September 26, 2010

Society Notebook: Going ... going ... GONE

The dining, the bidding, and the time fly by during a fun and fabulous auction fundraiser for Portland Ovations.

By Avery Yale Kamila
Staff Writer

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Laura Stauffer, a Portland Ovations administrator, Mary Campbell, Portland Ovations development director, April Ylvisaker, event co-chair and board member, and Patti Roderick, event co-chair and board member.

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Sabrina Nickerson, Rick Rosu-Myles, Tori Rosu-Myles, Russell Legare and Margot Ansley-Levesque.

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING to party, network or support a good cause this week, check out:

DownEast Pride Alliance, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pearl Lounge, Portland. Network with members of gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses and enjoy drinks and appetizers. Free.

Bourbon Tasting, 5 to 7 p.m., The Salt Exchange, Portland. Taste Kentucky bourbons from Bulleit, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark 46, Wild Turkey, Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve. $10. 347-5687.
PROPEL Eats, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Gritty McDuff’s, Portland. Enjoy a five-course meal with beer pairings and network with young professional members of the Portland Regional Chamber. $35.

Dozier Bell Opening Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Aucocisco Galleries, Portland. View Bell’s work and enjoy drinks and appetizers. Free.
Henry Finkelstein Opening Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland. View Finkelstein’s work and enjoy drinks and appetizers. Free. 699-5083.
Susan L. Curtis Foundation’s Autumn Auction & Reception, 6 to 9 p.m., Binga’s Stadium, Portland. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine and a live and silent auction. $50. 774-1552.

10X10 Brunswick Benefit Art Exhibit & Sale, 5 to 8 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library and St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick. View 300 works of art by 125 Maine artists all priced at $200. Free.
First Friday Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m., locations throughout Portland. Stroll the streets and view art and enjoy refreshments at numerous venues. Free.
Opportunity Farm Centennial Gala & Auction, 6 to 10 p.m., Abromson Center at USM, Portland. Partake of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, buffet dinner and dessert, then enjoy a toast and a live auction. $65. 926-4532.

Woofminster Amateur Dog Show, 1 to 4 p.m., Camp Ketcha, Scarborough. Meet other dog owners as you watch the show and puppy parade and check out the puppy petting booth. $10 adults/$5 dogs and kids over 7. 381-1516.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Harvest Dinner, 5 to 11 p.m., Mallet Barn, Freeport. Enjoy beef brisket and grilled vegetarian lasagna from Buck’s Naked BBQ and dance to Sean Mencher and the Rhythm Kings and the Jason Spooner Trio. $35. 865-6839.
Veronica Cross Opening Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center, Norway. View Cross’ work and enjoy refreshments. Free.

The first item on the block was a jersey worn by former New England Patriots player Adam Vinatieri. When the hammer fell, Jon Tardiff had the top bid (and had to suffer much ribbing from his brother, who accused him of overpaying for "a shirt full of holes"). Later in the auction, Jon's purchase led Knight to make a point of showing him a Springer's Jewelers' cuff bracelet and encouraging him to bid on it as a gift for Ylvisaker.

"She worked so hard on this auction," Knight reminded him and the crowd, but, alas, the bracelet went to another home.

Bill Becker put in the winning bid for a pair of Liza Minnelli tickets and a backstage meet-and-greet with the artist after her performance this Wednesday. Other popular items up for bid included a private reception at the Thos. Moser gallery, a private tour of the Gateway Mastering Studio, a set of four Justin Bieber tickets and a dinner at the Cumberland County Jail (which caused Holmes to entice bidders by saying, "you might see someone you know").

The auction's priciest item, a limited edition silver cast statue called "Arabesque" by artist Rebecca Anelise Clark, was valued at $27,000. Rick and Patty Tardiff scored it with a bid of $3,900.

The sale price prompted Holmes to say, "That's the greatest value I've ever seen at one of these sales."

When I asked Patty what she planned to do with it, she said, "We'll find a spot for it. It may move around." 

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Felicia Knight, a board member, Nick Nadzo, an advisory board member, and Aimee Petrin, the executive director.

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Moya Bell, Ken Bell and Anne Schutz

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