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A doll of a house

When it comes to ways to relieve stress, some people exercise, some play golf. Others may find reading or watching television good ways to relax.
But combating stress for Cindy Lee, a Jonesborough resident and former law office manager, is a little more involved.
In order to leave her cares behind, she builds houses. These are not regular houses, mind you, but instead, intricate detailed dollhouses.
Lee is donating one of her most recent creations to be auctioned off at the upcoming Music On The Square Spring Tune-Up set for Friday, March 30, from 6-10 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.
A show-stopping Victorian, the dollhouse will be one of over 200 items included in the event’s silent auction.
Lee started building the house in January.
“I knew that MOTS needed donations, so I decided to help,” she said.
Lee has built several other dollhouses over time and has five finished projects at her home.
“I start building them for me but then I end up giving them away. They are my therapy ­— and a lot cheaper than a psychiatrist,” she said. “I build them, enjoy them and then when I’m tired of them, I donate them to charitable organizations.”
Steve Cook, MOTS organizer, is looking forward to seeing the dollhouse and other items auctioned off at the upcoming fundraiser, which is in its second year.
“Everyone has been so generous,” Cook said. “This event means a lot and allows us to be able to bring in bands that we otherwise couldn’t afford.”
Last year, at the Tune-Up premiere, Cook said he hoped to raise $5,000 and ended up with almost $10,000.
This year he is hoping for $15,000 based on last year’s success.
MOTS will begin its 14th season this year and Cook says the Spring Tune-Up is a great way to get things started.
The evening will include food from local eateries, brews from Depot Street Brewery, roaming musicians and “the best silent auction ever”, according to Cook.
Just a few of the other items to be auctioned are a Dell laptop, a Stressless chair from Mauk’s, a Carnegie Hotel package, artwork from regional artists, a handmade cherry table, an original oil painting, jewelry designed by local artisans, several new musical instruments, a catered “Dinner Club” from Main Street Café, and a large number of gift certificates from area companies.
Tickets will be available before the event for $20 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, the International Storytelling Center and at Jonesborough Art Glass.
They may also be purchased at the door for $25. The dress is casual.
“Just dress like you would if you were coming to Music on the Square,” Cook said, “but for this, you don’t need to bring your chair.”