Auction will be rescheduled when it is safe to meet again after the pandemic

2020 Roaring Twenties Auction Party

Saturday, ? in the sanctuary.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Admission: $10 if paid by April 12.   $15 after April 12 and at the door.

Free childcare with advance registration by April 12.

Hors d’oeuvres buffet open from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Silent Auction 5:30 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.    Live Auction begins 7 p.m.

What happens at the auction?

Fundraising and Fun.  Every auction has a theme, which is reflected in the food, decorations, and activities.  The 2020 theme is The Roaring Twenties.

Themed costumes are optional but encouraged, with prizes for the best outfit.  The Roaring Twenties  were a decade of dramatic social change so costume choices are vast. Will you choose to be a speakeasy owner, a flapper, gangster, jazz musician, silent film star, Lost Generation or Harlem Renaissance writer, or some other colorful character of that decade?

The admission price includes refreshments: upscale hors d’oeuvres during the first hour, snacks during the live auction, and desserts at the end.

The auction evening also includes door prizes and lots of surprises. Charleston, anyone?


The main entertainment is the competitive bidding in the live auction—and the humorous remarks by our skilled auctioneer Ron Rose— and quieter pleasures of the silent auction. Both auctions will overflow with items for gift-giving (or for yourself!) and events to fill your calendar with fun.

Previous live auctions have featured appealing items and events, such as gift baskets for cooks, wine lovers, healthy living, and doggie friends; a picnic in the park; a guided Civil War history tour; a nature walk at UUCH; handmade jewelry; professional music performances; a storytelling workshop; a Christmas party; handyperson services; a mystery party; fiber craft lessons; homemade desserts; a handmade basket; many specialty dinners; and a family movie night.

The silent auction typically has tables full of smaller items, with something for every interest and budget: games and toys; kitchen gadgets, tools, houseplants, small gift baskets, and gift cards to area businesses.

An auction catalog will be available at church and on line by April 26 so you can see all the bounty available at the auction.

How you can participate:

Come to the auction and bid often. The auction is our largest fundraiser and helps fund the current year’s operating expenses. Personal checks, credit cards, and cash are all accepted.

Donate events, services or items.  Donation forms will be available in the back of the sanctuary and here in March..

Click here for a printable PDF of the donation form.

      The auction committee needs your donation forms by April 12 (and sooner if possible!) to compile the catalog and set up the auction software. If you don’t know what to offer, the back of the donation form has suggestions. (Parties, services, and hand-made items are always popular.)

Buy your admission ticket early.   ($10 if paid by April 12.  $15 after April 12 and at the door.)

Reserving your space early saves you money and also helps us set up sufficient tables and chairs and plan refreshment quantities more accurately to avoid running out or wasting food.

Buy your tickets at church from Bill Pfoutz or mail your check  (payable to UUCH with auction in memo line) to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, att: auction, 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Parents have free childcare if they register by April 12. The auction in the sanctuary is a grown-up event but childcare and food for children can be provided in the Martin House that evening. Advance registration is required so we know if childcare providers are needed.