BANGOUR – You have the opportunity to bid on a wide and varied collection of exciting and (sometimes) unconventional items, all to raise funds for one of Bangor’s artistic pillars.
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is currently holding its annual silent auction in tandem with its upcoming symphony evening on March 26. Now I regret to inform you that tickets for the evening are currently sold out, but the BSO is maintaining a waiting list, so please feel free to reach out and have your name entered – you never know !
However, even if you are unable to secure a seat at the evening, you can still bid on the wonderful items that are being auctioned off, which has been part of BSO’s fundraising efforts for over 100 years. a decade. You can view the full list, along with more details on the papers, by going to the BSO website at www.bangorsymphony.org and clicking on the link to the evening.
“We hosted our first symphony night at The Tarratine (before it was The Tarratine) in 2009,” said Sarah McCarthy, BSO’s Director of Development. “This is our 14th!”
It should be noted that there are A LOT of very cool items up for grabs in the auction this time around.
“This year we have over 200 auction items donated to the online auction,” McCarthy said. “Four of them will be near-live and wrap up at the in-person event at the Bangor Arts Exchange on the evening of Saturday March 26.”
(Note: this is a separate thing, but I would be remiss if I did not notice that at press time there are still about a dozen tickets available for one heck of a raffle prize: a $2,000 AirBnB gift card. There are only 200 tickets in total, so you have a high chance of winning if you grab one. You can get more details at bangorsymphony.org/support/raffle/.)
I asked McCarthy for a few examples of some of the more unusual auction offerings, and she offered the following:
A Maine tourmaline necklace from Day’s Jewelers.
“Knife’s Edge”, a watercolor collage by local artist Jeffery Wahlstrom.
A year of roses! by Bangor Floral.
Online concert with singer-songwriter Edie Carey PLUS 2 signed CDs (who spends her summers in Maine), donated by the artist.
The focus group thinks you are very important.
(Full disclosure regarding the latter: in case you didn’t know, I’m a member of the chat group and am thrilled to offer our humble services to benefit such a wonderful organization. And for the record, I haven’t I’m not even asking Sarah to mention us! She did it all by herself!)
Again, these are just a few of the many wonderful items currently on sale. Head over to the BSO website and see everything in play.
The “Soiree Cabaret” kicks off at the Bangor Arts Exchange at 7 p.m. on March 26; guests will be able to enjoy the Myles Kelley Jazz Trio, special guests from the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra and acclaimed vocalist Mikki Sodergren, not to mention the man himself, BSO’s Lucas Richman.
McCarthy also wanted to acknowledge that an event like this cannot take place without the help of sponsor partners. This year’s performance sponsor is Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications and the reception sponsor is UBS Argosy Wealth Management.
Again, the evening itself is sold out, but that’s no reason not to bid on some of the amazing items available at the silent auction. You have art, you have experiences, you have everything. So why not head over to the website and check it out – chances are there’s something that catches your eye.