Waitsburg trip a hot-ticket item at auction


A "Welcome to Waitsburg" trip is one of the hot-ticket items for this weekend's Auction of Washington Wines.

Wine columnist, blogger and Waitsburg resident Paul Gregutt and wife Karen have assembled the auction lot as a celebration of the "renaissance" happening in Waitsburg and to assist in a cause dear to them.

Saturday's Auction of Washington wines at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville is the biggest charity wine auction in the Northwest. Proceeds benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation.

For years, Paul Gregutt volunteered as assistant auctioneer. He ran the silent auction and read the auction lots for the live auction before bidding began. He once even played with a four-piece band at the picnic, he explained.

Now that he and his wife call Waitsburg their home, they wanted to give to the cause as well as the community.

Their "Welcome to Waitsburg" auction lot includes three nights at the couple's 3 Maples rental cottage, a dinner at their home with a guest winemaker, a private and custom wine tasting for six hosted by Paul Gregutt with wines from his own cellar, and visits to Waitsburg's new food and drink spots. The latter includes Charles Smith's new Anchor Bar, designed by fellow Waitsburg bar owner Jim German; the Coppei Coffee Company, owned by Imbert Matthee, publisher of The Times of Waitsburg; and Betty's 50's Diner, a locally owned ice cream and burger business.

A two-minute film about Waitsburg by Karen Gregutt will be shown during the live auction of the lot. She is a film director known for her award-winning documentary. "A Not So Still Life." Visit www.auctionofwashingtonwines.org .

The Washington State Patrol will offer a view into operations Wednesday with minute-to-minute activities on Twitter and Facebook.

"A Day with the Washington State Patrol" will run 6 a.m. to midnight.

"Most people see only our troopers patrolling the highways and responding to incidents," Capt. Jason Berry, commander of the patrol's Office of Government and Media Relation, said in a release. "We do a lot of other work we think people will find interesting."

Twitter and Facebook will let people follow troopers on traffic stops and responses to collisions and other activities.

To follow, connect on the WashingtonStatePatrol Facebook page or follow on Twitter at @wastatepatrol or under the hashtag daywithwsp.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.


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