Shop for gently-used antiques, art, clothing, electronics, furniture, garden plants and decor, household items, linens, and vintage treasures

Gates open at 8 am. Free Easy Lift Shuttle located at the Bird Refuge at Los Patos Way and Channel Drive

Pictured left to right: volunteers Christine Simeral, Patti Cerf, May Madness Chair Evie Vesper, Liz Rosedale, Lois Pigg, Women’s Auxiliary Chair Cevin Cathell, and Christine Hoehner.

Pictured left to right: volunteers Christine Simeral, Patti Cerf, May Madness Chair Evie Vesper, Liz Rosedale, Lois Pigg, Women’s Auxiliary Chair Cevin Cathell, and Christine Hoehner.

Santa Barbara, CA — The Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy of the West presents their annual May Madness event, which will take place Saturday, May 6, from 9 am -3 pm. Now in its 41st year, the massive treasure and estate sale is a benefit for the Music Academy’s full-scholarship program.

May Madness is organized by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Music Academy, one of the largest and most successful supporting volunteer organizations in Santa Barbara. The Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts generate net proceeds exceeding $200,000 annually to help support the full-scholarship program at the Academy. The scholarships enable 140 outstanding fellows from around the world to study in Santa Barbara each summer. The May Madness Chair is Santa Barbara resident Evie Vesper, who also chaired the event in 2015, and has been a member of the Women’s Auxiliary since 2013.

Thousands of items for sale at May Madness will include furniture, area rugs, small kitchen appliances, kitchenware, garden accessories, fine linens, antiques, silver, crystal, china, art, collectibles, board games, CDs and DVDs, jewelry, men’s and women’s clothing, luggage, sports equipment, and many other treasures.

Tax deductible donations will be accepted through April 29, and should be brought to the Music Academy campus, located at 1070 Fairway Road in Santa Barbara, Tuesday through Saturday, between noon and 3 pm. In May, donations will no longer be accepted.

Contributed items should be clean and in good condition. Large electronics, large appliances, architectural salvage materials (windows, doors, etc.), sofa beds, futons, metal bed frames, box spring and mattress sets, Christmas decorations, books, records, VHS and cassette tapes, non-flat screen TVs, exercise equipment, office furniture and chairs, stereo equipment, and rugs over 16 feet will not be accepted.  Donations can be dropped off in the lower parking area at the Music Academy (simply follow the signage upon entering the campus). To arrange the pick-up of large donation items, please call the May Madness Hotline at 805-695-7950.

For vehicle donation information, please call 855-500-RIDE or visit

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About the Music Academy of the West
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically-trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians. The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many free of charge. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The Music Academy will celebrate its 70th Anniversary during the 2017 Summer School and Festival from June 12 to August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

Released: April 26, 2017

Kate Oberjat

Director of Marketing and Communications

Music Academy of the West



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