40th Anniversary Gala
Thanks to our donors, BGSP has a wonderful array of auction items to bid on, both at our silent auction on April 20th, and by proxy. Scroll down to preview this great selection of trips, artwork, and other unique items. Please call the BGSP school office at 617-277-3915 if you would like to place a proxy bid. Enjoy!
These items are updated as of April 9th, 2013:
Arnold Arboretum Tour
Ten people will enjoy a guided group tour of the world renowned Arnold Arboretum by BGSP Librarian, Amy Cohen-Rose. An experienced Arboretum Interpreter, Ms. Cohen-Rose will lead you through this beautiful, 130 year old living collection of trees and plants, providing botanical information along the way. The Arnold Arboretum, part of Harvard University and a link in Boston's Emerald Necklace of parks, is a must-see for lovers of horticulture. Tour is Saturday, June 22, 2013. Bring your friends for a fun BGSP outing.
Donated by: Amy Cohen-Rose
Starting bid: $15
A complete set of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud can be yours if you are the winning bidder! This well loved collection shows evidence of use, including some wear, pencil marks, and library pockets, but it is a wonderful opportunity for you to purchase the complete Standard Edition for your psychoanalytic library.
Donated by: Ken Rogers and the BGSP Library
Opening bid: $450
This August or September, you and your guests will visit Maine's quaint seaside towns and enjoy one week of lakeside tranquility in this beautifully updated, lakefront, two bedroom cottage (sleeps four). Situated on peaceful Dyer Long Pond in Jefferson, Maine, the cottage is 14 miles (about 20 minutes) from coastal Damariscotta, with its fine restaurants and shopping, about 30 minutes from Camden, with its upscale shops and yachts, and 45-50 minutes from Freeport, for your outlet shopping. Bring your kayaks and fishing gear or simply enjoy summer's finest swimming right outside your door. With an open living room/dining room, modern kitchen and bath, and comfortable screened porch, you won't want to leave. Available Sunday, August 18 through Sunday, September 29, 2013, excluding Labor Day weekend.
Donated by: Dena and Jim Reed
Opening bid: $200
Your host, Dr. Waterson, is offering a beautiful day-long sail for two guests out of York, Maine in Summer, 2013. Sail along the picturesque New England coastline, past Nubble Light, likely the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Enjoy Maine's quaint harbors and perhaps spot marine mammals along the region's signature rocky outcrops. Your day-long sail includes lunch, so just bring yourself, your guest, and of course your camera.
Donated by: Barry Waterson
Opening bid: $75
Beachside Week in Rhode Island
If you are looking for a vacation home that allows you to walk to the beach, look no further! This beautiful, centrally air conditioned, 3 story, 3 bedroom, 3 bath home located 100 yards from the beach is your perfect destination. This home is tastefully decorated, complete with new comfortable furnishings, pillow-top beds, down pillows and blankets, lovely artwork, high speed internet for your laptop, iPod/iPhone docking station, and deck furniture and gas grill. The granite kitchen is fully stocked right down to the coffee bean grinder. There are breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean from the 3rd floor north and south facing decks as well as the master bedroom deck. Along with the private deck, the master bedroom amenities include a sitting area, dressing room, Jacuzzi tub, television, and glass shower with two shower heads. A small, semi-secluded yard provides a perfect area for grilling and games. Available September 29, 2013 to May 24, 2014.
Donated by: Kathy DelSesto
Opening bid: $300
Boston Weekend Getaway
Enjoy two nights at the Holiday Inn, on Beacon Street in Brookline. A short walk from both Fenway Park and BGSP, the hotel boasts a lovely swimming pool, whirlpool and exercise room. Perfect for a weekend getaway.
Donated by: Holiday Inn Brookline, thanks to Ted Laquercia
Opening bid: $70
Fabulous Dinner for Two at
Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel
Who could blame you for bidding on comfort food with a Brooklyn flair? Doug Crowell, owner of the popular Buttermilk Channel restaurant in Brooklyn, has generously donated this dinner for two and a bottle of wine. Enjoy!
Donated by: Doug Crowell
Opening bid: $50
Scenic Newport, Rhode Island Getaway
Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality, Newport, Rhode Island awaits you and your friends or extended family. Tour the famed Gilded Age mansions, spend an afternoon wine tasting through Newport's three scenic vineyards, check out Newport's music and comedy scenes, visit the museums, relax on the beach, and dine in excellence. Your vacation starts at this three bedroom Newport duplex which sleeps up to 10 people. Equipped with a full kitchen (including lobster pot and grill), living room, dining room, two full baths, cable, internet, and plenty of parking, this house is situated in the Historic Hill neighborhood, in walking distance to museums and the pier and two miles from First Beach and the Cliff Walk. Bid on this item and vacation in style! Please note: Both bathrooms are on the second floor and the stairs are a little steep. This house is available for one week in Fall 2013, excluding holiday weekends.
Donated by: Jill Solomon and Bob Mittleman
Opening bid: $300
Music for the Soul
Classical music aficionados will appreciate these two tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. You'll sit in the first row at the front of the balcony – so close you can almost read the musical scores. The tickets are for a Saturday night, with the schedule yet to be determined.
Donated by: Paula Berman and Bob Stolzberg
Opening bid: $70
A Day at the Ball Game
Bid on two tickets to watch the two biggest MLB rivals, Red Sox vs. Yankees, Sunday, August 18 at 1PM. Grandstand 13, Row 10, Seats 11 & 12.
Donated by: Max Cavallaro
Opening bid: $100
Scenic Acadia Getaway
The winning bidder will enjoy a one-week fall foliage vacation in scenic Southwest Harbor, Maine. This comfortable four bedroom vacation home has two bathrooms, a hot tub, a full kitchen, all appliances, a living room with cable TV, a dining room, a large yard for the kids, all in a pleasant Maine forest environment. Explore Acadia National Park, quaint local villages, and Maine's beautiful, rocky coastline. Located near beautiful harbors, fine restaurants, golf, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and the night and cultural life of Bar Harbor, this house is sure to be a wonderful retreat to kick off your autumn. Available for one week in Fall 2013, excluding holidays.
Donated by: John and Karen Madonna
Opening bid: $250
The successful bidder wins one week at this wonderful Silverleaf Resorts timeshare. You can go just about anywhere! Resorts in the Interval International system are found worldwide, including Europe, South America, the U.S., Canada, Asia, and the Caribbean. Popular destinations include Paris, St. Kitts, California, Banff, and lots more. Our last winner vacationed in Hawaii! This timeshare includes one week lodging at a resort condo which sleeps six, with two bedrooms and two baths, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with sleep sofa. (European condos may be smaller with less complete kitchens, but you get the idea.) Availability depends on the owner of the selected resort making it available for exchange. Don't miss this rare opportunity!
Donated by: Marjorie Kettell and Joseph Golner
Opening bid: $350
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Tour
Five lucky winners will receive a guided group tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from museum volunteer, Amy Cohen-Rose. As noted on its website, "the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's 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. The spirit of the architecture, the personal character of the arrangements and the artistic display of the enchanting courtyard in full bloom all create an atmosphere that distinguishes the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an intimate and culturally-rich treasure." The tour will be held on Sunday, September 22; admission is included.
Donated by: Amy Cohen-Rose
Opening bid: $25
Tanglewood on Parade
Tanglewood on Parade in Lenox, MA is one of the festival's most beloved traditions and a chance to see all its orchestras perform in a single extended concert! Always a highlight of the season, the day includes a wealth of pre-concert activities and ends with the traditional finale, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with fireworks. The festivities begin Tuesday, August 6, at 2 p.m. when gates open to brass fanfares. Performances by the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and members of the BSO, take place around the grounds throughout the afternoon. At 8:30 p.m., Stéphane Denève, Keith Lockhart, Charles Dutoit, and John Williams share the podium for a program featuring performances by the BSO, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Boston Pops, culminating in a dazzling fireworks display. The winner of this auction item will receive two tickets to the Tanglewood Shed. Weather permitting, the top bidders will be invited to a party on the Tanglewood lawn featuring Carol Panetta's dad's famous down-to-earth hospitality, barbecued baby back ribs, and homemade ice cream, hand-cranked on the spot.
Donated by: Carol and Vincent Panetta
Opening bid: $50
Cape Cod Guided Walking Fishing Excursion
You and your guest will take a guided walking fishing excursion at the Brewster flats on Cape Cod – most likely the most beautiful place you have ever fished in your life. Leaving just before first light, your tour will take anywhere from 3-5 hours. The Brewster flats are often "sight fished," when the fish are actually seen on the surface or in the water before the cast is made. When the tides go out, massive sand bars are exposed that stretch out into Cape Cod bay for a mile or so, and this concentrates the fish into shallow areas. The flats can be fly fished or conventionally fished. All gear will be provided, except for sunglasses, which are a must. Be prepared to walk to reach the prime fishing area; bring your wading shoes, old sneakers, or just your bare feet and plan to walk right in to ankle to waist high water, depending on where the fish are.
Your guides will be Jon Kelley, who has fished these flats for almost 30 years and knows them as well as anyone in the world, and/or Max Cavallaro, who cautions, "If you hook into a fish the size of your arm or leg in knee deep water, trust me, your head will explode with excitement, but be warned...once you get your first fish on the flats, the guides are not responsible for any fishing addictions or compulsions that may follow, though we can refer you to some very qualified professionals/tackle shops."
This item is available on the following dates: June 8th, 9th, or 28th, July 5th, 6th, 7th, 26th or 27th, August 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, or 25th.
Donated by: Max Cavallaro and Jon Kelley
Opening bid: $75
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Oil Portrait
Artist and alumna Kate Emlen painted this beautiful, richly colored 8" x 10" oil portrait on wood of BGSP's charming building on Beacon Street.
Donated by: Kate Emlen
Opening bid: $90
Ryan Dempster Autographed baseball
Win a baseball authographed by Red Sox pitcher, Ryan Dempster! A 15-year veteran, Dempster was a mainstay of the Chicago Cubs' rotation for nine seasons. He has also pitched for the Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, and Florida Marlins.
Donated by: The Red Sox Foundation
Opening bid: $30
Four Days in the Coronado Mountains above Tucson
Feeling the winter blues? There is no better cure than a few days spent in the mountains above Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Egan and her husband, Dr. Papson, are offering folks a chance to spend three nights at their house in Oracle, Arizona. Situated between the Coronado State Forrest and Oracle State Park, just a short drive from all the art and culture of Tucson and other southwestern artist towns like Tubac, and ten minutes from BioSphere 2 -- this house is a great place to relax, unwind and get warm. The landscape is simply stunning and you will find ample trails to bike, hike, walk as well as inspiration for painting or photography. Oracle is also considered one of the premier places to bird watch in the country. Our house has three bedrooms (sleeps six), is on an acre of land, and includes wireless, cable, and a gas grill. The house is available for a three-night visit between January 30 - March 9 or April 1 – May 5, 2014.
Donated by: Danielle Egan and Steve Papson
Opening bid: $125
Three Framed Drawings by
Illustrator/Artist Tom Feelings
These three, handsomely framed drawings by 1960's African-American artist/illustrator Tom Feelings reflect the artist's acclaim for, in his own words, "portraying the contemporary Negro scene in its true identity," in order to correct the distortions characteristic of African-American depictions of the time. These pieces were most likely drawn during Feelings' freelance period from 1959 to 1964, when Feelings drew subjects from the African American people of his Brooklyn community. According to Penguin Books, "Collectors such as Maya Angelou, Roberta Flack and Cicely Tyson have paintings by Mr. Feelings in their private collections." Our volunteer art expert reports that these drawings are valued at close to $350 each. Don't miss this rare opportunity to take home a piece of 1960's African-American history.
Donated by: Joan White
Opening bid: $150 for the set of 3
Phil Simms Autographed Football
One lucky bidder will walk away with this football autographed in 1986 by that year's Super Bowl MVP, Phil Simms. The American football quarterback is now a television sportscaster for the CBS network. Simms played his entire professional career with the Giants and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Super Bowl XXI, after he led the Giants to a 39–20 victory over the Denver Broncos and set the record for highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl, going 22 for 25. He also was named to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1985 and 1993 seasons. Complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, this ball is your chance to take home a piece of Super Bowl history!
Donated by: Ted Laquercia
Opening bid: $60
Huntington Theatre Tickets
The winning bidder and a guest can enjoy a show during the 2013-2014 season at The Huntington Theatre. The varied lineup includes a ravishing new musical adaptation by a visionary director, a stirring world premiere by the Huntington's new playwright-in-residence, a sharp new work by Boston's most recent Broadway playwright, and a master's classic brought to life by two outstanding interpreters of his work.
Donated by: The Huntington Theatre
Opening bid: $80
Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Here is your chance! Dr. Sherry Ceridan will teach you to create something for yourself or your family for the winter or the holidays. She will offer two classes for two hours each to learn the basics of knitting, and you will complete a scarf and a hat as your first projects.
Classes will be in September for up to 6 people. Prior to class, Dr. Ceridan will recommend choices for yarn and knitting needles to bring to class.
Donated by: Sherry Ceridan
Opening bid: $50