautiful Bay Area from a Cessna172 on a private tour for you and up to 2 friends (500lb weight limit), flying over the Golden Gate, next to the Bay Bridge, and down the coast. Stop for lunch in Half Moon Bay ($50 gift certificate to Half Moon Bay Brewery included) and return to Hayward Airfield. Model plane included as well.

Lot 2. Brunch With The Maestro for 4– He’s not only an amazing musician, he’s also an experienced cook! Dr. Benson will host you and three friends on date of mutual agreement, providing food, stories, and laughs. You’ll have a blast with this guy! Also includes a magnum of bubbly, but you don’t have to bring it to brunch!

Lot 3. Murder Mystery Night for 8– You and 7 friends are invited to attend a dinner party (at a mutually agreed upon date and location) hosted by 3 Peninsula Cantare singers. As friends gather for a night of food and fun, things go awry – mystery and mayhem ensue, and the guests are left to solve a crime in this exciting and entertaining live game.

Lot 4. Emergency Preparedness Kit– If you don’t have one already, you should! This earthquake emergency kit contains many of the essentials necessary for when the big one hits. Don’t be caught unprepared! Also includes pet first aid necessities!

Lot 5. Las Vegas Vacation!– Tahiti Village is a beautiful, family-friendly condo just south of the Las Vegas strip. This one-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 4 people, and you are all invited to stay from April 22-29, or any part thereof. The resort has a lazy river and pool – the perfect Spring vacation! (Important note: the condo is available for these dates only.) Also includes 2 roundtrip flights from the Bay Area to Las Vegas airport on Southwest airlines. Visit for more info on the condo.

Lot 6. Las Vegas Getaway!– The Grandview at Las Vegas is a fantastic condo complex just south of the Las Vegas Strip with all kinds of amenities. The condo sleeps up to 4 people, and you are all invited to stay from April 19-26, or any part thereof. The resort has 5 heated pools, 5 hot tubs, 9 holes of mini-golf, and much more. (Important note: the condo is available for these dates only.) Also includes $100 gift certificate for Southwest Airlines. Visit for more information about the condo.

Lot 7. Behind the Scenes at SFO– Ever wondered why your flight into SFO is being delayed? You and three friends are invited for a tour of the San Francisco International Air Traffic Control Tower, with one-of-a-kind views and a rare opportunity to see the controllers at work. (Must be a United States citizen.) Also includes Hangar1 vodka.

Lot 8. Morning Ritual Basket– Here’s a basketful of goodies to help you start your day out right! Inside you’ll find coffee, Irish Crème, books, slippers, and gift certificates to Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme. You’ve never had such a good morning!

Lot 9. Dessert and a Quartet Serenade– Be serenaded by the section leaders of Peninsula Cantare at your home in a private concert for you and however many guests you like! They’ll choose a few songs in a 20-minute set appropriate for the occasion and will also provide a tasty treat for your enjoyment.

Lot 10. Wine and Appetizer Party for 12– What’s better than a wine tour in Napa? How about the delicious taste of wine country close to home?! One of our Peninsula Cantare board members is a fabulous chef, and she’ll cater appetizers for a party of up to 12 people. Wine from Steiner Family Vineyards will complete this amazing package! (Venue and date to be agreed upon.)

Lot 11. Game Night and Cocktails With the Maestro for 4– Dr. Benson has more talents than you can shake a baton at. Come see how masterfully he kicks some booty at board games with 3 of your friends at a mutually agreed-upon date. He’ll provide drinks and games – you provide the participants. For practice until then, several card games are included in this lot.

Lot 12. Death By Chocolate Basket– The sopranos of Peninsula Cantare have put together this basketful of all kinds of chocolate confections and beautiful things to make your mouth and your heart sing. Also makes a GREAT Mother’s Day or Easter gift!

Lot 13. Artistic Date Night Basket– Peninsula Cantare Altos got together and assembled this amazing collection of items to inspire you in a creative night of amore. Includes coloring books, paints, wine, mugs, and several other goodies. Have a fun, unique night for two with this basket!

Lot 14. Bartender Basket– The tenors of Peninsula Cantare want to provide you with all the basics of bartending. In this alcohol-themed basket, you’ll find all the basic types of hard liquor, some mixers, a shaker, a bottle opener, a wine key, and more. Makes a great gift for a college grad or retiree!

Lot 15. Beer and Snackstravaganza Bass Basket– Cantare basses bring you basic pleasures with a basket brimming with beer and snacks. With a range of beers for every taste and a pile of crunchy munchables, this cornucopia of craving-crushers is the perfect accompaniment to game day, poker night, or backyard barbeque.

Lot 16. Conducting Lesson- World-renowned conductor Dr. Jeffrey Benson will give you a private lesson in what he does best! Whether you lead a church choir, a family band, or just want to know some trade secrets, this will be an incredible experience. (Mutually agreed-upon date; package includes book and baton.)

Lot 17. Chocolate Lover’s Basket– This basket is filled to the brim with lots of different kinds of delicious chocolate. Indulge in the taste that the world goes crazy for. Or buy your mom a nice Mother’s Day gift, or your lover a yummy Easter treat.

Lot 18. Chardonnay All the Way– Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted grape varieties throughout the world, and is known to have a wide range of light to medium flavors in the white wine category. Try for yourself and compare the many flavors this versatile grape has to offer.

Lot 19. Autumn Date Night– Start the evening with dinner at Cuisinett, known for their delicious French comfort food. Then head over to Woodside Theater, where they will be doing a show so exciting, they haven’t announced it to the public yet! But you can guarantee yourself two seats and get a backstage tour with this package! (Several dates to choose from in Fall, 2019.) And to get you excited, a Broadway jigsaw puzzle and notebook are included.

Lot 20. Family Day at Oakland Zoo– If you haven’t been to the Oakland Zoo in a while, the time is now! They have recently expanded their facility and have installed a gondola ride (included in the admission price) with stunning views. Included in this package are 2 adult and 2 child tickets, plus a parking pass, 3 bottles of zoo-inspired wine, and treats.

Lot 21. Grab Bag of Wine– This case of assorted wine is lovingly donated by the singers of Peninsula Cantare.

Lot 22. A Taste of Portalupi– Portalupi wines are irresistible! Each uniquely packaged milk bottle contains the same amount as 1 1/2 bottles of traditionally bottled wine. Included are six bottles of a few different varietals for your tasting pleasure. These bottles can be refilled at Portalupi vineyards for a discounted price indefinitely! Also includes Portalupi hat AND wine-tasting and food pairing for four people at their tasting room!

Lot 23. 60-Minute Thai and 60-Minute Swedish Massages– Massage therapy leads to relaxation and revitalization. Here are two certificates for one-hour sessions at Uniquely Fit in Woodside. You’ll feel like a new person after these treatments. Included in this package are a couple at-home tools to help keep the relaxation going.

Lot 24. Original Painting by Janet Arline Barker– Janet is a local professional artist with a unique point-of-view, beautiful style, and rare talent. She is a long-time friend and supporter of Peninsula Cantare and this original piece was lovingly created in support of our music. Also includes Blank Canvas wine.

Lot 25. Two 1-hour Guitar Lessons– A two-lesson commitment is an easy way for a beginner to try out a new instrument. Or for guitarists with more experience, it’s a good way to get some pointers from a new instructor. Package includes guitar picks, chord flash cards, and a $50 gift certificate to Guitar Center.

Lot 26. Leap Year of Estate Wine– This collection of wines was selected from the cellar of Peninsula Cantare bass singer Robert Janssen and is sure to please any wine lover. 4 Bottles of wine – 2 Foxen, 1 La Crema, 1 Imagery; two reds and two whites from Northern and Southern California– this is some of the best wine California has to offer.

Lot 27. Movie Night at Home– Snuggle in for an evening on the couch with popcorn in these reusable plastic buckets, movie and tv-themed wines, and gift certificates for Netflix and Disney. Or if you feel like going out to the movies, an AMC gift card is also included.

Lot 28. Pamper Your Pup– This basket of goodies is perfect for anyone who has a dog, or makes the perfect gift for a dog-owner! It includes toys, doggy snacks, and a gift certificate to PetCo bundled in an adorable doggy basket. To top it off, you’ll get a personalized watercolor portrait of your pup by Peggy Goldberg.

Lot 29. Spring Cleaning Basket– Ready for Spring cleaning? You will be with this basket. It’s full of all of the essentials for making your home clean and tidy! Then reward yourself with a magnum of bubbly. And next time, have someone else do it (gift certificate to cleaning service included)!

Lot 30. Lucky Lotto Basket– Who knows what riches await you with these assortments of California State scratcher lottery tickets! Try your luck!

Lot 31. Voice Lesson with Soloist Danielle Wells– You’ve seen her perform a solo in every Peninsula Cantare concert for the last several years. Now is your chance to discover some of her performing secrets in a one-on-one lesson at a mutually agreed-upon time and place. The musical note wine is included!

Lot 32. Horseback Riding Lessons– Peninsula Cantare singer Ellen Hill is an experienced rider, and is offering TWO one-hour lessons in this package deal. Does not include horse to ride, but the plush horse is yours to keep, along with two bottles of horse-themed wine!

Lot 33. Homemade Treats– There’s nothing like a home-made treat to make you feel all warm and cozy. This basket is full of delicious tastes, including boysenberry syrup, plum jam, candied orange peels, rosemary tarralli (Italian pretzels), lavender ciambelline (cookies flavored with wine), and limoncello. Also included is a beautiful painting entitled Che Cavoli.

Lot 34. Knitting Package– Do you want to learn to knit? Or do you know how to knit and want a partner to inspire you to get back into it? This package includes a knitting lesson, yarn, needles, and a sample baby blanket. Start a new hobby today!

Lot 35. Goodies by Market at Edgewood– Market at Edgewood has generously donated this scrumptious basket of wine, cheese, and crackers for your enjoyment. Take it home today and share it with someone, or give it to someone else.

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