The Johnson County Democrats are having their annual barbecue Sunday from 4 to 7 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. I came close to abandoning one of the BBQs recent traditions: the auction of an official Deeth Blog Raspberry Beret as part of the silent auction.
It's been a tough year for the beret. It's coasting on past writing glory rather than current output, as life is giving me less time to write this year. Worse, of course, is the untimely loss of The Artist himself (though that DID put the song back on the charts for a week).
But when I learned that our guest speaker was a Minnesotan, Senator Amy Klobuchar, I knew I would have to pay Prince an appropriate tribute. That will take more than just the beret. To REALLY honor Prince, you need the music.
Stepping up my silent auction game for tomorrow's JCDems BBQ pic.twitter.com/zA4qM3f5R7— John Deeth (@johndeeth) October 15, 2016
So here it is: the 2016 Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Raspberry Beret Package.
Included with the beret is a suitably framed original vinyl copy of Around The World In A Day, Prince's 1985 album that featured "Raspberry Beret" as the first single.
Also included: The Around The World In A Day sheet music book.
The barbecue runs from 4 to 7 Sunday. Klobuchar is scheduled to speak early. If she wants to honor her fellow Minnesotan with a big bid, you'll have time after to outbid her.
I'll take advance bids starting at $75 (this IS a fund raiser, and I put a few bucks into this, though of course the beret was the cheapest part) through any means of communication. As for the BBQ itself, tix are $25 each, $40 for family.