Guests attending Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party on Friday, May 8 can bid on these exciting items in our silent and live auctions. Support Maine Historical Society and the work we do throughout the state by bidding early and often!
Note: This event is sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the Magical History Tour on Saturday, May 9.
1. L.L. Bean Manatee Kayak Package
This bestselling Manatee kayak has features typically seen only on more expensive boats. Measuring 10 feet in length and weighing 42 pounds, the cockpit is roomy and can hold a paddler up to 275 pounds. The sleek hull shape allows the kayak to track more easily than other similar boats without sacrificing stability and speed. Package includes kayak, paddle, cockpit cover, and personal flotation device. L.L. Bean will ship the package directly to the high bidder.
Courtesy of L.L. Bean, Freeport, ME
2. Private Cocktail Party
Host a 3-hour cocktail party for ten guests in the privacy of your own home. Let the professional staff of Blue Elephant do the work for you. Package includes two hours of delicious fare including passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres and one hour of dessert and coffee. Collaborate with the caterers to create a menu that reflects your personal style. Beer and wine provided by the Maine Historical Society. Date to be mutually agreed upon; event to be held between January 1-December 1, 2016.
Courtesy of Blue Elephant Catering & Events, Portland, ME
3. Lincolnville Cottage Stay
Enjoy three nights at this charming cottage on Norton Pond in Lincolnville, just six miles from Camden. Nestled amongst pines and lakefront on three sides, this cottage offers accommodations for four people, and includes a dock, floats, kayaks, canoes, and fire pit. Tastefully decorated with antiques, all linens, cutlery, cable TV, and local telephone are also included. No smoking, but a well behaved dog is allowed. Mutually agreed upon date must be secured with owner. Available June 2015.
Courtesy of Elizabeth McLellan, Portland, ME
4. The Press Hotel Package
Are you enjoying Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party this evening? Return to the hotel for a luxury weekend package for two at Portland’s only boutique lifestyle hotel. The Press Hotel is centrally located to take in Portland’s vibrant arts and entertainment community, unique shopping, historic city tours and outdoor recreation located on Portland’s waterfront. This all-inclusive package includes a two-night stay for two in one Superior King Room. Dinner and breakfast served in their cornerstone restaurant M.C. UNION inspired by James Beard Award-Winning Chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier. Enjoy early morning French Press coffee or an evening cocktail in the lobby bar, Inkwell. This package includes use of the fitness center, free Wi-Fi and valet parking, and time to enjoy the on-site Gallery of Maine Artists. Does not include alcohol, tax and gratuity. Based on availability, some dates may be blacked out. Expires May 15, 2016.
Courtesy of The Press Hotel, Portland, ME
5. Holiday Markets Viking Cruise
Spend the holidays on a Viking River Cruise. Winter is a magical time of year in Europe, with fairytale snow-topped castles and mountains, and a wonderful festive spirit everywhere. In Europe’s Christmas markets the air is filled with the scents of gingerbread and warm, spicy glühwein, and the tunes of traditional carols can be heard around every corner. What better way to experience Christmas traditions – in the lands where they originated? Enjoy a relaxing festive season with no rush, just the wonder of Europe’s most enchanting destinations, and the best-dressed ship in town. Choose your own itinerary for a trip between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2015. Holiday Market Cruises include the Rhine Getaway, the Romantic Danube and the Danube Waltz.
Package is an 8-day cruise for two passengers. Regular shore excursions are included as well as meals on board, and beer and wine with lunch and dinner. Your trip can be booked up to 120 days prior to sailing. Airfare, transfers, taxes and optional shore excursions are not included.
Courtesy of Viking River Cruises, Woodland Hills, CA
6. WoodenBoat Class
Take a course at the world-famous WoodenBoat School in Downeast Maine. Entering its 35th year, WoodenBoat School has become a favorite destination for anyone interested in boats and boating. Choose from a wide variety of course offerings including boat building, seamanship, sailing, and navigation.The extraordinary beauty of the school’s 64-acre campus in Penobscot Bay, the knowledgeable staff, good food, comfortable accommodations, and plenty of like-minded guests will combine to create an experience of a lifetime.
Courtesy of WoodenBoat, Brooklin, ME
7. A Day in Prouts Neck
Spend a day in Prouts Neck, a summer enclave for generations of families in Scarborough. Tour the historic studio and home of artist Winslow Homer. Take in the beautiful ocean views on the Cliff Walk, a one-mile rocky walk along the shoreline. Afterwards, walk down to the Black Point Inn for dinner. Package is for four people; this three-course dinner offer is good from May 11-October 29, 2015, and is subject to availability. Includes tax, excludes alcohol and gratuity. Studio tour date and time based on availability; group leaves from the Portland Museum of Art. Package also includes Winslow Homer notecards and a one-year family membership to the PMA.
Courtesy of Black Point Inn, Scarborough, ME, and the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
1. Longfellow Lilacs
The historic Longfellow Garden was dismantled in 2007 to facilitate the Brown Library renovation. At that time, a lilac tree dating to the time that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s sister, Anne Longfellow Pierce, lived in the house, was removed and cared for at O’Donal’s Garden Center. That lilac was replanted and carefully cultivated by O’Donal’s. Each year, O’Donal’s makes available bushes that have been grafted from the original tree. Two of these bushes are available for purchase tonight. It’s your turn to take home a piece of Maine history!
Courtesy of the Longfellow Garden Club and O’Donal’s Garden Center,
Value $100/ each bush
2. Personal Trainer
Reap the benefits of good health! This package includes a gift certificate for two in-home personal training sessions. No travel or equipment is necessary. Get a head start on your summer fitness plans!
Courtesy of Custom Built, Buxton, ME
3. Dinner & Overnight in Deer Isle
Experience the heart of Downeast Maine on Penobscot Bay at the Pilgrim’s Inn. Built in 1793, this post and beam inn is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Enjoy dinner for two and one night stay at this charming inn. Excludes July and August stays.
Courtesy of The Pilgrim’s Inn, Deer Isle, ME
4. Longfellow’s Haunted House Tour
Twelve guests will enjoy a private guided tour of the Longfellow House, based on Longfellow’s 1852 poem Haunted Houses, with the immortal opening line: “All houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses.” This special, private tour looks at the Longfellow House through the lives of the people who died there. Offer good one week before and one week after Halloween, at a time to be agreed upon.
Courtesy of James Horrigan, Scarborough, ME
5. Vintage Jade & Gold Bracelet
This beautiful vintage nephrite jade and 14 karat gold bead bracelet is a rare find. Dress up a pair of jeans or accent a cocktail dress. This bracelet is an elegant addition to any lady’s wardrobe.
Courtesy of Springer’s Jewelers, Portland, ME
6. Dahlov Ipcar Lithograph
Dahlov Ipcar’s intricate, distinctive, and whimsical artwork is known worldwide, with pieces of her work in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Maine artist still lives and paints in the 1860s farmhouse that she shared with her husband for nearly 70 years. Produced in 2011, Two Calicos measures 12” x 16” and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Courtesy of Dahlov Ipcar, Georgetown, ME
7. Private Wine Tasting
Private wine tasting for six people is a sure way to entertain your friends. Ellie Chatto, Level One Sommelier, will provide two white wines and two red wines, each paired with a light bite to eat. Ellie will share her expertise and discuss each wine, appropriate food pairings, and also how to evaluate each type of wine. To be held at the Chatto condo, situated on Portland harbor and offering spectacular views of the water, or in the privacy of your own home. Great fun, with a touch of education.
Courtesy of Ellie Chatto, South Portland, ME
8. John Calvin Stevens Package
Get an insider’s look into Maine’s most notable architect, John Calvin Stevens (1855-1940). Great-grandson Paul Stevens, architect at SMRT, Inc. will provide an introductory lecture at Maine Historical Society followed by a walking tour of Portland’s downtown buildings designed by JCS. The tour will return to the Brown Library at MHS to view JCS drawings with Nick Noyes, Curator of Library Collections. Package is for up to 12 people, and date and time is to be mutually agreed upon in advance.
Courtesy of Paul Stevens and Nick Noyes, Portland, ME
9. Explore Fort Gorges with Portland Paddle
Portland Paddle gives you and a friend a chance to tour historic Fort Gorges—accessible only by water—via kayak. The 3-hour – paddling trip begins on East End Beach and heads into the Portland Harbor to Fort Gorges, a Civil War-era fort in Casco Bay. Your Maine Guide will allow you plenty of time to explore Fort Gorges and tell you about the Fort’s storied history before you paddle home. For two people, 9:30-12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Sundays. Equipment will be provided.
Courtesy of Portland Paddle, Portland, ME
10. Overnight Stay at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
Luxuriate at one of Portland’s oldest hotels. Recently remodeled, The Westin Portland Harborview, is known for its stunning views of Portland, the harbor, and the mountains from its fabled Top of the East restaurant. Package includes a one-night stay in a traditional room with complimentary breakfast for two people.
Courtesy of The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Portland, ME
11. Maine Red Claws Basketball
Take home a piece of Portland history for that sports enthusiast in your family with a Maine Red Claws team-signed basketball! A member of the NBA Development League since 2009, and affiliated with the Boston Celtics, the Maine Red Claws is committed to the greater Portland community and supports many non-profit organizations.
Courtesy of the Maine Red Claws, Portland, ME
12. Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill
Take part in the 9th annual Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill Tour on Sunday, July 12, 10am – 4pm. Get a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful and charming gardens on the Portland peninsula. This self-guided tour begins at the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization building at 92 Congress Street. Package is for four people.
Courtesy of Aynne Doil, Portland, ME
13. Plan of Portland, 1856
This framed reproduction map depicts the Portland peninsula and surrounding area in the mid-19th century showing Fore Street as the city’s sea wall. Commercial Street served as a bridge spanning the wharves and thereby connected shipping to the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Rail Road. Engraved as a directory and published by S. N. Colesworthy in 1856. Hand colored by John R. Barrows.
Courtesy of Sally Barrows, Galeyrie Maps & Custom Framing, Falmouth, ME
14. Maine Historical Society Research Services
The Brown Research Library at Maine Historical Society offers a variety of research services, including family history, Maine local and early New England history, house research, and much more. Areas of specialty include New England genealogy, Portland-based research, 18th and 19th century Maine, and colonial land records.
Library staff to offer outright research services or a personal consultation on how to begin or proceed on your own, including suggestions for further sources outside of the collections at MHS. This package includes five hours of research and/or consultation time. The date and time of the initial consultation to be mutually agreed upon in advance.
Courtesy of Jamie Rice, Portland, ME