Summer’s Story

Summer’s Story sent to us by Mallory Ahern

(edited)

My name is Mallory Ahern and I’m the owner of East View’s Summer aka Summer.

I have owned Summer for 5 amazing years. Summer is a registered Clydesdale Mare, born on June 20th 2001 at a Clydesdale breeding farm in Huntington Indiana. Her Sire was M18059 Grandview Sir Hammer and her Dam was Dairy Lands Belle. Summer is 16.5 Hands and weighs approximately 1600lbs. She has a white face and black mane with four white socks and a black docked tail.

Summer was a brood mare for a couple years and had her first foal in February 19, 2005; a filly called F22474 Summer’s Diamond Dream. Then in April 06, 2007 she had a colt who was named River’s Edge Bodacious First-N-Line. Summer’s last foal was born on January 16, 2009; another filly called F24998 River’s Edge Bodacious Ice Princess.

After Summer’s breeding days were over she went up for sale. My Mom had seen the advert and went to see her without me. I did not even know anything about her. One day after school I was picked up by my Mom, and she brought me out to the barn. She brought me up to the stall and said “you have her on a trial basis but if you like her she is yours.”

At first Summer and I did not really hit it off. Summer had a hard time adjusting to the barn, but with the help of Heather Navarrete trainer at Treasure Hill Farm and Rob Boyle a Horse Trainer/ PTSD trauma councilor I was shaped into the rider I am, and they helped me build such a strong relationship with my horse.

One of the biggest reasons I ride is because I have Autism and it helps me release the negative energy I have. It also helps me with my emotional and mental health. When I ride Summer I am able to leave my baggage and stressors at the door of the arena and live in the moment. Summer and I have a great relationship; some days can be difficult; she has the sassiest personality of any horse that I have ever owned. But she also has a personality where you can tell what she is thinking.

I could get treats and put them in my pocket and she would know exactly how many are there. I would give her a treat when she was done with riding and then for each of her stretches. If I forget a stretch she would know and would do it to be able to get that last treat.

I uses Summer to help me with my Autism and my PTSD, but most of all my learning disabilities. I am able to record my lectures in school and play them when I am riding, and memorize the curriculum to be able to pass my tests in school.

When I was testing in high school I could not figure out how to study. One day I played my class lecture when I went riding; I was not able to listen to it after riding because I had to complete the rest of my homework for school. The next day I had my exam for school and I got a 98%. I figured it out and was able to overcome my memory issues by horse back riding.

I also had a slow reaction speed and if it were not for riding, I would not be driving. I worked closely in my lessons on timing and I did it. From the movement of the horse I was able to figure it out.

I got my driving license because I was able to overcome having a slow reaction time, and that came from learning our walk-trot-canter transitions and from dressage. When I was on the Interscholastic Equestrian Activities (IEA) team I ended up getting second overall and the National Sportsmanship Award highest ranking senior; all because of what I learned from summer. [http://articles.courant.com/2014-07-02/community/hcrs-90886-salem-20140701_1_east-haddam-reader-submitted-interscholastic-equestrian-association]

I learned, in my time owning Summer patience, understanding, compassion, happiness, love and most of all trust. Sadly in December 27th 2014 I got in a accident and I had to get emergency back surgery. Through two years of intense rehabilitation and pure determination I started to walk again. During the time I was in the wheel chair I was depressed and down about not being able to ride.

Then my Mom was laid off from her job of 14 years and we were no longer able to afford her. My mom said to me “you have to sell her.” I was like “never in a million years will I give her up.” She came to High Hopes on trial and she has fitted into High Hopes perfectly. She loves all the attention and she loves her job. I could not be any happier than I am with the work and dedication that High Hopes puts into their program, which Summer absolutely thrives in. She is extremely happy. I still ride Summer once a week and I thank God for all High Hopes does for her. Recently Summer has gotten a sponsorship from Kapco Global Employee Owners From Centerbrook. I have to say I’m truly blessed to have such good things going for Summer. One of my biggest things is that I’m so happy she is able to help others; just like me her job helps people and my job does that too, so we are like two peas in a pod!

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Whibley

picture by Gina Starks

We are sorry to report that we lost a much loved member of our herd last night – Whibley.

Although Whibley had not been at High Hopes as long as many of our herd, he impressed and endeared himself to everyone with his amazing presence; both physical and in spirit … he was a huge horse with a huge heart!

Whibley presented in the Monday afternoon class with abdominal discomfort, initially thought to be colic. He received all the treatment that could be provided here at High Hopes from both Holly and our veterinarian, but it was clear that the issue needed further investigation and Holly therefore transported him to Tufts late last night.

The wonderful team at Tufts did all they could, but unfortunately to no avail and we lost Whibley early this morning.

We hope that friends of Whibley will leave memories and pictures of him at his stall, or on facebook. Anything you send we will add to this page (so be sure to let us know if we should not publish it).

We will miss you big guy! … may your pastures be always green

 

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Immersion 2017

IMMERSION is a collaboration between Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and High Hopes and made possible by a grant from the Baker Foundation, funding the program through “Autism Speaks”.

Each program enables 12 children between the ages of 4 and 6 to spend four days immersed in equine assisted activities and therapies; on and off the saddle. This year’s participants experienced riding for the first time, met Ezra the therapy dog, enjoyed sensory crafts – and had fun in the sun – all with specific therapeutic goals, supported by the L&M PT team.

Short rotations provide opportunities for skill acquisition. The L&M Hospital provides one-on-one support from Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Language Therapists and specially trained Volunteers and nationaly Certified Riding Instructors from High Hopes complete the team. Children are exposed to a range of sensory experiences both mounted and unmounted. The High Hopes sensory trail is a woodland trail with twists, turns, inclines, sloping paths, and varied terrain. Eight different obstacles challenge the rider’s auditory, visual, tactile, and olfactory abilities and the natural environment that allows the rider to develop skills outside of the regularity of the arena.

A picture tells 1000 words – and in his case, far more. Here are some more wonderful photographs of IMMERSION Summer 2017.

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Trustees 2017-2018

 


The New Board of Trustees - 2017 - 20187

John Catlett

Chair

John spent more than 26 years with the consulting firm Accenture before retiring as a senior partner. He holds degrees from Drew University and Lehigh University.

John lives in Lyme with his wife, Athana, and three daughters, Sarah, Sabrina and Anna.

Read the Press Release 06/28/2017

Jeffrey Ridgway

Vice Chair – Development
Jeff is retired from Boatyards and Building. He has served 21 yrs. on the Board of Trustees with two years as President. His many leadership roles at High Hopes include assisting with the construction of our facility in 1990 and serving as Co-Chair with Holly of the ‘94 and ‘95 Antiques Show. Co-Chairing the 2000 Building expansion project, Co-Chair of the High Hopes Hoedown, now the HH Holiday Market, A member of the Building and Grounds Committee for 27yrs. He is actively involved with many events such as the Concert in the Barn and Symphony in the Meadows. He was the recipient of the NARHA Region I Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. Born in Africa, Jeff grew up in the UK. He and his wife, Holly, reside in Chester.

Affiliation – Caulfield & Ridgway


Seymour Smith

Vice Chair

Seymour served as Flight Officer and Lieutenant in the US Navy. Currently retired, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Connecticut Bank and Trust Company; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Signal Capital Corporation; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of New England Savings Bank and was a private consultant for various healthcare organizations. Seymour has served on the Boards of Connecticut State University, Hartford Stage Company and Planned Parenthood of Connecticut. Seymour attended Hamilton College and received his MBA from Columbia University. His wife, Tia, has previously served on the High Hopes Board of Trustees. Seymour is currently on the Finance Committee. Seymour and Tia reside in Essex.


James Scott Douglas

Vice Chair

Scott is Chairman of the Board of Dancker Sellew & Douglas, an interior solutions firm. He brings extensive volunteer experience to the Board, in particular with organizations supporting children’s issues. In addition to a BA degree in Botany from the University of Vermont, he has completed graduate coursework in accounting and finance. Currently he is Scott and his wife Wendy reside in Old Lyme and Florida, and have four children and eight grandchildren.

Affiliation: Dancker Sellew & Douglas


Jacqueline Kangley

Secretary

Jacqueline oversees product development and online marketing and sales for Amelie Michel French Table Linens and is the owner/designer of Jacqueline Kangley Handbags. Jacqueline was introduced to therapeutic riding by her Essex Elementary School classmates’ rides at LCVERA. Her first volunteer experiences were with Hawaii’s Haku Baldwin Center, and upon returning to Connecticut 15 years ago, she began volunteering with High Hopes. She currently volunteers in the therapeutic riding program and serves on the Program, Marketing Advisory and Fund Development Committee. She has co-chaired the Concert in the Barn and various auction, decor, and marketing benefit committees. Jacqueline is an alumna of The Hotchkiss School and Dartmouth College. She and her husband Stephen Dedman live in Hadlyme.

Affiliation: Amelie Michel French Table Linens/Jacqueline Kangley Handbags


Deborah Welles

Treasurer

Debbie is a practicing CPA with her own business in Old Lyme. She is married to John, with 3 children and 5 grandchildren who keep her busy. Debbie’s hobbies include hiking, gardening, kayaking, volunteering at High Hopes and family time.

Affiliation – Deborah Welles, CPA, LLC


Jane Bolles

Jane and her husband, Keith, own and operate the Saybrook Country Barn where Jane works full time. A former board member of High Hopes, Jane co-chaired Symphony in the Meadows twice, and was a member of the program committee and the Human Resources Advisory committee. She also coordinated a variety of programs for the families and riders. Twenty-two years ago, Jane learned of High Hopes (then LCVERA) while looking for a place for her then six-year-old daughter who is hearing impaired and intellectually challenged, to learn how to ride and be around horses. Now at 28, Lindsay is still a participant in the program. Jane is a resident of Essex.

Affiliation – Saybrook Country Barn


Sarah Hill Canning

Sarah and her husband Peter live in Stonington; they have two daughters, Kate and Martha. Sarah has volunteered at High Hopes since 2003- most recently carriage driving, and served on the Board from 2007-16. She was the scribe for the Board for several years. She is a past Chair of the Volunteer Committee, and has served on the Symphony, Governance and Development Committees. She was a member of her church Vestry, Director of the Altar Guild and is on the Board of Calvary Nursery School. She is a past President of the Mystic & Noank Library. She holds a degree from Boston University.


Hannah Metcalf Childs

Since 2000, Hannah has owned her own design business, Hannah Childs Interior Design. After moving to Old Lyme on 2004, Hannah began her volunteering at High Hopes by serving as the Decor chair for several of the Concert in the Barn events, later serving as the co-chair of the Motown Concert in the Barn in 2015. She is a member of the RISD Museum Associates in Providence, where she was born and raised. Hannah has served on the Board of the Florence Griswold Museum from 2010-2016, and continues to serve on their Planning Committee. Hannah and her husband, Jamie, have three children, Mac (14), George (12) and Thayer (10).

Affiliation: Hannah Childs Interior Design


Mark Fader

Mark Fader is The William School’s (New London, Connecticut) 10th Head of School since the fall of 2008 after previously serving as Assistant Head. He has over 25 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and coach. Prior to joining Williams he was at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC and at Severn School in Severna Park, MD. A Cum Laude Graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Mark earned his BA in History and French and holds a Masters of Arts in Education from The College of William and Mary. Mark is active in the shoreline community as former board member at NESS (New England Science and Sailing) and as a member of Ocean Commotion Committee at Mystic Aquarium. Mark and his wife Suki have three children, Jack (20), Ellie (14), Lucy (12) who all volunteer at High Hopes.

Affiliation: The Williams School


Katherine Gibson

Katherine moved to Lyme four years ago with her husband, Andrew, and sons Will and John. Katherine’s career has been in marketing and communications, and she has held positions and freelanced for a variety of companies including Cuisinart, Gorham Silver, Envirosource, and the HB Group. She has also been active in community service, and was the founding director of the non¬-profit Scituate (RI) Farmer’s Market and a trustee of the North Scituate Library. The market became one of the largest farmer’s markets in RI, and awarded annual college scholarships for entrepreneurship and environmental science. During her tenure at the North Scituate Library, Katherine chaired the strategic planning committee and led communications and fundraising efforts for a building & expansion project. Katherine started volunteering at High Hopes soon after moving to Lyme and has co¬chaired the Holiday Market for 5 years. High Hopes was a natural fit for the mother of a son with dyspraxic cerebral palsy and a strong believer in the benefits of therapeutic riding. Education: Princeton University, AB 1985


Laura Giordano

Laura is a seasoned professional in the field of Human Resources with over 20 years of experience in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries. An independent consultant she has been with Pfizer and with Aetna Life and Casualty. She has an MBA from the University of New Haven and is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. Laura has been a member of the Human Resources Advisory Committee at High Hopes for several years. A lifelong horsewoman, she has five horses at her home and is familiar with the special needs of the ageing horse as several of hers are in their 20’s. Laura is a resident of Groton.

Affiliation – Independent Human Resources Consultant


Laurie LaTerza

Laurie was formally a Business Development Manager with the Software Solutions Innovation team at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, she has held sales and marketing roles within AT&T, NCR, and Concord Communications. Her career has spanned multiple industries including Finance, Retail, Manufacturing and Education, as well as various technology transformations. She has been an active volunteer in both Massachusetts and Connecticut with various non-profit organizations. In addition, she volunteers within Cisco to support Women’s advancement in technology and Special Needs initiatives. Laurie holds a Master Degree in Marketing from Bentley University in Waltham, MA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. She currently lives in Guilford, CT with her husband Todd and daughter Sofia. Sofia has participated in the High Hopes program for 6 years, providing Laurie and Todd a bird’s eye view of the incredible benefits received by participants.


Todd Machnik

Todd grew up in Old Lyme and attended Old Lyme High School. Todd received a Civil Engineering Degree from Vermont Technical College. He married his wife, Becky Machnik, in 1978 and has three sons: Tom, Kevin, and Peter. Todd is owner and President of Machnik Bros., Inc., established in 1957, general contractors specializing in site work, underground utilities, seawalls, bridge & dam repair. Todd has been a member of: the Old Lyme Fire Department since 1970 and has served as an officer for 10 years; Flood & Erosion Control Board for 20 years, 5 years as Chair; the Planning Commission as alternate for 5 years; Trustee of Essex Savings Bank; High Hopes Building & Grounds for 5 years, 2 years as Chair; Southeastern CT Youth Hockey Board and President for 5 years; St. Bernard Hockey Manager for 12 years; and course designer and builder for 5 years, along with Becky Machnik, for Lord Creek Horse Trails.

Affliation: Machnik Bros., Inc


Margaret (Mac) Mummert

Mac and her husband, Earl, are veterinarians and own four small animal practices. Her special interests include internal medicine and oncology. She has served in many area civic organizations including the Lyme Garden Club, Child and Family Agency and is a Past President of the SE Connecticut Professional Women’s Network. She serves on the Vestry of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, is a past DC of the Connecticut Valley Pony Club, and volunteers at High Hopes. Mac has two children, Brian and Anya. Anya has been a participant at High Hopes since she was five and, although she has her own horse, she still rides here weekly. Mac earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1977 from Auburn University and resides in Old Lyme.

Affiliation – Companion Animal Hospitals


Vicki Newton

Vicki has spent her 25 year professional career in marketing, communications and web-site development for Fortune 500 Companies. She received her BA from State University of New York after which she continued to study art with the Art Student’s League in NYC. Vicki has owned and worked with horses all her life and in 2000 she, her husband Matt, and son, Alex, moved to their horse farm in East Haddam. Vicki continues her work as a freelance artist specializing in portraits of animals and botanical studies.


Andrew L. Russell

Andy has had an extensive career in broadcasting since earning a degree in Communications Management from Ithaca College. He is VP and General Manager, Hall Communications, where he oversees day-to-day operations for six stations. Andy is active in a number of local organizations including serving as treasurer of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association, secretary and board member of the RCDC (Renaissance City Development Association) in New London, and chairman of the Old Lyme Board of Finance. Andy resides in Old Lyme with his wife Pamela. They have three grown children.

Affiliation – Hall Communications


Robin Schonberger

Robin is a retired, award-winning Art Director who worked for 25 years in the greater Hartford area advertising business, where she specialized in regional and national print and television marketing. She studied in Boston and received her BFA from Tufts University. Robin is active in community service and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Hartford University Art School and Real Art Ways, and is co-administrator of the Schonberger 9/11 Fund at the Hartford Foundation For Public Giving. Robin has been volunteering at High Hopes for 10 years, most recently in the capacity of Gala Co-Chair, Auction Co-Chair and serving on the Finance/Development Committee. Robin is a published avid gardener and moved to Old Lyme in 2001.


Peter Watt

Peter is Vice President, Consumer Marketing at Outdoor Sportsman Group – Integrated Media, in New York, where he oversees all direct to consumer related lines of business, including subscription and single copy management, as well as retail merchandise. Outdoor Sportsman Group, a media company that publishes 15 outdoor enthusiast magazines, also owns two cable networks: Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel. Prior to working at OSG-IM, Peter held various consumer marketing positions at Times Mirror Magazines, The Atlantic and Audubon. In addition to his professional endeavors, Peter is President of the Board of Trustees of Morningside Montessori School in New York, and has served on various committees and was a side walker at High Hopes from 2008-2015. An avid reader, his book group has been meeting regularly for over 20 years. He and his husband, Gerard Cattie, live in New York and spend as much time as possible at their house in Lyme. They are the parents of two school age children, Louisa and Alec. A Larchmont, NY native, he is a graduate of Middlebury College, with a BA in English Literature.


Barbara Willkens

Barbara has worked at Millstone Power Station since 1990.  During her career at the nuclear power plant she has held senior management positons in Engineering, Construction, Supply Chain, and Organizational Effectiveness. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tennessee and completed post graduate courses at M.I.T. Prior to joining High Hopes Barbara served on the Board of Directors at Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was a “big” for 10 years. She is still in close contact with her “little.” Barbara has been actively involved at High Hopes for over 6 years as a member of the Development Committee,  a co-chair of the Auction Committee for 3 years, and most recently as a co-chair  for the June Benefit. Barbara is an avid knitter, gardener, and chef.  Barbara and her husband Wilhelm enjoy traveling to his native home of Austria as well as travelling visit family and friend.  Barbara and Wilhelm live in Lyme with Rhodesian Ridgeback Jack.

Affiliation – Dominion

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Leaving a Legacy

Three of the Best!

Kurt Ziemann (center) an early participant at High Hopes, talks fondly of his time learning to ride, with Holly Ridgway (left) and Jonnie Edwards (right)

An overcast afternoon, heavy with the threat of thunder, could not stop nearly one hundred people from visiting the Legacy Garden at High Hopes last Friday.

The celebration, hosted by the Legacy Society, was to honor two of High Hopes longest serving instructors, Jonnie Edwards and Holly Ridgway. Holly has retired as an instructor, but has since gone on to give and give again, as a working Trustee. Most recently chairing the MoonDance Auction.

Students, some of whom had started out with Jonnie, recalled their introduction to a lifelong love of horses through High Hopes, and many volunteers recounted stories of working alongside Holly and Jonnie in the ring and on the trails.

The thunder held off, allowing everyone to enjoy a relaxed get together in the midst of the Legacy Garden at it’s best.

Check out some pictures here – and see more, or please feel free to download full resolution versions on Flickr

 

 

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What a night! – Moon Dance 2017

As the moon sets on this year’s benefit, it is time to reflect on a perfect summer’s evening, when nearly 600 of our friends and supporters joined High Hopes for our inimitable gala.

Over the years, this premier fundraising gala just gets better and better. We are delighted to announce that as of June 15th, we have had a record-breaking year!

 

We are truly grateful for your support. Due to your generosity High Hopes is now able to fund over 75% of the operating costs of our therapeutic programs and equine assisted activities. In addition to that, we are able to provide scholarships to ensure that no participant is turned away from the program, due to their family’s inability to pay the remaining 25%.

This event could not take place without all the help of our volunteers, corporate partners, table hosts, committee chairs, and of course our friends like you who purchased tickets. From our main event sponsors Northstar Wealth Management and Dominion Energy; to the beautiful graphic artwork kindly donated by the team at Julia Balfour. From the Old Lyme Fire & Ambulance staff who made sure we were safe; to Power Posse Productions who provided fabulous production and lighting. From Coffees Fine Catering and Taylor Rentals who made sure that we dined in style; to our community volunteers from Eversource and Liberty Bank who, quite literally, rolled out the carpet for us.

So many people came together to make this event a success that we cannot name them all here, but we would love you to visit our Corporate Sponsors and Restaurant Donors page and join us in thanking them with your patronage.

We must finish, by saying a very special thank you to Event Co-Chairs Robin Schonberger and Barbara Willkens.

The team at High Hopes


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Please enjoy the gallery below and find many more photographs on our Flickr Page.

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Music under the Stars

Tickets still available – Saturday, August 19th.

Do you miss Symphony in the Meadows?

Well here is your chance to once again soak up the panoramic views of the Connecticut River at Mark and Dorinda Winkelman’s beautiful estate on Hayden’s Point, Essex.

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeurves, a gourmet supper and desserts all while listening to glorious music performed by the Trombones of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (TECSO). Their diverse repertoire of music ranges from Bach to the Beatles.

Proceeds from this special evening will be split evenly and benefit the programs of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and High Hopes.

Terms: Limited to the first 125 people to sign up.

Date is Saturday, August 19 with a rain date of Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Set Bid: $125 per Guest
Donated by: Mark & Dorinda Winkelman, The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding & Coffee’s Country Market

Tickets

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EQliving Gold List … we have been nominated

EQuine Living Magazine has a worldwide audience who appreciate the best that the world of Equestrian Living can offer.

We are honored to have been nominated and recognized as one of the top 10 Therapeutic Riding Programs in the U.S. and one of the top 3 in the North East.

Now we need your help …

VOTE HERE

Our nomination is one thing, but if we are going to see EQLiving recognize the amazing programs that our Staff, Volunteers, Donors and Families provide, we need your VOTE!

The section is a little difficult to find, Therapeutic Program is under Best Place to Visit, two down from Best Charity or Rescue and one up from the Life with Horses section. You do not have to complete every section (although we are sure that our friends at EQuestrian Living would love it if you did).

We would also love you to share this on social media.

Click HERE to go to our facebook page and share with your friends and family.

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Drawn to Horses with Rick Lacey at High Hopes

Rick Lacey, a 2011 graduate of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts will present an Equine Drawing and Painting program here at High Hopes this summer on Saturday afternoons July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5 and 12th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Offered through the college, this class is designed to allow students to pursue their passion for equines and art as they draw and paint horses outdoors here at High Hopes in Old Lyme.  Using horses as the inspiration, students will explore the fundamental principals of gesture and observational drawing. Students will investigate line, value, form and composition. Demonstrations and references to examples of horses painted and drawn by master artists will be featured to call attention to various artistic techniques. The intention is to foster an understanding of anatomy and proportion as students draw and paint from live horses and observe their movement, weight distribution and specific characteristics. The class is open to students of all skill levels.

About the Artist . . .

Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, Rick Lacey has spent most of his life in Connecticut, where he attended the Lyme/Old Lyme High School. He graduated from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2011 with a BFA in painting and was awarded the John Stobart Fellowship. Rick’s passion is being in the studio, drawing and painting from life. He is currently an instructor at the Lyme Academy College and also teaches from his studio on Blood Street, in Lyme, CT.

For information and registration about the Drawn To Horses program, please click here.

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Moon Dance Silent Auction Preview!

 Moon Dance is just around the corner!  Step right up to bid on your favorite silent auction items.  Take a moment and review the vast array of wonderful auction packages from Thrilling Trips and Travel, Treasures, Trinkets, Theater to Culinary Experiences and Sports Outings!  There is something for everyone!  Take a look . . .

 

ROUND THE WORLD

 P1  Where the Sands are Pink – Harbour Island                                                         

Indulge yourself for a week in the Bahamas at Miss Lena’s. Built in 1797, Miss Lena’s is one of the most gracious residences in Harbour Island’s historic district. Unique in design this house offers a spacious integrated living and dining area that opens onto the covered veranda with views of the verdant garden and historic waterfront. The kitchen is spacious with ample counter space. There is one bedroom on the first storey with ensuite bathroom and a second bedroom with ensuite bathroom and master bedroom on the second storey. The master offers panoramic harbor views and access to an upper veranda with a shaded gazebo; the perfect spot to watch the Bahamian sunset. Terms: Please note the cottage is for sale. If the cottage is sold before winning bidder uses the cottage, High Hopes will refund the winning bidder in full.  One week stay (Saturday to Saturday occupancy) for dates mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor, please call for available dates. Accommodations are ideal for 4-6 guests. Includes Wi-Fi, cable, washer/dryer, outdoor shower and maid service. No smoking, no pets, no children. Available for Christmas / New Years, March and May. Unavailable November, Early December, and January, February and April. Must be used by June 1, 2018.

Value:  $3,000      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Toby & Mary Dunn                                                                                                                                                                               

P2        Hilton Head Island Getaway                                                                                   

Getaway to Hilton Head Island for a one week stay at this Shelter Cove Penthouse with 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths. This is one of the most relaxing vacation destinations in the continental United States.  Shelter Cove has 12 miles of white sand beaches where you can relax with a good book surf side, perfect your tan, and indulge in a variety of water sports! If you are eager to mix relaxation with wellness, there are health clubs and the world-class Hilton Head Spa on site. Shelter Cove also offers unique shops and restaurants. Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor. Sleeps 4. No smoking, no pets. Must be used by June 1, 2018.

Value: $1,500      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: The Parcak and Graybill Families 

 

 P3        September in Newport                                                                                 

Enjoy 7 nights at the Long Wharf Resort in Newport.  Explore the waterfront and visit the historic mansions – you’ll have time to do it all.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condominium sleeps 6 comfortably with a king-sized bed in the first guest suite and two additional guest rooms with twin beds. Two parking spaces are available during your stay. Terms: No smoking, no pets. Available September 15 – 22, 2017.

Value: $2,500      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Rives & Nancy Potts

 

P4   Pampering Beachside in Panama 

Spend 5 nights relaxing beachside with your family or friends at this 4 bedroom, 5 bath house in the Punta Barco Resort, Panama, located just an hour away from Panama City. The house is complete with a Jacuzzi, pool and barbeque area. A short ten minute walk leads you to one of Panama’s best beaches, which includes a private beach club complete with restaurant and tennis courts. While making the trip to your beach house rental from the airport in Panama City, you can stop at the famous Panama Canal to watch the ships crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  Located just a quick 45 minute drive from Punta Barco is the picturesque town of El Valle with its many natural attractions. Spend the day enjoying waterfalls, thermal waters, petroglyphs and Panama’s diverse bird population in the jungle canopy. Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor.  Arrival on a Sunday and departure on a Friday. This is for a 5 night stay. Please provide total guest count to donor before your arrival. Property is available throughout the year except October 30th – November 15th, New Years, February 7th – 21st and Easter. Other blackout dates may apply. No smoking, no pets. Must be used by June 1, 2018.

Value:  $2,000      Bid Increments:  $100      Donated by: The Alemán Alcedo Family

 

P5        Majestic Mountain Resort in Boquete, Panama    

Breathtaking views abound from this newly built 2 bedroom, 2 bath townhome (can sleep 6 comfortably and has a sofa bed in the living room making it spacious for 8) in the prestigious gated resort community of Valle Escondida, located just outside the charming village of Boquete, Panama. (It’s just one hour by air from Panama City).  The resort has been widely acclaimed as one of the finest residential communities in Central America and is the perfect getaway for adventure seeking nature lovers.  The resort amenities include spa, pool, golf course and restaurants.  During your 7 night stay, enjoy nearby white water rafting, fishing, and world-class birding in the cloud forest and horseback riding along the many mountain trails that crisscross the highland farms – all of which can be booked by the hotel concierge. Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor. Stay is for 7 nights. Please provide your guest count to donor before your arrival. Property is available throughout the year except October 30th – November 15th, New Years and Easter. Other blackout dates may apply. No smoking, no pets. Must be used by June 1, 2018.

Value:  $3,000      Bid Increments:  $100      Donated by: The Alemán Alcedo Family

 

P6        South African Luxury Photo Safari                                                          

It’s the ultimate vacation of a lifetime; a true African Safari experience. This trip includes 6 days and 6 nights lodging at the Heritage Safari Lodge/Tented Camp in the heart of Zululand and St. Lucia/Sodwana Bay Marine. Also included are 3 delicious meals prepared daily by the finest international chefs, 2 daily open Land River trips with experienced guides on the Zulu Nyala Game reserve the location of I Dreamed of Africa starring Kim Basinger. Terms: Reservations to be booked directly by the winning bidder through the Zulu Nyala Group. This package is non-transferable and non-refundable. Package is for 2 people. Airfare and gratuities not included. Must be used within 2 years of purchase.

Buy it Now: $6,500      Value: $5,950       Bid Increments: $200     Donated by: Zulu Nyala Game Lodge

 

P7        Cozy Cape Cod Cottage for a Week

The best of both worlds! Phenomenal sport fishing, biking, shopping & fun on the beach are all a stone’s throw away from this sweet 3 bedroom cozy cottage. Tucked away at the end of a private lane in historic Orleans, with full amenities, it’s the perfect spot for a family vacation, reunion, or private escape!  Terms:  Mutually agreed upon between September 1 and October 30, 2017.  3 bedrooms.  A queen-sized bed in the master and 2 twin-sized beds in each of the 2 guest rooms. 1 bath and 1 outdoor shower. No smoking.

Value: $1,200      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by Kitty & Jerry Daly  

 

P8        Escape To The West Indies

Enjoy a weeklong stay in the gorgeous Grenadine island of Bequia. Renowned for its unsullied beauty, you’ll love the hills and harbors of this very special “Island of the Clouds”. The Sugarapple Inn has a room for two overlooking Friendship Bay. This unique package also includes dinner at the one and only Mac’s on the waterfront and a delightful breakfast at Dawn’s in Lower Bay.  Terms: Mutually agreed upon between June 30 and November 30, 2017.

Value: $850      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by Sugarapple Inn  

 

P9        Get Away to Stowe, VT

Spend a week in the beautiful green mountains surrounding this charming three bedroom house in Stowe, VT.  Winter, spring, fall or summer – you choose – there is plenty to see and do.  The house, with its cozy, wood fireplace,  is in a quiet neighborhood with mountain views from the deck, but is close to the village and a short walk to the recreational bike path, along with The Swimming Hole and Fitness Center.  The house sleeps six (1 Queen, 1 Double & 2 Twins).  Terms:  7 night stay for a mutually agreed upon date.  Not available for the week after Christmas and over New Years, other blackout dates may apply. Must be used by June 1st, 2018

Value:  $2,500      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by:  Laurie LaTerza

 

P10      Explore Historic Canterbury, England                                                                  

Spend a week in Canterbury, England, famous for its stunning ancient cathedral. Accommodations are in a gated community within easy walking distance to the historic city center. Ethnic restaurants abound and London is only an hour away by high-speed train. Excellent base location for exploring southern England! One double bedroom and one single bedroom. Luxury loft apartment is a 4th floor walk-up with no elevator. Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and the donor. No smoking, no children below age 8, no pets. Must be used by June 1st, 2018. Proceeds from winning bid go directly towards the Safe Futures partnership with High Hopes.

Value: $1,500      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Laura & Kieran Mooney

 

P11      Sunshine in St. Croix!

Perfect for a reunion or family celebration, this villa has accommodations for 12 guests for 7 nights. You can walk to the beach, restaurants, and Green Cay Marina — or lounge by the private pool. History lovers will appreciate the private walking tour of Alexander Hamilton’s birthplace. Package also includes a sunset cruise on a graceful catamaran. Something for everyone in sunny St. Croix.  Terms: Dates mutually agreed upon. Blackout dates December 23 – 30, 2017, February 26 – March 5, 2018, and March 24 – April 1, 2018.  No smoking and no pets.

Value: $6,200      Bid Increments: Offered in the LIVE AUCTION      Donated by: Susan & Barry Armstrong 

 

P12      Achiltibuie Scotland, By The Sea

An adventurer’s delight in the unforgettable splendor of the Highlands.  Includes one day fishing with guide for 2 on a private loch, guided mountain or shore hikes, and 3 nights in an outstanding bed & breakfast by the sea. Achiltibuie is in a Scottish Wildlife Trust & National Geo Park Area. Ideal to combine with driving Route 500, one of the top scenic drives in Europe. Terms: July-August 2018, dates to be mutually agreed upon.

Value: Priceless      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Alastair and Smidgie Macphail

 

P13      Cartagena – A City of Legends and Caribbean Fantasy

A one week stay (5 days/4 nights) at Las Americas in Cartagena combines many elements for a successful vacation – proximity to a historic walled downtown, location on a pristine blue beach, delicious cuisine, warm temperatures, gentle breezes and dreamy sunsets.  Las Americas is a five star hotel complex that includes direct beach access, 9 swimming pools, restaurants, spacious rooms and gardens, a business center, gym, spa, tennis court, mini-golf course, water sports and the best views in Cartagena.  Terms:  Subject to availability and some blackout dates may apply.

Value:  $1,200      Bid Increments:  $100      Donated by:  Cyndi Miller Aird

 

P14      Golf at Spruce Peak and Stay at a Stowe Mountain Residence

Your Experience Stowe Package, a 3 day, 2 night stay in a luxury 2 bedroom residence at Stowe Mountain Lodge with 2 rounds of golf at Stowe Mountain Club, will provide you an exclusive look at the Spruce Peak community, which offers unparalleled residential options in an intimate alpine neighborhood nestled at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort.  Included is a $200 credit at The Spa in Stowe Mountain Lodge.  Terms: Available until October 1, 2017 and is based on availability. It does not include travel expenses, gratuity, tax or parking. Please retain the gift certificate as you will need it to validate the package.

Buy it Now: $3,000      Value: $2,500     Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Spruce Peak at Stowe

 

STRIKE A POSE

P15      An Extraordinary Photographic Portrait

Your portrait by nationally acclaimed photographer, Joe Standart. He is the man behind the public art initiative, Portrait of America, and is known for his ability to connect with individuals and communities on a very personal level. Final print will be an 11”x14” format, in color or black and white.  Terms:  Must be used June 15, 2018.  Photo taken at photographer’s Lyme studio.

Value: $5,000      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Joe Standart

 

THE BIG APPLE

P14      Thanksgiving at the Ritz Carlton in New York City

See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from a perfect location and celebrate Thanksgiving in style!  Enjoy luxury accommodations at the Ritz Carlton on Central Park South in Midtown Manhattan for a two-night stay, have a premiere view of the Mays Day Parade (The Ritz is located one block from the parade route) and celebrate Thanksgiving in NYC!  Terms: Two night stay, one room double occupancy at the Ritz Carlton, NYC.  Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 (Check out Saturday, November 25, 2017)

Buy It Now:  $3,000      Value: $2,500      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Cheryl and Mitch Heffernan

 

P17      Hamilton Tickets & NYC Weekend Getaway                                                       

Two tickets in house seats (first 10 rows) to Broadway’s hottest musical Hamilton, nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony awards, winning 11, this musical remains the hottest act on Broadway. Included in this package is a 2 night stay in a luxury, one bedroom corporate apartment in midtown Manhattan, with dining at well known eatery, the Capital Grille, described by Zagat as “delivering every time.” Capital Grille. Terms: Dates for apartment are to be mutually agreed upon. No smoking or pets. Winning bidder must provide donor 60 days notification in advance of desired performance date. Gift certificate to The Capital Grille is $150. Must be used by December 31, 2017.

Value: $5,000      Bid Increments: Offered in the LIVE AUCTION                                                                                                                         Donated by:  Alternative Business Housing – Frank Laufer, Reilly Associates – Sandy Reilly and The Capital Grille

 

P18      Sex & the City 2 Night Stay & Spa Package

Treat yourself to a 3 day, 2 night stay in New York City experiencing the best pampering package the Big Apple has to offer! Begin your 3 day 2 night indulgence with a single process hair color, manicure and pedicure at Miano Viel Salon & Spa. Next, experience unparalled customer service at the highly acclaimed Riccardo Maggiore Salon.  At Maggiore, receive a customized hair conditioning treatment, haircut, style with blow dry. Feeling fabulous and re-energized head to “the quintessential New York steakhouse”, Smith & Wollensky for dinner. To top it all off, there’s no need to rush home as this package includes a 2 night stay in a deluxe 1 bedroom apartment in midtown Manhattan. You’ll look smashing after a day of spa and salon treatments as you follow in the footsteps of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda for the Sex and the City tour. Drink what they drank, shop where they shopped, and gossip where they gossiped. Whether you are a die-hard fan or an inquisitive tourist looking for an entertaining way to see Manhattans best neighborhoods, shopping and restaurants…this tour is a must-do! Before you head home, visit the leading NYC dermatology practice, Schweiger Dermatology Group, for microdermabrasion. You are sure to feel pampered and relaxed after this getaway! Terms: Dates for the apartment to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor. No smoking or pets.  Tour runs Sunday – Thursday at 11am and Friday – Saturday at 11am & 3pm (availability may vary). Gift certificate to the Smith & Wollensky is for $250. Please book all appointments in advance. Must be used by December 31, 2017.

Value: $5,000  Bid Increments: $500                                                                                                                                                                                    Donated by: Miano Viel Salon & Spa, Riccardo Maggiore Salon & Spa, Smith & Wollensky, Alternative Business Housing – Frank Laufer, Reilly AssociatesSandy Reilly and Schweiger Dermatology Group

 

WINE AND DINE

P19      Dine with Chef Jacques Pepin!

Meet iconic chef Jacques Pepin at this very special dinner for 10. Guests will receive his latest cookbook and copies of the hand-illustrated menu by Jacques Pepin himself.  The successful bidder will receive the original signed menu.  Dinner will be prepared by friends of High Hopes with recipes from Jacques’ latest cookbook.  Terms: Dinner is on July 21, 2017 at the home of Robin Schonberger in Old Lyme at 6:30 p.m.

Buy It Now: $7,500     Value: Priceless       Bid Increments: $250                                                                                                                           Donated by:  Jacques Pepin, Robin Schonberger and Friends of High Hopes

 

P20      Polo Asada

Fifty lucky people will join our gracious hosts for a traditional South American Asada dinner coupled with a polo demonstration.  See firsthand how this exciting equestrian classic is played. Professional polo player will demonstrate the basic and best moves of the game, all at the beautiful Lyme home of Wendy & Scott DouglasTerms:  Limited to the first 50 people to sign-up. September 23, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Set Bid: $125 per guest      Donated by: Wendy & Scott Douglas and Friends of High Hopes

 

P21   Lobster Dinner at Cove Landing Marina                                                                

Nothing says summer on the Connecticut shoreline like a traditional New England lobster bake. This delightful lobster feast with all the fixin’s for 12 people, will be served dockside at Cove Landing Marina on beautiful Hamburg Cove. Terms: Date to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor. Must be used by October 1, 2017.

Value: $1,200      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Liz & Brendan Adams and Cove Landing Marina

 

P22      Sunset on the Connecticut River

Sunsets are spectacular at the Seelig’s Connecticut River home. Enjoy the view while sipping fine wines, tasting gourmet cheeses, and finishing with artisanal chocolates. Local musician Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will be playing his very special blues for your entertainment. A fall gathering not to be missed!  Terms:  October 21, 2017 from 5 – 7pm. Limited to the first 25 guests to signup.

Set Bid: $50 per guest                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Donated by: Chris & Rich Seelig, Divine Wine Emporium, the Chocolate Shell, and Dan Stevens

 

P23      Perfect Pizza Party at Your House

No preparation needed, just invite 40 of your closest friends and partake in a pizza party featuring a variety of authentic, wood fired pizza, using fresh, natural, quality ingredients prepared by The Rolling Tomato. Pair the slices with a glass of Pinot Grigio, Chianti or some Bollicini Sparkling wine.  Conclude the evening with the creamy decadence of genuine Italian gelato of your choice. Terms: Date to be mutually agreed upon between the winning bidder and the donor. Must be used by June 1st, 2018

Value: $800      Bid Increments: $50                                                                                                                                                                                            Donated by: The Rolling Tomato; Seaside Wine & Spirits; Mionetto USA; Shore Discount Liquors

 

 P24      Old Black Point, Niantic Sunday Beach Picnic for 8

Enjoy a delicious catered brunch or lunch with drinks on the deck overlooking Long Island Sound.  Walk the beach or explore Pattagansett Marsh by canoe. Terms:  September 10th, 24th, or October 1st, 2017 – weather permitting.

Value: Priceless      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Alastair & Smidgie Macphail

 

RECREATION

P25      Tour of North Fork Vineyard

An insider’s view of 2 superb vineyards, right on Long Island via luxury limousine.  Sample 3-5 wines per vineyard.  This 5-8 hour tour includes tastings and gourmet boxed lunch for 8 lucky oenophiles. Terms: Excludes Saturdays. Must be used by June 1st, 2018

Value: $1,120      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: North Fork Wine Tours 

 

P26      Moonlit Kayak River Cruise and Picnic Dinner
Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a casual riverside picnic dinner enjoyed on the banks of the Lieutenant River at the home of Robin Schonberger, as featured in the May 2015 issue of CT Cottages & Gardens. The highpoint of the evening is a moonlit kayak regatta for 25 at high tide with river guide David Bylo. Terms: Limited to first 25 people to sign up. Date is Saturday August 5, 2017 from 7-11 pm. Rain date: Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Set Bid: $125 per guest
Donated by: Robin Schonberger and David Bylo

 

P27      Saltwater Fishing with Pros – Bob Ballard & Jeff Ridgway                   

Spend a rewarding 4 hours fishing, cruising, and exploring on Long Island Sound with Dr. Robert Ballard and Jeff Ridgway on board Jeff’s 28’ Boston Whaler “Limin’”. Food and beverages included. Limited to two guests. Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon from July to mid-October.  Weather permitting.  Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: Priceless      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Bob Ballard and Jeff Ridgway

 

P28      Swallows Cruise

Don’t miss the spectacular evening swallow migration on the lower Connecticut River guided by naturalist Phil Miller of the Bushy Hill Nature Preserve.  Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for eight while cruising on the 28’ Boston Whaler, Limin captained by Jeff Ridgway and first mate Holly Ridgway.  Terms: Mutually agreed upon date in late August, September, or early October.  Blackout dates:  September 3 – 10, and 17th– October 2nd, 2017.

Value: Priceless      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Holly & Jeff Ridgway

 

P29      Brewers Yacht Yards & Marina 2 Night Dock Slip

Enjoy all the amenities these first class marinas have to offer. Weather it’s relaxing on your boat at one of Brewers 30 marinas, enjoying fine dining for patrons of all ages, or taking a dip in the swimming pool or playing with the kids at the playground – there is something for everyone at a Brewers Marina. Included with this package is an Embassy Cruising Guide for Long Island Sound to Cape May, NJ. Terms: May be used at any one of Brewers Yacht Yards & Marinas 30 locations. Subject to space available. Contact desired boatyard as far ahead in advance as possible to confirm reservation.

Value: $400 and Up (dependent on the size of the boat)      Bid Increments: $50                                                                                             Donated by: Brewers Yards & Marinas

 

CULTURE

P30      Music Under the Stars

Do you miss Symphony in the Meadows?  Well here is your chance to once again soak up the panoramic views of the Connecticut River at Mark and Dorinda Winkelman’s beautiful estate on Hayden’s Point, Essex.  Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeurves, a gourmet supper and desserts all while listening to glorious music performed by the Trombones of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (TECSO). Their diverse repertoire of music ranges from Bach to the Beatles.  Proceeds from this special evening will be split evenly and benefit the programs of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and High Hopes.  Terms:  Limited to the first 125 people to sign up.  Date is Saturday, August 19 with a rain date of Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Set Bid:  $125 per guest                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Donated by:  Mark and Dorinda Winkelman, The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra,                                                                            High Hopes Therapeutic Riding and Coffee’s Country Market and Catering

 

SPORTS CENTER

P31      Opening Day – New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Super bowl champions, New England Patriots, will host the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL’s 2017 kickoff weekend. Included are 2 tickets in the Optum Suite with VIP access to the members-only Optum Field Lounge (a once-in-a-lifetime experience that puts you closer to the action), a one-night stay and dinner at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Patriot’s Place. Terms: Game day is Thursday, September 7th at 8:30 pm. Hotel accommodations for a king size bed at the Courtyard Boston Norwood/Canton for the night of September 7th and $100 gift certificate to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

Buy It Now: $3,000      Value: $2,000   Bid Increments: $100  Donated by: Connecticut Business Systems

 

P32      Celtics NBC Sports VIP Experience

Enjoy 2 Loge seats to a Boston Celtics home game during the 2017-18 season.  This experience includes a Meet & Greet with Celtic’s commentator Mike Gorman and former professional Celtic’s player and coach Tommy Heinsohn on the Parquet Floor. Terms: Return voucher by November 1, 2017.

Value: Priceless      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: NBC Sports Group

 

P33      Heisman Trophy Dinner Gala                                            

Who will be the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner? There’s so much speculation… and here is your opportunity to have a front row seat with 2 tickets to the dinner gala in Manhattan on December 11, 2017. Tickets include VIP Cocktail Reception with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction including Heisman autographed memorabilia and dinner gala with prime seating.

Value: $1,200      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: Dolan & Dolan Lawyers

 

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

P34      Orchid Plants                                                                                                            

There is nothing more beautiful than an orchid in bloom. Take home 1, 2 or even 3 of the orchids on display at the boutique table and immediately add beauty to any room in your home.

Set Bid: $10 per plant      Donated by: Ariston Floral Boutique, NYC and Reilly Associates – Sandy Reilly

 

POTPOURRI

P35      Horse Paddock in Your Name                                                                                

Become part of the woodwork – literally! High Hopes will name the paddock of your choice after you with a placard recognizing your generosity. Your paddock, for one year, will be home to members of our special herd of therapy horses who supply the “magic”. Terms: The paddock will display your name for 1 year.

Value: Priceless      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: High Hopes

 

BOUTIQUE

 B1       Beautiful Boothbay Harbor

Welcome to beautiful Boothbay Harbor where you’ll spend 2 fabulous days and nights in Maine in a 3rd floor walkup in the Greenleaf Inn B&B.  See Grammy-nominated bluegrass/country duo Rob Ickes & Troy Hensley at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, and visit the unforgettably lovely Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. To top it all off with a fabulous sail on Nan & Chip’s 48’ ketch “Winsome” (weather permitting) is yours. Terms:  September 14 & 15, 2017. No smoking, no pets. Date can be flexible, but the winning bidder will be responsible for any rate change, and other activities may not be available.

Value: $800      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Nan and Chip Davison in memory of Jane Davison

 

B2       A Season of Organic Vegetables & Flowers

One full 16-week (weekly pick up) CSA share of organic vegetables with pick-your-own flowers from Deep River Farms. A wonderful gift for a family or treat yourself! Feeds a family of four.

Value: $600      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Deep River Farms

 

B3       Put Your Best Face Forward

Patti Davidson, owner of Faces Aesthetics Skincare of Old Lyme, will personally administer your rejuvenating European facial and recommend a regimen for your healthy skin care. Terms: Gift certificate good for 2 facials. Call for appointment. Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $200      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Faces Aesthetics Skincare

 

B4       Underwater Sea Photography

Underwater sea photograph of a sea turtle taken in Bonaire.  Using the process of dye-sublimation the photo is transferred onto aluminum.  A perfect addition to your home.

Value: $150      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: David Delbiondo

 

B5       Get Out of the Dog House   

This package includes a 2 hour massage, a bottle of Prosecco, a box of artisanal chocolates, and a luxurious designer bathrobe. The only thing left to do is make a dinner reservation to your favorite restaurant. Terms: Date to be mutually agreed upon by the winner and donors. Must be used by March 1, 2018.

Value: $650      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Christine Booker and Barbara Willkens

 

B6       Pair of Wood Lamps

Light up a room with these beautiful wooden accent lamps that will fit into any room décor. They are topped by cream silk shades and wooden finial.

Value:  $800      Bid Increments:  $50      Donated by:  Hannah Childs Interior Design

 

B7       Beat the Winter Blues in Delray Beach, Florida 

Escape to luxury and leisure in the charming boutique hotel, The Seagate Hotel & Spa. Here you will find the beauty of the beach meets the sophistication of the city. The hotel, located on Delray Beach’s famed Atlantic Avenue, offers a spa, fitness center, along with exclusive privileges at the Seagate Beach Club and Country Club. This three day, two night stay will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated

Value: $1,100      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: The Seagate Hotel & Spa

 

B8       Weekend(s) in Historic Manchester, Vermont

This package includes two separate gift certificates, each for a one night stay, at two fabulous Vermont hotels; the historic and iconic Equinox Golf Resort and Spa and The Taconic, southern Vermont’s newest luxury lodging.  Both certificates offer accommodation in a Deluxe King room and include breakfast for two.  The winner of this package can combine these certificates and enjoy one great weekend or use them on separate trips.  Terms:  Some blackout dates may apply, the Equinox is not valid during holiday periods or weekends from July through October.

Value: $600      Bid Increments: $50     Donated by:  The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa and Taconic – A Kimpton Hotel

 

B9       Dinner, Jazz, Lodging…What’s Your Pleasure?                                                              

Enjoy $150 gift certificate towards fine dining, lodging or for a world class jazz performance at The Side Door Club at historic Old Lyme Inn.

Value: $150      Bid Increments: $25      Donor: The Old Lyme Inn – Christine & Kenneth Kitchings

 

B10     Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics on the 12th of September.

Field box seats at America’s oldest ballpark- Fenway! Here’s your chance to see two classic teams slug it out. Terms:  Two tickets for Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 7:10 pm, Field Box 42, Row H, Seats 3 & 4.

Value: $700      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Linda & John Carlin

 

B11      A Trusty Selection of Wines & Spirits from the High Hopes Board of Trustees

What’s your pleasure…red, white, sparkling, perhaps something stronger like a gin made in Vermont with juniper and honey? You are sure to find it with this varied selection of wines and spirits selected by the High Hopes Board of Trustees. You may even discover a new favorite!

Value: $300      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: High Hopes Board of Trustees

 

B12     Music and More at the Goodspeed!

Take a trip from East Haddam to Oklahoma via the Goodspeed Opera House’s upcoming performance of the musical “Oklahoma.” Enjoy two tickets to an evening show of the well known musical, coupled with an elegant dinner at the Gelston House.

Terms: Must fill out certificate and return it at least 48 hrs prior to the performance. “Oklahoma” runs July 14th-September 23rd.  The Gelston House gift certificate is for $75.

Value: $225      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Goodspeed Musicals and the Gelston House

 

B13     Framed Federal Duck Stamp and Print

A 1982 framed U.S. Interior Department of the Interior Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp and print by Phil Scholar.

Value: $100      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Sandy Thurston

 

B14     Stepping Out In Style!

Get gorgeous with a consultation, cut and style at the Timothy Pamment Salon located in Madison.  Terms:  Must be used by May 30, 2017

Value: $150      Bid increments: $25      Donated by: Timothy Pamment Salon 

 

B15     Subway Series Tickets

Attention baseball fans…this Subway Series game is not to be missed! Watch New York City rival teams, Mets and Yankees, slug it out. Included in this package is an autographed baseball by David Wright, captain and third baseman of the Mets, New Yorks Mets men’s longsleeve t-shirt and dinner at family owned authentic Italian eatery Manetta’s Ristorante. Terms: 2 tickets, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm, Section 126, Row 21, Seats 17 & 18. Gift certificate to Manetta’s Ristorante is for $150. T-shirt is size x-large.

Value: $700      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Reilly Associates – Sandy Reilly

 

B16     Fitness Makeover by Fit Focused                                                                           

Get in shape for summer with a comprehensive fitness assessment and a 6 week personal training package with Lyme’s fitness expert Allison Duxbury of Fit Focused. You will be amazed at what Allison can help you achieve!  Use this opportunity for weekly personal training or twice a week classes.  Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon between the winning bidder and the donor. Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $900 Bid Increments: $50 Donated by: Fit Focused – Allie Duxbury

 

B17     Calling all Hockey Enthusiasts

Take home this autographed hockey stick and photograph of three-time Stanley Cup champion, having won as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013, and 2015 and current alternate captain of the NHL Dallas Stars player, Patrick Sharp.

Value: Priceless Bid Increments: $25 Donated by: Patrick and Abby Sharp

 

B18     Old Lyme Country Club

Enjoy playing 18 holes of golf for 4, golf cart included, at the Old Lyme Country Club.  This family-friendly, low-key course is easily accessible, but sporty and challenging! Terms: Coordinate with Pro-Shop to ensure availability of the course. Proper golf attire required.

Must be used by November 30, 2017.   Value: $320 Bid Increments: $25     Donated by: Old Lyme Country Club

 

B19     Treat Yourself at Salon Pure

Book your customized cut and color today with one of the experienced and friendly stylists at Salon Pure. Salon Pure has become one of the trendiest salons on the shoreline specializing in cuts, styling, all-natural color and texturing.  Terms:  Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $300    Bid Increments: $50    Donated by: Salon Pure

 

B20     Artisan Summer Chic Necklace                                                      

A one-of-a kind, stunning summer necklace by local

artisanal jewelry designer Charlotte Meyer.

Value: $150    Bid Increments: $25    Donated by: Charlotte Meyer Designs

 

B21     Orvis Sandanona Shooting Getaway

Get away for a two night weekend stay at The Millbrook Inn that includes a one hour private shooting lesson for two at Orvis Sandanona.  The Millbrook Inn is a short drive from the Village of Millbrook, Hyde Park, The Culinary Institute of America, Innisfree Gardens and the Millbrook Winery.  Orvis Sandanona is the place where the traditions of the field and hunt are held in the highest regard and is the oldest permitted shotgun shooting club in the country. Terms:  Must be used no later than June 10, 2018, ammunition not included.

Value:  $850      Bid Increments:  $50      Donated by:  The Millbrook Inn and Orvis Sandanona

 

B22     Courtland Park Cashmere

Cashmere is always in style as well as practical for chilly summer evenings. This is a must have wardrobe item! Terms: No exchanges

Value: $252      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Courtland Park

 

B23     Framed Monoprint, Winter Night, by Artist Bing

The print, titled Winter Night, is a MONOPRINT, a unique, one-of-a-kind print. In this print, the shadings and colors have been drawn and painted on separate plates. Then, together with the paper, each plate is run through a press to form the resulting image.  This particular print went through the press three times with three different plates.  As is often the case

with such prints, hand applied pastels augment the printed image. The image was inspired by years of living around horses, their activity as well as presence in the landscape. The surrounding countryside is evocative of both Connecticut and the artist’s experience of living in France.

Value: $3,000      Bid Increments: $200      Donated by: Marian Bingham

 

B24     “My Heart Wants To Dance” by Anne Gaffey

Anne Gaffey’s warm and engaging original painting is one you’ll love for a lifetime. “My Heart Wants To Dance” is painted with acrylic/multimedia on gallery-wrapped canvas.

Value: $450       Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Anne Gaffey

 

B25     Alicia Winalski Custom Necklace   

Owner Alicia Winalski has been designing jewelry for over 20 years and delights in helping her customers choose jewelry pieces that express their own personalities.

Value: $350      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Nyman Jewelers

 

B26     Essex Winter Series, Music and more…

Experience some of the finest music the Connecticut River Valley has to offer in live performances with a two season subscription to the Essex Winter series, for four concerts during the upcoming 2018 season from January to April. Choose from a myriad of quality, world class, shows in a friendly, informal atmosphere and treat yourself and someone special to some extraordinary musical moments. Terms: Auction winner will receive subscription when tickets are available in October 2017.

Value: $240      Bid Increments: $20     Donated by: Essex Winter Series

 

B27     Organic Beauty by Nourish                                                                                    

Organic beauty pioneers, Nourish, is the industry leader in organic skincare products.  Nourish prides itself on being not only natural and organic, but cruelty-free, gluten-free and mostly vegan free.

Value: $150    Bid Increments: $25     Donated by: Nourish Organic

 

B28     Kim Tyler Photography Package                                                                           

A child’s portrait session photographed on location. Includes one 8” x 10” print. Terms: Sitting to be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date. Additional prints may be purchased separately. Must be used by December 30, 2017.  Subject to availability.

Value: $300     Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Kim Tyler Photography

 

B29     “I Hate Musicals, The Musical” – Dinner and a Show!

It’s not a typo, this musical is called “I Hate Musicals; The Musical”. Simpsons’ television writer and producer Michael L. Reiss is back in Ivoryton at the renowned Ivoryton Playhouse with his hilarious world premiere show, which mixes a California earthquake, “nifty” dance moves, Sigmund Freud and of course music. Take in this cutting edge, comical performance after dining at the famed Copper Beech Inn for dinner or lunch ($175 gift certificate).

Terms: Gift certificate for two adult tickets to see “I hate Musicals: The Musical” playing from September 27-October 15 2017. Call the box office for tickets.

Value: $250      Bid Increments $25      Donated by: The Ivoryton Playhouse and The Copper Beech Inn

 

B30     Child’s Violin

Reward a beloved youngster with the timeless gift of music. Included are 3 one-hour violin lessons.  Is the next maestro someone you know?

Value: $350      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Robin Schonberger and String Theory School of Music

 

B31     Hill-Stead Museum Package

Hill-stead Museum’s Executive Director Susan Ballek will offer a private tour of this 1901 National Historic Landmark, set on 152 bucolic acres in Farmington, CT. The museum’s breathtaking collections of Impressionist paintings by Monet, Degas, Whistler, Manet and Cassatt are complemented by unique decorative arts, antique furniture, and period textiles.  A wine and cheese reception follows the tour in the beautifully restored circa 1920 Sunken Garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand. Three Family/Grandparent or Dual Memberships to the museum are included, along with six day passes to a 2017 to Hill-Stead’s the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Terms: Museum tour date by mutual agreement on a weekday evening. Reception will be held indoors if inclement weather or if in winter months. It is the responsibility of the winning bidder to provide contact information to claim the memberships. Memberships must be redeemed by June 30, 2018.  Poetry Festival passes must be used in the 2017 season and subject to availability.

Value: $715      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: The Hill-Stead Museum

 

B32     Chamard Vineyard Private Tour, Tasting & Fine Dining

Nestled into the Connecticut shoreline town of Clinton, this beautiful vineyard has been operating since1983 and has made a name for itself as a food and wine destination. Experience a private guided tour of the 20 acre facility. You’ll visit Chamard’s vines and farm gardens where fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown for their onsite French-American bistro, you’ll also learn about wine making, and finish the tour in the tasting room where you will sip on Chamard’s five award winning Estate Reserve wines. Continue to stimulate your palate with a superb dining experience at the Bistro. Tour is for up to 6 individuals. Must be used on a Monday – Thursday. Bistro gift certificate is for $100. Tour must be used by December 31, 2017.

Value: $500      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Chamard Vineyard

 

B33     Barbeque Anyone?

A moveable feast…take this portable Weber Q2000 series grill to the beachside, mountainside or to your favorite sporting event. This package includes the grilling essentials and 2 barbeque cookbooks.

Value: $200      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Shagbark Lumber & Farm Supplies

 

 B34     Garden Enthusiast Package                                                                                                

Enhance your garden!  Your choice of plants and flowers for a butterfly garden, a shade garden, or a sunny English garden – all from Judge’s Farm.  Also included: a bucket of garden necessities from Ballek’s Garden Center, an essential gardening book and a wheelbarrow. Terms: $300 worth of plants of your choice at Judge’s Farm. Must be used by October 1st, 2017.

Value: $400      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Judges Farm and Ballek’s Garden Center

 

B35     Flight of a Lifetime  

Enjoy a one-hour scenic tour in a 2012 Beechcraft Baron twin-engine airplane. Your experienced pilot of 28 years will take you and up to 4 of your friends/family on a scenic tour of the greater Hartford area. You’ll tour down the CT River to Long Island Sound, and if you’re the lucky front seat co-pilot, you just might have a chance to take the controls and feel the freedom of flight. Departs from Brainard Hartford Airport. Terms: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by the winning bidder and donor. Weather permitting. Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $750      Bid Increments: $50       Donated by: Greg Castanza

 

B36     Sterling Coin Vintage Necklace

This classic pearl necklace is highlighted with a replica of a vintage coin.  A classic piece for many occasions.  It is paired with a sterling silver galloping horse pin.  A lovely accompaniment.

Value: $250      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Rebecca Steiner

 

B37     Seabiscuit Decanter Set and Special Edition Scotch

Sit back and relax with a glass of 12-year-old Bowmore single scotch whiskey served neat or on the rocks in tapered old fashioned glasses etched with horse motif signed by artist Richard E. Bishop. This beautiful set is sure to add style to your home.

Value: $225      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Trellis Home

 

B38     Say “Fromage!”

Enjoy a selection of gourmet cheeses each month for 3 months. A perfect gift for your favorite cheese lover or host.  Terms:  One week advanced notice prior to pick up or cheese can be shipped. Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $150      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Christine Chesanek of Fromage

 

 B39     Clinton Country Club Golfing

Play 18 holes of golf for 4, golf cart included, at the Clinton Country Club in Clinton, CT. Golf cart included! This “Gem of the shoreline”, designed by Geoffrey Cornish, is both challenging and beautiful. Terms: Coordinate with pro-shop to ensure availability of the course. Proper golf attire required.

Value: $388      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Clinton Country Club

 

B40     Veuve Clicquot Package

Don’t these bottles just make you feel bubbly? Enjoy the crisp, smooth textured taste that only the most prestigious and highest quality champagne Veuve Clicquot has to offer. This package includes a bucket to keep the champagne cold, 3 bottles of champagne and champagne flutes.

Value:   $175      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Barbara & Bob Ballard

 

B41     Love the Nittany Lions

Two tickets to watch college football at its best — Penn State vs. Rutgers at Brice Stadium.  And to boost your team spirit, this great package comes with Penn State hats, tee shirts & merchandise, plus dinner for 2 at the iconic Penn State Corner Room Restaurant! Terms: November 11, 2017.  Dinner to be used same weekend as the game.

Value: $400      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Robin Stevens and Dr. Fred Carlin 

 

B42     Handmade Wooden Bowl

Carved from a cedar tree in Old Lyme, local crafter Alan Todd, creates another one of his masterpieces. This hand turned bowl will be a show stopper at your next dinner party. The artist will personally inscribe the bowl for the winning bidder.

Value: $800      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Alan W. Todd

 

B43     Designs by Fariba
Persian jewelry designer Fariba Aliloo has created a custom necklace for the High Hopes gala.  This gold-filled chain is adorned with amethyst crystals, citrines, and blue topaz.

Value: $175      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Designs by Fariba

 

B44     Treasures from Aegean Treasures

Fashionable any time of year, this cashmere topper and necklace will be the perfect accessory to any outfit. Terms: Topper may be exchanged for a different color.

Value: $200      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Aegean Treasures

 

B45     Ann Lightfoot Design                                                                                              

Make a fashion statement with this unique handmade necklace with freshwater pearls by local jewelry designer Ann Lightfoot.  Ann’s work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums and can be found in fine stores from Los Angeles to New York City to London. Her artful pieces are inspired from raw and delicate natural materials and are a must have fashion accessory.

Value: $550       Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Ann Lightfoot Jewelry

 

B46     Lovely Blooms…Without the Labor                                                                      

Enjoy beautiful daffodil blooms next spring! The High Hopes Auction Committee members will arrive at your home with smiles, trowels and 300 daffodil bulbs. We will do the planting this fall while you enjoy the fruits of our labor the following spring. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Terms: Three weeks’ notice must be given to committee for scheduling. Planting no later than October 1, 2017.

Value: $500      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: New England Horticulture and Friends of High Hopes

 

B47     Custom High Hopes Shoulder Bag

This handknitted, hand beaded shoulder bag with horse silhouette is on-of-a-kind by master knitter Eva Gardow.  Sure to be the talk of your admirers!

Value: $120      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Eva Gardow

 

B48     Connoisseur’s Selection of Fine Wines

This eclectic collection of fine wines includes a selection of reds and whites from around the world for the discerning palate. Something for everyone, all delicious!

Value: $700      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Dr. Martin Cooper

 

B49     With Love from Austria

This beautiful blanket was made at the Leichfried factory Zeltweg, Austria.  It is coupled with a bottle of Grüner Veltliner, the famous Austrian wine and the book, “The Impression of Austria” highlighting the country’s beauty.

Value: $300      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Barbara Willkens & Wilhelm Meya 

 

B50     Blackledge Country Club Golf Outing

Play 18 holes of championship golf for 4, with golf cart, at the beautiful Blackledge Country Club in Hebron, CT. Included is a $50.00 voucher to use in the clubhouse restaurant, the Blackledge River Tavern.  Terms: Coordinate with Pro-Shop to ensure availability of the course. Proper golf attire required. Must be used by November 30, 2017.

Value: $270      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Blackledge Country Club

 

B51     Simon Pearce Horse Decanter, Cocktail Glasses and Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

A hand-blown glass decanter with horse stopper coupled with a pair of double Old Fashioned glasses from renowned glassblower Simon Pearce.  Enjoy with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon.

Value: $405      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: E. F. Watermelon

 

B52     Beautifully Whimsical Bench

Who doesn’t like a little extra seating from time-to-time?  This hand crafted bench by wood worker Dan Willkens from Gallatin, Tennessee is the perfect solution!  This colorful bench was hand painted by his daughter Diane from Chevy Chase, MD.  A fun and whimsical addition to your home.

Value: $300      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Dan Willkens and Diane Willkens

 

B53     Toddler Alpaca Throw

Unbelievably soft, brushed baby alpaca throw handmade & designed by master knitter Catherine Carmichael. Perfect size for a toddler’s bed or a lap throw.  It is so cuddly!

Value: $250      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by:  Catherine Carmichael

 

 B54     Ukulele

“Nani mele” — that’s Hawaiian for the melodious music you’ll make with this diamond head, soprano ukulele.  Includes ukulele, Lanikai soft case & 2 ukulele lessons. Terms:  Lessons must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $170       Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Charles’ Music Center

 

B55     Bespoke Fashion from MM. Lafleur

  1. LaFleur customizes fashion for you with their “Bento Box” concept of personalizing your fashion choices. You respond to their online questionnaire, and they choose a selection for you to try on approval. The “Bento Box” consists of four to six hand-picked pieces based on your personal profile. This online women’s fashion house features clothing for work and play for the style-conscious professional woman.

Value: $500      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: MM. LaFleur

 

B56     Carol Ehrlich Necklace

This gorgeous Blue Agate stone necklace, signed by designer Carol Ehrlich, with sterling silver horse coin and clasp is the perfect accessory to your summer wardrobe.

Value: $250      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Rebecca Steiner

 

B57     A Beauty Bonanza Basket

This beautiful basket includes everything you need for fabulous hair: a Neurolight dryer, Near Smooth 1.25” flat iron, a Neuro curling wand, large round thermal brush & a gift card for an expert wash & blow out.  Terms:  Tax included. Gratuity not included.

Value: $475      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Blow Dry At The Beach

 

B58     Polo & Picnic at the Newport Polo Grounds!

Enjoy 10 general admission tickets to the 2017 Newport International Polo Series and $100 gift certificate to Pasta Vita for all your picnic essentials. Terms: matches are every Saturday, June – September, 2017. Tickets must be requested in advance from the Polo office. 

Value: $250      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Newport Polo and Pasta Vita

 

 B59     Rejuvenate at Vitality Spa & Holistic Health

Relax and beautify at Vitality Spa and Holistic Health with a one hour signature facial.  Also included in this package is Zrii skincare set. Terms: Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $325      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Vitality Spa & Holistic Health

 

B60     Goodies from Grace

Grace is the “don’t miss” local boutique in the neighboring shoreline town of Niantic. Their creative team curates an evolving shopping experience with a wide variety of clothing (classics to BOHO to a night out), must-have accessories, and awesome home & gift collections, not to mention super friendly employees. Take in all that Grace has to offer with a $50 gift certificate, a beautiful hand crafted shell collection box from a local crafter, with soap, lotion from the Shore Soap Co. and a fragrant candle from Small Batch Company of Newport, RI.

Value: $230      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Grace

 

B61     The Connecticut River “Autumn Morning” by Leif Nilsson

Leif Nilsson’s “Autumn Morning” is an extraordinary work of art, capturing the light and beauty in the impressionist style.  A beautiful addition to your home and a way to remember mornings on the Connecticut River.  Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the Lower Connecticut River Valley, Leif paints his plein air impressionistic landscape compositions directly from life. Setting up his easel in and around his hometown of Chester, Nilsson creates engaging garden, Connecticut River and village paintings that invite the viewer to walk right in.

But It Now:  $12,000      Value: $12,000      Bid Increments: $500      Donated by: Anonymous

 

B62     Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

Look stylish this summer in what are considered the clearest polarized sunglasses on the planet with patented 580 lens technology.

Value: $149      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Cartier Optical, Inc.

 

B63     Favolosi Mangia!

A basket of assorted gustatory delights from local favorite La Marea Ristorante. Basket includes assorted Italian wines, imported pastas, oils, honey, jams, cheeses, balsamic vinegar & truffle-cured olive oil.

Value: $1,000      Bid Increments: $100      Donated by: La Marea Ristorante 

 

B64     Road Scholar Travel Experience

Put this $100 gift certificate towards one of Road Scholar’s (formally Elderhostel) thousands of fabulous educational trips offered around the world.  Go river rafting, biking, hiking or enjoy a trip geared for you and your guests. They offer something for just about every interest and physical ability.  You will want to come back for more of Road Scholar’s travel opportunities!  Terms: Value of gift certificate is $100 to be used at any point.

Value: $100      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Road Scholar

 

B65     More from Goodspeed!

Travel to the charming town of Chester for dinner at the acclaimed restaurant, River Tavern, and an outstanding rendition of “Darling Grenadine” at the Norma Terris Theatre.

Terms: This package includes two evening tickets to each show and dinner gift certificates. Must fill out certificate and return it at least 48 hrs prior to performance. “Darling Grenadine” runs Aug.18th-Sept. 17th, 2017 at the Norma Terris Theater.

Value: $250      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Goodspeed Musicals and the River Tavern

 

B66     Tory Burch “Perry” Tote

A timeless essential! This clean-lined classic imported leather tote speaks for itself. It can double as a computer bag and fashion statement.

Value: $395        Bid increments: $25     Donated by: Liddy Karter & Alex Richardson

 

B67     Visit the Shops at Saybrook Country Barn and Aspen Restaurant & Bar

Shop at Saybrook Country Barn for fashion forward casual attire, or your favorite household decorator items with a $250 gift certificate.  Then wine and dine next door at Aspen with your $100 gift certificate.

Value: $350     Bid Increments: $25     Donated by: Saybrook Country Barn and Aspen Restaurant & Bar

 

B68     “Thor” by Artist Linda Elgart

After spending time in Key West at a rehabilitation center for roosters who had careers in cock fighting, these creatures caught Elgart’s imagination and became subjects of a series of paintings referred to as The Boys of Key West.  Elgart resides in Lyme, CT and besides her beautiful rooster paintings, plein-air paintings of the Connecticut River continue to be an inspiration and the subject of many of her oil paintings.

Value: $25      Bid Increments: $275      Donated by: Linda Elgart

 

B69     Musical Masterworks Subscription for 2                                                                      

Enjoy chamber music at its finest with a season subscription to Musical Masterworks, performed at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. Celebrate their 25th anniversary with five concerts beginning October 2017. Terms: For the 2017-2018 Season.  Call (860) 434-2252 in advance of each performance to reserve your tickets to either the Saturday or Sunday concerts. Visit musicalmasterworks.org for season schedule.

Value: $300      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Musical Masterworks

 

B70     High Hopes Camp    

Looking for the perfect camp for your little horse enthusiast? One week (4 days) of the very popular High Hopes summer camp. Your little camper will experience daily riding lessons, vaulting, carriage driving, grooming and tacking along with daily arts and craft activities.

Terms:  Campers must be between the ages of 4 and 10. For Camp Session July 17 – July 20, 2017.    

Value: $400       Bid Increments: $50       Donated by: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

 

B71     Mystic Aquarium Family Membership

Enjoy a yearlong Family Membership to the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. Your membership includes free general admission to the Aquarium and 4-D Theater, exclusive invitations to special events and discounted rates on additional programs, the café and the gift shop. Terms: Completed membership form must be returned to the Aquarium by July 31, 2017.

Value: $195      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Mystic Aquarium

 

B72     Large Orchid

The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength.

Value: $75      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Ariston Floral Boutique, NYC

 

B73     Painter for a Day

Spiff up your home with fresh paint! Fitzgerald Painters will send professional painters to spend a full day at your home.  Included is a $100 gift certificate for paint at Laysville Hardware of Old Lyme.  Terms: Materials not included by Fitzgerald Painting. Redeemable after Labor Day. Must be used by May 30, 2018.

Value: $600      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Fitzgerald Painting, Inc. and Laysville Hardware

 

B74     Essence Experience

Begin your Essence experience first with a customized anti-aging facial. Followed by a custom hair mask treatment and blow out.  You will leave with the luxury hair mask, customized for your hair.  Pamper yourself and give yourself a treat. Terms: Must book in advance. To be used by October 31, 2017. 

Value: $325      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Essence Center for Beauty and Wellness

 

B75     Mystery Box

Everyone loves a surprise! Just imagine what might be in the Mystery Box…fine dining and a show, VIP seating at R.J. Julia events, summer reading, lots of pampering, memberships to a local museum and aquarium, dance lessons, pilates, a visit to the Mystic Seaport, the Essex Steam Train, bicycle tune-up? Win this and find out!

Value: $1,000      Bid Increments: $50                                                                                                                                                                                       Donated by: Connecticut River Museum, E.F. Watermelon, Essex Steam Train, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mystic, The Kate, Mystic Aquarium, Mohegan Sun, Mystic Seaport, Niantic Bay Bicycles, Revitalize Pilates, R.J. Julia, the Red Hen, Rob Rivers Salon, the Spa of Essex, and Friends of High Hopes

 

B76     Getaway in Under One Hour!

New Haven has much to offer that makes a nice break from our shoreline life.  Enjoy an overnight stay at The Study at Yale, a boutique hotel located in the heart of Yale University’[s vibrant Arts Campus and be just steps away from the University’s museums, theaters, libraries, along with some of Connecticut’s best restaurants.  A must do a performance at Yale Rep, which has championed new work since 1966 and is the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.  This overnight stay includes two tickets to any Yale Rep performance and breakfast for two.  Terms: Based on availability.

Value:  $399      Bid Increments:  $50      Donated by:  The Study at Yale

 

B77     Pampered Pet

Make sure your favorite pet knows just how much you love them. This package has everything your best friend and you would ever need and more. Artist Tia Smith will create an original watercolor of your pet from a photograph. You will also receive 5 x 7 copy and two bookmarks of this special pet portrait. Additionally, enjoy a matching collar and leash sized appropriately and treat bag from Creative Works and dog grooming at popular The Dog House in Lyme.

Value: $225      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Tia Smith, Creative Works, The Dog House and Strut Your Mutt

 

 B78     Dinner for Two at The Bee & Thistle Inn                                                                        

A romantic dinner for two at “The Bee”, “One of Connecticut’s finest dining and lodging destinations”. Enjoy a walk down to the Lieutenant River – a beautiful view! Terms: Please call ahead to make dinner reservation. Gratuity not included. Please use certificate by March 1st, 2018. Not available Friday-Sunday.

Value: $150      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: The Bee & Thistle Inn

 

B79     Amelie Michel French Linens

Amelie Michel coated cotton table cloths are perfert for both indoor and outdoor entertaining.  Beautiful yet easy care, these cloths simply wipe clean – no laudering necessary.  Fabric is hand selected and importe directly from France and sewn in Fall River, MA.  One table cloth with six coordianting napkins.

Value: $130      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: Amelie Michel, LLC 

 

B80     Unique Accent Table

Made Goods loves designing objects with two seemingly opposite materials to make one stunning, cohesive piece.  The Jonathan table is a perfect example of this, combining man-made white resin with the organic beauty of teak logs

Value:  $685      Bid Increments:  $50      Donated by:  Pough Interiors

 

B81     Lori Warner Gallery Birch Plywood Tray & Twine and Twig Necklace

A beautiful continuation of Finnish tradition, the iittala Aalto 14” Plywood Tray carries the same timeless shape as the iconic Aalto vases. The birch plywood is a natural fit to the fluid shapes, unique in its grain and smooth in its lightly-lacquered finish. This piece is meant to stand on its own as an art object, but is also a special way to serve dry foods. Included with this package is a handmade, one of a kind Twine & Twig necklace, handcrafted and designed by two stylish sisters.

Value: $425      Bid Increments: $50      Donated by: Lori Warner Gallery and Swoon Boutique

 

 B82     Basket of Teas and Tea Essentials

What is more relaxing than a cup of tea? This basket includes high quality teas to appeal to every palate with an antique tea pot and cups.

Value: $150      Bid Increments: $25      Donated by: The Boston Tea Party

 

B83     Hand-Dyed Coiled Basket

Colorful coiled basket created by textile artist, Annie Chittenden. Made with hand-dyed fabrics in shades of blue, lavender and orange, this item makes a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Valued at $78

Value: $78      Bid Increments: $25       Donated by: Annie Chittenden

 

B84     Exotic Wild Ginger Themed Dinner

Enjoy an enticing dinner for 10 catered just for you by Barbara Willkens & friends at Carol Klimek’s gracious Hamburg Cove home. Your guests will wowed by the versatility and brilliance of fresh ginger in this 4-star menu. Best of all, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your own party!  Terms: Date to be mutually agreed upon.

Buy It Now: $1,250

Value: $1,250      Set Bid: $125 per person      Donated by: Carol Klimek, Barbara Willkens & Friends of High Hopes

 

B85    Customized, Private Tour for Six at the Bronx Zoo

On November 8, 1899, the Bronx Zoo opened it’s gates to the public and has become one of New York City’s most beloved cultural institutions. Visit the inhabitants of the Congo Gorilla Forest, Madagascar!, Tiger Mountain and Jungle World, among other award-winning exhibits at this 265-acre, world renowned zoo that will delight animal lovers of all ages. Terms: To be used before October 14, 2017. Please call two weeks in advance to confirm the date of your choice. 

Value: $1,200      Bid Increments: $100       Donated by: Jamie & Hannah Childs

 

B86    Horse Pendent Necklaces with One-of-a-Kind Glass Blown Feature

These beautiful horse pendants are the perfect accessory for the equestrian lover. Each necklace has a unique, hand blown glass feature by master glassblower Rob Wallace. Terms: Please note that each necklace is marked with a specific number. Please record your name and phone number on the column correlating to the necklace that you would like to purchase.

Set Price Per Necklace: $50      Donated by: Arch One Glass – Rob Wallace

 

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