2018 Catalog


The bidding is now closed for the 2018 auction.  
Tickets are still available for the September 8 auction.  You may contact us to reserve tickets (207-743-8820 or info@mclaughlingarden.org).  You can also buy tickets at the door (though it helps us to know in advance if you are coming!).  Hope to see you at the Garden at 5:30 on Saturday the 8th!


Thank you for your support and enthusiasm!!!

In your bidding form please refer to the Item Name! Thanks!

Item 01 — A Week in Paris Studio Apartment
Valued at $1,300
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Immerse yourself in the art and culture of romantic Paris, France by staying in this historic apartment. It is located in the 2nd arrondissement, on the right bank of the Seine. The apartment highlights historic stone and wood architecture and includes a double bed, a fold-out couch, open kitchen, and a separate study. The neighborhood is a place where Parisians live, so you will be surrounded by wonderful restaurants, cafés, and fabulous shopping. The 2nd arrondissement is near the center of Paris and includes theaters and the French National Library–it is also very close the the Louvre and to the Tuileries gardens.  The apartment is around the corner from a pedestrian street where you can find the best patisserie, charcuterie, and wine shops to supply yourself with a leisurely breakfast or relaxing dinner at “home.”  The apartment accommodates 2-4 people and has TV and internet access as well as free international phone calls. Dates beginning in December 2018 will be arranged with the owner. A small cleaning fee is required. Transportation is not included.
Donated by Tony Kleitz
Current Bid: $800

 Item 02 — A Holiday Weekend at the Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake
Valued at $1,200
Spend a relaxing, romantic weekend on the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake in South Casco. This three-day, two-night package includes three meals a day, activities, and use of all facilities and accommodations in one of Migis Lodge’s private cottages or lodge rooms.
You will step back into classic Maine, nestled in woods with view of Sebago Lake. You can relax near the water or spend time on the water and watch the sun set over the lake. You may choose to lunch on a private island, enjoy tennis, waterski, kayak or sail, book a massage at the wellness center, and spend time relaxing in the quiet lodge.
The certificate is based on availability—weekends in July and August will probably not be available. The season runs from mid-June thorugh Columbus Day. Gratuity not included. Transportation is not included.
More information is available at: www.migis.com
Donated by The Porta Family
Current Bid: $500

 Item 03 — A Week at Whitmuir Farm in Scotland
Valued at $1,200


Intrigued by the mystery, culture, and energy of Scotland? Have the best of all worlds in a stay at the quiet beautiful countryside retreat of Whitmuir Organic Farm. The Lowlands or Border region is awash with history—you will be surrounded by historic manors and the romantic countryside that inspired poets such as Sir Walter Scott to write of cavaliers, folk heroes, and stone cottages set in green hills. In fact, you will stay in a renovated granary at Whitmuir farm, a comfortable romantic cottage with stone walls, fireplaces, and all the comforts of home. Take walks in the countryside, relax with green vistas and herds of sheep, and plan excursions from this well-placed cottage. With Edinburgh just 16 miles away, you can visit this historic center, looking out at the landscape from the Royal Palace at Hollyrood, shopping along the Royal Mile, visiting museums and tea shoppes, and even taking a ghost tour in evocative Real Mary’s Close or Blair Close! The two-bedroom cottage sleeps four; dates are limited and must be arranged with the owners—April to mid May 2019 and from the end of the first week in September through October 2019. A small cleaning fee is required. Transportation is not included.
More information available at: http://www.unique-cottages.co.uk/cottages/south/selkirkshire/whitmuir_steading_cottage
Donated by Sula and Jacek Makowski
Current Bid: $1,000

Item 04 – “Lilacs and Rhododendrons”
Framed acrylic by Melanie Tornberg
Valued at $300 (there is a $200 reserve on this piece)

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A native Mainer, Melanie has balanced careers in science and art. She received a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and she has shown in galleries in Portsmouth, South Berwick, Kennebunk, and in Western Maine. This painting was captures a springtime view of the McLaughlin Garden—drifts of lilacs and rhododendrons fill the canvas.   This very special piece shows a love and knowledge of the McLaughlin Garden, translating the colors and textures of this spring garden in paint. The framed acrylic work is 13” high x 13” wide.
Donated by Melanie Tornberg
Current Bid: $200

 Item 05 — “Melody’s Poppy” 
Framed watercolor by Linda Isham
Valued at:  $200 (there is a $150 reserve on this piece)
In this 10 ¼” x 10 ¼” framed watercolor, Linda captured the delicacy of a pink, papery poppy. Poppies have been a favorite flower of artists since the 19th century, because of their showy and transitory nature. This pink poppy has a purple-tinged base and floats atop a sinuous stem. Linda’s work has been shown in a number of galleries, including at Manchester Community College The Matolsky Art Center, Western Hartford Art League, the McLaughlin Garden, Artistic Endeavors and the Mill Hill Inn in Bethel, and the Main Street Gallery in Norway. Her work is in the permanent collection of Manchester Community College.
Donated by Linda Isham.
Current Bid: $

 Item 06 — A stunning Victorian stained glass window
Valued at:  $1,000 (there is a $500 reserve on this piece)
This superb piece of 19th-century stained glass is 37” high x 21” wide and comes with its own display easel. The window was saved from a residence in New Haven, Connecticut and features a delicate interplay shields, oval elements, and ribbons. The opalescent glass has streaks of variable color in yellow, blue, green, and red—the opaque nature is suited to using the window in areas where privacy is needed, or for a purely decorative, delightful addition to your home. This is the perfect choice for anyone interested in Victorian decorative arts or architecture and is a very special, preserved remnant of the past.
Donated by Bill and Pam Delphenich
Current Bid: $

 Item 07 –A pair of rustic-style garden benches
Crafted by Ray Snedeker
Valued at:  $300 for the pair


Rustic-style furniture retains features of the original wood—it retains bark and celebrates the grain of the finished wood. Ray has created two garden benches for this year’s auction that would be perfect additions to your garden. He has used ash, a very common Maine tree and the type used for baseball bats, for these benches. The legs of the bench retain the closely textured wood, and the smooth finish of the seat shows the beautiful grain. The benches are stable and easy to move through the garden—you can consider one or a variety of views and move them into places for enjoyment or meditation. The benches are well sealed with a matt finish and are 23″ and 19 1/2″ wide.
Donated by Ray and Charlotte Snedeker.

Current Bid: $150


 Item 8 –A pair of “Wave Hill” chairs
Crafted by Ray Snedeker
Valued at:  $300 for the pair
Wave Hill chairs are based on a design by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1918—the originals are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The minimalist chair is simple but very architectural and is noted for its comfort. Ray has created two chairs in the Wave Hill style and has finished them with a muted green paint—perfect for your porch, deck, garden, or beside the campfire. But be sure to place them where you can see them—they are pieces of sculpture as well as useful objects!
Donated by Ray and Charlotte Snedeker, wood donated by Record Lumber.
Current Bid: $300

 Item 9 — Purple amethyst  from Creasers Jewelers
Valued at: $525
This 5.3 carat amethyst was part of the famous 4th of July Discovery!  Dennis Creaser cut the stunning purple amethyst in a pear shape with many light-catching facets. The gem  is ready for mounting—you can choose to set it in ring or mount it in a necklace. You can treasure a striking piece of Maine for generations to come.  (Please note that the setting for this gem is NOT included in the bid price.)
Donated by Julie and Dennis Creaser.
Current Bid: $350

Thank you for your generosity!

2 thoughts on “2018 Catalog

  1. What wonderful choices…and for a wonderful cause! Here’s to today, tomorrow, and the future of McLaughlin Garden, the proposed master plan and maintaining this oasis in the midst of life’s frenetic pace!

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