2015-06-19 / Community

A Window on the Past

Field of Dreams at Summer in Maine Auction
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

Now in its ninth year, the Summer in Maine Auction is the place to check out for anyone interested in spending time in Maine on vacation in the summer – whether coming from out of state or just taking a relaxing vacation close to home. The Summer in Maine Auction features the very best places and attractions that our state has to offer and has great ideas for things to do in the summer. Whether you’re interested in going for a sail on a schooner along Maine’s coast, taking a lighthouse cruise, visiting a museum, enjoying the scenery at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, riding a trolley, or going out to eat, there’s something for everyone. Best of all, the auction is the signature fundraiser for South Portland Historical Society. Your high bids will help to keep the museum at Bug Light Park open to the public with no admission charges, and you can win some great auction items at the same time.

There are some unique items being offered up in the auction again this year. Portland Pilots has generously donated a ride for four people on the Portland Pilot boat. The Pilot boat is a busy fixture in Portland Harbor. Every large tanker and cruise ship that enters or leaves Portland Harbor must do so with a Portland Pilot at the helm. But the Portland Pilots, who know every inch of our harbor, must either climb up or down a rope ladder from one ship to the other while out at sea and traveling at high speed. This auction item is truly unique. Not many people get the opportunity to go out and see the Portland Pilots up close and in action.

Another great item up for bid this year is a Portland Sea Dogs sky box, generously donated by Portland Tugboat. This isn’t just any Sea Dogs game, though. This sky box is for Sunday, Sept. 6, the “Field of Dreams” game. At this game, the Portland Sea Dogs will emerge from a cornfield wearing oldstyle uniforms, reproductions of the 1926 Portland Eskimos baseball team. The sky box includes seats for 22 people either outside in front of the sky box, or inside where heat and/or air conditioning will provide a comfortable setting for your family or friends.

There are multitudes of other items in the auction, including hotel stays with breakfast (and pools), local restaurants and attractions, and unexpected items like having your student’s senior portrait taken by professional photographer Robert Akers, having a will prepared by attorney Robert Raftice, or add some beauty to your home with matted lighthouse prints by artist Dick Anzelc. Auction items will be on display and can be bid on inside the museum from June 20 through July 4. The society will again hold its daytime 4th of July Celebration starting at 11 a.m. with a barbecue at Bug Light Park. Our own “Benjamin Franklin” will read the Declaration of Independence at noon from the museum front porch. Come on down with your lawn chairs or blankets, enjoy a picnic and Mr. Franklin’s fiery and patriotic reading. The auction will close after the reading. Old fashioned games for children will take place in the park at 1 p.m. for those interested. Members of the NorEasters Kite Club will be there throughout the day, flying their whimsical and patriotic kites for all to enjoy; a large selection of kites is available for sale in the museum gift shop, as well as kite wands for toddlers and young children.

The Summer in Maine Auction will be set up in the silent auction format at the society’s Cushing’s Point Museum, from June 20 through July 4. For more information and to bid, visit the museum at 55 Bug Light Park – take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive, then turn right onto Madison Street that leads into the park – or call the museum at 767-7299. Bidding will also be possible by email or messaging on Facebook. Check out the South Portland Historical Society page on Facebook for more info on online bidding, or email us at sphistoricalsociety@maine. rr.com.

Kathryn DiPhilippo is director of South Portland Historical Society.

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