The Friends of Acadia is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday with a dinner and auction to help it continue to work on behalf of Acadia National Park. And you don't even need to attend in person to vie for such items as Maine-made artworks or tickets to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House come December.
Of course, it'd be great to attend the non-profit organization's annual benefit, which is being held at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. But if you can't, you can bid on the auction items on-line.
The Benefit Auction is a unique and powerful means for you to directly support Acadia National Park through Friends of Acadia, and have fun doing so. The unrestricted funds raised each year at the auction help FOA manage and make grants to key programs like:
• Volunteer stewardship of Acadia’s trails
• Wild Gardens of Acadia
• Carriage road repair and upkeep
• Youth internships in the park
• Grassroots advocacy for the park
Your support tonight will help ensure that Friends of Acadia preserves and protects the magnificence of Acadia now and for future generations.
So, what auction items might catch your eye? Here's a partial list:
* Picnic on the Water in Style – Hinckley 44' Mark II
Do you have summer guests during Labor Day weekend or anytime between August 28 and September 10? Or just want to enjoy the latest iteration from the Hinckley Company yourself for half a day? Pronto III is a newly commissioned Mark II model from Hinckley with all the bells and whistles, and latest technology and innovations. End the summer with a lovely afternoon cruise on a brand new Hinckley 44' Mark II. With a cruising speed of 30 knots, enjoy a picnic at Marshall Island beach, Jericho Bay, or wherever your heart desires. Bask in the sun, take in the striking views, and enjoy lunch and refreshments. All inclusive 1/2 day including lunch, captain and crew. Boarding location of your choice on MDI. This must be used between August 28 and September 10. Maximum 10 people.
Donors: Steven Merrill, Russell Notides, and The Hinckley Company
* Hand-painted Canoe Paddle
Hand-painted vintage Old Town Maine canoe paddle by Joseph Pierson, featuring a view of Somes Sound on Mt. Desert Island.
* Hand painted Cabinet with Birches
Two door chest with birch trees and water scene painted on the door panels.
The chest is 13” L x 34” W x 33” H.
Donor: The Romantic Room
Estimated value: $1,000
* Simon Pierce Nantucket Lamp
Master glassblowers shaped brilliantly clear glass to form the ideal vessel for showcasing glinting marbles, rustic shells, or whatever you can imagine.
Donor: Nancy Ho at the Kimball Shop
Estimated value: $495
* Pair of Child's Rockers
Two dark green mini rocking chairs with black and green needlepoint pineapple pillows.
Donor: The Romantic Room
Estimated value: $300
* Two Vintage Acadia National Park Promotional Brochures
A Scenic Wonderland c.1932 and Acadia National Park at Winter Harbor c. 1943.
Donor: Wikhegan Old Books
Estimated value: $100
* Custom Walking Stick
Beautiful walking stick that tells a story…your story. Handmade for you by a local folk artist.
Estimated value: $150
To see the entire list of items, and place an on-line bid, visit this site. Bidding for some of these items ends this Friday, so don't put off checking out what's out there. And don't forget, a portion of your winning bid could be tax deductible.