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A CUSTOMIZED VOLUNTEER TRIP to TANZANIA
Take advantage of this incredible opportunity for an individual, group, or family to live in, and integrate with, a small village in Tanzania for one-two weeks. Design your own service trip with Portland-based founder and director of Africa Schoolhouse, Aimée Bessire. Located two hours from Mwanza city and three and a half hours from the western gate of the Serengeti, Ntulya village is home to the school and clinic Africa Schoolhouse built ten years ago. You'll live at the house attached to the school, help out out at the school, in the village, or in the clinic, and spend evenings in Ntulya, a village of Sukuma healers, eating meals and sharing stories. Your project or projects will be based on your own interests. Always welcome are after-school arts or crafts projects, soccer tournaments, painting of schoolrooms, computer training, English tutoring, and health care volunteers at the clinic, but this trip is of your design and Bessire will meet with you to create the African trip of your dreams.
4 Nights in Bordeaux at the Luxurious Château Tour Saint Christophe
An Exclusive Insider Wine Experience for Four in France
Chateau Tour Saint Christophe is a mid-18th century property located between the two villages of Saint-Emilion and Saint Christophe des Bardes in the Bordeaux region of France. Meticulously restored by hand by the owners in 2012, the Chateau has a rich heritage and an idyllic setting, overlooking the beautiful centuries-old dry stone terraces and clay-limestone terroir for which this region is known.
During your stay you will reside in the property's residence, an apartment of two luxurious suites that includes a dining room and well-appointed kitchen, allowing an unmatched home away from home as you explore the region and nearby vineyards. The Chateau offers incredible views of the romantic landscape, as well as lovely private gardens to explore - to say nothing of its sumptuous and highly-coveted wines.
Upon your arrival, with a glass in hand, you will be taken on a tour of the landscaped gardens that surround the château. During your stay you will also be invited on a guided visit of Château Tour Saint Christophe's sister winery, the exclusive Enclos Tourmaline, located on the highest point on the famous plateau of the smallest appellation of Bordeaux: Pomerol.
Included in this all-access package:
- A four-night stay for two-four people at Château Tour Saint Christophe in the property's apartment
- A gourmet dinner at the nearby Château de Candale on the first night of your arrival.
- A guided tour of the Château Tour Saint Christophe winery and cellar, as well as a full tasting.
- A guided visit to Château Tour Saint Christophe's sister winery, the exclusive Enclos Tourmaline.
- There are no restrictions or blackout dates, but advance booking is required due to the size and exclusivity of the wineries and the accommodations. The the dates will be mutually agreed upon.
- Value: Euro 2,500
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CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB TICKETS & TWO NIGHT STAY
As Premier League leaders (by a mile) this year, there is no better ticket late in the season than Chelsea FC. Enjoy a two-night stay in London and two hospitality tickets to one of Chelsea's final home games. Tickets for this May 6th contest versus Middlesbrough are in the east stand (padded seats - whoo-hoo!) and include a three-course a la carte buffet prior to the game, access to a cash bar during the match, and an exclusive program. This could be the game where Chelsea clinch, which would turn Stamford Bridge and west London into a huge party! Accommodations are included at the stunning Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.
WHITEWATER RAFTING EXCURSION & OVERNIGHT STAY
For the thrill-seekers among us, this full day whitewater rafting trip on the Penobscot River is just for you. Presented by the New England Outdoor Center, this 8 person, 14-mile trip sends you down the river to maneuver class I through class V rapids. After a day of adrenaline, a riverside barbeque lunch, and incomparable sightseeing, enjoy a one night stay in a cabin, courtesy of NEOC. This 8 person trip is available Sunday through Thursday.
Sugarloaf weekend Getaway
Love to ski or golf? Bid on lodging in a stunning home near the Sugarloaf Golf Club. You'll stay in a green designed home located on West Mountain on the second hole of the golf course. If you're there to ski, there is continual shuttle service to the lodge and lifts. The house has four bedrooms and can sleep eight comfortably. It boasts a hot tub with a view as well.
PHIPPSBURG COTTAGE WEEKEND
This cottage, perched on Phippsburg's historic West Point peninsula, is central to some of Maine's best seaside attractions. During your weekend stay, you can enjoy a picnic at Popham Beach, trek up Morse Mountain, or play a round of golf at Sebasco Resort, all while taking in the stunning views of Casco Bay. This two-bedroom heated cottage is available in September or October.
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE STAY
Dreaming of faraway lands and warmer climes? Pack your bags for a seven night stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This house, rich in Spanish architecture, vibrant gardens, and spectacular views, is hidden away in the cultural and artistic hub of Mexico. To ready you for your south-of-the-border turismo, a maid will prepare breakfast and a light lunch for you Monday through Friday. The house, which sleeps up to five (if one is a child), is available mid-April through December in 2017 and 2018. All dates must be confirmed with the owners. This vacation does not include airfare.
P and C Catering (Telling Room board member Patty Howells and interim executive director Celine Kuhn) will delight a crowd of 30 in the comfort of your own home with an amazing array of delicacies, wine, beer, and a signature cocktail. Bring on the party!
THE PRESS HOTEL
Treat yourself to a weekend as a tourist in your own city with this two night stay at Portland's swanky Press Hotel. Enjoy the stylish amenities, stunning artwork, and sweeping views. This package includes two breakfasts and one three-course dinner at UNION, the hotel's renowned restaurant.
2017 Silent Auction Preview
Look out for these items, and many more, at our Silent Auction this year:
A one-of-a-kind mug from Ayumi Horie pottery
A Springboard Pilates semi-private lesson for four
A custom family birthstone ring from KerriAnn Designs
A clutch from Judith
A Winky Lewis Photo
Portia Clark Pearl earrings
A K. Colette gift basket
A CSA share from Cultivating Community
Miyake gift cards
Acupuncture sessions at Infuse Health Clinic
A Brigid Waeldner family photo session
Jill McGowan gift certificates
Cut and color at Style Me
4 music lessons at Maine Academy of Modern Music