A Glimpse at this Year's Auction Items
Following is a preview of some of our exciting auction items for this year's gala.
This item includes more than 13 collections of CD's from contemporary Tiempo Libre to classical masterpieces.
Hand Crafted and One-of-a-Kind Items
Our beautiful, hand crafted auction items include a hand folded book art sculpture, two hand thrown pottery bowls, a hand knit felted tote, and a wool lace shawl.
Experience a live performances with our array of tickets for auction. Tickets include: The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York City Ballet at SPAC, Capital Repertory Theatre, Proctors, Troy Chromatics, Albany Pro Musica, Friends of Chamber Music, and The Union College Concert Series.
Saratoga Tea & Honey gift basket, Bread Basket, Stress Relief Basket, Museum Treasures, Guy Tools, World of Tea, R&R Basket, Albany Co Historical Assoc basket, Jump into Science
Custom Framed Calligraphy by Noriko Kuroda
This item is a calligraphy, waka (short Japanese poetry) celebrating the renewal of life and the new year, the return of spring. Noriko Kuroda studied Japanese calligraphy for years in Japan with one of the master calligraphers, Kanichi Nakada until she came to the U.S. twenty five years ago. She received awards three times from the exhibition which Mr. Nakada presided and submitted her work to the biggest exhibition in Japan for years. After living in this country, Ms. Kuroda continued to submit her work to exhibitions in Tokyo. While at Empire State College, she researched "Eastern Creative Art Process" through her Japanese Calligraphy studies.
Fun Places to Go
This year's auction items include tickets, or guest passes to an array of fun places to visit throughout the Capital Region. Attractions include, the Tri-City ValleyCats, Via Aquarium, Whispering Pines Golf Course, the Ciccotti Center, miSci Museum, and the National Museum of Dance.
Dine at some of the Capital Region's finest restaurants. This year's restaurant certificates include: the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Turf Tavern, Glass Tavern, Sake Restaurant, Reel Seafood, IL Faro Restaurant & Bar, Fort Orange Club, Bailey's Café, and Cornell's Fine Italian Cuisine.
Dinner with Gala Honoree
This item includes dinner for two with Dr. Steady Moono in SCCC's Casola Dining Room. Dr. Monno is President of Schenectady County Community College and the author of "Thriving in the Community College and Beyond (Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development)," and "Rules of the Road: The Tonga Proverbs."
This item includes voice lessons taught by Mezzo-Soprano, Tess McCarthy. Ms. McCarthy is an active singer and performer in the capital region and maintains a private voice studio. This package includes two hours of voice lesson time which can be redeemed for two one-hour sessions or four half-hour sessions.
The Feldenkrais Method addresses how you move and use yourself, in ways that enhance coordination, performance, and overall physical comfort. It's been called "crossword puzzles for the body," but it's for the brain, too, and can help us unlearn bad habits we've acquired over time. Feldenkrais can be taught in a class format, but in this individual, hands-on session, the movements are done for you and are gentler even than the lighter massage techniques! The session is given by flutist of The Musicians of Ma'alwyck, Norman Thibodeau, who holds a diploma from the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in New York.
Dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Dance the night away at with a gift certificate for one private dance lesson, one group lesson and one party at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Latham and Saratoga Springs.
Waterford Crystal Ice Bucket
This item is a beautiful cut crystal "Mixology Talon" ice bucket by Waterford Crystal and includes a pair of tongs and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
Summer Season at SPAC
This item iis a Saratoga package of two tickets to the New York City Ballet and two tickets to The Philadelphia Orchestra for this summer's season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, plus four passes to the Saratoga Automobile Museum next door.
Union College Concert Series 2017-18
This item includes two full season subscriptions to the Union Concert Concert Series for 2017-18 and a gift card to Cornell's Fine Italian Cuisine. The concerts are held at Union College's historic Memorial Chapel and welcome some of the world's leading classical musicians in repertoire from J.S. Bach to Matthew Aucoin and many favorite classics in between.
Chinese Tai Chi Sword
This item is a traditional Chinese Tai Chi sword complete with a scabbard and tassel.
Scott Nelson Foster, Olana
Scott Nelson Foster is a painter & draughtsman originally from the west. His paintings and drawings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the country. The subject of the painting is Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region.
Overnight stay at the Renaissance Albany HotelThis item includes a weekend overnight room at the Albany Renaissance Hotel with breakfast for two and parking for 1 vehicle, along with a $50 gift certificate to Wellington's Bar and Lounge.
Football Signed by Dion Lewis
Dion Lewis is an American football running back for the New England patriots, winners of Super Bowl LI. Alumni of Albany High School and the Albany Academy, he played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted in 2011 by the NFL.
The Judgment of Paris II
This wine tasting "duel" between French and Californian wines is an endeavor to recreate a famous wine tasting in 1976 conducted in Paris in which well known experts tasted French and American wines without prior knowledge of which was which when the tasting occurred. Red and white wines will be paired to a five course tasting menu for 10 by CIA graduate and culinary wizard, Mike Cohen.
The Great Operas
This collection of opera books consists of a large-format set of 10 antique volumes, published in 1899. The overall introduction to the series is written by Giuseppi Verdi. Each book contains several pairings of a bio of an opera writer plus the plot of his opera. Each synopsis begins with a full-size one-color rich lithograph plate of a scene painted from the opera. In the midst of the synopsis text are colored (one-color) drawings, paintings, or photos of characters or partial scenes.
Druthers Brewing Company - This item includes a specially chef prepared Beer Dinner for four at Druthers Brewing Company in Albany. At the area's premier brewery, it's sure to please.
Union Gables Inn - This item includes a two-night stay at the Union Gables Inn in Saratoga with a cooked-to-order breakfast. The mansion is located on over one acre with a stunning heated outdoor pool, rose gardens, fountains, sitting areas and classic wrap around porch that boasts a quiet haven to immerse in the historic beauty of the surrounding area.
The Glimmerglass Opera - This item includes two tickets to each of the four mainstage Glimmerglass Festival Productions (Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Xerxes, and The Siege of Calais), VIP parking, access to the Intermission Club, and a picnic before one of the performances.
Gourmet Meal for 10 - Randy Rosette and Chris Jensen will host a delicious, complete meal for ten people at their home in Latham. Invite your favorite friends to relax and enjoy a wonderful repast. The winning bidder can choose from the following two menus: Gourmet Food and Wine Pairing Dinner or Champagne Brunch Royale.
Musicians of Ma'alwyck Private Hauskonzert - This item is a private performance by a duo from Musicians of Ma'alwyck. What could be more special than live chamber music in your own home or business? Feel like 18th century royalty and enjoy great live classical music by a duo or a public performance, in the form of a concert, background music, or some combination.