Magical History Tour 2016

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Maine Historical Society’s biggest event of the year is this weekend! Taking place Saturday, May 21 from 10am-4pm, the Magical History Tour is a self-guided exploration of historical places in Portland that are not usually open to the public, with access granted to a dozen little-known gems downtown and beyond that many have never seen, and maybe didn’t even know exist. The mystery sites will be revealed at Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party on Friday, May 20 at the U.S. Custom House. Located adjacent to Portland’s waterfront, this historically rich and mysterious building is usually closed to the public, but not for our guests.

During the party, auctioneer Thomas Saturley, President of Tranzon Auction Properties, will preside over a live auction – see the list below so you can hit the ground bidding! Guests will also enjoy a silent auction featuring food, travel, games, and adventures. Get excited!

Isla Mujeres_1Week stay in Mexico house on Isla Mujeres (Value: $2,065)
Located on idyllic 4 1⁄2 mile long Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) and a quick 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun, Villa Adioso is a charming 2-bedroom 2-bath private home with complete kitchen, roof-top palapa (with 2 hammocks), enclosed green and lush courtyard with fountain, refreshing plunge pool, washer/dryer, and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and The Bay of Mujeres (watch both the sunrise and sunset from the house). Rated one the 8 Best Islands in the World for Food by Islands Magazine in 2007 and it’s only gotten better since. Walking distance (12-15 minutes) from ferry, beaches, and downtown.

halloween-baptism-christmas-party-5423Greek Dinner for 12 (Value: $1,500)
Two Greek Gals (MHS Trustees Jean Gulliver and Penny Carson) invite you to enjoy Greek wine, food, dessert, and music in a Falmouth home.

Custom Chef’s Dinner For 8 (Value: $2,100)
Enjoy dinner prepared by Chef Candice Lee, a 2007 graduate of the French Culinary Institute in NYC having been taught by chefs such as Jacques Pepin and Andre Soltner, among many others. Choose from three menus comprised of four courses with wine pairings preceded by cocktails. The chic and comfortable setting leads to excellent conversation.

HomerforWeb5A Day in Prouts Neck (Value: $750)
Spend a day in Prouts Neck, a summer enclave for generations of families in Scarborough. Tour the historic studio and home of 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.

L.L.Bean Manatee Kayak (Value: $580)
L.L.Bean’s bestselling Manatee kayak is a stable, comfortable recreational kayak for calm to lightly windy conditions, boasting features typically seen only on more expensive boats. A full 10 feet in length and with a sleek hull shape, its roomy cockpit accommodates paddlers of most sizes. The Manatee tracks better than similar kayaks without sacrificing stability and speed.

Sugarloaf Ski Vacation & Scenic Flight ($1,640)
Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 11.33.57 AMEnjoy Maine’s premier ski resort for four days and three nights in December, January, February or March for the 2016-17 season. The ski-in/ski-out Commons II condo sleeps six people – two bedrooms with king beds and one room with two twin beds. This three-level vacation home also features a kitchen, living and dining spaces, two bathrooms, and a fireplace. Located in close proximity to the lifts and fitness center, and an easy walk to the base lodge. A great winter getaway for you and your friends or family! Mutually convenient dates to be arranged with the owner. PLUS! Enjoy a half-hour scenic flight from Sugarloaf Aviation giving you an opportunity to enjoy an unmatched perspective of this amazingly rugged part of Maine.

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