The Maestro’s Doll House is the grand prize in a Harmony Project Sooke raffle. (Jonathan Kacki)

Harmony raffles maestro’s doll house

Draw date on Nov. 17

Ever wonder what a maestro’s doll house might look like? Harmony Project Sooke is holding a raffle whose first prize is just that.

The elaborate doll house, custom-made by a local artist, features a music room complete with tiny piano and violin, a portrait of Norman Nelson (the late Maestro of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra), and miniature posters of the orchestra’s concerts.

“It’s more than a doll house, it’s really a work of art. There are so many intricate pieces of furniture, plus food and flowers, and even a dog at the door!” Terry Cristall, HPS president, said.

RELATED: Harmony Project enriches children’s lives

The raffle is a major fund raiser for Harmony Project Sooke, and all funds go toward supporting the project’s programs which provide musical instruments and instruction to the children and youth of the Sooke area.

Additional prizes are a painting of Knox Presbyterian Church by local artist and painting instructor, Linda Anderson, a night at Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel in Victoria, and a $100 gift certificate at Sooke Home Hardware.

“We’re so grateful for the generosity of all the prize donors,” Jan Barylski, raffle coordinator, said.

Tickets are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and also will be sold at the ASAAC Christmas Craft Show on Nov 15-17 in the Sooke Community Hall, where the draw will take place on Nov 17.

Harmony Project Sooke offers a strings program (violin, viola and cello) for students in grades two and up, and a drumline program (marching band style drumming) for students in grades six and up.

For more information and to support the project, please visit

– submitted by Sheila Whincup

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