For the past 22 years the balmy breezes and stunning fruit blossoms that usher in springtime in Adams County have meant one thing to me, The Land Conservancy of Adams County’s art auction. Early each spring for more than two decades I’d greet springtime by reaching out to a faithful corps of local and regional artists and art collectors to invite them to donate a piece of their creative genius to benefit the conservation of Adams County’s rural landscapes. And each spring, these artists and collectors would respond bountifully. And then, at the end of April, the good people of Adams County would come out to the art auction, to eat, drink, and have a great time while raising their bidding numbers higher and higher as they vied to take home a piece of art as their part in protecting Adams County’s scenic orchards, meadows, woodlands, and streams.
This spring, as you know, was different.