“Even though I put myself into a situation at CA where I was pushed against the ropes academically, I had the genuine love and support of teachers who gave me two things I never would have found myself: the passion and the confidence to learn.” Brandon Biaterana '07
March 2011 Dear Friends of Concord Academy, We are very excited about this year’s Benefit for Financial Aid on Saturday, April 2. The event has already received tremendous support from the CA community and area businesses through dozens of one-of-a-kind donations, direct financial contributions, and the time and talent of a small army of volunteers. We hope that you’ll be able to join us and the many other CA supporters for a fun and memorable evening that will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, raffle, dinner, live auction, and entertainment by our own CA students. We hope you enjoy previewing the items on the following pages. You can use this book to choose the items that interest you and then plan your bids accordingly. If you’d like to attend and have not replied yet, please RSVP, either by responding to your email invitation or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re unable to attend, you can still participate by purchasing raffle tickets at www.concordacademy.org and/or by bidding on items by proxy. Just email email@example.com or fax your Proxy Bid Form to (978) 402-2210 by 2:00 p.m. EDT on April 1. We will assign a proxy bidder to represent you on the night of the auction. You could help change a young person’s life by contributing to the Benefit. The proceeds from this event directly contribute to scholarship awards for Concord Academy students in need. Twentyfive percent of students at Concord Academy receive financial aid, and for Brandon Biaterana and many others, their lives are transformed by this opportunity. Strengthening financial aid enriches the learning experience for all our students and faculty. We are grateful for your commitment to CA’s financial aid program, and we hope to see you on April 2! Sincerely,
Karen Manor Metzold P’11
Susan Miller P’08,’12
Lucinda Wright P’11
Concord Academy Parents Benefit for Financial Aid Saturday, April 2, 2011
Transforming Lives CA Parents is delighted to welcome you to our spring benefit. This year we come together to help raise money for financial aid and to celebrate how the faculty and staff are truly transforming lives by educating our students. The funds raised at this event will help to enroll highly qualified students who would not otherwise be able to attend CA and thus help the school maintain its commitment to diversity and excellence. On the following pages you will find a preview of the auction items sure to please every interest and pocketbook. Please study this catalog and get ready to place your bids!
RSVP CA Parents requests the pleasure of your company to support and steer the financial aid program to new heights. We encourage you to RSVP now if you haven’t already done so. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Us from Afar If you can’t join us, we will miss you, but you can still participate by purchasing raffle tickets at www.concordacademy.org/parents/raffle or by bidding on the item of your choice by calling Carol Antos at (978) 402-2245 or by faxing your Proxy Bid Form to (978) 402-2210 by 2:00 p.m. EDT on April 1, 2011. We will assign a proxy bidder to bid on your behalf on the night of the auction, up to a prearranged top bid. Winning bidders will be notified by phone.
Program of Events 6:00 p.m.
Reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages Silent Auction: Over 100 items are waiting for your written bid! Raffle Tickets Available: Five terrific prizes, take your pick!
Dinner Live Auction: Enjoy fast-paced bidding for a few select items Fund-a-Future and Door Prize Drawing: Please consider a pledge to Concord Academy’s financial aid program. Every donation helps to support our goal of transforming lives. Coffee and Dessert Raffle Winners Announced
Entertainment provided throughout the evening by CA Student and Faculty Musicians
Door Prize Drawing Concord Academy is a school that can change lives—but each year there are many qualified students who miss out on this amazing opportunity because of a lack of funds. The Benefit for Financial Aid is dedicated to raising funds for the financial aid program and affirming our CA community. You can make a difference—and you can help CA change a student’s life. Support Concord Academy’s financial aid program by making a direct donation to Fund-a-Future. Every penny raised goes directly to the financial aid program, which enables CA to open its doors wider to deserving students. Community support of this program helps facilitate our shared commitment to economic diversity. How Can I Contribute? At the dinner, you will find a Fund-a-Future and Door Prize form on your table. • You are invited to use the Fund-a-Future and Door Prize form to make a direct contribution to the financial aid program. • This form also allows everyone to enter the drawing for our fantastic door prize. Simply fill out the form to have a chance to win! (You are not required to make a donation to participate in the door prize drawing.) Thank you very much for your help and for your support of CA’s financial aid program!
Raffle We are offering five fabulous prizes this year! Tickets are $10 each and buyers receive one free raffle ticket with each purchase of ten tickets. Purchase your tickets for any or all of the items listed on the next page; winners will be announced at the end of the evening on April 2, 2011. You do not have to be present to win, so enter often, and encourage your friends and relatives to participate, too! Tickets can be purchased on the CA Web site until midnight EST, March 31, 2011 at www.concordacademy.org/parents/raffle.aspx. Raffle tickets may also be purchased at the event. Purchase as many tickets as you’d like! All proceeds benefit CA’s financial aid program.
Vacation in Paris Apartment for One Week Savor the sights, sounds, and flavors of Paris from your bright, airy one-bedroom apartment (sleeps four). With Notre Dame Cathedral around the corner and the winding cobblestone streets of the Left Bank as your playground, this lovely light-filled luxury flat is the perfect locale for an idyllic Parisian holiday. Stroll along the banks of the Seine (one block away), climb La Tour Eiffel, or discover the impressionist art of the Musce d'Orsay. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax in your spacious rooms in the heart of the City of Light with all modern amenities including Wi-Fi. You may choose to explore the gastronomic delights of one of the famous street cafcs or enjoy a quiet dinner that you've prepared in the newly renovated kitchen. Bonne chance! (To be scheduled for a mutually convenient date.) Donor: CA Parents Enis and Joan Konuk Estimated Value:$2000
Wine and Dine at The Four Columns Inn Experience the charms of a Vermont village inn, the pleasures of a restful guestroom, and the enticing aromas of a fantastic dinner at the legendary Four Columns Inn, tucked away on the tranquil and historic village green of Newfane in southern Vermont. During the day, enjoy all the region has to offer year round in outdoor recreation, local heritage, handmade crafts, and scenic country lanes. Return in the evening to indulge in the exquisite cuisine and award-winning wines at the inn's James Beard- and Wine Spectator-recognized restaurant. Your package will include a two-night weekend stay in a Grand Fireplace Room, a three-course gourmet dinner for two with a bottle of wine on both evenings, and a hearty, country breakfast for two each morning. Blackout dates will occur during peak foliage season, which will be October 1, 2011 through October 23, 2011. Donor: CA Parents Bruce and Deborah Pfander Estimated Value:$900
Handmade Queen-size Chameleon's Compass Quilt "We are charting a course to our dreams, changing with each challenge and goal accomplished. Being faithful to family, friends and self, we find our true north." - Wendy Ulmer Treasure a handmade queen-size quilt (80"x86") celebrating the spirit of CA students as they navigate the future. The design features various Mariner's Compass blocks in a variety of shades of green, placed on a bright white background. The quilting is an overall free-hand pattern, and each individual compass is outlined. This quilt was designed, pieced, and quilted by Deb Boucher P '11. And, of course, no CA quilt would be complete without a chameleon, so Deb has appliqucd one on the back, embroidered with the date. (Deb's work has just been accepted into the Machine Quilters Exposition in Providence this April, a nationally known juried show. Congratulations!) Donor: CA Parents David and Deborah Boucher Estimated Value:$950
$2,000 Gift Certificate to the White Barn Inn While away the hours luxuriously at the White Barn Inn, home to a celebrated restaurant, fabulous spa, and more! A Kennebunk, Maine landmark for 150 years and part of the Relais & ChCteaux collection of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world, the White Barn Inn offers a supreme level of quality, luxury, and service. You can enjoy all that coastal Maine has to offer, from the fine shopping and art galleries in nearby Kennebunkport to the pristine beaches along the rugged rocky coastline. Encompassing two restored barns dating from the 1820s, the restaurant offers a rustic dccor and classic views. The $2,000 gift certificate is good for everything at the White Barn Inn. Donor: CA Parents Rick and Susan Walters Estimated Value:$2000
Two Tickets for Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Grab your Fenway Frank, peanuts, and Cracker Jack and cheer on the Red Sox as Manny and Johnny return to Fenway (albeit for the other team!) at the beginning of another fabulous season. You'll find answers to all your burning questions. Does the pitching rotation have the best stuff in the league? How will our new superstars--Gonzalez and Crawford--fit in with your old favorites? Can the team hit for power? Here's your chance to "root, root, root for the home team" and help them make their way back to the World Series. The game is Monday, April 11 at 7:10 p.m. against Tampa Bay. You won't want to miss it!! Donor: CA Parents Francis Craig and Soledad Valenciano Estimated Value:$200
Family Fun 101.
Peabody Essex Museum Experience Art and Culture from Around the World Traverse time, place, and culture at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum. These four tickets will allow general admission to this stunning museum that holds extensive art and artifact collections from around the world. Sit in the light-filled Atrium, have lunch outside in the Garden Restaurant, or watch the expression on a child's face as she makes a collage. Each experience is worth the trip. PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation. Expires December 31, 2013. Donor: Peabody Essex Museum Estimated Value:$60
Duck Tour Passes Passage for Two Aboard Boston's Famous Amphibious Vehicles Cruise around Boston and down the Charles River, taking in the sights of the city. Hear stories and learn little-known facts as the city unfolds before you, then splash right into the river for water views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Must be used weekdays during April, May, September, October, or November. Expires November 27, 2011. Donor: Boston Duck Tours Estimated Value:$64
JFK Presidential Library and Museum Explore the Life and Times of JFK Reacquaint yourself with our thirty-fifth President at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Relive the hope and idealism inspired by John F. Kennedy at this spectacular ten-acre location on Columbia Point. There are four coupon passes. Each pass entitles the bearer to one free admission with the purchase of one adult admission. Valid through December 31, 2013. Donor: JFK Presidential Library and Museum Estimated Value:$48
Barefoot Book Library Collection There's Always Time for Make Believe! Barefoot Books began with two mothers who wanted their children to have books that would feed the imagination, while instilling a respect for diversity and a love of the planet. Today, Barefoot Books is an independent publisher, with offices right here in Cambridge, MA, and Bath, England. They specialize in carefully crafted children's books, CDs, games, puppets, puzzles, and gifts that celebrate enduring values and inspire creativity. Choose from one of five different library collections: the Best of Barefoot Library featuring some of their best-loved stories and timeless tales; the Travel the World Library that will introduce children to a variety of cultures and ways of life; the Baby & Toddler Library for the early years; the Natural Child Library that will inspire children to care for the environment; and the Barefoot Gift Idea Library with a selection of books, puzzles, and puppets appealing to all ages. More information is available at www.barefootbooks.com. Donor: CA Parents Nancy Traversy and Martin Lueck Estimated Value:$500
Fruitlands Museums Art, History, and Nature Discover Native American and Shaker art, history, and nature all in one place at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. Besides the wonderful woodland and meadow trails for you to explore, spend time in the first Shaker Museum, with the largest archive of Harvard Shaker documents in the world. Or browse through the Native American Gallery, which houses a significant collection of artifacts that honors the spiritual presence and cultural history of the first Americans. Also, explore the Art Gallery, which contains 100 Hudson River School landscape paintings and over 230 19th century vernacular portraits, the second largest collection in the country. This is a one-year household membership that accommodates four people. Donor: Fruitlands Museums Estimated Value:$70
New England Aquarium Under the Deep Blue Sea Travel all the world's oceans as you view up-close the sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, moray eels, and hundreds of smaller exotic tropical fish in the 200,000 gallon tank at the center of the New England Aquarium, featuring over 3,000 corals and sponges. The two passes are valid through December 2011; not valid for the IMAX theatre. Donor: New England Aquarium Estimated Value:$44
Worcester Art Museum For the Benefit of All the People Celebrate the arts at the world-renowned Worcester Art Museum with a one-year household membership. As a member of the Worcester Art Museum, you join interesting and inquisitive people who enjoy benefits including free admission, invitations to special events, discounts to The Museum Shop, and savings on studio and art history classes. Visitors can stroll the many galleries and magnificent courts to discover a diverse world of art and ideas. Enhance your Museum experience by joining a tour, lecture, gallery talk, concert, performance, family day, party, or other event offered throughout the year. Donor: Worcester Art Museum Estimated Value:$80
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Welcome Spring by Enjoying the Sculpture Park Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, located in Lincoln, features unique indoor and outdoor venues, allowing visitors to celebrate and explore contemporary sculpture and art across thirty-five acres. Outside, deCordova's Sculpture Park hosts more than sixty works at any time, and is open from dawn to dusk 365 days of the year. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming. DeCordova is committed to exhibiting high-quality, accessible art of nationally and internationally recognized artists, while also maintaining a strong relationship with established and emerging New England artists. Audiences of all ages and backgrounds can view, discover, and learn about modern and contemporary art through deCordova's exhibitions, programs, interactive tours and activities, classes, talks, and events. Two guests passes admit up to four people to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.Valid through March 31, 2012. Void for special programs and events. Donor: deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Estimated Value:$48
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum An Intimate and Culturally Rich Treasure Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. This preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books, and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler, and Sargent. Unlimited one year membership for two adults. (Children under 18 are admitted for free.) Membership includes invitations to members-only exhibitions, previews and special events, special member prices for concerts and lectures, and a 10% discount in the gift shop. Valid for one year. Expires April 2, 2012. Donor: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Estimated Value:$85
Davis Farmland or Davis Mega Maze #1 New England's Largest Maze Try to solve New England's most complex adventure corn maze at Davis Mega Maze. Since 1998, this three-dimensional, eight-acre corn maze has been designed by Adrian Fisher, the world's leading maze designer, who has been confusing guests with his masterful themes such as dinosaurs or superheroes. Find your way through the twists and turns of corn and sorghum. Or, explore Davis Farmland, an adventure for any age. Become a junior farmer for a day, take a pony ride, play in the pretend houses, or have a bubbly kiddy carwash. The day belongs to your family at Davis Farmland. The pass is good for up to four guests. Expires the last day of operation of 2011. Donor: Davis' Farmland Estimated Value:$80
Davis Farmland or Davis Mega Maze #2 Same as #110 above. Donor: Davis' Farmland Estimated Value:$80
Faculty Dinner Donation
Fund a Future
Financial Aid Program
Home and Garden 201.
Barrow Bookstore Give the Gift of Reading Give yourself or someone you love a $20 gift certificate to a Concord institution: the timeless Barrow Bookstore. Who doesn't love to browse the stacks of used books, searching for the perfect volume, whether it's a book for the beach or a tome of historical significance? There is something here for everyone in every category and genre. Put down that Kindle and pick up a real read! Donor: Barrow Bookstore Estimated Value:$20
Private Shopping Party at Lyn Evans for Potpourri Designs Invite Your Friends, Have a Spree Treat yourself and your friends to a private shopping party at Lyn Evans for Potpourri Designs. Take advantage of the store's 32 years of experience in wardrobing women and the staff's friendly expertise. Update your look, find new things for spring, and enjoy a relaxing, fun time. Includes a $100 gift certificate, discount shopping for guests, wine and cheese, and a bonus gift of a bag by Longchamp. Donor: Lyn Evans of Potpourri Designs Estimated Value:$250
Garden in the Woods Stroll, Rejuvenate, Learn, Get Inspired Escape to the beauty of intrigue that New England's premier wildflower garden offers. Stroll along the paths of this living museum in Framingham that features more than 1,000 New England plant species, and many rare and endangered native plant species. Get ideas for your own landscape and maybe even find just the right plants to enhance your own garden. Valid April 15, 2011 through October 31, 2011. Open Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Donor: New England Wild Flower Society Estimated Value:$40
Glorious Daffodils First Color of Spring Sit back this fall and watch the dirt fly and your landscape fill in as 250 daffodil bulbs are planted at your home. Then delight next spring as your landscape bursts with the color that these early season flowers display. Valid within the greater Boston area during October or November 2011, as the bulbs must be planted in the late fall. Accommodates one house or area. Donor: CA Parents Jim and Joy Murray Estimated Value:$300
Electronic Roland Drum System Got Rhythm? Rediscover your inner Keith Moon (or Gene Krupa) with this Roland drum system. The nearly new set includes mesh snare, bass, toms, and cymbals along with the Model TD-6V percussion sound module, drum stand, and a Pearl P-120 drum pedal. A compact kit that offers the latest in electronic drum technology. Donor: CA Parents Karim and Charlotte Sahyoun Estimated Value:$1500
Boston Red Sox Team Gas Grill Want Major League Barbecue? Then cook like a pro with this all-star gas grill, embellished with Red Sox team colors and logo in triple-fired porcelain enamel. Send your ineffective charcoal-burner back to the farm team and say hello to the big show. Features three stainless steel burners, an infrared searing burner, porcelain-coated cooking grates and flame tamers, and push-and-turn ignition. Grill comes assembled and available for pick-up in Concord or Acton. Dimensions: 49" high, 56" wide, 25" deep. Weighs 165 lbs. LP fuel tank is not included. For more information go to: http://store.teamgrill.com/Team-Grill-Patio-Series-ALL-STAR--Boston-Red-Sox_p_152.html Donor: CA Parents Eric and Denise Haartz Estimated Value:$900
Flower Arrangements for Your Home Bring a Smile to Your Face as You Return Home Every Day Let us design and plant a colorful arrangement for your container and two window boxes for your first floor, or two containers and an indoor flower arrangement. Valid within the greater Boston area for the 2011 growing season. Containers 18-24 inches in diameter. Three weeks advance notice please. Donor: CA Parent Debra Dellanina-Alvarez Donor: CA Parents Jeffrey Briggs'80 and Charlene Briggs Estimated Value:$160
Alden Landscape Design Consultation Four Hours of Inspiration and Ideas After the winter we've had, who isn't ready for some green? Now that the snow is gone, turn your attention to your garden and start imagining the possibilities. Alden Landscape Design of Lincoln is ready to help with solutions that combine the elegant simplicity of design with the ease of maintenance. Their process blends listening to your needs and observing the needs of the land, focusing on a harmonious landscape that fits your lifestyle and creates an enduring legacy. Four hours of talking, sketching, and designing will give you ideas, recommendations, and plans for moving forward. If you're interested in a drawing or follow-through on construction, they can continue to work with you to completion and even maintenance. View previous projects at www.aldenlandscape.com. Donor: Alden Landscape Design Estimated Value:$400
Cutco Appetizer Knife Set The World's Finest Cutlery Prep veggies and cut cheese with ease with this Santoku-Style Appetizer Set. The set includes one Santoku-style trimmer and one Santoku-style cheese knife, both with Micro-D and Double D edges that will cut smoothly and stay sharp for years. Donor: CA Parents Benjamin and Lexi Hoffman Estimated Value:$50
Cuisinart Smart Stick One Incredibly Useful Tool! The versatile stick design of this Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender will allow you to blend ingredients right in pots, pitchers, bowls, or the clear plastic beaker that's included. A powerful 200-watt motor operates with an easy one-touch control. Blends drinks, purces soup, mixes pancake and crdpe batters in seconds! Both stainless steel blending shaft and beaker are dishwasher-safe. Once you try this, you will wonder how you ever survived without it! Donor: CA Alumni Parent and Staff Carol Antos Estimated Value:$30
Kindle 3G Three Thousand Books in Your Coat Pocket According to PC Magazine, the new Kindle 3G is "the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy." Amazon's number-one best-selling item now comes with free 3G and Wi-Fi, and the six-inch display with new E-Ink Pearl technology is easier to read than ever before, even in bright sunlight. It's no mystery why this novel device has sparked a true-life romance with readers the world over. Comes with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration. Donor: CA Parents Michael and Chris Smith Estimated Value:$189
iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB Face It: You Want One Apple's revolutionary touch-screen tablet has been called everything from the superlative electronic category-breaker to daddy's best chance for quieting a screaming toddler. Here's your chance to enter the brave new world of apps, airplay, and Angry Birds. Never heard of Angry Birds? Raise your hand and say "iBid." Donor: CA Parents Trevor Miller and Kim Williams Estimated Value:$499
Leather Coasters No More Rings We have no toasters, posters, roasters, or boasters, but we do have these gorgeous coasters! Four beautiful, leather, painted coasters with red and gold leaf designs. Perfect when you have a lot of teenagers around! Donor: Anonymous Estimated Value:$30
Food and Dining 301.
Gourmet Dinner for Two Dining at Dalya's Let the chefs at Dalya's in Bedford heat up the kitchen with their American and Mediterranean cuisine while you enjoy a three-course dinner for two. From the regular menu, choose from appetizers such as foie gras mousse, entrees such as warm shrimp toast or Mediterranean pot roast, and desserts such as warm chocolate pecan bread pudding, or choose from their specials. Certificate may be used Monday through Friday only and does not include gratuity, tax, or beverages. Offer expires in two years. Donor: Dalya's Restaurant Estimated Value:$125
Longfellow's Wayside Inn Quintessential New England The Wayside Inn, which has been in continuous operation for nearly 300 years, has played host to Revolutionary War heroes, twentieth-century industrialists, and Henry David Thoreau's horse. Enjoy a memorable dinner or lunch for two, including appetizer, entree, and dessert, at this living museum of Yankee history. Alcohol and gratuity not included. Not valid for special events or holidays. Cannot be re-issued if lost or stolen. Donor: Longfellow's Wayside Inn Estimated Value:$70
Dinner at La Campania Ristorante A Little Bit of Italy in Waltham Whether you start off your meal with warm terrine of eggplant "fritto" or salt-encrusted whole bronzino fish and end it with a hot apple crostata, your evening is sure to leave you with memories of a great meal with this $150 gift certificate to La Campania. Making all of their pastas by hand in-house each day, La Campania also offers an expansive wine list. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Donor: CA Parents Mark and Jane Siewers Estimated Value:$150
Blue Ribbon BAR-B-Q Feedbag for Four Dinner to Go! Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q offers southern regional barbecue. The set menu includes slabs of ribs, pulled pork or pulled chicken, Jamaican jerked half chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and the best cornbread around. Grab a dinner for four at either the Arlington or West Newton locations. Don't forget the napkins! Drinks and gratuities are not included. Donor: Blue Ribbon Barbeque Estimated Value:$70
Another Blue Ribbon BAR-B-Q Feedbag for Four Dinner to Go, Again! Same as #304 above. Donor: Blue Ribbon Barbeque Estimated Value:$70
Dinner for Two at Mohegan Sun Enjoy the Buffet After You Play After a day of play at Mohegan Sun, enjoy a dinner for two at the Seasons Buffet located in the Casino of the Earth or the Sunburst Cafe located in the Casino of the Sky. Choose from an array of items including "carved steamship round or honey-baked ham, a seasonal salad bar, and selections from some of the many Mohegan Sun specialty restaurants." The dessert island is also sure to please any palate. Dinner is available Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight. You must have the original letter to redeem award. Please present it to the Player's Club booth. Donor: Mohegan Sun Estimated Value:$40
Tea from Tea Forte of Concord Experience the Art of Tea Whether you yearn for a proper cup of tea or a whole tea party, Tea Forte is the only choice. Their elegant, silken pyramid infusers are not your average tea bags. This selection contains three packages of assorted teas: Teas for the Heart (green teas in a heart shaped box), Herbal Retreat Ribbon Box, and Hamptons Ribbon Box. Three Tea Trays, small ceramic trays made for the square tea bags, complete the presentation. A local company, started right here in Concord, Tea Forte is found primarily in gourmet locations. So put on the kettle and pour a perfect cuppa. Donor: Tea Forte Estimated Value:$68
Rialto Restaurant and The Charles Hotel The Perfect Stay-cation Begin your evening with dinner for two at Rialto Restaurant. Give yourself or someone you love who loves food this $250 gift certificate to Rialto Restaurant at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Consistently awarded four stars by top food reviewers and publications, Rialto serves up carefully researched Italian regional cuisine with the freshest New England elements. The Boston Globe describes eating food by James Beard award-winning Chef/Owner Jody Adams "like stepping into a winter greenhouse just at the moment a spectacular hothouse orchid bursts into bloom, filling the senses." Take home a signed cookbook by Adams and re-create the memorable evening in your own kitchen.Then indulge in a one-night stay with complimentary breakfast for two at the incomparable Charles Hotel in Cambridge. While each room is designed to provide the comforts of home, elegance and luxury also surround you, from custom-designed down quilts to originally commissioned artwork. Each room comes with free Wi-Fi, Bose radios, LCD TV, and a DVD player, not to mention panoramic views of the Square or the Charles River. In the morning, enjoy breakfast for two at Henrietta's Table, the hotel's award-winning restaurant featuring local, organic, regional cuisine. Conveniently located in Harvard Square, the hotel is an easy walk to shops and restaurants as well as the Red Line T station and all the museums and attractions of the Harvard campus. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply. Offer is good for a standard room. Donor: CA Parents Steve and Rosemarie Johnson Donor: The Charles Hotel Estimated Value:$730
Farfalle Restaurant - Cooking Class and Wine Pairing La Cucina Dolce The cuisine found in country homes throughout Italy is rustic and incorporates the seasons and local foods into the various dishes. Learn to prepare and then enjoy a classic meal of the Italian countryside during your own Italian cooking class with wine tasting for up to eight people. In the open kitchen at Farfalle Italian Market and Cafe in Concord, your group will be guided through the preparation of crostini poscana, pancetta wrapped chicken with polenta, and jam-filled crostada. Our group will enjoy dinner along with a wine tasting with Jeffrey Nedeau, Farfalle's buyer. This class is limited to eight people on a Monday through Thursday evening, with a couple of weeks notice. Contact Gina Nasson (email@example.com or 978-369-2900) to make arrangements. Donor: Farfalle Italian Market Donor: CA Parents David and Althea Kaemmer and Family Estimated Value:$500
Traditional Scottish Dinner Auld Lang Syne Get in touch with your Scottish roots, or create some, by hosting a traditional Burns Supper at your home for eight to ten people. Dinner includes food, table flowers, and four to five people in authentic Scottish regalia who will direct the evening's festivities, including past faculty member Barbara Nicolson and husband Murray. Food includes cock-a-leekie soup, scones, Haggis, roast beef, neeps and tatties, shortbread, and Edinburgh Mist, a Scottish dessert. Also includes Scotch whiskey for toasts. Festivities include recitation of Robert Burns poetry, presentation of the Haggis, toasts, and songs. Burns supper to be scheduled on a mutually agreed date between mid-January to mid-February, 2012. You provide dishes and silverware, table linens, and beverages. Donor: CA Parents Jim and Joy Murray Estimated Value:$500
Dinner for Eight with Stephanie and Tony Manzella Experience Classic European Fare in West Concord Join Stephanie and Tony for a memorable evening as you dine your way through a four-course dinner of classic European fare. Possible choices include: onion tart with herbes de provence served with arugula salad from Stephanie's garden, osso bucco, risotto milanese, and green beans with almonds and garlic, espresso, crDme brglce, and a selection of cheeses. Each course will be served with wine from their collection of California, French, and Italian wines. Guests will also receive a flower arrangement to take home. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Donor: CA Parents and Faculty Stephanie and Tony Manzella Estimated Value:$800
Twenty-six Artisan Loaves Six Months of Best of Boston Artisan Breads From Concord's own Nashoba Brook Bakery, voted Best of Boston for bread, you'll enjoy twenty-six loaves of bakery fresh bread, one a week for six months. Try a different 100% organic bread each week: sourdough, harvest, rosemary garlic, rye, pepperjack, and more. "A book of verse upon a bough, a loaf of bread, and thou!" Use the certificate each week or forfeit that week; free loaf is limited to any of the "Daily Breads." This certificate is only good at 152 Commonwealth Avenue location in West Concord. Donor: Nashoba Brook Bakery Estimated Value:$100
Verrill Farm - BBQ for Four If it's Thursday Night, What's for Dinner? Why ask? Of course it is Verrill Farm barbecue for four! Each dinner includes a Verrill Farm pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, and coleslaw. Available hot and ready to go every Thursday night from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please call ahead to reserve your dinners. Donor: Verrill Farm Estimated Value:$34
Debra's Gourmet Gift Basket Be Healthy Just walking into Debra's Natural Gourmet store in West Concord will brighten your day and give you a smile. But if you don't have time to get there, enjoy this handmade African basket with some of Debra's favorite gourmet goodies and a copy of Debra's latest cookbook, The Blue Ribbon Edition: From Our Kitchen to Yours. Donor: Debra's Gourmet Estimated Value:$75
Lobsters from Twin Seafood Missing the Coast of Maine? If you can't get your lobsters fresh off the boat, your next best option is from Twin Seafood in West Concord. Use this gift certificate for two lobsters and feel that salt air on your skin. Don't forget the butter and the bibs! Donor: Twin Seafood Estimated Value:$30
Gift Certificate to Coach Grill #1 Fine Dining West of Route of 128 Hate the Turnpike but love wood-grilled rack of lamb? Then, with this $100 gift card, come see why the Boston Globe Magazine named the Coach Grill a top spot for late-night dining. The Coach Grill Restaurant in Wayland offers an elegant selection of choice meats, including the legendary house specialty, a fourteen-ounce bone-in filet mignon, along with fresh-off-the-boat seafood and classic desserts. Kitchen closes at 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, at 10:00 p.m. during the rest of the week. Please call 508-358-5900 for reservations. Donor: CA Parents Mark and Jane Siewers Estimated Value:$100
Gift Certificate to Coach Grill #2 Same as #316 above. Donor: CA Parents Mark and Jane Siewers Estimated Value:$100
Dinner for Eight with Chefs Max Samels '12 and Peter Laipson Feast Fit for a King...or Queen Sit back, kick up your feet, and stop watching the Food Network. You can have your own personal master chef, Max Samels '12, and his trusty sous-chef , Dean of Faculty Peter Laipson, prepare a culinary delight at your home for you and seven other guests. Let the Samels/Laipson duo shop, chop, and drop, or rather, cook and clean up, all for you! Yes, just sit back, eat, and enjoy. Well, you do have to do a bit of work. You will need to decide between the following sample menus: 1) A Greek Feast: pita and hummus, cucumber salad, leg of lamb done simply with tzatziki, falafel or spanicipota, and finishing with a flavored cheese 2) A French Table: lox verine, warm goat cheese salad or provencal root vegetable soup, chicken cordon bleu with roasted potatoes and broccoli or lobster newberg with toast points and grilled summer vegetables, and finishing with raised lemon curd in puff or phylo pastry 3) An American Harvest: artichokes and hollandaise, spinach, mushroom and goat cheese salad with warm vinaigrette, truffle raspberry pork tenderloin with risotto and asparagus, and finishing with raspberry sorbet 4) A Cosmopolitan Cornucopia: prosciutto melon mozzarella balls, garden salad, veal chops with fingerling potatoes and steamed string beans, and finishing with chocolate soufflc Donors: Max Samels '12 CA Faculty Peter Laipson CA Parents James and Eileen Samels CA Parents Peter and Betsy Dempsey Estimated Value:$500
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Limited Edition Print by Ara Hagopian Wisdom for the Ages "Wisdom," an 11" x 14" fine art print by Ara Hagopian depicts the calm understanding that comes when a person receives a range of life experiences, and then processes what he or she has learned. Wisdom is not simply the default result of diverse circumstances, rather, it's the long, smooth arc of quietly adapting oneself through each learned lesson or observed situation. Own this beautiful metallic quadtone print on Kodak paper, which is double-matted to a 24" x 28" black wood frame. It is signed, titled, and numbered edition, #1/200. Ara Hagopian is a prize-winning artist from North Chelmsford. His pen-and-ink "The Magnificent Recovery" was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction. Eighty-five of his works can be viewed at TheLiterateShow.com. Donor: Ara Hagopian and CA Staff Susan Hagopian Estimated Value:$400
Framed Maine Monotype "Trader Dick's" Kate Emlen did this 8" x 12" monotype during a residency at the Vermont Studio Center last year. It was painted onto a plexiglass plate and printed on damped BFK Rives. Because the image is transferred on an intaglio press, it is technically considered a print even though it is one of a kind. Kate is a member of Prince Street Gallery in New York. She shows at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine; the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine; the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, Maine; and Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vermont, where she is currently showing in a two-person show until May 1. She is otherwise known as Tim Chamberlin's mom, so you can find her in the directory or through her website: www.kateemlen.com. Donor: CA Parent Kate Emlen Estimated Value:$750
Wee Forest Folk Collectible - Concord Academy Special Edition Wee Forest Folk Fan? If you are, you will already know how priceless this item is! We need say no more. But if you aren't yet familiar with Wee Forest Folks, these little mice have been designed, created, and hand-painted here in Concord by the Petersen family for over 30 years. Hundreds of these little figurines are available at over 200 galleries around the world, but this piece was commissioned specifically for the 2011 CA Auction. Let the bidding begin! Donor: CA Parents Rick and Susan Walters Priceless
Porcelain Bowl from Handworks Gallery Own a Piece by Marc Matsui Chosen as one of the top twenty-five craft galleries in the U.S. by Niche Magazine for 2009, Handworks Gallery of American Crafts in Acton has donated this beautiful porcelain bowl created by Marc Matsui. Marc is best known for his simplistic, delicate hand-thrown pieces and glazing techniques that transform clay into a canvas for his brilliant colors. This beautiful bowl is both functional and decorative with a hook on the back that allows it to be hung on your wall. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. Donor: Handworks Gallery of American Crafts Estimated Value:$125
Korean Floral Prints Make Springtime Last Longer These beautiful coordinating Korean floral prints will be absolutely stunning as they grace your formal entrance or dining room walls. Measuring 12" x 15," they show delicate butterflies entranced by intricate springtime flowers. The entire scene is surrounded by exquisitely detailed flowers and vines. With these new additions to your home, you'll be able to feel the beauty and warmth of springtime throughout the year! Donor: Anonymous Estimated Value:$100
Hand-Carved Wooden Combs Own a Truly Unique Treasure Are you looking for something extraordinary to fill that special place on your wall? These four beautiful, decorative, hand-carved wooden combs are perfect. Each comb is unique and intricately carved. Two combs have a dark patina and two have a lighter patina, but they all coordinate when displayed together. Donor: Anonymous Estimated Value:$75
Pastoral Watercolor "Pasture Gate" Anne Christian Tedeschi has been working in watercolor for ten years, teaching children up to high school level at the gallery where she exhibits. She had a solo show at a gallery in Prairie du Chien, WI from March to May. Let this charming watercolor sweep you off to the countryside. This 14" x 18" framed scene depicts a pastoral hillside with a wooden fence and gate. The deep greens and golds will warm your spirit as you dream of escaping to your country cottage. Donor: CA Alumna Anne Tedeschi '52 Estimated Value:$100
Paper Flower Sculpture by Big Paper Design Brighten Your World with a Flower! This big, fun, beautiful red poppy paper sculpture has a 14" diameter flower and a 24" flexible stem. It can become a fun accessory for a teen's bedroom, a dresser top, the corner of a desk, or wherever else your heart desires. Made from fadeless, fire-retardant archival paper, its blossom will be there to bring a smile for years to come. Many thanks to Big Paper Design for providing flowers to transform the CA gym! Donor: Big Paper Design Estimated Value:$150
Handcrafted Necklace and Earring Set Always a Need for More Jewelry This beautiful necklace and earring set in the lovely colors of amethyst, violet, topaz, and gold was handcrafted by the donor. The spiral-stitched rope of colored Swarovski crystal beads is attached to an 18-inch gold-filled chain with a lobster-claw clasp. The 1-inch long drop earrings are also spiral stitched and have a gold post. This set will add elegance to anyone's style. Donor: CA Parents Kurt Therrien and Shari Kreisberg-Therrien Estimated Value:$100
Fairbank & Perry Goldsmiths Bid Farewell to Cubic Zirconia With this $150 gift certificate, introduce yourself to fine artisanal jewelry, designed and hand-crafted in Concord. The goldsmiths at Fairbank and Perry use precious metals and select gemstones to create unique pieces that radiate beauty, authenticity, and individuality. Donor: Fairbank & Perry Goldsmiths Estimated Value:$150
Pearl and Turquoise Beaded Necklace Accessories Make the Outfit Let this beautiful 18-inch, three-strand fresh water pearl, silver bead, and turquoise necklace perfect your look. Several of the turquoise stones are richly veined and give an earthy depth to the piece. Donor: Anonymous Estimated Value:$100
Hand Knit Sheep's Wool Sweater Not Available at the Mall This hand-made sheep's wool sweater is truly a work of art. It is hand knit in a Peruvian design of beautiful jewel tones, with small, brightly colored flowers and round wooden buttons. Donor: CA Parent Bozena Lato Estimated Value:$150
Expert Services 501.
Three Voice Lessons Tune Up Your Vocal Chords This is your chance! Perhaps you've always wanted to learn the finer points of singing, brush up your skills, or encourage someone you know to realize his or her own dream. Who knows where it will lead? Whether you're a novice or a regular performer, this opportunity can be tailored to your goals as you work with professional soloist and CA alumni parent Sally Sanford. Lessons for one person to be held at the instructor's home or at another location to be determined. Includes a general assessment of your range and basic techniques. Available during April, May, and June. Offer expires June 30, 2011. Please give one to two weeks notice to schedule lessons. Donor: CA Alumni Parents Sandy Smith and Sally Sanford Estimated Value:$250
Five Ultimate Washes at Concord Car Wash Riding in Style Drop off the kids then clean the Beemer, Bug, Porsche, Prius, or Harley. Well, maybe not the Harley. Treat your vehicle to the Ultimate: wash, polymer sealer, rust inhibitor, undercarriage wash, polish wax, tire shine, and Rain-X treatment. Then treat it four more times. Wash me! Donor: Concord Car Wash Estimated Value:$80
SAT Prep/Math Tutor - 3 Sessions Hone Your Skills Does your student need to do some prep work for the SAT? Or maybe your student could use a little boost in math? Never fear! These three sessions for one person are just what you need. Appointments are available after school and on weekends with two weeks advance notice required. The tutor holds a Harvard M.Ed. and teaches at the Fenn School. Donor: CA Parents Jay and Lisa Samoylenko Estimated Value:$360
Website Optimization Consultation Looking to Build the Next Huffington Post? If you don't know what Prince Harry and Christina Aguilera have in common, then bid now. Linkwell Services will review your business or personal website, then reward you with straightforward recommendations to improve your Internet presence. This four-hour search engine optimization and website review includes a one-hour meeting to discuss findings. Donor: CA Parents Donald Martin and Martha Stone-Martin Estimated Value:$300
Eight Hours of Expert Painting Want Change You Can Believe In? The design experts at Phillips Fine Paint and Wallcovering in Concord recognize that change starts at home. The choice is yours: color consultation, space planning, kitchen and bath design, window treatments, wallcoverings, fabric, or furniture. Act now and make your visions real. Please call for appointment. Once you've made your decision, CA's own Shawn Buckland will come to your home for eight hours of interior painting. You can go from wonderful Oxford White to brave Buckland Blue with a wave of your hand. Shawn is also an expert at decorative painting techniques that will enhance the space of your choosing. Offer expires April 2012. Donor: CA Alumni Parent and Staff Shawn Buckland Donor: Phillips Fine Paint and Wallcovering Estimated Value:$635
Childsplay Concert Package with Private Fiddle Lesson Discover the Wonders of String Theory Childsplay's award-winning musicians have been spreading the gospel according to fiddle music for more than twenty years. This virtuoso package includes two tickets to a Childsplay concert during their December 2011 tour; a copy of the new Childsplay Concert DVD, filmed by WGBH; and a private fiddle lesson with a member of the group. Contact the donor to arrange lesson at a mutually agreeable time and location. Donor: CA Parents Mike and Leanne McNally Estimated Value:$150
Architectural Services Consultation You Dream, They Design Is your living space feeling cramped or outdated? Thinking about an addition or renovation? Take advantage of three hours of architectural consultation from one or both of the husband and wife team of Tuck and Tuck Architects of Bolton. Specializing in "contextual New England architecture," they approach each client's needs as unique, adapting your ideas to the site and the neighboring context. Whether you are planning a new kitchen, hoping to add a master suite, or looking for direction on a new house, they provide all the advice and sketches possible during the meeting to get your project off to a good start. Limited to one project. Contact Michelle Tuck for arrangements. Donor: Tuck & Tuck Architects Estimated Value:$225
A Full Year of Laundry No More Quarters Necessary Give your CA boarding student hours more study time with one year of basic laundry service (including pressed dress shirts) for the full 2011-2012 academic year. Each week, the student's dirty clothes will be picked up in a provided bag and returned professionally cleaned a few days later. Just imagine, no more bags of dirty laundry coming home with your child at every school break! Donor: E and R Laundry and Dry Cleaners Estimated Value:$710
Graphic and Website Design Services Need a Digital Update? Always dreamed of having your own Web site? With your consultation, the donor will spend up to ten hours designing and hand coding a ten-page Web site. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Please contact the donor to arrange a mutually convenient time after June 27, 2011. Donor: CA Parents Kurt Therrien and Shari Kreisberg-Therrien Estimated Value:$250
One Week of Doggie Day Care Trust Your Pet to Auntie When you want the best for the furriest member of your family, Auntie's Pet Club is the only home away from home. Seven days or a continuous week of dog boarding ensures your dog the TLC he needs while you're away. No cages, no kennels, this is a pet hotel, and Auntie is a true dog lover. The entire first floor of her Concord home is devoted to dogs. They freely use the doggie door to go out to the large fenced-in yard surrounded by conservation land. Group play, individual time, and plenty of cuddles are part of every day. Dogs run happily to her door and come home healthy. Good until April 2, 2012. Donor: Auntie's Pet Club Estimated Value:$435
Haircuts at West Concord Barber Shop It's That Time Again Stop in for a quick cut, update to your look, or a bit of local happenings. Certificate is good for two haircuts. Donor: West Concord Barber Shop Estimated Value:$30
Team-Building Workshop from Gathering Pace Consulting Take Cooperation and Collaboration to the Next Level The ability to work well with others is not an innate gift but a learned skill. Improve your group's communication, creativity, and problem-solving capacity with this half-day workshop from the authors of The Partnering Solution. Workshop content will be customized for your company, school, church, or sports team. One to two months advance notice required. Available May through December 2011 with an expiration of December 30, 2011. Donor: CA Parents William & Jean Ronco Estimated Value:$1500
Specialty Baked Goods for Your Favorite Student Let Them Eat Cake (and Brownies, too) Nothing says "I'm thinking of you" like a generous dose of pure sugar. Treat your CA student, your college student, or your ever-lovin' self to a sweet foursome of baked confections. Choose four items from the following menu: two-layer red velvet cake (or twenty-four cupcakes) with cream cheese frosting; flourless chocolate cake; golden layer cake with marshmallow icing or buttercream frosting (chocolate, vanilla, or lemon); chocolate chip bars; classic fudgy brownies; peanut butter and chocolate bars; key lime bars; or blondies. Requires one week's notice; no expiration date; includes license to indulge. Donor: CA Parents CJ and Rachel Coppersmith Estimated Value:$100
Semester of Sweets Yummmm! Send your student four yummy care packages, two in the fall and two in the spring semester, of delicious homemade sweets delivered right to your student at Concord Academy! These mutually agreed upon treats might include homemade cookies, brownies, cakes, or other delicious items. Does your student have a favorite? Just ask! Please give at least a one-week notice for each delivery. Donor: CA Parents Stan Finkelstein and Jill Benedict Estimated Value:$100
Your Student's Personal Baker for the Year! Love, Mom and Dad At least once a month, your favorite student will know how much you love him or her when wonderful home baked goodies show up on his or her doorstep, complete with a note reminding your child that you exist. (You may even get a phone call!) Double Chocolate Brownies, Lemon Bars, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Raspberry Bars, "Toll House" Chocolate Chip, and Big Soft Sugar Cookies are just a few of the possibilities. All packages will be big enough to share with those hungry roommates. And we will even include an extra special plate at Christmas and Valentine's Day for your generous darling to present to his or her advisor or favorite teacher. Can you say Harvard? Got Food Allergies? No problem, due to extended family food allergies, we have practice accommodating peanut/tree nut, egg, or even gluten allergies, just let us know. Good for the 2011-2012 academic year. Donor: CA Parents Mark and Cheryl Hollinger Estimated Value:$275
Italian Wine Tasting Kit Attack of the Killer B's Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello. This three pack "Collector Kit" in a decorative wooden box, consists of one bottle each of 2006 Macarini, Barolo "Bricco Boschis," 2006 Produttori, Barbaresco "Torre," and 2005 Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino. Together they represent the most collected pure-varietal wines of Italy, competing with the Grand Crus of Burgundy as well as the cult favorites of California. These are Italy's greatest red wines, capable of aging over decades, attracting loads of attention, and providing aromas not found elsewhere in the world. They are among the most collectible wines of not just Italy but of wine connoisseurs everywhere. This tasting is designed to provide individual wines that exemplify their respective categories so that you can educate yourself on the key characteristics of each. As with anything wine related, they are better enjoyed in the company of others, so invite some friends over and start pulling your corks. Donor: CA Parents Peter and Ellen McCann Estimated Value:$176
Three Spanish Vive Espana! In Spain, winemakers often use the Spanish word elaborar (to elaborate) rather than fabricar (to produce/make) when describing the Spanish winemaking philosophy. This relates to the view that the winemaker acts as more of a nurturer of the grapes and wine rather than as a producer. Enjoy these two bottles of Las Rocas, 2003 Garnacha Vinas Viejas de San Alejandro, grown from the grand old vines of garnacha in the rocky mountains of Aragon. Then compare with a bottle of 2006 Spanish Palacios Petalos del Bierzo, whose vintner, Alvaro Palacios, has been named by Wine and Spirits to be one of the most influential winemakers in the world. Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$38
Four Reds Take the Challenge So you think you can tell the difference between a Pinot Noir, a Shiraz, and a Zinfandel? Well, pull out your blindfolds because now is your chance! Good luck! Try the taste test with these: one bottle of 2003 Cote Grenache Noir Domaine LaFage Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes; one bottle of Forefathers Shiraz 2001 Australia, McLaren Vale; one bottle of 2005 Hook & Ladder, Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley; and one bottle of 2005 Carlisle Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California. Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$112
Three Syrahs Que Syrah, Syrah The future is yours to see with these wonderful bottles of California Syrah. Enjoy one bottle of 2005 Box Car Syrah, one bottle 2005 Red Car Syrah (both from the Shake, Rattle and Roll Vineyard), along with one bottle Holus Bolos 2004 Syrah (fragrant with blackberry and cherry aromas) from Santa Ynez Valley. Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$68
Four Australians Down Under! In the warm, dry climates of Australia, vineyards are able to produce stunning wines that showcase their intense, unique Australian experience. You'll be saying "Crikey!" after enjoying these rare gems: a bottle of Wit's End Shiraz 2001, Australia McLaren Vale, and three bottles of wine from the Marquis Phillips Vineyard: a 2002 Sarah's Blend, a 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2002 Vintage Merlot. Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$56
Betts & Scholl Bottle it Up and Knock it Down! What a great motto for this bottle of Betts & Scholl 2005 Syrah from California! Betts & Scholl describe this wine as "itty bitty in quantity, but oh so yummy!" They believe that California's greatest strength is its unbridled opulence and cheer and is pretty much summed up in the Syrah grape. Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$50
Margerum M5 Never Tried a Margerum? This wine company produces limited quantities of wines from grapes grown from the top growers of Santa Barbara County. This 2005 bottle of Margerum M5 is a Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blend using five grape varieties. Robert Parker gives it 90 points and describes it as "a gorgeous blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Counoise. Margerum's 2005 M5 is full of fun and character. Its deep plum/ruby color and lovely sweet, smokey, black cherry and herb aromas are accompanied by a medium-bodied wine displaying deep, concentrated flavors that bring to mind an open-air Provencal market. A heck-of-a good value." Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$31
Two Californians and Two Francoises French v. Californian Resolve this conflict now! Take these four bottles home and you and your friends decide. Do you prefer the full-bodied bouquets of black cherry liqueur and licorice from these two bottles of Calvet-Thunevin, 2004 Cuvee Constance Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, or the great balance and long-lingering finish with aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and cassis from these two bottles of 2005 Green Lion Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley? Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$60
"The Prisoner" Try a Hot Wine This Summer This bottle of 2003 California Orin Swift, "The Prisoner," is a blend of five grapes, dark fruit aromas, smooth and velvety. This Napa Valley red is purported to be one the the "hottest" wines in the U.S., as David Swift has earned a reputation for "thinking outside the bottle." Don't just take his word for it, try it! Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$52
Deadheads Forever! Prefer White Wine? Here's your chance. Take home two bottles of J. Garcia 2002 Chardonnay from Sonoma County, produced and bottled by Clos Du Bois. This 2002 vintage was a winemaker's dream for white wines. Enjoy this balanced wine with fresh flavors of ripe apple, pear, pineapple, papaya, and lemon. Perfect for this summer. Donor: CA Alumni Parent Linda Lawrence Estimated Value:$28
Wine Tasting Seminar at Vino Italiano Are You Feeling a Little Lost in this Category? Never fear. Attend a wine tasting dinner for two at Vino Italiano and let them help you explore a particular vineyard and/or region of Italy complete with complementary food pairings from La Campania restaurant. "Our wine tasting seminars offer a chance to explore... this is the best way to experience Italian wine, food, and culture without being in Italy!" Please call for schedule of events. Donor: Vino Italiano Estimated Value:$110
2010 - Top Red Wine Selctions - Case #1 Selections from Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines 2010 Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines they have reviewed over the past twelve months and select the most exciting for their Top 100. In 2010 alone, they reviewed more than 15,800 new releases from around the world in blind tastings! Wine connoisseurs will immediately recognize the excellent value of this collection that contains a selection of twelve reds, two bottles each of: # 58 BODEGAS ONDARRE, Rioja Reserva 2004 (91 pts); # 50 CHATEAU DE FLAUGERGUES, Coteaux du Languedoc La Mejanelle Cuvee Sommeliere 2007 (91 pts); # 66 BODEGA COLOME, Malbec Calchaqui Valley 2008 (91 pts); # 75 A TO Z WINEWORK, Pinot Noir Oregon 2008 (90 pts); # 88 ST COSME, Cotes du Rhone 2009 (90 pts); # 25 RUFFINO, Toscana Modus 2007 (96 pts). Donor: CA Parents Jonathan and Tracey Hurd Estimated Value:$266
2010 - Top Red Wines - Case #2 Selections from Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines 2010 Expand your wine collection with this spectacular collection of reds. Each bottle scored 90 points or higher, and yes, those Ruffinos scored an amazing 96! Wine connoisseurs will immediately recognize the excellent value of this collection that contains a selection of twelve reds, two bottles each of: # 38 HIJOS DE ANTONIO BARCELO, Ribera del Duero Vina Mayor Reserva 2004 (93 pts); # 85 CHATEAU DE LASCAUX, Coteaux du Languedoc 2008 (91 pts); # 87 VERAMONTE, Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Ritual 2008 (90 pts); # 90 BODEGA NORTON, Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2007 (90 pts); # 65 MARCHESI DE FRESCOBALDI, Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva 2007 (91 pts); # 25 RUFFINO, Toscana Modus 2007 (96 pts). Donor: CA Parents Jonathan and Tracey Hurd Estimated Value:$272
Case of Red and White Wine Bottles of Red, Bottles of White Enjoy a case of red and white wine selected with care from the unusual offerings at Vintages, Adventures in Wine in West Concord, specializing in artisan wines, Italian wines, and grower-maker champagnes. This case of wine is a mix of reds and whites, half Californian and half international. Donor: CA Parents CJ and Rachel Coppersmith Estimated Value:$125
Wine Tasting Evening with West Concord Liquors Are You Ready for a Tasting? Join West Concord Liquors for a fun, interactive, and informative wine tasting event featuring an array of unique wines from around the world. This private event is for you and ten of your friends (total twelve) to be held at the new Taste and Discover Room at the remodeled West Concord Liquors. A wine tasting is a great conversational piece and really can bring a group together, whether it's with your friends, family, or coworkers. All of the wine is provided by West Concord Liquors. Chris Saia, one of the owners, will pour the wines and guide the group through the art of tasting and the significance of each wine. The guests will learn about the five "S's" of tasting: See, Swirl, Sniff, Savor, and Swallow. Also covered are the principle characteristics of each wine, as well as foods that pair well with the wine. We can tailor the tasting to suit guests with any level of wine knowledge. A theme or a type of wine can be requested. Chris will handle all the details and help to create an entertaining and memorable evening. The tasting can be scheduled for an evening (including Saturdays) for any mutually agreed upon date during 2011-2012. Blackout dates for the event are the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, December, and July 2011. Donor: West Concord Liquors Estimated Value:$400
Golf for Three at Brae Burn Country Club A Classic Round of Golf Imagine yourself walking the fairways where the legendary Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones recorded some of their greatest victories. You and two appreciative friends will enjoy Donald Ross's 18-hole course, an inspired layout that has been little altered since 1928. Available weekdays or weekend afternoons all summer. Please allow two to three weeks notice for tee times. Donor: CA Parents Joshua and Jennifer Davis Estimated Value:$300
Charles River Canoe & Kayak Paddle the Day Away Take a trip down the Charles River in a canoe, kayak, or double kayak. Or spend the afternoon on Lake Cochituate. Bring your own picnic and climb aboard at any one of the three locations: Boston, Natick, or Newton. Spend a delightful afternoon paddling and enjoy a taste of New England's beauty close to home. Donor: Charles River Canoe & Kayak Estimated Value:$80
Burritos and Bowling Candlepin Blowout Make the winning bid for these three gift certificates from Lanes & Games in Cambridge, each good for three games of bowling, and you can take your entire rugby team to the lanes. Or the starting line-up of the Boston Red Sox. Or better yet, invite the sitting members of the U.S. Supreme Court to a spirited session of striking verdicts and split decisions. All justices not necessarily included with this offer; Antonin Scalia available by prior commitment only. Of course, if they are not available for this fun-filled evening, there are bound to be a few willing CA students available. After bowling, take the entire team to Annas Taqueria to celebrate. Rated one of Boston's ten most influential restaurants, and a CA student long-time favorite, you won't find better Mexican street food at a more reasonable price anywhere in the Boston area (www.annastaqueria.com). Donor: Anna's Taqueria Donor: Lanes & Games Estimated Value:$75
Deutsche Bank Golf Championship A Labor Day Week to Remember Spend Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5 at New England's premier PGA tour event held at the Arnold Palmer-designed course at the Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton. The world's top 100 professional golfers will compete for the FedEx Cup and for the $10 million first prize. This package includes two competition-round booklets good for two tickets for Friday through Monday of the 2011 Deutsche Bank Golf Championship. Donor: Deutsche Bank Golf Championship Estimated Value:$350
Three Tickets to the Pavilion Club at Fenway Park Hot Seats over the Hot Corner This spring Red Sox stalwart Kevin Youkilis makes the trek across the diamond from first base to the hot corner. Now you, along with two of your favorite friends, can join him for one spectacular game of your choice. (Not valid for New York Yankee games.) Cheer on newcomers Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez from Pavilion Club seats above third base. Expectations top the charts this season, and your spirits will soar to that same high level when you take in the view. Includes in-seat service, access to the club dining room, and a parking pass. Contact the donor before May 1 to make arrangements. Donor: CA Parents Paul Deninger and Lori Colella Deninger Estimated Value:$550
Tickets for the Boston Red Sox Great Seats, Great Game Although we don't know the date of the game yet, these four tickets are guaranteed to deliver! You'll have a great view from the State Street Pavilion box, section 4, row 1, seats 1-4. Go Sox!! Donor: Cambridge Trust Company
Autographed Red Sox Baseball Workingman's Hero After signing a five-year contract worth only slightly less than the gross national product of the Falkland Islands, John Lackey struggled through an uncharacteristically erratic season, posting fourteen wins and eleven losses. However, he did manage to lead the Red Sox in two lunch-bucket categories: quality starts and innings pitched. With this inspirational souvenir of the team's unquestioned workhorse on your desktop, you'll soon be leading the office in all the right stats. Donor: Boston Red Sox Estimated Value:$125
Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Take Me Out to the Ballgame Enjoy these four Red Sox tickets to the July 8, 2011 game versus the Baltimore Orioles. Seats are in a great location on the third base line. Tickets will be delivered in early April. Donor: CA Parents Steve and Rosemarie Johnson Estimated Value:$540
Complete Fitness Package Just Do It! Get a jump on your spring fitness goals with this complete fitness package that includes a one-on-one fitness consultation, ten intimate group workout classes at Pedal and Pose, a Polar heart rate monitor, a water bottle, fitness magazine, and energy bars and snacks to keep you going. Pedal and Pose is a friendly, supportive fitness studio in West Concord that offers a great variety of classes including Spinning, Boxing, Body Pump, TRX, Boot Camp, and more. Start off with a consultation with Norah or one of the other personal trainers to establish your fitness goals. Then choose among the many offerings for your ten classes using an easy online registration. Discover a new, healthier you! Donor: CA Parents David and Althea Kaemmer and Family Donor: Pedal and Pose Estimated Value:$350
Customized Bike Fitting FitLab Personalized Bicycle Fitting at ATA Cycle Increase your cycling enjoyment with a personalized bicycle fitting from ATA Cycle in Concord. Husam Sahin at ATA does custom fitting for elite cyclists from around the world, and his equipment and know-how are right here in Concord! Even for a weekend cyclist who already has a bike, Husam's careful fitting will allow you to ride with more comfort, more power, and less pain. ATA Cycle guarantees a perfect fit between rider and bike whether you bring in your existing machine or purchase a new one. A perfect fit occurs when your weight is properly distributed on the bike fore and aft; the contact points of feet, saddle, and hands are in the correct relationship; and your cleats are positioned so that you are capable of developing maximum power with maximum comfort and optimal handling. More information is available at www.atabike.com Donor: ATA Cycle in Concord Estimated Value:$150
Community Boating Sail Away The mission of Community Boating, Inc., is the advancement of sailing for all by minimizing economic and physical obstacles to sailing. In addition, CBI enhances the greater Boston community by using sailing as a vehicle to empower its members to develop independence and self-confidence, improve communication, foster teamwork, and acquire a deeper understanding of community spirit and the power of volunteerism. For years, Concord Academy sailing teams have plied the Charles River from their boathouse. This gift certificate entitles the bearer to a sixty-day consecutive day membership of sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing, as well as all instruction and guest privileges. This certificate is valid from April 1 to October 31, 2011. For more information, visit www.community-boating.org. Donor: Community Boating, Inc. Estimated Value:$185
Fitness on the Fly - Personal Training Sessions Get in Shape and Stick to Your Fitness Goals! Work out with these three one-hour personal training sessions in your home. Cassie Shaw will take you through the paces. Cassie is a certified personal trainer with four years of experience. These sessions are available after June 1, 2011 and are good for one year. Donor: Fitness on the Fly Estimated Value:$150
Golf for Three at the Weston Country Club Hole in One? You and two friends can join member Ann Jacobs for a round of golf at the Weston Country Club. Develop your proper golf swing, practice your putts, or go for that monster drive. The choice is yours! Time and date to be mutually agreed upon. Donor: CA Parents John and Ann Jacobs Estimated Value:$600
Tennis for Three at the Longwood Cricket Club Tennis Anyone? Take on Wellesley College's women's varsity tennis coach, Ann Jacobs, for a doubles match at the Longwood Cricket Club. You and two of your friends will benefit from Ann's coaching experience while enjoying the courts at this Chestnut Hill long-standing club, which has played a pioneering role in the evolution of tennis. Time and date to be mutually agreed upon. Donor: CA Parents John and Ann Jacobs Estimated Value:$300
Autographed Red Sox Home Jersey, #15, Dustin Pedroia He'd Give You the Shirt Off His Back! He is the tenth player in the history of the Red Sox to capture the AL MVP and the eighth player in AL history to win the MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger awards in the same season. Pedroia became only the third player in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive seasons joining Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ryan Howard. You call yourself a Red Sox fan? You need this. Donor: Boston Red Sox Estimated Value:$375
Lift Tickets, Rentals, and a Private Skybox Wachusett Mountain Come and Enjoy the Day or the Evening at Wachusett Mountain! Wachusett has received over six million inches of snow this winter (that's an "estimate" based on how much shoveling we've had to do!) and what better way to celebrate the snow than by hosting a great day or evening of skiing at a local big mountain resort? Twenty-one trails, seven lifts, a full service lodge with restaurant and bar await you only forty minutes from home. Hit the slopes for some leisurely cruising or channel your inner Lindsey Vonn at the home of New England's biggest recreational racing program. Includes six lift tickets, six equipment rentals, and use of a private Mountain Suite, your skybox on the slopes, for an evening session. This package includes the use of one private Mountain Sky Box ($350 value), six lift tickets ($350 value), and six rentals, if needed ($250 value). Valid through April 1, 2012. Day session suite rental is available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekdays and night sessions are available every night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food and beverage service is available, but is not included in this package. Sky Boxes are subject to availability, and reservations are required. Donor: Wachusett Mountain Estimated Value:$950
Two Bruins Tickets for April 6 Go Bruins! Every game down the stretch becomes more important as Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and the Boston Bruins jostle for one of the top spots in the Eastern Conference and head into the playoffs on their quest for the Stanley Cup. This pair of Bruins tickets is for their next-to-last home game on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 vs. the New York Islanders. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. Seats are in the Heineken Boardroom, a private club with two levels that has a bar and food on each level and an unlimited dinner buffet. As a Premium ticket holder, you can enter the TD Garden when it opens two hours before the event and before the regular crowd. Donor: CA Parent Fran Brown Estimated Value:$800
Two Bruins Tickets for April 9 Crashing the Net Now's your chance to get a pair of tickets to the Bruins last home game on Saturday, April 9, 2011 vs. the Ottawa Senators. This game will be critical as the Bruins close out their season and jockey for one of the top spots in the Eastern Conference as they head to the playoffs. If Tim Thomas is in net, could it be another shutout?!? Face-off is at 1:00 p.m. Seats are in the Heineken Boardroom and include an unlimited dinner buffet. The Boardroom is a private club with two levels, each with a bar and food. As a Premium ticket holder, you can enter when the TD Garden opens two hours before the event and before the regular crowd. Donor: CA Parent Fran Brown Estimated Value:$800
Flyfishing Lessons Ready to De-stress? In 1653 Izaac Walton described fly-fishing as "The Contemplative Man's Recreation." Today the sport lures both men and women, who travel the world in pursuit of those elusive gamefish. Join one of these well-traveled anglers for two fly-fishing lessons at a mutually agreed upon location and time. Learn ways to perfect your casting technique or simply how to get the line unstuck from that tree behind you. Fishing equipment, waders, and lunch will be provided. Donor: CA Parent Jeff Briggs '80 Estimated Value:$200
Personal Training with Anita Bunn Get Fit You know you need it. These three one-hour sessions at your home will include a fitness assessment and three personalized workouts. Taking it to the next level will be up to you. Anita Bunn teaches Boot Camp and Pilates through the Concord Recreation Department. She is NSCA and TRX Certified and professionally trained in Stott Pilates. Donor: Anita Bunn Estimated Value:$150
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Host your Own "Transcendentalist Salon" Host Your Own Salon In the 1800s Margaret Fuller, a feminine counterpart (or at least contemporary) to Thoreau, attempted to bring women more fully into the life of Transcendentalism. She started up transcendentalist salons in Boston, where people drank tea or sherry and talked about the issues of the day. Scholar and Concord resident and minister, the Reverend Jenny Rankin will help you host a salon in your own home. Reflecting on her trips to France and Italy re-tracing the steps of Margaret Fuller, as well as other scholarship, she will engage a group in an overview of women and Transcendentalism and help lead a discussion of the relevance of this to current Concord life. A reading and handout with recommended Transcendentalist resources, sherry or iced tea, and a tray of homemade teacakes will be provided for the gathering. The lucky bidder can invite up to fourteen guests to this very special, very Concord offering that will last around two hours. Salon to be held at a mutually convenient date in fall 2011. Donor: CA Parents Jonathan and Tracey Hurd Donor: Rev. Jenny Rankin Estimated Value:$200
Lakefront Getaway for Three Nights Three Nights at Lakehouse Haven in Madison, NH Escape to this delightful lakefront home on one of New Hampshire's motorcraft-free lakes. Designed by an architect so all four bedrooms face the lake, the house has a huge great room with gas fireplace, a separate rec room, a high-end kitchen, two-and-a-half baths, quality furnishings, and all the amenities including Wi-Fi. Add to that a patio with a fire pit, a private dock, and two kayaks. If you need a break from all the serenity, North Conway is nearby, offering outlets, entertainment, and restaurants galore. Outdoor recreation surrounds you in the majestic White Mountains. See website for property details and photos: www.vrbo.com/303225. Accommodates ten people, and is well-suited to two families. Available non-holiday weekends; not available in July or August; not available Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. Sixty days notice required. Donor: CA Parents Betsy Ginsberg & Larry Sodano Estimated Value:$900
Tour of Antique Car Collection What Kind of Car is That? Join CA Parents Eric and Denise Haartz on a tour of their private antique car collection. The car models range from 1905 to 1933. Several Massachusetts cars will be on display including a 1914 20 HP Stanley Steamer built in Newton (only known existing car of its year and model), a 1911 Knox Model R (only original car of its type) built in Springfield, and a 1912 Metz built in Waltham. You can also see a 1912 Model 43 Buick that appeared in the 1963 movie The Cardinal. Another special antique is the 1907 Model D Buick, which was made with a "T" head engine and is one of three ever built. Lurking in the garage are two classic era cars: a 1930 Packard Model 740 Phaeton and a 1933 Packard Super 8 Convertible Victoria. Following the tour, the Haartz invite you and up to three people to join them for ice cream, which may include a ride in one of the antique cars, depending on the weather. Subject to operability and mutually agreeable timing after April. Donor: CA Parents Eric and Denise Haartz Estimated Value:$100
Vermont Vacation Stay in Lovely Vermont Vacation Home Spend a week just south of scenic Woodstock, VT in this lovely antique Cape. Sleeps eight in the main house and and two in the pond house (no water). Enjoy fine shopping, dining, and strolling in Woodstock. Featuring a swimming pond, hiking trails, and mountain biking, this house is twenty-five minutes from the Okemo and Killington areas in the Green Mountains. Horse association trails abound; horses are welcome by prearrangement. "You and I and moonlight in Vermont!" No pets and no smoking, please. Available any week during the month of August 2011. Please set date by July 1, 2011. Donor: CA Parents David and Brooke James Estimated Value:$2500
New Repertory Theatre Production of Passing Strange Broadway Comes to Watertown If you didn't catch the Tony-award winning production of Passing Strange on Broadway (or Spike Lee's 2009 documentary), then don't miss this rock-musical odyssey at the New Rep. Hilton Als of The New Yorker called it "a brilliant work." Available May 1-22, 2011. Present completed ticket voucher in exchange for your ticket. Not valid for any other production, for Saturday evenings, or for Press Opening. No cash value. Expires May 22, 2011. Requires three days advanced notice. Donor: New Repertory Theatre Estimated Value:$100
Two Night Stay at the Boston Park Plaza A Weekend to Remember If you know Boston, then you know the Park Plaza's eighty-three-year history of comfortable elegance. Back in the day, a room for two commanded the egalitarian price of $5.00 per night. Those days are gone, people. But you can still enjoy two nights of impeccable lodging, with dinner for two at the innovative Pairings restaurant, if you bid now and bid big. Room reservations subject to hotel availability; additional reservations recommended for Pairings. Donor: The Boston Park Plaza Estimated Value:$800
Winter or Summer Season Accommodations at Jay Peak Resort Vermont is Wonderful Anytime of the Year Bring family and friends to enjoy ski-in, ski-out accommodations at Jay Peak Resort located in northern Vermont just a few miles from the Canadian border. Jay Peak is known for the most snowfall in eastern North America with terrific glade skiing/riding. The condo is located right on the Grammy Jay trail and includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two full kitchens and dining areas, two living areas, gas fireplace, and washer/dryer. If you pull out the sofas, twelve can sleep comfortably. When you're not on the mountain or relaxing in the condo, skate in Jay's newly opened indoor Ice Haus or cross country ski on the groomed Nordic trails. The Tram Haus Lodge offers options for dining and a spa. If you're not a skier, visit in the warmer months to take in 18-holes on the Jay Peak Championship Golf Course designed by renowned golf architect Graham Greene (with truly beautiful surrounding landscapes), hike the mountain, sightsee at nearby Lake Memphremagog, or take a two-hour drive to Montreal. An indoor water park is scheduled to open December 2011. Check out www.jaypeakresort.com for photos and more information. Not available December 17, 2011 - January 2, 2012; January 13-16, 2012; February 17-26, 2012. Sixty-day advance notice. Please use by end of 2012. "Winter" season stay (three nights) includes November, December, January, February, March, and April. "Summer" season stay (seven nights) includes May through October. Contact Karen Metzold for more information. Donor: CA Parents Thomas Metzold and Karen Manor Metzold Estimated Value:$2000
Home in the Hamptons A Private Residence Reserved for You Spend a luxurious long weekend in the seaside resort and summer colony of East Hampton, home of art and cultural legends as well as the rich and famous. This bright, spacious residence sits on an acre of land away from the crowds yet convenient to beach and town. With four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a large living room with a grand piano, dining room, full eat-in kitchen, and den with a widescreen TV, the house easily accommodates a large party. Enjoy the privacy of the heated pool, two porches, and yard, or venture further afield, walking or biking a short mile to beaches considered the finest in the country (parking can be arranged). Watch sailboats and surfers, then take a dip in the waves yourself or picnic by Georgica Pond, a separate body of water divided from the ocean by a strip of beach-perfect for easy swimming and families with young children. For more entertainment, enjoy the area's fine restaurants or visit Jackson Pollack's studio to learn about the abstract expressionists and other artists who joined him here beginning in the 1940s. The house is a five-hour trip from Concord using the Cross-Sound Ferry. It accommodates six people in four bedrooms, with pull-out sofas for three more, and air mattresses for another two or three guests. Available for a four-day, three-night weekend mutually agreed upon. Without the pool during April and October. Not available during Thanksgiving or winter breaks. If desired during the summer, the weekend should be agreed upon by May 15. Donor: CA Parent Marian Lindberg Estimated Value:$2000
Hy-Lines Cruise to the Islands for Two Escape on the Ferry Hy-Line Cruises offers a round-trip standard passage for two to either Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard aboard the seasonal traditional ferry. These tickets may be used from May through October 2011. Not available for high-speed ferry or first class lounge. Donor: Hy-Line Cruises Estimated Value:$86
Waterfront Cape Cod Cottage in Provincetown Beachfront Bliss Spend three nights off-season on the beach in the Beach Point section of Provincetown in this original turn-of-the-century cottage where charm and grace remain intact. Three bedrooms with queen, double, and twin beds accommodate up to five people. Walk down the boardwalk to the beach and enjoy the sand bars at low tide, or relax on the private deck with views of beach grass, water, and sky. When it's time to dine out, browse the art galleries, or enjoy the carnival uptown, walk the mile to Provincetown Center, or at the top of the road catch the shuttle to either the town center or the outer beaches and towns. No pets, no smoking. Available May, June, September, or October. The fireplace is your warmth for a late spring or early fall chill, as there is no heat in the cottage. Expires October 2011. Please leave it clean. Donor: CA Parent Marianne Boswell Estimated Value:$650
Two Tickets to the Huntington Theatre Sons of the Prophet Don't miss this world premiere production! Broadway's Santino Fontana and Joanna Gleason will star in playwright Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet . One of the nation's most promising young playwrights, Karam has a knack for blending misery and hilarity into an explosive cocktail of comedy. Directed by Peter Dubois. Seats subject to availability; play opens April 1 and continues through May 1, 2011. Donor: Huntington Theatre Company Estimated Value:$150
Essex River Sightseeing Cruise Ride the River Queen Discover the unique natural scenery and wildlife of the North Shore's Essex River and its salt marshes. Two people can enjoy a ninety-minute narrated cruise aboard the Essex River Queen. Learn some history; take in the beauty of glacier-formed beaches, Hog and Choate Islands, and unspoiled riverside landscapes; and glide on the smooth river waters under the shadow of Great Blue Herons. Valid on weekdays, May through October 2011. Information is available at www.essexcruises.com/narrated.html Donor: Essex River Cruises and Charters Estimated Value:$50
Waterfront Cottage in Pemaquid, Maine A Week on the Coast Enjoy a whole week's vacation in this seasonal waterfront cottage with southwesterly views of the ocean in Pemaquid, Maine. At the water's edge on John's Bay, this is the ideal honeymoon cottage, romantic getaway, or nature lover's retreat. Serene and private, the cottage is hidden away on a one-mile access road on 700 feet of shoreline and beach teeming with wildlife. Just twenty feet above the high-water mark, you can't get any closer to the shore. One kayak is available, as well as a dock, float, and mooring. A motorboat can be available for an extra fee. The property is convenient to Pemaquid Lighthouse, beaches, the Monhegan ferry from New Harbor, and the Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor areas. Comes complete with complimentary lobsters, steamers, and oysters! Your vacation will be arranged for a Saturday-to-Saturday stay during the month of June or September of 2011. Occupancy is for two adults and two children. No smoking, no pets. Property description can be found at Homeaway.com Property #101733 or VRBO.com #323680. Donor: CA Parent Mike Cheney Estimated Value:$1200
Become a Character in a Bestselling Novel See Your Name in a Novel! New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian will use your name as a character in a novel to be published in 2012 or 2013. The novel, which is an historical epic along the lines of his 2008 novel, Skeletons at the Feast, is set in 1915 in Syria, Armenia, and the beaches, trenches, and cliffsides of Gallipoli. Although most of the characters are Armenian and Turkish (which means they have Armenian and Turkish names), there are some Bostonians (from the Boston-based Friends of Armenia), New Yorkers, Australians, and New Zealanders. So, if you have ever imagined yourself as a soldier, a missionary, or an assistant to an American or German diplomat, here's your chance. Winner will need to sign a brief release form. Chris is the author of thirteen books, including Midwives (Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year 1998), Secrets of Eden, and The Double Bind. Chris won the New England Book Award in 2002. His website is chrisbohjalian.com. Donor: CA Parent Chris Bohjalian Estimated Value:$500
Opening Night with The Concord Players Two Tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels On Friday, April 22, 2011, the Concord Players open with their latest production, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and you could be there! With eleven Tony and ten Drama Desk nominations, the musical wowed Broadway in 2005 and has since toured internationally. Based on the movie of the same name, the show romps around the French Riviera of the '20s and '30s, delighting you with twists, turns, and music in the style of the great Cole Porter. Join Concord's community theater, now in their ninety-first season, for a thoroughly entertaining evening of singing, dancing, and, of course, a happy ending. Donor: Concord Players Estimated Value:$48
Class at Dabblers Learn a New Hobby Dabblers is a unique hobby shop in West Concord offering dozens of hobbies, space to learn and enjoy, the right tools for the job, and healthy food and drink while you dabble. With this $80 gift certificate, learn a new hobby, such as jewelry making, guitar making, knitting, needlepoint, stained glass, or watercolors. They have all the equipment or even supplies for your current projects. Their event room hosts demonstrations, classes, hobby clubs, or your next party. But of course all this crafting will make you hungry, so Dabblers Cafc offers a changing variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastries, accompanied by the best coffee and espresso in the area. Eat, drink, read, browse, relax, and learn! Classes are ongoing, so check their website at www.dabblersconcord.com. Expires one year from issue date. Donor: Dabblers - Hobbies + Cafe Estimated Value:$80
Symphony with Dinner at Lexx's Think Globally, Romance Locally Forget Paris. In these locally sourced times, the righteous choice for date night is right down Massachusetts Avenue in neighboring Lexington. With this package, you and your amorously significant and environmentally virtuous other can enjoy the comfortable sophistication of Lexx's authentic American cuisine, followed by a starry-eyed evening of classical music, passionately performed nearby. Choose from one of four concerts in the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Although dates and programs have yet to be announced, the Lexington Symphony performs in September, November, February, and April. Contact the donor for arrangements. Please allow six weeks notice for concert tickets. Expiration date: May 2012 for concert tickets. Find more information at www.lexx-restaurant.com and www.lexingtonsymphony.org. Donor: Chris Mines and Lisa Fitzgibbons Estimated Value:$320
"From the Top" in Boston Celebrate the Power of Classical Music For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America's best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week. Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy. These four tickets are for the October 2, 2011 show at 2:00 p.m. Also included in this package is a From the Top t-shirt, a CD of the Tenth Season, a CD by Christopher O'Riley, and also a waterbottle, bumper sticker, and mug. More information can be found at http://www.fromthetop.org/content/top. Donor: CA Parents Edward and Jennifer Hurley-Wales Estimated Value:$120
Round-Trip Tickets Boston to London on British Airways Was Your Invitation in the Mail? Well then, because you will be attending the royal wedding, you might as well cross the pond in style. Use these two round-trip business class tickets from Boston to London with full flat beds for a restful night of flying. The donor will book your tickets using his miles with British Airways. Mutually agreeable dates to be confirmed between purchaser and donor. Donor: CA Parents Nancy Traversy and Martin Lueck Estimated Value:$3300
Wyndham Hotel in NYC The Big Apple More details will be available the night of the auction. Donor: Wyndham Garden Hotel, Midtown Convention Center Estimated Value:$500
Live 901L. Celtics Game for Four Prelude to a Championship? With the playoffs approaching, general manager Danny Ainge decided a roster shake-up was the team's best hope for rewriting last year's script, in which the Celtics lost starting center Kendrick Perkins to injury, then fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in game seven of the NBA Finals. Perk is now playing in Oklahoma City, but you and three guests can watch from center court his replacements, Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green, along with all stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo take on rookie-of-the-year candidate John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Friday, April 8, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Includes parking pass. Donor: CA Parents Paul and Meredith Allen Estimated Value:$800
902L. Backyard Barbecue with Don Kingman CA's Director of Operations Got a hankerin' for some finger lickin', rib stickin', great tastin' barbeque? Then, pardner, you are in luck! Grillmeister Extraordinaire Don Kingman will be serving up his famous Super Secret Barbequed Baby Back Ribs, his great aunt Adelyne's Texas Barbequed Chicken, and the meanest cheeseburgers this side of...well, 495. You'll feast on Chuckwagon Salad, Ponderosa Potato Salad, and Don's Famous Lone Star Baked Beans. Top it all off with a bowl of Benson's Homemade Ice Cream and all the fixin's for a super sundae! The top thirty bidders will enjoy this mighty tasty feast hosted at the Concord home of Jeff and Charlene Briggs on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. Raindate will be Sunday, May 22. Activities will include volleyball or badminton, or a good old-fashioned game of croquet. If you need a ride from CA, don't you fret. Grillmeister Kingman will round up some ponies! Donors: CA Staff Don Kingman CA Parents Charlene and Jeff Briggs CA Parents Peter and Tricia Benson Keane Fire and Safety Equipment Estimated Value:$995
903L. Wilderness Pack Trip for Two in New Mexico Bring out your inner explorer! For a real change of pace, explore a part of America the Beautiful that can only be described as a true unknown jewel, the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. Leading you on your five-day hiking or horseback pack trip will be Preston Bates, who has been guiding guests through the high mountains of the Gila Wilderness for over 25 years. Spend your days in the world's oldest designated wilderness area by fishing, hunting, backpacking, horseback riding, or photographing the beauty of the wilderness. Spend your evenings in total relaxation gazing at the stars. This makes a perfect father/son or mother/daughter memorable trip! Tents, meals, and all gear other than personal items and sleeping bags will be provided. This trip is highly customizable based on your prior horseback riding experience and general physical condition, and transportation from the Albuquerque airport can be arranged with Preston. Available June 1 through September 1, 2011. Two weeks notice is required. Please make arrangements with Preston Bates at 575-533-6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information available at www.NBarRanch.com Donor: CA Parent Preston Bates, N Bar Ranch Estimated Value:$3000
904L. A Special Evening with Summer Stages Dance Dine and Dance the Night Away Start out your special evening with Summer Stages directors Amy Spencer and Richard Colton by enjoying a pre-performance dinner at Sam's Restaurant at Louis. Located on the Boston Waterfront, Sam's celebrates the local bounty of New England's farms and artisans, the simplicity of an American Diner, and the endless and timeless appeal of the French Bistro menu. After dinner, Amy and Richard will stroll along the harbor with you to the Institute of Contemporary Art where a pair of tickets will be reserved for you to a much-anticipated evening of dance. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Alumni: Arthur Aviles, Alexandra Beller, Sean Curran, Larry Goldhuber, Heidi Latsky, and Andrea E. Woods each present their work in a unique performance that celebrates the mentorship of one of the most innovative voices in contemporary dance: Bill T. Jones. Jones is fresh off his Kennedy Honors and a Tony Award for the Best Choreography for the Broadway musical FELA! Donor: CA Parents and Faculty Richard Colton and Amy Spencer Donor: Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy Estimated Value:$250
905L. First Growth Bordeaux Wines The Best of the Best If you are a true wine connoisseur, you already know that the first growth Bordeaux wines were established in 1855 at the Exposition Universelle de Paris. These top five French red wines that made it on the list all came from the Mcdoc region except for one: ChCteau Haut-Brion from Graves. Since then, the top five French Bordeaux have changed very little and now you will be able to collect the same wines that Emperor Napolean III deemed as the Best of the Best! These five bottles include: Chateau La Tour - 1998- Pauillac (Prized for its power, a deep red-ruby with aromas of cassis, licorice, and lead pencil) Chateau Lafite Rothschild - 1999- Pauillac (Firm, yet delicate and supple with dark ruby color, ripe black currants, almonds, violets and vanilla, spicy, oaky scents) Chateau Haut Brion - 1994 - Graves (Showing almost roasted berry and plum fruit complicated by notes of tobacco, hot stones, and minerals) Chateau Mouton Rosthschild 1997 - Pauillac (Deep ruby with exotic, enticing aromas of black fruits, cherry cough syrup, roast coffee and caramel, along with pungent oakiness) Chateau Margaux -1999 - Margaux (Opulent and rich, a multidimensional bouquet with a fragrance of ripe black currants, spicy vanilla oakiness, and violets) Donor: CA Parents Rick and Susan Walters Estimated Value:$2100
906L. Getaway in New York City Manhattan Apartment Imagine a glorious panoramic view of Central Park! Enjoy a two-night , three-day stay in this fabulous two-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment (1,800 square feet) located close to Lincoln Center. Furnished with nineteenth century English furniture and Impressionist and Chinese art, it sleeps up to six people. Immerse yourself in the culture of New York City. Museums, theatre, fine dining, and shopping are all accessible from this luxurious apartment. Date and time to be mutually arranged with owner at least one month prior to visit. Available April 2011 to April 2012. Donor: CA Parents Robert Beckwitt & Barbara Hughey Estimated Value:$3000
907L. MFA Tour and Lunch for Five Art of Three Millenia What Boston attraction is all the buzz? The MFA's spectacular new Art of the Americas Wing -- showcasing more than 5,000 works of art produced in North, Central, and South America over the course of three millenia. This new wing doubles the number of objects on view from the collection, including several large-scale masterpieces not displayed for decades! You and four guests will enjoy a one-hour tour with MFA's Deputy Director and CA Parent Chris Bratton and an experienced curator, during which you'll learn details about the planning, architecture, and fine art of the new wing. You'll see works by renowned artists Thomas Sully, John Singleton Copley, Paul Revere, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and many, many more. Following the tour, you'll be treated to lunch at the MFA's fine dining restaurant Bravo where you'll continue your discussion about the museum with Chris Bratton. After this experience, you'll be planning your return visit to view the rest of the new wing's collection! Tour and lunch to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date May through October 2011. Donor: CA Parents Christopher Bratton and Maria Benfield Estimated Value:$500
908L. Tour of FOX25 Newsroom Get the Real Scoop! Ever wish you could go behind-the-scenes to see how a newsroom really works? FOX25 Anchor Mark Ockerbloom will tour your group of five at FOX25's control room and weather center at their Dedham facility. A native of Winchester, Mark Ockerbloom anchors FOX25 News at 6:00, 10:00, and 11:00 p.m. In 2010, Mark received a Boston/New England Emmy for Best Anchor. Dates and times are based on FOX25 personnel availability. Please redeem by August 31, 2011. Donor: CA Parent Gail Freeman Priceless
909L. Private Home Concert with the Walden Chamber Players Your Very Own Front Row Seats Enjoy a private concert of chamber music in your own home. The Walden Chamber Players, Concord Academy's Ensemble-in-Residence, will present a thirty-minute concert of wonderful and exciting classical chamber music repertoire for three instruments for you and your guests at your home. Founded in 1997, the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. The success of its performances, recordings, and educational curricula has earned it a place as one of the most sought-after chamber ensembles in the United States. Ensemble members are not only versatile and accomplished artists but also teach at some of the nation's premier institutions including the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan, Boston University, and the Longy School of Music. Repertoire requests will be welcomed but cannot be guaranteed. Performance location must be within thirty miles of the Boston area and date must be mutually agreed upon. Donor: Walden Chamber Players Estimated Value:$600
910L. Wine Tasting with John McClement Premier Wine Tasting Experience If you want the premier wine tasting experience, then a tasting with CA Parent John McClement is for you. Thirty guests will sample wines specifically chosen by John for this very special evening hosted by Althea and David Kaemmer in their lovely Concord home overlooking the Sudbury River. A selection of cheeses and hors d'oeuvres appropriate to the flavors of the wines will accompany the tasting. John McClement is Wine and Spirits Director of All Weather Management, a New York based restaurant group that includes the renowned Keens Steakhouse, Noho Star, Temple Bar, and Elephant and Castle. He created and manages the wine programs and cellars at each restaurant and teaches product knowledge and wine education. John has been a featured speaker at wine and food festivals, events, and fundraisers and consults regularly for other restaurants. In wine competitions he has been a judge for Star Wine , Wines on the Wing , and the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel and has written and contributed to The New York Times, Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit , Santc , Sommelier News, and Business Traveler. To learn more about John, go to www.ultimatebeveragechallenge.com and click on "judging". The tasting will be hosted on a mutually agreeable date to be determined September 2011 through April 2012. Donor: CA Parents David and Althea Kaemmer and Family Donor: CA Parent John McClement Priceless
911L. Four Red Sox vs. Yankees Tickets on Opening Day What is the World's Ultimate Rivalry? Greeks vs. Romans? Old news. Christians vs. Lions? Too messy. Kennedy vs. Kruschev? Too political. It's our beloved Boston Red Sox vs. those Yankees from NY! What better way to celebrate the dawn of a new season of hope and opportunity than by watching our Sox trounce the Yanks on Opening Day? Four tickets for April 6 at 2:05 p.m. can be yours in the State Street Pavilion which features not only some of the finest and most comfortable sight lines at Fenway Park, but also access to the club lounge and dining area, two full bars, in-seat food and beverage services and flat screen TVs located throughout the Pavilion so you never miss a pitch. These tickets were chosen by the Red Sox head office especially for the CA Parents Benefit for Financial Aid and are never available to the general public. This is truly a chance of a lifetime! Let Wikipedia remind you that "Since the inception of the wild card team and an added Division Series, these American League East rivals have squared off in the American League Championship Series three times, with the Red Sox winning in 2004. In addition, the teams have twice met in the last regular season series of a season to decide the league title, in 1904 (when the Red Sox won) and in 1949...The teams also finished tied for first in 1978, when the Yankees won a high-profile one-game playoff for the division title. The 1978 division race is memorable for the Red Sox having held a 14-game lead over the Yankees more than halfway through the season. Similarly, the 2004 American League Championship Series is notable for the Yankees leading 3 games to 0 and ultimately losing a best of seven series. The Red Sox comeback was the only time in baseball history that a team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a series." But, then again, the citizens of Red Sox Nation know that miracles can happen. Donor: Boston Red Sox Priceless
912L. A Wimco Villa in St. Barts A Little Bit of France in the Caribbean
Imagine relaxing in your own private Wimco Villa on St. Barts. Imagine arriving there to find it stocked with a buffet of fine foods, fruits, breads, cheeses, and wines. Enjoy the privacy of your own pool. Enjoy the open air layout, the music wafting through the house, the sweeping views of the stunning blue waters below. During the day, you'll visit sugar sand beaches and window shop in the quaint harbor town of Gustavia. At night you'll sample international cuisine at one of the eighty restaurants on the island, then go out and listen to live music or dance the night away if so inspired. This package, the private two-bedroom villa for one week, plus Wimco's unparalleled concierge services, is valued well in excess of $8,000 but tonight it is available to the highest bidder. Wimco has a large selection of one and two bedroom villas on St. Barts. A portion of that inventory has been selected for participation in the Concord Academy Parents Benefit for Financial Aid. The final villa selection for the winner will be based on availability at the time the winner books their vacation. For photos of possible villas, go to http://www.wimco.com/sbh. This offer is good for travel between May 1 December 14, 2011 and January 5 - December 14, 2012. Blackout dates apply for travel between December 15, 2011 and January 5, 2012. (It is important to note that the retail price of the villa may be lower than what the winner bids for the villa due to the add-ons included here that are not part of a typical transaction.) Donor: Wimco Villas, Stiles Bennet '81, President Estimated Value:$8000
Silent Auction Rules
The Silent Auction will open for bidding at 6:00 p.m. and will close by 7:15 p.m.
A bid sheet for each silent auction item will specify the minimum starting bid.
To place a bid, record your assigned bidder number and the bid amount on the next available blank line on the bid sheet.
When the Silent Auction closes, the highest bidder will win the item. A bidder in the process of submitting a bid at the time of the silent auction closing may complete the bid. In the event of a dispute between bidders, the silent auction supervisor exercises final discretion with respect to the winning bidder.
NOTE: All items are categorized and presented at the discretion of the auction committee in order to maximize contributions to the financial aid program at Concord Academy.
Live Auction Rules
The Live Auction will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. and will continue until all items have been auctioned.
Guests may view the items from 6:00 p.m. until the start of the Live Auction bidding.
To enter a bid, the bidder must raise his or her bidder number and be acknowledged by the auctioneer. This must be repeated for each increase in the bid.
Each bid legally obligates the bidder to pay his or her bid price in full at the end of the evening, if such bid is deemed the high bid.
The Live Auction will be fast-paced so bids must be made quickly!
If the auctioneer determines that an opening bid, or any subsequent bid, is not commensurate with the value of the item offered, he might reject the bid and withdraw the item from sale. If, having acknowledged an opening bid, the auctioneer decides that an advance thereafter is not sufficient, s/he may reject the advance.
The auctioneer retains the right to add or delete any item from sale, make verbal corrections, and provide additional data with respect to each auction item.
The auctioneer reserves the right to announce conditions of a sale at any time during the bidding.
In the event of a dispute, the auctioneer will have the sole and final decision to either determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute.
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