The Big Event is coming!

Field with a View by local pastels artist Steve Hill.

What combines delicious local food with well-known names and a variety of edible auction items that will leave you drooling? The Big Event! This is the Lopez Historical Museum’s big fundraiser of the year and this one promises to be the most delectable of them all.

“We have a fundraising event every summer, and we generally create a theme for the fundraiser and this year’s theme is farming on Lopez,” Mark Thompson-Klein, Lopez Museum curator commented. “The meal will be put together from almost entirely local ingredients; fish, meats, vegetables, and then most of the auction items have a local farming/local foods theme about them as well.”

Chef Kim Bast and her talented crew are working with Lopez farmers and fishers to gather the best seasonal local foods for a truly memorable meal.

The evening begins at 6:30 with delectable finger foods and fine wines, down-home live music with Matt Hummel, Carol Noyes, Eric Hall and Lance Brittain, and a slide show featuring photos from the museum’s in-progress book, Images of America—Lopez Island.

There will also be spectacular desserts, and a chance to win a huge basket of local treats.

To cap the evening, there will be the opportunity to support your Historical Society during an entertaining auction with Dick and Sharon Friel. Art by Steve Hill, Christa Malay, Patie Savage, Aurore Maren, Bob McCabe, Nancy Bingham, Pat Torpie, George Willis, Summer Moon, Mike and Jean Peterson, and others, plus a few unique experiences including a cooking class for six by gourmet locavore Kim Bast.

“An unusual item that we have is a cookbook called ‘Lopez Cooks with Friends’. It’s currently being developed,” Thompson-Klein said, “and the friends included are leaders in the local food movement, featuring people like Alice Waters from Chez Panisse, Patricia Wells, and writer Lynne Rosetto Kasper from the Splendid Table show that runs on NPR stations. Lopez island has always sustained itself through farming, and even the auction items emphasize that.”

The Big Event is on July 25, Saturday 6:30 p.m. at the Lopez Community Center. Tickets are 25.00 and are available at the Lopez Historical Museum, or call 468-2049 for more information.