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1. Boston Jazz Weekend
Estimated Value:  $695
Starting Bid:  $300

With its blend of rich history, high-style luxury, and hometown warmth, The Liberty Hotel offers the quintessential Boston experience. Located at the foot of Beacon Hill, The Liberty Hotel creates an unrivaled guest experience!

Enjoy dinner at Upstairs on the Square, in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge. “One of the country’s top 10 new restaurants,” according to Food and Wine. “Begin your gawking at the leopard-print carpet and work your way up along the walls, handpainted à la Klimt, and punctuated by huge porthole windows. Finish at the gilded mirror ceiling. Somehow it all adds up to whimsical charm. The food, like the pan-roasted duck foie gras with honey gastrique, can be as luxe as the furnishings.” - The New York Times

Top off your night by attending a concert at the wildly popular and legendary Scullers Jazz Club. Invite two friends join you to see some of the biggest names in jazz!

One Weekend Night Stay at The Liberty Hotel ($495)
Four Tickets to Scullers Jazz Club ($100)
Dinner at Upstairs on the Square ($100)

Certificate to Upstairs on the Square does not include gratuity, may not be used on major holidays or Saturday evenings, and must be redeemed by October 2, 2011.

Compliments of:
The Liberty Hotel
Scullers Jazz Club
Upstairs on the Square









2. Wine & Cheese—Arts & Antiques
Estimated Value:  $1,500
Starting Bid:  $700

An elegant and delightful evening awaits you and up to 10 of your guests. You will attend a very special wine and cheese seminar held in a lovely antiques- and art-filled private home in Gloucester. Ihsan Gurdal, proprietor of Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, travels the world to find the cheese that makes his store unique in all of New England. He will share with you and your host his knowledge and his cheese – cow, sheep, goat, and blue – complemented by four different wines – including a dessert course.

Andrew Spindler is owner of the established antiques shop in Essex, recognized for its eclectic, but closely edited, collection of objects from the 17th century to the 1970s. In his Gloucester home, which was featured in The New York Times in June, the furnishings are equally diverse. According to the Times article, the home, built in 1937 as a hybrid of Arts and Crafts and Art Deco styles, has been decorated in such a way as to offer interested visitors lessons in history, design, color, pattern and texture.

This will be an extraordinary evening!

Formaggio Kitchen Catered Event ($1,500)
Spindler Home Tour (Priceless)

Weeknight at a mutually agreed upon date. Limited to 11 attendees.

Compliments of:
Formaggio Kitchen
Andrew Spindler


3. Glamorous Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine
Estimated Value:  $1,087
Starting Bid:  $500

Since 1872, the Cliff House Resort & Spa on the South Coast of Maine has been the vacation resort in Maine for greater Boston. High above Bald Head Cliff, you will be awed by the vast 70 acres of this oceanfront resort. Every room has a balcony with an ocean view. As a pampered guest, you will hear the ocean roar, you will see the sun rise against the distant horizon, and you will relax. The resort features a full service oceanfront spa, as well as fine dining. During your stay, you will be treated to breakfast both mornings and a lobster dinner one night. From wine tastings to golf and shopping, The Cliff House has it all.

As part of your weekend in Maine, you will also enjoy dinner for two at Arrows, the flagship restaurant of award winning chefs, Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. Named 14th in "america's Top 50 Restaurants 2006" by Gourmet Magazine, Arrows has also been chosen as "One of america's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants" by Bon Appétit.

A true country restaurant in the tradition of the French Michelin Three Star destinations, at Arrows the old world traditions are celebrated: prosciuttos and charcuterie are created on premise, fish of all types are prepared in the onsite smoke house, breads and pastries are created by a master pastry chef. Cheeses are taken from curd to finished product in the kitchen, and mushrooms, cranberries and fiddleheads are foraged from the surrounding woodlands. The Garden Tasting Menu is a six-course sampler featuring seafood and beef, as well as greens from the on-site garden.

Two Night Stay at The Cliff House with Breakfast Two Mornings and Lobster Dinner One Night ($862)
Two Garden Tasting Menu Dinners at Arrows Restaurant ($225)

Dinner at Arrows does not include alcohol or gratuity.

Compliments of:
The Cliff House
Arrows Restuarant
Jim and Chris Barker


4. Iguana sculpture by Chris Williams
Estimated Value:  $1,500
Starting Bid:  $600

Don’t miss the chance to display this charming iguana sculpture by artist Chris Williams in your garden! The sculpture’s unique size makes it an incredibly flexible addition to your home’s décor: the iguana can shine as a centerpiece on a stone wall or peek out from a leafy garden.

Born on Cape Ann in 1968, Mr. Williams’ life as an artist began in the back of his family’s metal shop. His family's fabrication business began in New York in the 1940s. In 1959, his grandfather built a workshop in Rockport, and it was there that Mr. Williams was dropped off after school to earn his allowance. At that time, Mr. Williams didn't realize that metalworking could be anything but strict engineering work, but in 1996, the light bulb went off!  Fourteen years later, he now works from his home in Essex, and is still amazed by how what started out as a fascination with welding has become a journey of creativity. 

Beyond private collections, Mr. Williams’ sculptures have been purchased by New England Biolabs; the Manchester, NH Airport; and Bridgewater State University, and have been prominently displayed at Boston’s Logan Airport and the InterContinental Boston.

Iguana Sculpture ($1,500)

Compliments of:
Chris Williams


5. Newport Jazz Lovers Weekend
Estimated Value:  $1,300
Starting Bid:  $600

Referred to as a “Mecca of Jazz,” the Newport Jazz Festival® annually draws thousands of people from all over the world to its uniquely picturesque outdoor stages at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park. You and a guest will enjoy two days of next year’s event, which will be held on August 6th and 7th. Hailed by The New York Times as "the festival that put jazz festivals on the map," the Newport Jazz Festival was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival devoted entirely to the genre, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. Over the last half-century, the Newport Jazz Festival has presented a virtual pantheon of jazz immortals alongside an array of rising young artists. The name Newport has become synonymous with the best in jazz music.

While in Newport, relax and pamper yourself at the Newport Harbor Marriott. Located on Newport Harbor, the Marriott is near renowned local attractions including the Cliffwalk, shopping, and the Newport Mansions, making it ideal for your stay.

Complete your Newport weekend, by enjoying dinner at The Castle Hill Inn & Resort. The chefs at the restaurant artfully craft a distinctly native, seasonal menu featuring fresh fish, regional meats, and local produce. Imaginative presentation and exceptional taste characterize The Castle Hill Inn & Resort’s fine dining experience.

Two Tickets for Two Days of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival ($300)
Two Night Stay at Newport Harbor Marriott ($850)
Dinner at The Castle Hill Inn & Resort ($150)

Limited to August 6 and August 7, 2011. Dinner at The Castle Hill Inn & Resort does not include alcohol or gratuity.

Compliments of:
Newport Jazz Festival
Susan Gray and Alec Dingee
The Castle Hill Inn & Resort


6. A Fascinating Afternoon with Old Masters
Estimated Value:  priceless!
Starting Bid:  $25

Opportunity to attend an intimate reception in the home of Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz. Event takes place on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 3 pm. Address will be provided to the winning bidders. Event limited to 40 attendees. Tour their renowned collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures by French masters from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, widely recognized as one of the preeminent collections of its type in the world. Their 100-year-old seaside estate is also home to their stunning collections of modern Japanese ceramics and Chinese red cinnabar lacquer, both among the best in the country.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the art that covers every wall of the home and learn about collecting and connoisseurship from the couple’s perspective.

Horvitz Home Tour and Reception with Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres (Priceless)

Date of event to be announced. Address will be provided to the winning bidders. Event limited to 40 attendees.

Compliments of:
Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz


7. Escape to Magnificent Lake Home in the Woods
Estimated Value:  $4,000
Starting Bid:  $800

This is your chance to escape and enjoy the peace of a week-long vacation on stunning Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire. The private, waterfront location offers breathtaking views of Newbury Harbor and Mount Sunapee. The southern exposure means you can lounge in the sun on the walk-out deck for most of the day. A gently sloping lot leads to a sandy, shallow lake entry, perfect for launching a leisurely excursion in one of the three kayaks available for your pleasure. 

Beyond the beauty of the location, the home itself has been recently remodeled and is extremely well-appointed, offering every comfort and amenity you could need or want on your vacation: a gourmet kitchen, including wine storage; a master bath with tub, shower, and sauna; a game room with ping-pong, foosball and billiards, to while away a rainy afternoon; wireless internet and satellite television; open living/dining area with fireplace; washer/dryer; and air-conditioning. Four-bedrooms sleep up to nine individuals.

An ideal spot to hold a family get-together or to retreat with good friends. Spectacular scenery, a crystal clear lake, abundant outdoor activities–imagine the memories you will create! 

One week stay at four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on Lake Sunapee, NH

Rental runs from Saturday to Saturday. Subject to availability (not available July 1 – July 9, 2011). Reservation must be made by March 15, 2011.

Compliments of:
Carl and Karen Herlitz


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1. All sales are final. There will be no refunds.
2. All goods and services are sold in "as is" condition. Restrictions may apply to gift certificates.
3. Bids, once made, may not be withdrawn or changed.
4. Approved forms of payment are cash, check (payable to Rockport Music), and MasterCard, VISA, or american Express credit cards. Payment will be processed at the Registration Desk on Auction Night. All purchases must be paid in full by the close of the auction on October 2, 2010.
5. Use only the bidding number issued to you for further bidding on all Auction items.
6. All bidding starts at the stated starting bids.
7. The Auction Committee has endeavored to catalog and correctly and completely describe the items being auctioned. The descriptions and values of the items have been obtained directly from the contributors. The Auctioneer reserves the right to make verbal corrections and to provide additional information from the block at the time of the sale. The Auction Committee can assume no responsibility for and cannot guarantee the validity, authenticity, or condition of any item offered for sale.
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