Its time to flash back to the 50s, Tibbits style! Join in November 3 at Tibbits Opera House as the theatre shakes, rattles, and rolls for its Annual Auction “Tibbits at the Hop.”

Its time to flash back to the 50s, Tibbits style! Join in November 3 at Tibbits Opera House as the theatre shakes, rattles, and rolls for its Annual Auction “Tibbits at the Hop.”

Over 600 items are up for bid at this “fun-raiser” benefiting the daily operations and maintenance of the historic theatre, built in 1882.  The silent auction will begin at 6 PM and the live auction at 8 PM.   The evening includes food and cash bar.

This event features a special theme each year, making it a time-honored tradition.  This year volunteers and staff will transform the theatre into a 1950s sock hop featuring costumes, decorations, and plenty of 1950s nostalgia.

Current items up for bid in the live auction include a host of unique dinners, tours, and packages including a University of Michigan Football Package featuring eight tickets to the 2019 Homecoming game and a tour of the Big House donated by Southern Michigan Bank and Trust and U of M Athletics, four club seats and parking pass to a Detroit Pistons game donated by PNC Bank, a multiple piece camping package donated by Century Bank and Trust, a weekend getaway to Crystal Mountain donated by Kool Auto Group, various cuts of pork freezer meat donated by Albright Pork Enterprises, a beef box donated by Butternut Ridge Beef, one floral arrangement per month for a year donated by Bronson Floral, one week stay from Potawatomie Campground and Recreation Area, four tickets to a MLB baseball game in 2019 donated by Bill Welke and Jeff Kellogg, a year membership to Great Lakes Health and Fitness, and much more. Silent auction items up for bid include antiques, gift cards area businesses, an assortment of gift baskets, small furniture, gardening supplies, sports memorabilia, children’s items, and craft supplies.

Cash sponsors for this year’s event include Gross Stabil, Corp., The Family Practice & Orthopedic Care Center, PC., Willows Bar & Grill, Coldwater Auto Service, William and Sharon Chinery, The UPS Store #4202, Aker, Inc., Bronson Banking Center, 911 Auto Recyclers, James R. Vozar Insurance Agency, Inc., Vested Risk Strategies, Taylor, Plant & Watkins, P.C., Laureate XI- Beta Sigma Phi, Prompt Care Express, P.C., Waffle Farm Campgrounds, Ken and Becky Bible, Damiron Truck Center Home of the Chrome Warehouse, Gift Basket Dazzle, Hillside Motor Sales, Marble Lake Resort & Marina, Midwestern Realty Group, JR and Jennifer Colbeck, Curtis Funding Group, Dr. Matthew Christopher, Ralph and Mary Gail Stevens, Liberty Propane, and Jeannie’s Diner.

“I get very excited for this event each year!” says Tibbits Special Events Coordinator Amy Cratree. She continues “The Tibbits Auction is a staple event.  People look forward to seeing the decorations, costumes, and experiencing the energy of the evening.  It’s a very special fundraiser.”

Souvenir wine glasses and “The Roller Gals” Wine Pull will also be featured throughout the evening.  There will be a 50/50 raffle, a large raffle, sponsored by Great Lakes Chiropractic with a grand prize of $1000, and hors d’uevres provided by Tasteful Kreations.

To pre-register for a bidder number, go to, free of charge.  There is no admission fee but plenty of opportunity to bid, buy and tip to support the historic theatre and all it brings to the community.

For more information on the Tibbits 39th Annual Auction, visit or call Tibbits at 517.278.6029.

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