FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital officials are hoping tonight you’ll dig your sari or salwar kameez out of the closet and come to the hospital for a taste of India and views of the Taj Mahal.

A model of the Taj, that is.

As part of a fundraiser aimed at helping pay for a new mobile unit, the hospital is putting on an Indian safari-themed art auction, with art made over the past two years by local children, hospital Director of Development Maureen Goudreau said last month.

In summertime art classes, kids from Frankin County – and a few from away – drew, painted, and made collages and papier mache sculpture, all with an Indian or safari themes.

Some of their works were on display at the Portland Children’s Museum before being sent back to Farmington for tonight’s auction.

A few custom pieces, including a scale replica of the Taj Mahal, also were made for the hospital by local artists and craftspeople.

Goudreau said attendees are encouraged to wear Indian or safari-themed clothing, and said Indian appetizers and music will be featured at the event.

And champagne lovers, beware. Folks who choose to partake of the bubbly stuff may get a gem of a surprise.

An appearance by a special mystery, celebrity guest is also promised.

The auction will be held in the hospital’s Bass Room from 5 to 8 p.m.

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