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2018 Teller Wine Expo

The Teller Wines Expo will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Avenue, Lewes. One hundred wines from around the world will be available for sampling, and gourmet tapas creations will be offered by chefs from premier local restaurants.

All proceeds from the live and silent auction and a portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Lewes Historical Society. Auction items are set to include a special 5-course meal cooked in your home by local premier chefs, gift cards to local restaurants, a 1941 antique tractor, and several tickets for fun programming at the Lewes Historical Society.

Wine Expo tickets are $75 and may be purchased at Teller Wines, 1201 Savannah Road, Lewes, or online.

Auction Items

We are always adding additional items so be sure to check back!

Silent Auction Items

A Wine Lover’s Delight, Value $270 (minimum bid $140)

If you love wine and want to impress your friends, you need to win this bid! A generous donation of a 1.5 L Phantom Bogle Red Blend and two antique wine glasses is a lovely way to celebrate a special occasion. Phantom is a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is aged 24 months in one and two year-old American oak. Included in this package is a pair of antique wine glasses made by Tiffin Glass Company between 1927-1935. These lovely glasses are valued at $120 for the pair and add a nice flair to the experience of enjoying this great, BIG, bottle of wine.

Sunset Delight Basket by Blooming Boutiques

This basket is perfect to take to the beach this summer and watch the sun go down. Pour the refreshing bottle of white wine into the wine-sized corksicle bottle to keep your wine cool, bring your new wine towel, wine napkins and pair crystal wine glasses to the beach with your chairs and have an instant party!

Your photo enlarged, printed and mounted by Print Coast to Coast, Value $250 (minimum $100)

Local printing company Print Coast-to- Coast will print your favorite high-resolution on canvas with black edges, mounted on wood stretchers, ready to hang on your wall. This high quality print process is archival quality.

Picture framing at Peninsula Gallery (value $150)

The Peninsula Gallery, one of the largest fine art galleries in Delaware started small in 1996 and has grown over the years to provide 3,000 sq. ft. of display and custom framing space. Use your gift certificate to frame a work of art for your home.The owners, Carol and Tony Boyd-Heron, consider the gallery to be an extension of their home. It is a relaxed atmosphere where upwards of the works of 30 local, regional and international resident artists are shown.  Carol and Caithin have over 35 years of custom framing experience between them.  With a reputation for innovative design, they use only the very finest archival materials in all their work.  They are also able to advise on painting and frame restoration and conservation.

Beach Picnic Goodies and a Night Out in Lewes, ($220 value)

Feast your eyes on this basket of wine goodies including a wine towel, napkins and corksicle (value $62) from Blooming Boutique/Lewes Gifts,along with a bottle of wine and two glasses (donated by a LHS board member, $60 value) to help you watch the sun go down at Roosevelt Inlet. After you pick up your beach chairs and go back to the car, take out that gift certificate from Kindle and have a great meal in Lewes (value $100) at Kindle.

Doggone Good Day in Lewes,  (value $385).

If you have a fur baby you are going to love this package

First you can take your baby for a run to the Lewes Dog Park with your new year-long pass ($60 value). After a great game of ball head over to Groomingdales Pet Salon and Daycare for a grooming date (value $30) and while your pet is relaxing at Groomingdales, visit Kaiseys Delight ($15 value) for a great coffee and snack!
Your gleaming, happy, fresh smelling critter will be ready for a photo shoot that turns into a 12 x 12 pet portrait by Lewes artist Jean Doran using your photo or hers ($195 value). Finally, bring that great looking baby to PUPS on Second Street in Lewes for a look around at all the great pet supplies and toys. A package of items chosen especially for this auction is included ($100

Four Course Italian inspired dinner for EIGHT ($950 value)

Prepared in your home paired with the regionally specific Italian wines from the Personal Chef, sommelier and former Bad Company bassist, Paul “Tagliaferro” Cullen. The evening culminates with an intimate concert by Paul.

Based on availability Monday – Thursdays, Add more to the party for $95.00 per
person. Expires 12/31/2018. To schedule:[email protected], 302-228- 9775

A Cultured Night on the Town ($375 value)

Who says this area is dull? On top of the sand, sun and history, Lewes is home to the Coastal Concert Classical Music Series, the Rehoboth Film Society Cinema Art Theater where some of the best films in the country are shown and we all brag about our restaurants!

This package includes two season subscriptions to the entire Coastal Concert series of concerts?! ($300 Value)

Continuing the culture theme would be two tickets to see a film CinemaArt Theater operated by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society – we are so fortunate to have this venue here in our area. ($50 value)

Finally the day or night wouldn’t be complete without a meal! SoDel
Concepts restaurant group is large enough to find a restaurant you love.

A Day in Lewes ($300 value)

There’s a fun day in store for the lucky winner of this package. Start your day with a great bike ride for a family of four compliments of Seagreen Bicycle ($120 value). Spend the day at Lewes Beach using the Lewes beach bag, tshirts, mugs and cups ($100 value) donated by the Lewes
History Museum shop. Stop for snacks in the afternoon at Kaiseys Delights ($30 value) for an afternoon delight.

Followed that by a fun pizza dinner ($50 value) at Lewes restaurant Half Full!

Overfalls Lightship Whiteline Woodcut ($250 value)
The lightship Overfalls has been carved and printed as a whiteline woodcut by Lewes resident Fred Dylla.The white-line woodcut is a unique marriage of woodcarving and watercolors in the form of an image carved on wood and then transferred to paper. A scene is first created on a woodblock by carving outlines of the various shapes onto the surface of the woodblock, watercolor paint is then applied to outlined areas of the woodblock after which rice paper is laid over the block and rubbed to transfer the image to the rice paper. Successive layers of paint are used to add and enrich the textures imparted to the print by the wood grain and the rice paper. Each print made from the woodblock is a unique piece of art. Fred Dylla has been making white line woodcuts for the last 15 years. His mentor, Cape Cod artist Bill Evaul, rediscovered the art form in Provincetown 40 years ago and has been teaching and exhibiting ever

South Africian Groot Constantia Wine with Antique Sipping GlassesValue $140 (minimum bid $80)

Wine donation by Catherine and Kevin Hester, glasses donated by Rich and
Carolyn Claypoole This brand is an important part of World Wine Heritage and has been a
winery for 320 years. The Link to Lewes: In 2004, a piece of glass on the beach at Lewes, Delaware, that has the inscription “Constantia Wyn” on it. Historians traced this artifact
to a ship that stranded in the Delaware Bay in 1774. The ship, a British supply ship named the Severn, sank in the Delaware Bay after being hit by a storm whose wreckage was discovered in 2004. The Groot Constantia wine bottle was broken during the storm and only the engraved bottle fragment remained leaving no clue as to what had been inside. It is assumed one of the sweet wines that Constantia was known for at that time was bottled. To commemorate this discovery, the Grand Constance wine bottle carries a replica of the inscription of the glass artifact, found on the beach at Lewes. The Grand Constance wine is a modern version of wine made during the 1700 and 1800’s, making Groot Constantia world famous. The wine has an intense liquid amber color and is produced from Muscat de Frontignan grapes sun ripened on the vines, press, fermented and aged in oak barrels. Muscat characteristics are
enhanced by nuances of pears, apricots, peaches, rose petals and nut flavors. A crisp acidity balances out the sweetness perfectly.

Cakebread Cellars gift basket and bottle of cabernet

Basket includes: 

Napa Valley Cookbook

(1) Logo Apron

(1) Logo Black Hat

(1) Olive Oil

(1) Red wine Vinegar

(2) Honey

(2) Coasters

(1) Logo corkscrew

(2) Logo wine glasses

Tidal Palette Photograph ($105 value), minimum $50 bid

Susan Donohoe has donated this beautiful photo to this very worthy cause.

Having grown up in Rehoboth, Susan was always been fascinated with the things that comprise the beach way of life - whether it be the ocean, seashells, sand or simply breathing in the salt air. Although her aspirations took her away from the shore for many years to pursue a career in computer software design and programming, she stayed true to this love of the beach and returned whenever possible to spend time with the sea, her old friend. After spending many years in the stressful corporate world, she and her husband retired to Lewes in 2014. To occupy her free time and satisfy her creative side, she started a small business named "salt bleu". Susan’s photography focuses on the beach in all its varied states of beauty. The salt bleu collection primarily features the Delaware shore, although there are also some select favorites from other US beaches. Even when she does not have the luxury to walk the jagged line where the water meets the sand, she is somehow comforted by her inner beach. She trusts her photographs will awaken a similar feeling in you.

Live Auction Items

Art Lovers Santa Fe Getaway (minimum bid $1,750)
Donated by Michael Darling and Allen Carrier
You are bidding on a 9 day / 8 night stay for two non-smoking adults in an original, 1930s Santa Fe adobe! This charming one bedroom casita is located in Santa Fe’s historic South Capital district, a short walk to the Roundhouse - the New Mexico State Capitol - just minutes away from the Old Santa Fe Plaza and famed Canyon Road. Included in this terrific package is a tour of the Addison Rowe Fine Art gallery. Owner, Victoria Addison represents fine artists of the Santa Fe and Taos regions including Marsden Hartley and B.J.O. Nordfeldt. You will receive a personal letter of invitation by the owner.
The SF Getaway is good for 12 months, beginning July 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2019. The stay must be reserved, pending availability, not more than 60 days out and at least 30 days from the desired date of arrival.
Major holiday periods are excluded.

Exciting Tours and Events at the Lewes Historical Society

Tavern Traipsing  Personal Historic Food Tour - How well do you know the culinary history of Lewes? Several of Lewes' restaurants are also home to some of Lewes’s most historic happenings.  Be led through Lewes’s past via the pathway of food. At each restaurant location your guide will introduce you to the best Lewes has to offer by allowing you to sample modern adaptions of historic drinks and dishes. Invite 10 of your friends to join you on this fun tour.

 Lewes Divided – 1777: A Private Tavern Night Held at the Ryves Holt House where 12 of your closest friends could be part of the Debate for Independence! The Ryves Holt House, built in 1665, is the oldest structure still standing in the State of Delaware and one of the 50 oldest buildings in the United States. Once used as a tavern, this site witnessed and experienced the divide between Patriot and Loyalist during the American Revolution. Immerse yourself in this living history experience, with provided tavern ale and period inspired light fare. This is a great chance to partner with friends to buy a chance to be a part of history! Two seatings will be auctioned.

A Teelover’s Treat:  You and 10 of your closest friends should consider joining LHS at the historic Burton Ingram House for a Tea-totaler’s evening. Enjoy tastes of the past while your taste buds travel the world, with a Chinese green tea, an English black tea, and an American herbal tea called liberty tea! Within the period decorated parlor and dining room of the Burton Ingram house you will be served by period attired characters as befitting upper class.  Learn the history of Lewes’s involvement in one the most famous historic event involving tea, The Boston Tea Party.  Two seating dates to be auctioned.

5-COURSE dinner prepared in your home

Starting with secret-recipe fried chicken prepared on- site by newspaper columnist / radio personality BOB YESBEK, aka THE REHOBOTH FOODIE followed by a cheese/charcuterie platter and pasta course created by Rehoboth’s resident cheesemonger Bill Wilson! The main course, sides and dessert are prepared and served by Bob Ciprietti of Touch of Italy restaurants! The feast includes Italian wines paired to each course from the Touch of Italy wine collection.

Value: Priceless
Contact us at [email protected] to set a mutually agreed-upon date and time.
Event might not be available between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


House of the Rising Moon

This Howard J. Eberle gicleé is called House of the Rising Moon. (value $675) It is professionally framed at 39” by 31”. Eberle’s giclées are museum quality fine art reproductions. A fine art giclée is the closest to an original painting as you can get. Each giclée is printed on acid-free 100% cotton rag watercolor paper, pencil signed and numbered by the artist and limited to an edition of 75 or less.

A Lewes resident, Eberle began watercolor painting in 1973. Eberle’s inspiration his work
comes from having lived near the Chesapeake Bay all of his life. His subject matter is very
focused - an old boat, a decoy, a lighthouse, an abandoned building. All are usually ravaged by
time yet rich in the imagined stories of simpler times. His passion to create texture with watercolor results in the finely detailed elements found in his paintings. His challenge is in the composition, to create drama through simplicity. Howard is a signature member the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. His paintings have won many awards in international competitions and has pieces in the permanent collection of The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Fantastic 1946 Ford 8N Tractor

This beauty is the most popular tractor of all time in North American. This lovely donation comes to us from a LHS supporter who wants someone to own this historic tractor. We have all the paperwork to assume full ownership of the workhorse of the American farm. All parts are still available to continue to keep this tractor in full working order. Beginning bid is $1,000.

Warden Skiff

This model is a ¾ inch to one foot model of an 18 foot "Warden Skiff"  The skiff, with a Jib and Sprit Sail rig, was quite fast and was used by Fishing Wardens to protect certain waters closed to fishing in the North Carolina bay waters.  Its retail value is $350. Artist, Steve Rogers, Lewes Steve Rogers has loved boats and water all his life. Not only does he paint boats, he builds them in ship model form. He is a nationally recognized ship model builder, has written five books on the subject, teaches at the Woodenboat School in Maine, and won a certificate of commendation at the year 2000 Modelbuilders Competition at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Va. Steve is also a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Although model building and fine art would seem unrelated, each supports and enhances the other.
Understanding construction methods, thinking in three dimensions , and working from blueprints and photographs allows Steve to visualize the boats and ships that become the subjects of his paintings. Steve works primarily in acrylics and paints traditional working craft. These are not pampered fiberglass yachts, but hard-bitten and over-worked oystermen, crabbers, and menhaden steamers. His paintings capture the toughness and durability of everyday working boats and the sheer beauty and stark terror of the weather and waters they work in. Steve is the recipient of the 2005 Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. He has been honored with the title "Master"; in the 2015 Delaware By Hand Masters Exhibition. Steve is represented by the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes. He also was recently inducted into the Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame for his work painting the ships of the Menhaden fleet.

Cheswold, DE - TEC by painter George Thompson

($850 value - minimum bid $250)

Painted from his home studio in Lewes, Delaware, George W. Thompson creates abstract images that focus on environmental issues. George’s painting “Cheswold – TEC” is an original oil painting and is one from a series of paintings titles “Ground Waters”. The images in this series attempt to illustrate the grave environmental impact of groundwater contamination. Each image is titles after a location of concern and one of the key contaminants found at each affected site.


19th Century Chair, Value $300 (minimum bid $100)
Donation by B.J. and MaryAnn Clark

This original late 18th- early 19th century shaker-style ladder back chair has a replaced wood strip, woven wood seat.  It is in immaculate condition and is ready to sit in your living room.  Retail value is ~ $300.