Along with a delicious meal of mozz and tomato salad, pumpkin curry soup, and chocolate-drizzled biscotti, there was amazing music performed by students from around the world. Peruvian drumming, an African choir (which can be hired for events!), plus Nepalese and swing dance.
Oh yeah, and the silent auction.
We've never participated in a silent auction before. Some part of me has always been wary of seeing lots of shiny things, bidding on them, and then finding out you need to sell an arm and a leg on the black market because, whoops, you've accidentally won everything.
Clearly, I don't know how this is supposed to work. Good thing I'm too wary to carry through on freakish over-bidding.
We put down bids for several way awesome things, including a gorgeous carved necklace and beaded earrings which we didn't win.
Here's what we did win:
We named him Agasu, after a character in American Gods by Neil Gaiman. In the book, Agasu is captured in Africa, brought to America as a slave, and eventually helps win freedom for a plantation in the Carribean.
This hand-carved ebony statue comes from Zambia, where ebony is very rare. Spousal Unit talked to one of the students about the statue, and for the rest of the auction, several students stood right next to it, cleverly blocking other bidders. (But don't tell them that.)
We also won this Japanese fan, coquettishly demonstrated by Spousal Unit:
Though I can't say I'm disappointed in Agasu's choice of friends.