St. Peter’s fundraiser supports historic building
As stewards of the oldest surviving protestant church building on the Kenai Peninsula, members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church host an annual fundraising event to help preserve, repair and maintain the building. It is one of the cornerstones of the historic town of Seward.
The elegant and regal building, at the corner of Second and Adams had humble beginnings. It spent the first 12 years of its life as a basement because the town stopped attracting more settlers with the bankruptcy of Alaska Northern Railroad. Nevertheless, the first religious service was held in the undercroft, or basement, on Feb. 19, 1905. It was the location of Seward’s first public school when classes were first held on Feb. 26, 1905. And finally in 1916 the building, roof and original belfry were completed.
The public fundraiser, A Dessert Extravaganza with a Silent & Live Auction, is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28. in the Legends Building on Fifth.
A $5 ticket donation can be purchased from almost any St. Peter’s member or can be purchased at the door on Oct. 28. The ticket allows you to partake in some of the best desserts you have ever tasted, made by fabulous cooks. The donation also allows bidding on a variety of Silent & Live Auction items and to partake in door prizes. The door prizes will be part of the plate collection donated from the Barbara Shea Estate. You must be present to win.
Ron Long will again serve as autioneer for the live auction. Thanks to the generosity of local Sewardites and businesses, there will be a wide variety of items for both the live and silent auctions.
Following are a few biddable items to whet the appetite: a very large and beautiful acrylic painting of Mount McKinley, gift certificates for restaurants, coffee, massage, oil change for car, cruises, arts and craft materials, collectible silver spoons, a large chest of drawers, elegant purses, handmade note cards, silk scarves, kitchen items, quilts, and more.