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Project Return to hold annual birdhouse auction

Published 5:23 pm, Thursday, April 4, 2013

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  • This birdhouse by Amy Riggio of Westport will be one of over 130 original birdhouses at Project Return's 18th annual Birdhouse Auction on Saturday, April 6. Titled "All in Good Time," the piece is made up of watch dials, mainsprings and a pocket watch. Photo: Contributed Photo
    This birdhouse by Amy Riggio of Westport will be one of over 130 original birdhouses at Project Return's 18th annual Birdhouse Auction on Saturday, April 6. Titled "All in Good Time," the piece is made up of watch dials, mainsprings and a pocket watch. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Project Return, a Westport nonprofit, will have its 18th annual Birdhouse Auction to benefit its programs from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Rolling Hills Country Club, 333 Hurlbutt St., Wilton.

The event will offer more than 130 original birdhouses made by artists from around the country, according to a news release. The birdhouses are constructed from a variety of materials to reflect each artist's vision, including porcelain, wood, bicycle parts, paint cans, shells, tree bark, metal, yarn, clay and glass.

Some of this year's designs are personal and contemplative, such as Westport resident Amy Chaple's "We Remember Sandy Hook," while others, such as Weston artist Drew Klotz's "Chick Flick," which uses old sewing machine parts, are whimsical and sassy.

Entries are traditional and contemporary, designed for outdoor use or meant to enhance indoor spaces, and all reflect themes of beginning, welcome and sanctuary, the release states.

Other items up for auction will include avian-themed paintings, framed photographs, jewelry, lamps, coasters and Sharon Litvinoff's "Birdtown" quilt.

The auction also will offer "Migration Vacations" packages, such as a seven-night stay in a three-bedroom condo at Palm Springs' LaQuinta Resort and Club, and an evening in New York City with car service, dinner and tickets to "The Late Show with David Letterman."

The event will also include a buffet and small plates, a martini bar and music by nonprofit pop-rock band The Subscribers.

Last year's auction, attended by over 400 people, raised $100,000, the release states.

Project Return provides shelter and support services for adolescent girls and young women in crisis.

The birdhouses, which symbolize the safe haven offered by Project Return, were displayed in downtown businesses during an annual Birdhouse Stroll on Thursday, March 21.

Auction tickets, at $125, may be purchased at www.projectreturnct.org or at the door.

Call 203-291-6402 or visit www.projectreturnct.org for information.