Gearing up to celebrate 250 years - the Dover Church auction
The church I grew up in - the Dover Church, in Dover, MA - is celebrating its 250th anniversary next year, and preparations are underway for the sestercentennial celebration in November 2012. This church has been operational since 1762 - 1762!!! Everyone wants to make this once in a lifetime event memorable and meaningful. This past weekend was the first major event - an auction - to kickoff the effort that will take the church on a journey for the next year and half. The proceeds from the auction and other fund-raising efforts will go toward things like church restorations and other social concerns.
The evening was wonderful and hugely successful. My mom and I volunteered to help serve dinner at the auction, and I donated all of the desserts - cupcakes! It was truly amazing to be a part of such a vibrant, helpful, generous and genuinely nice community. Everything looked gorgeous - I wish I had more pictures, but we were too busy running around! Here are a few shots of the main room (I *love* the pink and green):
We were too busy to take pictures of the cupcakes at the event, but here are a few from earlier in the day. The cupcakes - red velvet with white chocolate ganache filling, chocolate with cappuccino cream filling, coconut with chocolate ganache filling, and lemon with lemon curd and a fresh blackberry - were all topped with a generous dollop of vanilla buttercream and sparkling sugars. I handmade decorative wrappers with scalloped edges and whimsical, swarovski crystal embellished flowers:
Check out my cupcake wrapper tutorial, to learn how you can make these decorative wrappers!
The cupcakes were served on tiered glass stands, and were enjoyed by all. I even heard a few people say that they were the best part of dinner, which was a huge compliment considering how delicious dinner was!
I'm really excited to see how the church transforms over the next year, and I hope to be able to attend the momentous 250th anniversary celebration!