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Wednesday, 10 August 2022

USA 2022 - Sasha festival part 4

On the Friday at the Sasha Festival the Susanna Lewis doll changed outfit to her long floral dress and stood playing the guitar.

Susanna Lewis doll playing her guitar on Friday at the Sasha Festival

The Helper items is a raffle of individual items donated as seed funding of future festivals. The Helper items were laid out on tables around the edges of the conference room, each item having a paper bag alongside for the tickets. People bought strips of tickets then chose which paper bags to put their individual tickets in, so if you won it was something you wanted rather than something chosen for you by the order of the draw. There were a lot of prizes, so they held the draw in small batches over the festival. We did win one item in the Helper raffle, also Ginger gave one of the Helper items she won to my daughter (a kimono, thank you Ginger). I seem to recall there was a Helper items draw before the auction began, or maybe it happened at lunch that day instead. 

The Children's Fund auction is the major charity fundraiser event of the Sasha Festival. People donate lovely Sasha related items to be auctioned off for the benefit of a nominated Children's charity. There are usually over 100 items in the auction, so it lasts quite a while.

All the items were placed on display from the start of the festival and a list of items is provided in the Registration pack each person receives when they arrive at the festival. On the Friday afternoon I took photos of almost all the items. In my luggage I had brought 3 dresses from England made and donated by Louise K, but didn't have an item to donate myself because I had spent so much time making the Shakespeare Dream Coat in the Susanna Lewis Raffle doll collection.

Lot 1 Baby Sasha with a wardrobe donated by Cynthia Hunter

Lots 2 - 4 including the first of the Zurich Museum prints donated by Dorisanne Osborn, Sasha dress made and donated by Louise Kelly and a Sasha dress made by Frances Trickett donated by Betsy Roberts

Lots 5 - 7 including a 3 sisters ensemble of outfits made and donated by Monica Jarpey and JoAnn Staricha

Lots 6 - 8 Sasha dress made by Olga in Ukraine donated by Florence Gadol, a wig for a studio or course doll donated by Peggy and a Brunette Sasha donated by Cathy Himmel

Lots 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14 including 
Ernst Morgenthaler Book donated by Laura Knuesli,
Sasha Studio doll Dress by Ruth Hartley donated by Peggy,
Caleb outfit donated by Pamela Jo Tagashire,
Lace knitting book donated by Ann Chandler with yarn donated by Sheila Foery


Lot 11 Children's Christmas Play (10 piece) made and donated by Gerry Montorory (dolls not included)

Lot 11

Lot 11


Lots 12 - 15 including
Sasha Baby donated by Kim Orthner in an outfit by Olga from Ukraine, Gregor Holiday Ensemble donated by Ellen Church

Lots 15 - 19 including the sisters smocked dresses and quilt made by Millie Dingham and donated by Heidi Wheeler

Lots 18 - 21 including Dress made and donated by Louise Kelly, Sasha Studio doll dress made by Ruth Hartley, Sasha Rainbow Knit dress made and donated by Gillian Nash

Lots 20 - 21 including the Harlequin case and wardrobe donated by Judanna Cavallo

Lots 22 - 23 Gregor's wardrobe made and donated by Millie Dingham and Frances Trickett made dress donated by Betsy Roberts

Lots 23 - 25 including Zurich Museum Print donated by Dorisanne and a Sasha dress made by Olga of Ukraine

Lots 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30 including framed Harriet Shoop paper dolls donated by Ann Chandler, Gregor fair denims donated by Ginger Mullins, a shirt (I didn't get the details as this was a change in the printed list), and an Ann Chandler dress donated by Jackie Kraemer


Lot 27 Collection of Elizabeth Zimmerman knits made and donated by Diane Duke

Lot 27 Collection of Elizabeth Zimmerman knits made and donated by Diane D

Lots 31 - 32 a Brunette Sasha dressed by Minniebloomers donated by Ginger Mullins, and a Dutch auction of 2 vintage fabric & trims boxes donated by Dottie Dailey with patterns donated by Petrana

Lots 31 - 35 including Ann Chandler Sasha outfit, Sister knits made and donated by Janet Myhill Dabbs and a Pie Rat AZ Funday Souvenir outfit donated by Ann Chandler and Dorothy Knight

Janet has asked me to add this photo of her donation, as it wasn't displayed the right side up when I took my photo.

Lot 34 Sister knits made and donated by Janet Myhill Dabbs


Lots 35 - 36 including Cora Stripe dress and extra outfits donated by Wendy Bailey 

Lot 37 2022 Sasha festival outfits made and donated by Lynne Field

Lot 39 Vintage hankies and linens donated by Dottie Dailey and Sheila Foery

Lots 38 - 40 including Caleb donated by Holly Marano and a Zurich Museum Print donated by Dorisanne Osborn

Lots 41 - 42 Sasha festival bits & bobs (2016 & 2018) donated by Dorothy Knight and a Boneka Sasha outfit donated by Jackie Kraemer

Lot 43 Peggy's wonderful Susanna Lewis inspired cape, hood and dress set with the doll donated by Mary Righos

Lots 43 - 46 including a Zurich Museum Print, Sasha Studio doll dress by Ruth Hartley and a dress & hat made and donated by Marge Truax

Lots 47, 48 and 50 including a dress made and donated by Louise Kelly, Boneka dress donated by Jackie Kraemer and a Sasha 2007 Festival Harriet Shoop print donated by Maria Lamatagine

Lot 49 Sasha girl donated by Cathy Himmel

Lots 51 - 52 Baby outfits made and donated by Dorita Mortensen and the 12 Days of Xmas Surprises made and donated by Marti Murphy

Lots 52 - 53 including a Zurich Museum Print donated by Dorisanne Osborn

Lots 54 - 55 Sasha blond in a Petrana dress and a Coat donated by Cathy Himmel, Hat & Spats outfit made and donated by Marge Truax

Lots 56 - 57 Sasha Studio dress by Ruth Hartley donated by Peggy Livingston and a Boneka outfit donated by Jackie Kraemer

Lots 58 - 59 Sasha dress made and donated by Dorita Mortensen and a Christmas outfit made and donated by Pam Jo Tagashire

Lot 60 a Zurich Museum Print donated by Dorisanne Osborn

Lot 61 Ukraine Knits made and donated by Rosie Laird (the catalogue said donated by Florence Gadol)

Lot 62 2014 & 2015 Sasha Festival bits and bobs donated by Dorothy Knight

Lot 63 Dutch auction of shoes made and donated by Marge Truax

Lots 64 - 65 Nature boy outfit by Susan Waite donated by Florence Gadol

Lots 65 and 67 Vintage Gotz & Trendon outfits donated by Wendy Bailey and Ann Chandler, Sasha dress and quilt made and donated by Pamela Jo Tagashira

Lots 66 and 68 Sasha Festival Souvenir outfits donated by the Bolland family, Sasha in a Petrana dress donated by Cathy Himmel

Lot 69 Zurich Museum Print donated by Dorisanne Osborn

Lots 66, 68 and 70 including a Julie Ruleman dress donated by Ellen Church

Lots 71 - 73 Knit dress donated by John Tripp & Steven Hukriede, Sasha dress made and donated by Tricia Jackson, Gregor Football donated by Wendy Bailey

Lot 74 We Whisk you a Merry Christmas made and donated by Lynne Field

Lots 75 - 76 Lace dress made by Olga in Ukraine donated by Florence Gadol, Twin knits made and donated by Pat Pellerito

Lots 77, 79 and 80 Coat bonnet muff & boots made and donated by Sheila Foery, Sasha Patterns and Liberty fabric donated by Vanessa Preece, Sasha outfit made & donated by Ruth & Lisa Hartley

Lots 81 - 82 Sasha Studio outfit by Ruth Hartley donated by Ginger Mullins, Early baby twins donated by Wendy Bailey

Lots 83 - 84 Sasha coat and dress donated by Ann Chandler, Sasha dress and shoes made and donated by Marge Truax

Lot 85 Marcy Street baby pattern book donated by Ann Chandler with fabric donated by Sheila Foery & Dottie Dailey

Lot 86 Sasha outfit made and donated by Marge Truax

Lot 87 Gotz outfit donated by Karen Watson

Lot 88 Baby White Bird donated by Ginger Mullins

Lots 88 - 89 including Zurich Museum Print donated by Dorisanne Osborn

Lot 90 Red shoes by Jean Jenson

Lot 91 Sherlock Holmes outfit donated by Maria L

Lot 92 three books by Lorraine Punchard donated by JoAnn S

Lots 93 - 94 Frances Tricket outfit donated by Betsy Roberts, Dollydoodles baby dress donated by Betsy Roberts

Lot 95 Dollydoodles lavender Sasha dress donated by Betsy Roberts


Lots 96 - 97 Dress and shoes made and donated by Natalia Zabolotna, three pairs of leather shoes made and donated by Natalia Zabalotna

Lot 98 Sasha outfit in white made and donated by Cheryl Conrad

Lot 99 Baby and accessories donated by Cheryl Conrad

Not pictured - Lot 100 which was a smocked romper for baby / toddler - a prototype by Julie R

There was no festival meal just before the auction which started at 6pm, so we ordered some pizza from the hotel restaurant and it was brought to our table. 

Dorisanne had donated 8 very large framed prints (from the set of 59 which had been on display at the 1991 Keuka Park Sasha Festival) of Studio doll photos taken at the Zurich Museum, these went individually from $50 to $380 (total $685).

Dorisanne explaining about the Zurich Museum prints at the start of the auction

My daughter went to join the children and other teens who help during the auction. It is a clever way of keeping the younger children occupied during the bidding, as they got the privilege of handling every item in the auction because they carry them around the room to show people and encourage more bids. My only photo of my daughter carrying an item did not come out well.

Sheila F was the auctioneer in her Christmas onesie and did a fine job of keeping track of the bidders (we each had a numbered paddle in our festival bags). The 3 person admin team sat quietly at a side table noting down all the winning bid amounts and numbers in their computers so they could take the payments promptly after the auction. At a separate table 2 people busily packaged up each item once the bid on the item had finished (in some cases this meant removing an outfit from a doll which was modelling the item if the doll was not included in the auction).

Despite encouragement from others at the table (you know who you are!) I resisted bidding on anything because invariably anything I might have bid on went way over my budget. I enjoyed noting down how much each item sold for as it was interesting to see how generous towards the children's charity Sasha people are willing to be - the answer - very generous as 100 items raised $12,000!!! The winning bids ranged from $40 to $560 (item 27, the Collection of Elizabeth Zimmerman knits made and donated by Diane Duke), with Peggy's wonderful Susanna Lewis inspired cape, dress and Sasha doll donated by Mary R (item 43) going for $390. 

It had been a long and very enjoyable Friday at the Sasha doll festival 2022.