Let the Bids Begin!

The online silent auction for the 33rd Annual Benefit and Auction is now live. Here are a few highlights from the selection of excellent items up for bid.
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Lighthouse lovers get a unique opportunity to see the lights from a different angle with Lot# 519: Deluxe Lighthouse Scenic Flight for Two.

See it all with this favorite flight. In addition to the beauty of the All Acadia tour of Mount Desert Island, your flight will head offshore to capture the stunning views of Schoodic Point to the east, Baker Island and the Cranberry Islands to the south, and the Blue Hill area to the west. Seven coastal Lighthouses are highlighted on your journey. Approx 50 minutes. Redeem any season May-October.
Donor: Scenic Flights of Acadia
Estimated value: $375

Those who adore scouring the beach for seaglass can wear such treasures on their wrist with Lot# 303: Seaglass Bracelet by Lisa Hall.

This natural seaglass bracelet, in rare shades of blue, is set in sterling silver.
Donor: Artist Lisa Hall
Estimated value: $925

If exquisite eating is a priority in your world, check out Lot# 507: Balance Rock Inn Chef’s Table for Four.

You’ll enjoy a multi-course blind tasting and private chef’s table with top tier wine pairings at the Balance Rock Inn for you and three guests. This exclusive access is available for four guests at the Inn’s Veranda (reservations required).
Donor: Balance Rock Inn, Aaron Miles
Estimated value: $1,600

The beer-love won’t be disappointed with Lot# 512: Orono Brewing Tasting, Tour, and Dinner for up to 6 Guests with Co-Founder Abe Furth.

You’ll go behind the scenes to learn the secrets of Orono Brewing’s Friend of Acadia IPA and their other celebrated beers and hard
seltzers. You’ll also get to visit with co-founder Abe Furth and master brewers to learn about
their products and process. The tour and tasting are followed by dinner for all at their 61 Margin
Street, Orono location.
Donor: Abe Furth, Orono Brewing
Estimated value: $750

Avid Acadia hikers can gain a great deal of trail insight from one of Acadia’s most knowledgeable people with Lot# 513: Hike & Picnic with Gary Stellpflug.

Enjoy a trail hike, picnic lunch, and a wealth of knowledge about the trails and the park with Acadia trail expert, Gary Stellpflug. This hike is for a group of up to 6 people.
Donor: Gary Stellpflug
Estimated value: $500

While bringing home Acadia’s trail signs is generally frowned upon, Lots 601-605 present a unique chance to do so: Vintage Trail Signs.

Own a piece of history! Vintage trail sign to adorn your garden, deck, or house. Available signs include South Ridge Cadillac Mountain Trail Sign, Canada Cliffs Trail Intersection Sign, Giant Slide Trail, Great Head Trail Sign, and Parkman Mtn. Trail Sign.

The easy-going nature-lover will appreciate Lot# 511: Carriage Ride in Acadia for Four including wine and cheese.
You’ll join Carol and Rolf van Schaik, long-time auction donors and carriage drivers, for a two-hour excursion on Acadia’s carriage roads. Two adult guests and two smaller children will enjoy wine and cheese. You will leave from Wildwood Stables and explore the carriage roads nearby that wind through the forest, bridges, and hills of Acadia. Rolf and Carol know the roads intimately and will share some of their stories and some history of the carriage road system. Available August 14-19, 2022. Donors: Carol and Rolf Van Schaik
Estimated value: $30

If quite time under the trees is up your alley, check out Lot# 204: Mary Moore Clark, “Tumbling Leaves” Quilt.
This quilt, resplendent in its fall palette, will serve as a “nap magnet” on brisk autumn afternoons. It measures a generous 66-by-86 inches and is made of 100% cotton fabrics, exclusively quilt shop quality.
Donor: Mary Moore Clark
Estimated value: $1,200

Immerse yourself in birds with Lot# 509: Bird Watching Experience on the Schoodic Peninsula.

This 2-to-3-hour birding experience is lead by Seth Benz and includes lunch at Schoodic for up to 10 guests.
Donor: Seth Benz
Estimated value: $500

To expand your bird expertise, bid on Lot# 207: “Bird: Exploring The Winged World” by Jen Lobo.
“This visually stunning survey of birds, chronicling their scientific and popular appeal throughout the ages and around the world, showcases the remarkable diversity of species in the avian kingdom, from tiny hummingbirds to ostriches taller than humans, and icebound penguins to tropical macaws.”
Donors: Barbara & Sheridan Steele
Estimated value: $50

Ain’t no party like a paella party! Lot# 501

Rally your favorite people for a Paella Party for 10 with nationally recognized Chef Paulette. Seafood or chicken, summer salad with organic mix greens, citrus vinaigrette, Maine blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream. Valid through September 2022, based on advanced notice. Note: Hosted at your preferred location on MDI, includes labor and groceries. No beverage service. The host must provide the venue, plates, silverware, napkins, beverages, etc. Food & labor only.
Donors: Chef Paulette & Steve Phillips
Estimated value: $2,500

The fanciest picnic you’ve ever had: Lot# 515

Enjoy a luxury picnic set-up for 2, courtesy of Luxury Picnics Acadia. Their “First Date” package is for two people for a 2-hour picnic. You select the area location, they provide the setup with a ground cover, a small table, beautiful table settings, blankets, throw pillows, a lace tepee, a candy grazing board, and a beverage container with sparkling grape juice or cider. You may choose one of 5 different themes: Maine, Boho, Farmhouse, Pink, and Dark Modern. At the end of the two hours, they will handle the clean-up. Note: Food is not included. No age restrictions. Donor: Tabitha Brown, Luxury Picnics. Estimated value: priceless

Ultimate Las Vegas meets Paris: Lot# 405

This packages includes dinner at Martha Stewart’s restaurant in Vegas and a 2-night stay at the The Bedford by Martha Stewart at Paris Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. You’ll also receive 2 tickets to the Eiffel Tower Experience and a $200 dining credit to The Bedford by Martha Stewart at Paris Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Valid through March 30, 2023. Donor: Bedford by Martha Stewart. Estimated value: $1,500

Online Silent Auction Bidding is Open Now

There are so many wonderful items up for bid in the online silent auction, which is open August 5-14, 2022. The silent auction is exclusively online in 2022, so no items will be on-site at the 33rd Annual Benefit and Auction. This means everyone is welcome to bid, even if you’re not planning to attend the in-person event!