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Nick Offerman returning to C-U for Japan House Benefit April 1st

Japan House at U of I has this excellent news to reveal — this upcoming fundraiser with very special guest, the one and only Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation, U of I graduate). The fundraiser takes place Saturday, April 1st at Japan House.

We are honored to be partnering in the event, which you can see all the details of below.

From the press release:


Join Nick Offerman for a Japan House fundraiser

Sponsored by Black Dog Smoke & Ale House, Smile Politely and Cream & Flutter.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Japan House

2000 S. Lincoln Avenue

Urbana, IL 61802

Enjoy a tasting of three different Japanese whiskies, accompanied by small tastings from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House, and followed by a mini whisky-pecan pie from Cream & Flutter.

Afterwards, actor and humorist Nick Offerman will speak about his newest book, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop, which he dedicated to the founder of Japan House, and his former Professor and sensei, Shozo Sato. There will also be limited time for Nick to sign books (books not available for purchase at Japan House). This will be held in the beauty of Japan House so tickets are very limited. 

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:00 am on Eventbrite, at Tickets are only available online.

  • $150 per person
  • $125 per person for Japan House Tomonokai members

Raffle tickets for a number of Offerman Woodshop items will be available. These items will be autographed personally by the woodworker that made them, as well as Nick.

From Offerman Woodshop:

Ubu’s Candle

Ubu’s Candle gives great ambient and bedside illumination anchored by a solid wood base (currently Redwood burl and Walnut) that will make any wood lover swoon. Screen is made with Japanese mulberry printed paper and includes a porcelain socket and gold cloth covered cord. Lighten up your life!

Hand crafted by our resident metal-smith and woodworker, Jane Parrott, with OWS slab offcuts (each piece unique) and hand forged steel. Original price is $325 

Offerman Cutting Board

European Beech and Walnut

Hand rubbed food safe oil and wax finish

Approximately 16.5” x 10.5”

Original price is $105

Moustache Comb

Official Offerman Woodshop moustache comb. Hand carved out of varying exotic and local woods, non-toxic with a ‘stache friendly finish. 

Original price is $75

Also a Buckeye Burl Cheeseboard, details to follow. Not yet available at Offerman Woodshop.

Raffle tickets are available online. You do NOT need to attend the event in order to participate in the raffle. Tickets are $10 each, and 3 for $25. They can only be purchased online, starting on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:00 am, at

Poster photo by Emily Shur, product photos from Offerman’s website.

Executive Editor

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