The 2017 Historic House Gala Live Auction

Mid Mod: Be There or Be Square

Holding a rousing live auction during our annual Historic House Gala has become a tradition.  Each year we curate a list of items that encourages everyone to keep the good times going until next year! Take a look at the list of food, travel and cultural experiences that will be auctioned off on June 9, 2017. Thank you to Thomaston Place Auction Galleries for providing their services during the event.  

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Elegant Dinner for 8 with Candice Lee, French Culinary Chef

An Annual Favorite! Candice Lee, Graduate of the French Culinary Institute of NYC, with many years’ experience cooking superb meals for family and friends, invites you to bid on her elegant dinner for 8. In the 9 years she has offered her dinners as an auction item, she has witnessed many a “Babette’s Feast” moment. As a former interior designer, Candice’s home is a sublime setting for a delicious meal served by competent staff. There will be a choice of three menus presented for your selection as a group in advance of the dinner. The evening begins with a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings. It never fails, “a good time is had by all!” Bon Appetite!


A Week on the “Quiet Side” of Mount Desert Island

Don’t miss out on a vacation at this renovated 1850’s farmhouse.  Tastefully decorated and full of charm, this farmhouse is just up the lane from the Causeway into the town of Southwest Harbor, where you will find great shops and restaurants. You are also a short walk from the entrance to Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert’s glorious natural playground.  A large screened porch extends the living space and keeps you blessedly bug-free.  Hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, biking, and lobster dinners will make your time at Causeway Cottage an experience you will long remember. 5 bedrooms, sleeps 9.  3 full baths. Available for a mutually-agreed-upon stay during the Summer and Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018.


Fourth of July Fireworks at the Portland Observatory

 Arrive at 8 PM for a private tour of the Portland Observatory, hosted by Executive Director Hilary Bassett.   Afterwards, you’ll enjoy lovely wines and desserts as you watch the Fireworks from atop this historic building.  Your vantage point will give you unparalleled views of the festivities. This package also includes parking passes for on-street parking. Fireworks at the Portland Observatory for 6 people.  Rain date is July 5.


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Old Fashioned Family Fun Day
on a Private Ocean Side Farm

Bring your family to this quintessential Maine coastal farm for an afternoon of guided tours by bike or car (your choice!)  You’ll visit four buildings at Spurwink and Ram Island Farms in Cape Elizabeth.  Highlights include a Carol A. Wilson designed home,  a treehouse overlooking the Spurwink River, a yurt built with help from William Copperthwaite and a spectacular 1920 horse barn.  Lunch is included! The host and hostess make this day enjoyable from beginning to end. Fun for a family, or fun for a couple, it is a unique and totally satisfying day to experience. Picnic lunch with family activities for 8.  Date and time to be mutually agreed upon.


A Week in Austin, Texas,
With a Tour of the Historic State House

Austin, on the eastern edge of Texas Hill Country, is not only the state capital, but lays claim to being the "live music capital of the world." The LBJ Library, the History of Texas Museum, the Hill Country Tour, learning to do the 2-step at the 50-year-old “Broken Spoke” where Willie Nelson got his start, and the fabulous restaurants and nice shops makes this a very enjoyable time. Austin is a center for film and home to the University of Texas and Formula 1's Circuit of the Americas raceway. Its abundant parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, boating and other outdoor pursuits. The brand new luxury studio apartment is located in the Seaholm residences, near Lady Bird Lake, right in the heart of all that Austin has to offer.  Perfect for a couple to enjoy for a week! One week in a luxury condo in Austin, TX.  Dates to be mutually agreed upon. 


Sunset Cruise on Casco Bay for 6

 Enjoy a perfect Maine evening with a Sunset Cruise aboard the beautiful 46 foot sloop La Boheme, hosted by Peter and Pamela Plumb. You’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery, cocktails, and delicious hors d’oeuvres as you sail the waters of Casco Bay. Sunset Cruise of 6 on Casco Bay.  Date to be mutually agreed upon.


Providence Rhode Island Weekend

Experience the historic, vibrant city of Providence, Rhode Island! Enjoy one night and two days at the Hope Club, including dinner & breakfast for two in the city’s oldest still-operating clubhouse. Set in a fabulous location on Providence’s College Hill, the club has a view of the 1816 First Unitarian Church where Paul Revere’s foundry made the bell. This package includes a Benefit Street tour with stops at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Unitarian Church, & the Providence Athenaeum given by the head of Providence Preservation Society.  A separate tour of the National Park, Slater Mills, is part of the package and located just 5 miles from downtown. (Coordinate with a Friday evening WaterFire event!) Weekend in Providence for 2.  Date to be mutually agreed upon.

Five Springtime Nights
in Beautiful and Historic Charleston, South Carolina

A city noted for its Southern charm, distinctive cuisine, and extensive historic districts, Charleston, South Carolina, is the ideal place to immerse yourself in history, art and culture. Its beautiful streetscapes, authentic neighborhoods, and surrounding plantations reflect the city’s commitment to historic preservation as a way to restore the city's unique fabric and serve as a catalyst for economic vitality. Winners will stay in a comfortable condominium in a 19th-century building, with large bedroom, sizeable living/dining room, kitchen and 1.5 baths, in the heart of the historic city. The condo, with king-sized bed and downstairs sleep sofa, is perfect for a couple or a couple with a child. Available in April or May, 2018. Date to be mutually agreed upon with owners by December 1, 2017.  


A Trip to Amsterdam from your own Backyard

Greater Portland Landmarks Trustees Jane Batzell and Patti Butler will transform your garden in the Greater Portland area by providing and planting 17 dozen tulip bulbs.  You select the colors, then sit back, relax and watch them do the work. Next Spring, you will enjoy this splendid array of Holland's most beloved flower. 

Week-Long Stay in Mid-Century Modern
Waterfront Oasis in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A chance to reside in your own mid-century modern home for a week in beautiful and sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Experience luxurious living among beaches, restaurants, arts & culture, night life, historical districts, mansions & yachts. Known for its beaches and proximity to outdoorsy and cultural adventures, Fort Lauderdale is an enviable destination. The house has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths along with a heated pool and dock!