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Havana History Society hosting silent auction April 7

The Havana History & Heritage Society is hosting its big “Spring Social & Silent Auction Fundraiser” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Shade Tobacco Museum in Havana.

The Shade Tobacco Museum is located in The Planters Exchange Complex (204 Second Street N.W.) in downtown Havana.

The silent auction will feature a variety of quality items including handmade quilts, food dishes, gift packages, wine, bundles of cigars, glassware, sporting event gift certificates and artwork.

Items will go on display — and bidding will begin — at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Bidding will conclude 15 minutes after the guest speaker has finished (approximately 7 p.m.) and the winners will then be announced.

There also will be handmade items from local artisans for sale, as well as baked goods for purchase.

Speaking at 6 p.m. is local humorist and storyteller Billy Blackman.

Blackman has stories to tell about growing up in Wewahitchka, including working on the railroad and cutting pulpwood.

He later moved to Gadsden County, where he’s worked as a journalist for The Herald and the Tallahassee Democrat, and now works as a horse farrier.

He is a jack-of-all-trades, not to mention an accomplished guitarist.

Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served during the event. Items for auction will be accepted at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the museum.

If anyone is interested in making a donation, or in submitting items with reserve pricing, they should call Nell Cunningham at (850) 539-8314 or Cindy Piotrowski at (850) 539-5225.

By: Nick Bert