Chair Affair auction brings big bids, plenty of laughs

Event raises funds for Bookmobile

Michelle Monroe

By Michelle Monroe

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ST. ALBANS — The Second Annual Chair Affair drew about 250 people to Taylor Park on Saturday evening for an auction benefiting the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile.

There were 35 Adirondack chairs and tables up for auction. The chairs were donated by area businesses and community organizations and painted by local artists.

A double chair painted by 24 artists from the Artist in Residence cooperative gallery received the highest bid, going for $950.

Kevin Smith of Kevin Smith’s Sports and Marty Manahan, director of business development for St. Albans City, served as emcees for the event, teasing audience members and one another in an effort to drive up the bids.

When Smith observed that he liked the color of a dragonfly chair painted by Sandy Hawkes and sponsored by Bayberry Cottage, Manahan replied, “It goes with your eyes.”

Others, too, must appreciate the color of Smith’s eyes, as the chair sold for $475.

While many of the chairs featured outdoor themes, 14th Star sponsored a chair in honor of veterans decorated with purple hearts. There were two Pokemon-themed chairs. Some businesses connected their product to their chairs with books on the Eloquent Page chair and R2-D2 on the chair for Rocket Punch Games.

About 100 people purchased bidding paddles, Manahan reported, and Northwest Healthy Roots, which provided an optional locally sourced rib dinner for $15, sold around 75 meals.

The final numbers are still being tallied, but Manahan estimated the event took in about $9,000.

A large chair Adirondack chair purchased by the St. Albans For the Future (SAFF) promotions committee was not auctioned off. A home will likely be found for it in Taylor Park or elsewhere downtown, according to Manahan.