Housatonic Valley Association will hold its 22nd annual benefit auction Nov. 18 in Washington.

The event will be held at a new location -- Washington Montessori School at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202).

Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a reception catered by Executive Cuisine in New Milford and live music by Miles of Swing. The live auction will begin at 3 p.m.

Tim Luke, appraiser on HGTV's popular show "Cash in the Attic," will return as auctioneer.

Items up for bid will include vacation packages in the Bahamas, Paris, Provence, London, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean, offerings from local artists and craftsmen, shops and restaurants, and more.

Christine Baranski is the honorary chairwoman. Joining her on the honorary auction committee are HVA honorary trustee Diane von Furstenberg; founder of the French Culinary Institute Dorothy Cann Hamilton; fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, Annette; Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his wife, Anna; interior designer Robert Couturier; Travel + Leisure magazine editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod; actor Blair Brown, currently in the Fox series "Fringe"; actor Chris Noth, currently in the CBS series "The Good Wife"; fashion marketing consultant Hamilton South; Anne Swift, owner and manager of Second Act Farm in Roxbury; HVA board member and retired fashion designer Linda Allard; Pam and Jack Baker, owner of Exurban Design and president of Crystal Rock Water Company, respectively; and owner of Klemm Real Estate, Carolyn Klemm.

Guests at the sponsorship level of $150 or higher will also be invited to dine at GW Tavern.

New this year will be a pre-auction reception to be held at the Community Table on Route 202 with chef Joel Viehland and hosted by Ms. Baranski. The reception is open to auction guests attending at the $500 level and higher.

Auction proceeds allow HVA to fund programs that protect the water quality of local rivers and streams and preserve regionally important landscapes.

For more information and reservations, call 860-672-6678 or visit www.hvatoday.org.