MONEY CAN’T BUY IT!
An Auction of “Only in Belfast” Items and Experiences
Thursday, August 15th at the Belfast Boathouse
Silent Auction and preview time from 6-7pm with live music. Live auction of “Only in Belfast” experiences begins at 7pm with auctioneer Eric Sanders!
Money Can’t Buy It has become one of Belfast’s great social events and this year promises more donor participants, more excitement – and the most fun Money Can Buy. All proceeds benefit the programs and mission of Our Town Belfast – to boost business and celebrate community in our historic downtown. A suggested donation of $10 per person will be welcomed at the door. Browse, bid, enjoy refreshments, mingle, and take home a prize that could only be found at Money Can’t Buy It!
Among this year’s items:
- Your message on the marquee at the Colonial
- A 30-minute airplane tour of Penobscot Bay
- Learn about museum curating at Penobscot Marine Museum
- Private baking class with Chef Berry of Moonbat City Baking Co.
- Culinary lesson with raw food chef, Matthew Kenney
- A private movie showing at the Colonial
- A day aboard a lobster boat
- Own your own “Please, Be Seated” bench
… and dozens more!
Among this year’s items:
1. Baking Lesson: Yum! Yum! Moonbat City Bakery’s Chef Michelle Berry will give you a baking lesson of 60 minutes in which any question can be addressed and a particular bakery item will be prepared. Some items like croissants take over 2 days to prepare, so a short follow-up could be arranged.
2. Have a Picnic on the Beaver Tail: A small peninsula in the Passagassawakeag River just upriver from the site of the old bridge. The Beavertail has been the site of a camp for more than a hundred years and may be the site where “sturgeons are speared by torchlight.” OTB will furnish a picnic for 6, which will be delivered at your specified time and you and your friends can spend the afternoon enjoying this private spot “up river”.
3. Dress Yo Mamma’s Home: Your chance to earn the opportunity to design and dress the Main Street display window @ YO MAMMA’S HOME which will remain ‘up’ for an entire month. Get your ideas together, tell your friends, photograph your creation, put it on facebook, and let your wild side emerge. You can choose the month, within this next calendar year (2014). There are some months which may not be available.
4. Promote Your Business Through the Chamber -The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce offers $200 worth of ad space in their annual guide “Belfast: The Bay and Beyond” to the highest bidder. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to advertise in the 2014 edition of the guide with over 35,000 copies distributed! Be in the guide everyone WANTS to read! Must be a current member of the chamber to claim this prize.
5. Pie of the Month Club: One lucky winning bid will be the one-and-only member of the Sweet Henry’s Pie-of-the-Month Club. Every Month from August -to – August, you will be the lucky recipient of a beautiful, one-of-a-kind pie that is not usually available at markets. It may be a sweet like plum-hazelnut or a savory like exotic spiced lamb. Each pie will provide 6-8 servings, delivery and theme of pie negotiable each month.
6. A 60-Minute Massage Therapy Session with Kristen Burkholder, licensed massage therapist and Reiki Master: Kristen has been in practice for nearly 13 years, with a variety of clients from young teens to elders. She helped start the Belfast High School Wellness room for students and staff, specializes in working with oncology clients, and writes a blog on the art/heart of massage therapy.
7. Your Message on the Marquee: The Colonial Theater will put your message to that special someone on the marquee! What would you want to say to your loved one? Messages must be appropriate!
8. Own One of the Original Belfast Bears: “What is it really like to be a bear? The crows have many opinions”. Bear of Many Words created by Roert Shetterly is from the original cast of Belfast Bears. It has graced the entrance of Mainely Pottery for many years. The sun and wind have punished many of the illustrations but most of the words are intact. This bear would like a new home and some TLC.
9. Old House History Detective: an Architectural “Forensic” Investigation. What style is it? When was it built, and who lived here? Here is how you can find out! Professional architectural historian, Megan Cullen will research the history and architecture of your old home. Using National Register standards for researching and documenting historic properties, Megan will track down clues in the physical building materials (house forensics). Vertical saw marks on joists and square nails in the attic floor can provide information. Through archival research of old maps, records and deeds she will gather facts about the age and former owners of your structure (history detective). Includes 2 hours of on-site historic architecture consultation and up to 4 hours of deed and local archive research. A final report will be provided.
10. Become A Live Mannequin: Here’s your opportunity to choose a ‘partner in crime’ and become live mannequins for Yo Mamma’s Home during an event which brings lots of people to town. You could choose an ART WALK or one of the festivals, or Christmas time. Get your friends to know about it and capture your own audience. We will advertise it on Village Soup, facebook, PenBay Pilot etc.
11. Experience a Lobsterman’s Day: Belfast’s own Mark White generously agreed to have someone accompany him aboard his lobster boat, Sundance, some mutually agreed upon day. You’ll get the real Maine experience and see what it takes to lobster on the Maine Coast. Mark makes his living doing this and will regale you with stories of the Belfast waters and the lobstering business. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the real thing, here’s your chance.
12. Coastal Mountains Land Trust: offers a guided three-hour bird and nature walk on two of its Passagassawakeag Greenway preserves in Belfast, to be led by Development Director Kristen Lindquist, an avid birder and naturalist. The walk can include up to four people. Birding when the birds are newly returned in fresh plumage and singing their hearts out is one of the great natural pleasures of springtime in Maine, but this walk can take place on a weekday morning almost any time of year. The Stover and Head of the Tide Preserves are beautiful, scenic places to look for birds, with ospreys, eagles, kingfishers, woodpeckers, and many warblers waiting to be discovered. No prior birding experience is necessary: Kristen will happily teach you birds commonly seen in that time of year as well as their songs. This early morning activity will be followed by coffee and muffins at Chase’s Daily in Belfast.
13. Penobscot Marine Museum Private Tour: In the 19th century, no town in the United States boasted more captains than Searsport, Maine and the Penobscot Marine Museum proudly celebrates this maritime heritage. Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at a Museum? Want to see some items rarely on display to the public? Have an interest in the history of Penobscot Bay? Interested in historic maps and charts? Want to peruse some of the 30,000 glass plate images of the Eastern Illustrating Company with our photo archivist? Come join the staff at the Penobscot Marine Museum and see what treasures the Museum contains. Belfast’s own Kevin Johnson will share the story of the glass plate negatives currently being collected by the museum. You’ll receive a personal tour for up to four people through the historic sea captains’ houses and exhibits. Discover or rediscover this amazing treasure located in Searsport. Be sure to ask to see the whale’s eye lamp. Date will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.
14. Lunch with Two Authors: Retired game warden and former sheriff John Ford is now a successful author. He really knows how to tell a story. Jay Davis is a well known writer who co-authored a History of Belfast. If you really want two unique perspectives on what has been happening around Waldo County over the years, you should bid on what will be an interesting and entertaining lunch at Darby’s, with these two wonderful raconteurs.
15. Birthday Party for 10 Kiddos at La Vida: Your child and her friends will be delighted with this party at La Vida Mexican restaurant. Party includes balloons, hats, decorations, piñata, games chips, dips a make your own taco bar and pitchers of juice and soda. Birthday cake is not included, but may be brought from home or ordered through the restaurant.
16. You Design, Michael Helps Build a “Please, Be Seated” Chair: Do you have a fun or interesting design for next year’s Please, Be Seated project but not quite sure how to make it a reality. PBS veteran and talented craftsman Michael Tracey will help you put it all together. The cost of materials will be covered by PBS up to $250. Work with Steve to bring your idea to fruition with his guidance and some technical assistance: maximum 8 hours consultation and construction.
17. Take a 30-Minute Scenic Flight Over Belfast and its Environs: Sandy Reynolds of Maine Scenic Airways is offering a 30-minute scenic flight for 3 passengers (up to 600 lbs combined weight). From the plane you will enjoy the following sights: Maine’s only lobster-shaped island; Maine’s only heart-shaped island; Revolutionary-era forts; Sunken ships from the 19th century!
18. Three hours of videographing and editing: Ned Lightner is the owner of Insight productions a local video production company. He has over 20 years of experience in video graphic design and is a familiar face in the Belfast community. Ned has produced some of the most interesting people! What can he do for you? Ned is generously donating 3 hours of videography and editing. This could be used to make your own video Christmas card, record a birthday party or a sports event, or whatever event in your life you want memorialized.
19. Create a recipe with a Personal Chef: Spend an hour with a personal chef to develop a recipe using Vinolio olive oil and vinegars. Recipe will be printed and available for customers to pick up at Vinolio and www.vinolio.com.
20. Farm to Table Dinner at MaineFare 2013: Maine Farmland Trust will donate 2 tickets to the Farm to Table dinner at MaineFare 2013, which will come to a close with what promises to be a memorable evening! The Farm to Table Dinner will feature an extraordinary four-course meal prepared by Chefs Matthew Kinney and Jason Paul of The Gothic and will be paired with wine. The meal will be served under tents on High Street beginning at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 7th. The Gothic recently opened its doors in the brick building on the corner of Main and Beaver streets in downtown Belfast. This restaurant serves local food from local farms with a focus on food being healthful, delicious, and nourishing. , valued at $150.
21. Get Into the Swing of Things: Learn to play golf or just sharpen your skills….Begin with a half hour golf lesson for 2 with Northport Golf Club Pro Peter Hodgkins. Then practice what you’ve just learned with 9 holes of golf (cart not included). Head into the clubhouse for a special lunch provided by Elaine Bielenberg and relax with a glass of wine, beer or beverage of your choice.
22. Caricatures by Frank: Recent Belfast transplant Frank Pauze´ will come to your event and create a booklet of caricatures as a keepsake and memory of the happening. He has created such keepsakes at weddings, family reunions, retirement parties and such and will share up to three hours of his creative genius.
23. Personalized Photography Lesson with Lynn Karlin: Belfast’s own famous garden photographer will spend two hours with you sharing her photography tips. You select the garden, perhaps your own? And you also select the time of year. the garden captured forever!
24. Ice Cream Social For a Dozen: The Cool Spot is proud to offer a free ice cream social for up to twelve people. Included in this package is a sundae bar featuring a full selection of local-made Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream along with all the toppings (including the Cool Spot’s fabulous home-made hot fudge), plus coffee, tea and other hot beverages.
25. Be a Party Hero; have a Hoopla! You and all of your friends (up to 24) can enjoy one and ½ hours of fun and music while learning the intricacies of Hula Hooping!! Hula Hoops are weighted for maximum success. This is a $250.00 value. *Caution: Serious fits of laughter may occur…
26. Dinner in the Opera House: Enjoy a catered dinner for eight in downtown Belfast’s historic Opera House. Delvino’s Bar and Grill will provide a delicious Italian feast for you and your friends, and Our Town Belfast will provide all of the appropriate ambiance. It’s been a long time since the Opera House has been up and running, yet it is still an astounding space. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Belfast history firsthand and in a totally original way. Who will be the lucky seven people you choose to enjoy this feast with?
27. Candygram and Song: Delivered to your favorite someone. A 1 lb box of chocolates from the Chocolate Drop Candy Shop complete with a musical performance by the multitalented and shameless Bridget Matros. A delicious, memorable gift for an unsuspecting friend, family member or colleague!
28. Love Coffee? Murray Carpenter acclaimed Belfast freelance journalist and author of the soon to be released Caffeinated, an investigation of caffeine in America,will meet with you to sip a cup of coffee or throw back a Red Bull, discuss his work, and present you with a signed copy of his about-to-be-published book.
29. Cocktail Making Lesson for 4: A one on one session with the owners of The Front Street Pub learning to four different great cocktails. Great idea for a party or to learn how to throw you own! Learn how to make (and drink) a Mojito, a Dirty Martini, a Golden Margarita and Sangria. Must be 21 years of age to participate.
30. Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railway - ”All Aboard!” This is an opportunity for up to six guests to experience life on the rails. Act as a guest conductor, and get a special guided tour of a working B&ML Locomotive by the engineer. In addition, you will become an official honorary member of The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railway. Round trip rail excursions beginning at the City Point Central Railway Museum are scheduled weekends and holidays May through Mid October. Special rail excursions include Fall Foliage trips, A Pizza Train, Wine Tasters Express, and the Chocolate Express! Value of up to $120
31. Private raw food culinary class for 2 at Plantlab with Matthew Kenney: Owner of the recently opened Gothic Restaurant in Belfast, Matthew Kenney is the world’s leading raw food chef, the writer of several best-selling cookbooks, a television host, and an entrepreneur specializing in the raw lifestyle. He has earned several awards, including being named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine and was twice nominated as a Rising Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. Kenney has appeared on numerous food and talk shows, and regularly lectures on the subject of raw food and health.
32. Become a Character in a Novel: Renowned Waldo County crime novelist Gerry Boyle will name a character in his next book after you. Gerry is the creator of the Jack Mc Morrow mystery series, nine in print and counting, and has been likened to author Robert Parker.
33. Private Movie At the Colonial Theater: Up to twenty of your friends can gather at a mutually agreed upon time to watch any DVD or movie currently in stock. Want to do something special for a birthday party? What could be better than this! Ever wanted to see your favorite movie on the big screen- now is your chance. Imagine – your own private viewing!
34. Modeling Opportunity at Honey Bees Children’s Apparel: Here’s an opportunity for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc. to give modeling a try courtesy of the friendly folks at Honey Bees on Church Street in downtown Belfast. The lucky boy or girl (ages 5 to 12) will spend one hour trying on different outfits and being photographed for an upcoming Honey Bees advertisement. After the modeling session, the model’s family will be given 3 5×7″ prints from the day.
35. Free Range Music Festival VIP Passes: Two adult full weekend passes with DELUXE merchandise collection: Full spread of 2014 merchandise for two, hard to find merchandise from past festivals and special surprise items. Passes and merchandise packet will be available to pick up at the event info center on the day of the festival, April 26th.
36. Upper Floors and Hidden Spaces Tour: Join Our Town Belfast Executive Director, Breanna Bebb, and Megan Pinette of the Belfast Museum and Historical Society for a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of some of Belfast’s most precious gems – including the Masonic Temple, Belfast Opera House and the depths of the Colonial Theatre. You’ll want to bring your camera and some friends along for this one-of-a-kind Belfast tour.
37. After-Hours Cheese Tasting For Two: Eat More Cheese presents a Tasting to last at least one hour and hosted by cheese connoisseurs and Eat More Cheese owners Natalia and Tony Rose. Other yummies included in the experience.
38. Light sculptures designed by Searsport artist: Four giant welded re-bar frame shapes: they were built tough to be covered in Xmas lights and were on the streets of Belfast for two winters. Use them to decorate for holidays or in the garden. Huge football, obelisk, garden archway arbor, and squeezed rectangle. They are all super-sized and will be on display. Free Delivery within 5 miles. They come with lights installed. Some even work! Can be sold individually or as a unit.
We hope to see you at “Money Can’t Buy It!” August 15th at the Belfast Boathouse. Thank you for supporting our efforts in the downtown and for helping us to celebrate our wonderful community.