Silent Auction

The following items and experiences will be a part of the Silent Auction at the American Artisan Show Preview Party, taking place on Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6pm to 8pm:

Sneak peek!

Silent auction experiences at the
American Artisan Show Preview Party

Ski, Shop, Dine and Stroll in Stratton Village Vermont!
Three nights for up to six at convenient condo.

Located in southern Vermont about three hours from Wilton, Stratton means a big mountain resort experience that’s close to home. Stratton offers skiing and snowboarding, and variety of lodging options, and the slope-side Village for shopping and dining.

Your fantastic three-night winter season stay for six is in a super convenient three bedroom condo in Stratton Village.  Ski lifts are a short distance away – close enough to dash “home” for lunch if you want!   Not headed slope-side?  Walk to the nearby village for restaurants, shopping and entertainment.  Stratton Village is at the heart of it all, with live music, family activities, artists and entertainers.  Hungry?  From family-friendly to fine dining, celebrated Vermont beers to creative cocktails and worldly wine lists, comfort food classics to colorful salads, Stratton Village is the place to eat and drink.   Dates to be agreed upon between donor and winner.

Value: $2400

Courtesy of Pam and Ken Fadner

Classic dinner and a show in NYC!
Dinner and overnight at the storied New York Athletic Club on Central Park  for two, plus a certificate for show tickets.

Stay at the storied New York Athletic Club at 180 Central Park South, and enjoy contemporary American cuisine in the Main Dining Room, overlooking Central Park. The Club’s proximity to shops, theaters, museums and many of New York’s popular tourist destinations makes the NYAC’s guest rooms all the more enticing.

Value $1500

Courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the Wilton Historical Society

Golf Outing for Two at Winged Foot Golf Club!

You and a guest will enjoy a day of golf at Winged Foot Golf Club’s West Course in Mamaroneck, NY. Among the greatest golf courses in the world, Winged Foot West has hosted multiple US Open Championships, and will host it for the sixth time in June 2020.  Lunch, golf, caddies, all included.   Date to be mutually agreed upon in the 2020 or 2021 golf season.

Magnificent and historic Winged Foot Golf Club in nearby Mamaronack, has a storied past of hosting national championship golf on two Albert W. Tillinghast-designed courses. The club has hosted five U.S. Opens, the 1940 U.S. Amateur, the 1949 Walker Cup, and a PGA Championship on the West Course. The best is yet to come – the U.S. Open will be played at Winged Foot in 2020!

Value: Priceless

Courtesy of Katy and Rob Williams

Dinner and conversation with Tish and Chris Brubeck!
Hosted by Judy and Hal Higby at their Wilton home.  Plus reserved tickets to the Wilton Library Brubeck Concert on January 11, 2020. For up to four.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to get to know a truly great couple, Tish and Chris Brubeck!  Chris may be a Grammy –nominated composer and an innovative performer, but he is also a guy with a big heart and generous spirit, who continues the Brubeck legacy of music and good works in the community along with the lovely Tish. Gracious hosts Judy and Hal Higby will be providing a stellar repast in their hospitable home to accompany what is sure to be a fantastic event. Up to four guests can savor a stimulating and enjoyable evening with the Brubecks and the Higbys on a mutually agreeable date.  Includes four tickets to the January 11, 2020 Brubeck Concert at the Wilton Library.

Value: Priceless

Courtesy of Tish and Chris Brubeck and Judy and Hal Higby

The Sound of Music! with the Woodway Trio

Is there anything more captivating than a live musical performance? Imagine your guests enjoying a recital of classical music after dinner at your home. Or perhaps you would prefer the Woodway Trio playing during a cocktail hour? This talented trio, playing on flute, cello and piano, will provide a very special chamber music touch for your next important event. No piano? Alternative instrumentation available. Details to be arranged between donor and winner as to date and time.

Value: $1,000

Courtesy of the Woodway Trio: Moira Craw/flutist, Madeline Corliss /cellist and Donald Charlamb on piano or harpsichord.

History is Here Driving Tour of Wilton
With historian Bob Russell!

When you go on a driving tour (approximately one-hour) with Wilton’s pre-eminent historian, it will become abundantly clear that history is absolutely everywhere in Wilton! The author of the definitive “Wilton Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places and Progress”, Bob Russell has a fascinating story or intriguing fact about virtually every nook and cranny found in Wilton. In addition to his encyclopedic knowledge of local history, Bob was Wilton’s First Selectman for six years. Use your gift certificate from a local restaurant to enjoy a lunch or snack.

For up to three people. Date in Spring 2020 to be agreed upon by donor and winner.

Value: Priceless

Courtesy of Bob Russell and local restaurant

Lesson or game and lunch with Gold Life Master Mike Hess. For one, four, or eight.

Want to up your game? Or perhaps you would like to learn the basics, from contracts to bidding to taking tricks. Mike Hess has been a bridge mentor for more than 30 years, teaching bridge in a variety of places, from train time during his commute to downtown Chicago to instructing private groups and open classes at Rolling Hills Country Club, Wilton Continuing Education, Westport Continuing Education, and the Wilton Senior Center. He recently became a Gold Life Master and has earned more than 2,500 master points. His team won the Grand National Team Goldman Flight A Championship in 2017! A $50 gift certificate provided by the Village Market will cover a delicious deli spread for lunch. To be set up at a mutually agreeable time and place between donor and winner.

Value $350

Courtesy of Mike Hess

Fly Fishing!
Trout Unlimited certificate for 1/2 day of fly fishing for two on local waters with Jeff Yates.

Enjoy one half-day weekday guided trip with Jeff Yates on the local trout streams of western Connecticut.  He’ll teach the two of you how to fly fish, show you some of the best places to fish locally, and the tactics for fooling local trout.  Whether on a river close to your home, or on one of our larger streams, you’ll be sure to have a great time. Fishing equipment provided if needed, plus a copy of Jeff’s book. Includes a $50 gift certificate from the Village Market for a tasty lunch. Date to be agreed upon by donor and winner.

Value: $300

Courtesy of Jeff Yates/Trout Unlimited

Abstract Painting!
A hands-on experience for up to six with local artist Andrea McLaughlin

Learn how to create abstract art! This experience takes place in the Wilton Historical Society’s picturesque and historic 1860 Abbott Barn.   After a meet and greet, (and wine..!) Andrea McLaughlin will demo her method for “Fast Abstract Art” painting, sharing tips on composition, color and technique. Then it’s your turn to paint-hands on, (with gentle instruction). No experience needed, just interest and enthusiasm. Each piece is uniquely yours! Next, she will help you crop, edit and mount your work. You will go home with (at least) one unique abstract painting-done in your hand. Ready to frame and hang! All art supplies included. Wear clothes that are paint friendly.  Date to be agreed upon between donor and winner.

Value: $240

Courtesy of Andrea Mclaughlin

Play with fire and learn to forge iron!
A day of individual blacksmithing instruction at the forge with expert smithy Skip Kern

Your Blacksmithing 101 experience will take place at the forge in the 1890 Abbott Blacksmith Shop at the Wilton Historical Society. This one-on-one workshop session, from 9 – 4, is an absolutely amazing opportunity to get your hands on all manner of hammers, tongs, and chisels, and learn heating, holding and hitting from a skilled instructor.  You will learn forging mechanics, hammer control, safety, and proper techniques. Come home with a piece of your own hand-crafted iron fire place poker (and possibly some 18th-century-style hooks if time permits! All supplies included, as is lunch.

Skip Kern is lead blacksmith at CAMA (Connecticut Antique Machinery Association) in Kent and also at the Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford. An expert at demonstrating and teaching, he is head blacksmith at the Wilton Historical Society.

Value: $350

Courtesy of Skip Kern

Drink LOCAL!
Fifth State Distillery Gift Basket  

Fifth State CT Maple Whiskey, tour for 2, and t-shirt, value $100.

Fifth State Distillery is the first craft distillery in Fairfield County since Prohibition.  “We use 100% Connecticut Non-GMO corn in all of our products making them Gluten-Free.  Our products include award-winning Gin, Vodka, Ginger Zap Vodka, Cinnamon Zap Vodka, Simply Celery Vodka, and CT Maple Whiskey. The Fifth State team is passionate about bringing you unique local spirits with bold flavors, meant for sharing with your friends and family.”

Value: $100.

Courtesy of Fifth State Distillery

No Cooking Tonight!
Basket of Restaurant Certificates

Josh Axelrod

Film Photograph

“Reminisce upon the day.”

Barking Dog Jewelry

Sterling Silver Frost Pattern Earrings with 8 mm Amethyst Stones

Baskets in Nantucket Tradition: Jane Theobald

Historic Triple Treat Wine Coaster

“This little wine coaster has a fun history and when your bottle sweats it may produce some sweet scents. The bottom comes from a 90-year-old boat. The staves and rims are oak recycled from what was first an old bourbon barrel, which was then used by a craft beer company to flavor a beer. The cane it is woven with is about 70-plus years old. And there is also one recycled baleen corset stave just for fun!”

Sue Brown-Gordon

Pearl Swirl Earrings
Sterling silver and pearl

Sherry Divedi

Organic Cotton Embroidered Lightweight Scarf/Throw
October, 2018

French Studio Design

Carnival Stripe Bag
Hand-dyed fabric

“This fun, contemporary bag has been hand-pieced and sewn using my one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed textiles. The bag is lined and includes a magnetic snap closure.”

GJGJ Designs

Copper Crescent Hematite Earrings
August 2019
Copper Wire & Natural Stone

“When I first began wrapping, this was the third design I had ever done and the one I am most proud of.”

Kristin Helberg

Fraktur Bird Box
Acylics on top with two vinegar-grained panels front and back

“The fraktur bird was used on Pennsylvania Dutch wedding and birth certificates. They were exotic or fancy birds. This expression, joined in heart and hand, was found on an old Pennsylvania Dutch marriage license. Vinegar was a very popular early American decorative art form.”

Chris LaMontagne

Carved Christmas Tree, 22” tall
White Pine

Thaw Malin

Watering Can
Oil on Canvas Panel

“I accidentally scared a turkey away in a friend’s backyard and discovered this red watering can as I turned to go. I think if it hadn’t been red, I might have let it be and gone about my business.”

Kiara Matos Ceramics

Long Tray with Palmita Design

Meb’s Kitchenwares

Salad Tongs
Curly and Ambrosia Maple

“These are the best items that we make! Tom makes the working end, Meb carves in the personality. What a team!”

William Morrison

Traditional Handcrafted Windsor Stool, 22” high
Native Woods, Federal Blue Milk Paint, Oil Finish

Rachel Paxton

Music Magic
Limited Edition Giclée Print

Mark A. Perry

Blue Racing Gull
2009 and 2014
Carved wood

“The form of this gull ‘confidence’ decoy is based on an antique work I had seen. The piece was originally executed in 2009 and was repainted in blue for an exhibition at the Mystic Museum of Art entitled… guessed it, Blue!”

7 Barrels

Four-Pack of Oil/Vinegar

Shippee Turning Co.

Ebonized Ephraim Serving Bowl
Cherry with ebonized exterior

Silverstone Designs

Pendant Necklace
Enamel on fine silver with chalcedony stone on a sterling silver chain

Pendant Necklace
Fossilized coral on fine silver with garnet

Kolene Spicher

Birds in the Country
Decorated porcelain vase, wheel-thrown and hand-manipulated and formed

“This vase represents a favorite place of mine. I live in a valley. There are deer and butterflies and bees everywhere. I love to sit outside and see the birds and hear them sing.”

Steinhagen Pottery

Slump-molded Plate
Slump-molded redware clay

“This 18th-century-style piece incorporates Pennsylvania German imagery and motifs, along with one of Benjamin Franklin’s timeless proverbs published in Poor Richard’s Almanac.”

Vaillancourt Folk Art

Nautical Nantucket Santa in Seersucker with Ice Cream

“Signed by the artist, part of the Nantucket Santa Series, which are pieces not just made for those with a passion for Nantucket, but for everyone who believes during the lazy days of summer. Alive with extraordinary painting detail, this Santa ensures that Christmas can be celebrated during the hot summer days.”