Party in the Stacks Silent Auction

Online bidding for the 2017 Party in the Stacks Silent Auction is now open. Read about all the great prizes, then click on the online bidding link at the end of the auction listing. Bid for as many items as you like, or place a higher bid if someone tops you!  Auction items are still being added so check back often!  Come to Party in the Stacks for more opportunities to bid on these great prizes!  Remember - if your online bid remains the highest after the in-person bidding – you win!
Online bidding is now over. Attend the Party and place your bids in person!
 Prize winners will be announced at the end of in-person bidding during Party in the Stacks.
~Presented by the Friends of Milford Library~
 
1. South African Safari Adventure for Two (or Four)
Six-day, six-night South African Safari for Two. Includes: Six nights room accommodations in either the Heritage Safari Lodge, Tented Safari Camp, or the Safari Game Lodge AND three meals per day AND two game rides per day on the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers with an experienced ranger who will also assist you in planning your activities during your stay. Winners will have the option to purchase a second trip for two at the winning bid price.Excludes: Airfare, transfers, phone calls, laundry, drinks, extra activities and tours. Trip must be used within two years of date of purchase. Three current Friends members have recently gone on this trip and shared rave reviews! Learn more at: www.zulunyalagroup.com/
~Provided by Zulu Nyala Group
Prize Value: $6,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Bid Increment: $100

 
2. Private In-Home Wine Tasting
Invite your best friends (up to 20 people) to enjoy a wine tasting in your own home. You can try five different wines on a mutually agreed upon date between you and The Crushed Grape. Must be used within one year of date of purchase.
~Donated by The Crushed Grape.

Prize Value: $450
Minimum Bid: $200
Bid Increment: $25

 

3. Breakfast and Ride on a Firetruck!
What every child (or adult) wants for a present! Have breakfast at the Milford Fire Station of your choice and take a ride with the firemen! Limited to six people; children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Must be used within one year of date of purchase.
~Provided by the Milford FIre Department
Prize Value: Priceless!
Minimum Bid: $125
Bid Increment:
$25

 
4. Be Nice-to-Yourself Beauty Basket
Luxuriate with a Swedish Massage, enjoy three spa manicures, get an elegant haircut and styling.
~Donated by Tranquility Mind and Body Wellness Spa, Sun Nails, and Andre Phillips Salon
Prize Value: $220
Minimum Bid: $120
Bid Increment: $20
5. Indulge Yourself with an Overnight Stay
Treat yourself or a guest to an overnight stay at Marriot's newly renovated Springhill Suites in Milford. Good for one Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night stay (king or 2 doubles).   Based on availability; must be used before 12/31/18.
~Donated by Springhill Suites, Milford
Prize Value: $160
Minimum Bid: $95
Bid Increment: $15
6. Run Like You've Never Run Before - then Relax
Hoka One One are those crazy looking shoes, with the amazing soles with extra cushioning that make you light and sure footed. Gift certificate for one pair; must be redeemed before November 30, 2017. After your run, use the gift card from Clarity Wellness Spa in Milford for a refreshing one-hour massage or organic facial.
~Donated by Jack Pilla and Clarity Wellness Spa
Prize Value: $230
Minimum Bid: $120
Bid Increment: $20
7. Milford Then and Now
Michael Clark's book, "Milford Then and Now" is full of wonderful photos of Milford. Over lunch at The Seven Seas Restaurant, Mr. Clark will share stories of Milford and his publishing experience. Budding authors, take note! Lunch to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon date.
~Donated by Michael Clark and The Seven Seas Restaurant & Pub
Prize Value: Priceless
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
8. Like Arts and Crafts?
You will adore this basket with assorted craft supplies that will keep you happily busy for days on end.
~Donated by Deanna Jacobs, Member, Friends of the Milford Library
Prize Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $15
9. Bring Beauty Into Your Home with a Handmade Quilt
You will love this colorful, handmade, red, white and blue nautical print quilt, 49" x 52", 100% cotton, machine quilted. May be used as a wall hanging or throw.
~Donated by Mary Beth Stockman, Member, Friends of Milford Library
Prize Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $125
Bid Increment: $25

 
10. Happy Trails with Photos
Start your day with a personal one hour private camera "coaching" sesion at Milford Photo using a gift certificate valued at $65.00; then join Steve Johnson, Milford's Open Space and Natural Resource Manager, and up to ten of your guests for a two-hour walk enjoying the natural beauty of Milford and learning about conservation efforts.
~Provided by Steve Johnson and Milford Photo 
Prize Value: 160
Minimum Bid: $120
Bid Increment: $20
11. Unique Jewelry Package
A beautiful Pandora bracelet with unique charms, a stunning mahogany jewelry box handcrafted by artisan Blake Humphreys, an SV Decker gift card, and a gift card from Gilded Lily Gallery - a great gif for someone special.
~Donated by Valentine's Diamond Center Jewelers, Blake Humphreys, SV Decker, and Gilded Lily Gallery
Prize Value: $350
Minimum Bid: $220
Bid Increment: $40
12. Enjoy a Basket of Handpicked Wines
Carefully chosen from a small family-owned winery located in beautiful historic Woodbury, CT.
~Donated by Walker Road Vineyard
Prize Value: $75
Minimum Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $10
13. Experience Yoga in the Milford Outdoors
Experience an outdoor yoga adventure led by an expert WalkAbout Yoga instructor. Package includes a 5 class pass, yoga mat, and water bottle. Good for May-June 2018
~Donated by Traci Weber
Prize Value: $85
Minimum Bid: $50
Bid Increment: $10
14. On with the Show!
Mark your calendar for four evenings at the theater: Two tickets to "Kansas" (12/15/17) at the Palace Theater, Waterbury; two tickets to "Tuesdays with Morrie" (11/5/17) at the Ridgefield Playhouse; two tickets to Westport Country Playhouse (2018 season) and two tickets to Square One Theater, Stratford.
~Donated by Individual Theaters

 
Prize Value: $490
Minimum Bid: $250
Bid Increment: $50
15. A Basket of Ireland
Visit the Emerald Isle without leaving home. Package includes 8 weeks of Irish Dance lessons at Mulkerin School of Irish Dance (adult or child) and the makings for Irish coffee including coffee, Irish whiskey and a pair of mugs.
~Donated by Kathleen Carew
Prize Value: $140
Minimum Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $15
16. Go Team! Patriots tickets, Red Sox and Jets Memorabilia
Watch the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:00pm.The pair of tickets are in section 318, row 6.  Add to your sports memorabilia collection with a baseball autographed by Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomerantz and a replica lithograph autographed poster featuring New York Jets' #92 defensive end Leonard Williams. (Poster is made in limited quantity and not sold in stores. )
~Donated by Robert and Christine Angeli, Boston Red Sox and New York Jets
Prize Value: $350
Minimum Bid: $175
Bid Increment: $40
17. Read & Go
Enjoy a copy of the handsomely illustrated "My Paris Kitchen", a book light and a book stand. Then, use the Barnes & Noble $50.00 gift certificate to pick out the books you crave the most and take them home in two B&N tote bags.
~Donated by Mary Lee Clayton, Member, Friends of Milford Library
Prize Value: $125
Minimum Bid: $80
Bid Increment: $15
18. Afternoon Tea for Two (or More)
Enjoy a bountiful basket of makings for an elegant tea, including a Sterling loose tea holder, round server, Sterling and wood salad serving set, linen and lace coasters, linen tea towel, tea bags, floral cards, tea and music book, and jar of local honey from Milford beehives.
~Donated by Cheryl Cappiali, Member, Friends of Milford Library
Prize Value: $240
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
19. Take a Ride on a Party Bike...to Christopher Martins Restaurant!
Get geared up and ride New England's first 15-seat open aired, pedaled craft party and sightseeing bike. You and a guest will cruise through New Haven for two hours, stopping at popular bars and restaurants offering drink specials. Price of drinks not included. Guests may also bring their own alcoholic beverages.Once done biking,  use your $75.00 gift certificate for lunch or dinner at Christopher Martins Restaurant.
~Donated by Elm City Party Bike and Christopher Martins Restaurant.
Prize Value: $145
Minimum Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $15
20. Lunch with a Milford Expert
Over lunch at Milford's iconic restaurant, The Seven Seas, author Michael Dooling will share stories from his book about the history of Charles Island. This talented author has published several other books as well. Lunch to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon date.
~Donated by Michael Dooling and The Seven Seas Restaurant & Pub
Prize Value: Priceless
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
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21. Who Doesn't Love Lucy?
Here's a unique collection of "I Love Lucy" titles to thrill any fan of the ever-popular show. You'll need to sample a piece or two of the included box of chocolates as you smile your way through the pages.
~Donated by Friends of Milford Library
Prize Value: Priceless
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
22. Spend an Evening at a New Haven Theater
Now on stage: 2 tickets to the Yale Rep; 2 tickets to the Long Wharf Theater and 2 tickets to the Shubert for the opening night of "The Sound of Music" (11/8/17)
~Donated by Individual Theaters
Prize Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $250
Bid Increment: $50
23. Family Outings at the Best of CT Museums
Take the family to visit five unique museums. Package includes: Two tickets to the New England Air Museum, an all-day pass for 2 adults and four children to the Discovery Museum, two tickets to the CT Science Center, a family four pack to Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look  at the Peabody Museum's avian collection (four people maximum) with the Museum's bird specialist (date and time to be arranged as is convenient for the Peabody Museum staff).
~Donated by Individual Museums
Price Value: Priceless
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
24. Mayor for the Day!
Want to know what it's like to be the Mayor of Milford? Spend some quality time with Mayor Ben Blake and see what it takes to run "the small city with a big heart." Plan your date to be a Friday and you can co-host a segment of Minute with the Mayor, topic to be determined by Mayor Blake. Perfect gift for any age and especially for a future politician or newscaster!
~Provided by Mayor Ben Blake
Price Value: Priceless
Minimum BId: $100
Bid Increment: $20
25. Love your Kitty?
Your pet will appreciate this goody basket full of cat toys, collar, grooming items, catnip and more!
~Donated by Pond Point Animal Hospital
Prize Value: $40
Minimum Bid: $20
Bid Increment: $5

 
26. Devoted to your Dog?
Your best fur friend will love this basket full of dog toys, Nina Ottoson Dog Magic Interactive Game, food bowl, doggy bandana and lots more!
~Donated by Pond Point Animal Hospital

 
Prize Value: $40
Minimum Bid: $20
Bid Increment: $5
27. Baby Lit Book Basket
A selection of 8 board books from the Baby Lit series will introduce your little bibliophile to the world of classic literature. Books include The Wizard of Oz, Romeo & Juliet, Jane Eyre, Moby Dick, Pride & Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and
Sherlock Holmes.
~Donated by The Friends of the Milford Library

 

Prize Value: $65
Minimum Bid: $35
Bid Increment:
$5

28. Art Lover's Dream
Spend some time enjoying Connecticut's finest art museums, including the New Britain Museum of American Art (4 guest passes) and the Florence Griswold Museum (household membership good through December 2018).  Then take a docent-guided, one hour private tour (up to 12 people) of the Wadsworth Atheneum's European, American and Contemporary Art Collections. (Tour to be scheduled at a time mutually agreeable to prize winner and the museum; must take place before November 2018).
~Donated by Individual Museums
 
Prize Value: $330
Minimum Bid: $150
Bid Increment: $50
29. Milford Staycation
Take a staycation right here in Milford! Package includes two jump gift cards to Launch Trampoline Park, plus a frisbee, water bottle and sunglasses; a one-night stay at Hyatt Place Milford (one room, two double beds and complimentary breakfast for four, good from 11/1/17-4/30/18) and a $25.00 gift card from Michael Anthony's Tuscan Grill.
~Donated by Launch Trampoline Park, Hyatt Place Milford and Michael Anthony's Tuscan Grill 
Prize Value: $275.00
Minimum Bid: $90
Bid Increment: $20
30. It' s TIme to Get Fit!
Get to a healthier place with Anytime Fitness in Orange. This health and fitness club is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Offer is for a three month full access membership, including yoga, spinning, and boot camp, plus five sessions with a trainer.
~Donated by Anytime Fitness, Orange
Prize Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $250
Bid Increment: $50
31. Spruce Up for Fall
Leave your homecleaning to the professionals from Belle Home Housecleaning for three hours of service. Then, take your car to Personal Touch Car Wash for an expert Express Wax.
~Donated by Belle Home Housecleaning and Personal Touch Car Wash

 
Prize Value: $170
Minimum Bid: $125
Bid Increment: $15
32. Birder's Delight
Bird lovers will enjoy owning a Bluebird Nesting Box to attract these beautiful birds to their new home and help increase the declining population. Offer also includes a Beginner's Guide to Birds plus a family membership to the CT Audubon Society, caring for our environment and educating our youth for more than a century.
~Donated by the Connecticut Audubon Society, Rich Boucher, Director of Milford Point Audubon & Fairfield Audubon
Prize Value: $65
Minimum Bid: $65
Bid Increment: $5
33. Books for Young Readers
Set includes a Christmas pop-up book, two changing picture books, a board book, read aloud Baby Animal Stories, and the classic illustrated Wizard of Oz.
~Donated by Friends of the Milford Library
Prize Value: $65
Minimum Bid: $30
Bid Increment: $5
34. Roses & Crystal
Arrange a bouquet of beautiful blooms using the $35.00 gift card from Autumn Rose in a gorgeous, vintage vase made in France by Vannes Le Chatel. Produced in the 1960 and 1970s, this beautiful clear, lead crystal vase has the etched signature on the bottom.

~Donated by Autumn Rose Flower & Gift Shoppe and Pam Pilla, Friends of Milford Library

Prize Value: $135
Minimum Bid: $65
Bid Increment: $15

 

35. Snack & Ski
Snack on an assortment of sweet and savory pumpkin-flavored treats from Trader Joe's, including cookies, nuts, crackers, salsa, and more, on your way to a day on the slopes. Use the pair of lift tickets to ski the trails of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA. (Two lift tickets for the 2017-18 ski season; not valid holidays or Jiminy holiday periods).

~Donated by Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort & Trader Joe's
 
Prize value: $190
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
36. Ice Skating and Subway Party!
The Rinks at Shelton offer ice skating year round on the world's only double-decker NHL-sized rinks. Plan a fun skating outing for a group of 8, then pick up sandwiches and cookies for 10 from the Subway in downtown Milford to take home.

~Donated by Shelton Sports of Connecticut and Ram Shrestha, Subway at 1 River Street, Milford.
Prize Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20
37. Delicious Downtown Dining
Dine in style at a favorite Milford restaurant using gift cards from Archie Moore's Bar & Restaurant, Bistro Basque, Cafe Atlantique, Colony Grill, Eli's Tavern, Flames Mediterranean & American Grill, Rainbow Gardens and SBC Restaurant.

~Donated by individual restaurants
Prize Value: $165
Minimum Bid: $80
Bid Increment: $10
38. Mom's Not Cooking Tonight!
Invest in gift cards from Milford restaurants and treat mom (or dad) to a night out at Bridge House Restaurant, Fonda la Paloma, Gusto Trattoria, Joey C's Roadhouse, Stonebridge Restaurant, Taste of Thai and Village Bistro.

~Donated by individual restaurants
Prize Value: $170
Minimum BId: $100
Bid Increment: $10
39. Book Club Party
Invite the Book Club to a special get-together. Use the $100.00 Subway gift card and the gift certificate for a custom-designed 8" single tier butter cream cake from Lisa's Velvety Cakes. All delicious treats for the group to share as they discuss the latest good read.
~Donated by Subway and Lisa's Velvety Cakes
Prize Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $90
Bid Increment:
$15

 
40. Cozy Winter Night
Snuggle up with Barnsie, Barnes & Noble's soft and huggable bear, solve a jigsaw puzzle, and record it all in three nifty vintage looking journals.  
~Donated by Barnes & Noble 
Prize Value: $50
Minimum BId: $25
Bid Increment: $5
41. Dinner & Overnight at the Casinos
Spend the day at the slot machines and gaming tables of CT's premier casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, then enjoy dinner for two at
Mohegan Sun's Seasons Buffet. Then tuck in for a one-night deluxe overnight accomodation for two at the Grand Cedar Hotel or Fox Towers. (Hotel offer based on availability. Offer valid Sunday-Thursday, excluding holidays and/or holiday weekends. Advance reservation is necessary.  Must be used before 10/21/2018).
~Donated by Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino
Prize Value: $350
Minimum BId: $175
Bid Increment: $25
42. Coffee & Cupcakes
A sweet treat: indulge your passion for sweets with a $45.00 gift card from Sweet Cupcasions accompanied by your favorite coffees from Starbuck's ($35.00 gift card)

~Donated by Sweet Cupcasions and Starbuck's
Prize Value: $80
Minimum Bid: $65
Bid Increment: $5
ONLINE BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED