2006-06-01 / Sam Bari

Tall ships event scheduled

Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 will host a reception and auction at Marble House in Newport Tuesday, June 20, to raise funds for the sailing extravaganza that will grace Rhode Island's shores next year.

In an international celebration of sailing, the tall ships will arrive in Newport the week before the Fourth of July holiday on June 27, 2007. Tall ships from Germany, India, Norway and Canada have already committed to the festivities and approximately 20 other ships and schooners are expected to participate.

The Bellevue Avenue reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres and silent auction items on the terrace. A live auction will begin at 7 p.m. A sampling of the auction items include an apartment in Paris, a cottage in Scotland, a cruise on Arabella, a Caribbean cruise for two on Star Clipper, a cottage in Nantucket, paintings, and a photo-shoot safari in South Africa. For descriptions of these items and the latest details, visit the Web site tallshipsrhodeisland.org.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reception. Tickets are $100 each and available by calling Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 at 8410080. Tickets will be held at the door.

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