annual auction

Returning June 3-10, 2021!

The Oratorio Society welcomes back our annual auction, which moves online this year!

Bidding begins on Thursday, June 3rd and continues for an entire week. Then, on Thursday, June 10th, you’re invited to a virtual live auction celebration. You can join the group at 6:30 PM for an online chat—a chance to hang out with friends before the action begins at 7:00 PM.

  • Donate Auction Items now through Saturday, May 1
    Get more information and access the official online donation form by using the button on this page.
  • Auction Preview starts on Tuesday, June 1
    Our online catalog will go live for browsing. You’ll receive complete instructions for logging in to the auction website as the time draws closer.
  • Online Bidding begins Thursday, June 3
    No need to pay to participate in the bidding! Information and tech support will be provided.
  • Virtual Live Auction Celebration on Thursday, June 10, at 7:00 PM
    An online chat starts half an hour earlier, at 6:30 PM. Watch your email for a Zoom link prior to the event.

Donation Instructions

We’re calling for donations to the 2021 OSNY Auction!
There are many ways to donate. Check out the ideas and guidelines below.
Deadline is Saturday, May 1st
Access our online donation form here:


Just write to the Auction Committee at and someone will get back to you. If you need to set a date for an event, contact committee member DiAnn Pierce for available dates.

Do you have any beautiful, useful, or original objects that someone else would appreciate?

Donate jewelry, paintings, photographs, pottery, or other objects of interest. We also welcome handicrafts or art of your own creation.

Gift Certificates
Is there a special restaurant, store, or gym you’d like to support during these challenging times?

Here’s an idea: Instead of asking them to donate a gift certificate, buy one yourself and donate it to the auction! We’ll include your personal words of thanks or praise in the item description.

In-person Outdoor Events
Can you sponsor a neighborhood tour or hiking excursion, or a picnic, barbecue, or tasting party in your backyard?

We’re looking for events held outdoors with 10 or fewer people. The event needs to follow the CDC, state, and local guidelines in force at the time of the auction and at the time of the actual event.

Virtual Events
Want to share your knowledge of art, architecture, or the culinary arts?

Donate a cooking demonstration, wine or food tasting, virtual tour of art or architecture, or other educational presentation. The Auction Committee can help you organize a Zoom event and host the session.

Small Indoor Events for 2022
Would you like to host a small indoor gathering early next year?

You can plan an event for 10 or fewer people between January and April 2022. It would need to follow the CDC, state, and local guidelines in force at the time of the event.

Offers of Services
Do you have a special skill or knowledge you’d like to share?

You can offer voice lessons, language lessons, yoga sessions, knitting lessons, computer consultations, professional advice, or even pet-sitting or dog-walking services.

Vacation Home Stays
Do you have a home you can offer for a week or weekend getaway?

You would be providing a welcome change of scenery to colleagues weary of confinement!