Annual Holiday Dinner & Auction A Wonderful Holiday Event

Nov 20th, 2015Press Release from Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

BETHLEHEM, PA—On Saturday, December 5, 2015, join us for the 23rd annual Holiday Dinner & Auction benefit, a celebration to mark 23 years of premier holiday fundraising preserving 20 Historic Structures, 2 National Historic Landmarks, and the establishment of the Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District. This wonderful holiday dinner event features an original art auction, live auction, and silent auction held in the blast furnace room at the ArtsQuest Center featuring the spectacular backdrop of the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.

The 2015 featured art selection is “Christmas Morning in Bethlehem”, an original oil painting by Ben Marcune. Don’t miss your chance to bid on this exquisite piece that captures the essence of Bethlehem’s scenic winter. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will also be congratulating our 2015 Individual and Business honorees­—Bruce Palmer and the National Penn Bank.

Beginning at 5:30pm, the Benefactor’s Red Carpet reception will feature the 2015 honorees as well as the start of the art and silent auctions with delightful sounds of Hannah Miner on the harp playing softly in the background. Then, at 6:30pm, the guest cocktail reception will begin for the rest of the art and silent auction participants with live music by The New Groove. Beginning at 7:45pm will be the Live Auction, where you can bid on exceptional items such as “Christmas Morning in Bethlehem”, followed by dinner and complimentary wine in the Musikfest Café with Gary Staples’ piano playing setting the mood.

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks chef will be providing hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, and dessert for the evening. Passed hors d’oeuvres include Duck A L’Orange on Crostini, Petite Brie with Raspberry, Petite Beef Wellington, Cucumber with Dill Cream Cheese, and Pan Seared Mini Crab Cakes with Lemon chive Aioli. Salads include Mixed greens with sliced poached pears, walnuts, goat cheese, cranberries and balsamic vinaigrette.

The dinner menu for the evening will include Seared Angus Tenderloin & Salmon topped with Broiled Crab with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Whole Baby Carrots and Asparagus. The vegetarian option will be Heirloom Ravioli.

Dessert includes a Chocolate Lava Bundt Cake with raspberry coulis and Moravian Sugar Cookies.

On Sunday, November 22, 2015 HBMS will host the Art Preview Wine & Cheese party from 4pm to 7pm at the newly rennovated Luckenbach Mill. Enjoy a preview of the art that will be auctioned off at the event complemented with a various selection of wines and cheeses.

There are two ticket levels available for guests to purchase in support of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. The $250 Benefactor ticket includes access to the Preview Party at Luckenbach Mill as well as the benefactor reception, which begins at 5:30pm, guest reception and the Holiday Dinner & Auction. The $200 Guest ticket includes admission to the guest cocktail reception begininning at 6:30pm as well as the main event. Cocktail attire will be required and complimentary valet parking will be available.

To purchase tickets for the Holiday Dinner & Auction please contact Linda Seifert at 610-882-0450 ext. 10 or gro.mehelhtebcirotsihnull@trefiesl or purchase tickets online at Interested in sponsoring the 2016 Holiday Dinner & Auction? Contact LoriAnn Wukitsch at 610-882-0450 ext. 27 or gro.mehelhtebcirotsihnull@hcstikuwl. For more information regarding this or any other event or program, please visit us at

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history.  Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation’s earliest settlers, to America’s first municipal water pumping system, and to one of the world’s greatest industrial companies.  Historic Bethlehem is located in eastern Pennsylvania, only a 1.5 hour drive from Philadelphia to the north and 2 hours west of New York City.  Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a National Historic Landmark District.

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