A working 1959 Kaiser radio in near-perfect condition will be one of the items for auction at the The York County Heritage Trust "Mad Men"-themed
A working 1959 Kaiser radio in near-perfect condition will be one of the items for auction at the The York County Heritage Trust "Mad Men"-themed Art & Leisure Auction Friday. (Paul Kuehnel — Daily Record/Sunday News)

With just days left before the York County Heritage Trust's annual charity auction, local fans of television's "Mad Men" - this auction year's theme - might start asking themselves a question.

What's on Don Draper's music playlist?

That's because Draper, the 1960s Madison Avenue advertising executive played by Jon Hamm in the AMC drama, might be drawn to at least one of the items up for bid next week. It's a retro radio console complete with liquor cabinet, stemware storage and one futuristic feature — a dock for your iPod.

The radio is one of several period pieces that this year makes "Mad Men" a good fit, according to public relations and marketing director Melanie Hady, who added the Heritage Trust has had past success with such themed auctions.

"It's a great way to demonstrate how much fun history can be," she wrote in an email, "and to connect people with our huge collections."

The Art & Leisure Auction will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. in York. Individual tickets are $50 and include wine, beer and a tasting menu of local foods, as well as both silent and live auctions.

The 22nd annual event is a major fundraiser for the organization, which works to highlight local history.

As part of the "Mad Men" theme, Hady said, items ranging from a 2-carat diamond cocktail ring to 1960s period clothing will be on display or up for bid, and classic cocktails will be served.


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Period attire – your best sheath dress or skinny tie – isn't required, but it's encouraged.

"My pillbox hat is on my desk as we speak," she said.

The event will offer plenty for local history buffs, Hady said, and for devout "Mad Men" fans sad to see the show in its final season, it will provide a little extra immersion in a time period many have (again) grown to love. And why not?

A sapphire and diamond cocktail ring also will be one of the items up for auction Friday. The live auction starts at 7:30 p.m. Prizes include a shopping
A sapphire and diamond cocktail ring also will be one of the items up for auction Friday. The live auction starts at 7:30 p.m. Prizes include a shopping trip, sports memorabilia, dinners, artwork and jewelry. (Paul Kuehnel — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Online there are already "Mad Men" books and whiskey glasses, tie clips and cigarette cases. Turns out show creators once even prepared a Don Draper playlist, making it available on iTunes.

It included a serving of doo-wop wisdom from the Platters, for use perhaps after the lights dim, after the last pack of Lucky Strikes are tucked away.

"When that lovely flame dies," the singer says, "smoke gets in your eyes."

If you go

What: York County Heritage Trust Art & Leisure Auction

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: 250 E. Market St., York

Details: Contact Lauren Moore at 717-848-1587, ext. 226, or lmoore@yorkheritage.org