Oysterponds Historical Society Still Collecting ‘Secret Postcards’ for Auction

Every summer since 1994, the Oysterponds Historical Society has held its Summer Fine Art auction, with the proceeds benefiting OHS’s mission.

This summer, the pandemic has forced all not-for-profits to think outside of the box in terms of fundraising events. OHS has chosen to go forward with a new outreach: inviting the entire community to anonymously submit illustrated postcards that will auctioned off online starting on Aug. 31.

The OHS “Secret Postcard Project, Wish You Were Here!” is an experience that showcases the Orient’s community’s collective talent—artists and non-artists alike.

Some of the postcards already submitted to the project.

Impressive postcard creations have been pouring in and OHS staff are heartened to see the community is having a great deal of fun participating.

“This year is an unprecedented time in everyone’s life. We are affected as individuals and as communities: locally, nationally and globally,” says OHS Executive Director Sarah Sands. “We are necessarily separated by circumstance, but it is heartening to see that together we can all rise to the challenge. So far, the postcard entries have been even more creative and inspired than we could’ve imagined. Oysterponds Historical Society is extremely grateful for the exceptional generosity and creativity shown by all the participants—accomplished artists and weekend illustrators alike.”

Although the stated deadline for entries is Aug.15, OHS will be accepting new submissions up until the bidding starts.

For details on how to participate, check out OHS’s website, https://oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/.

The online bidding starts Aug. 31, but auction items are viewable now online at http://www.postcard.givesmart.com/.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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