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"Into the Woods" Annual Benefit Gala

2014 Auction Preview

The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum proudly present a preview of the grand items that you will have a chance to win on July 18 at the Annual Benefit Gala! Place your bid at our live auction during dinner or take part in our silent auction throughout the evening. For additional information, please contact Jessica Kendrick at 607-547-1433 or j.kendrick@nysha.org.

More auction items will be displayed at the Gala.

Unless otherwise specified, all auction winnings must be redeemed by June 30, 2015. Thank you!


Into the Woods and Lunch at Leatherstocking Farm for 10

Enjoy lunch and then head into the woods at Leatherstocking Farm. A group of 10 will be welcomed by Steve and Mercedes Gotwald. A mutually agreeable date will be scheduled between July and mid-October 2014. Donated by Steve and Mercedes Gotwald.

Farmlands Cocktail Party for 25

Invite 25 of your closest friends to a cocktail party around a large fire pit on the hill with stunning views of Otsego Lake! A mutually agreeable date will be scheduled. Donated by Lou Hager.

Farm to Table Dinner for 12

Tour the G&T Farm and then enjoy the featured grass fed beef for dinner at Summerwood, located in Richfield Springs, NY. A mutually agreeable date will be scheduled. Donated by Doug and Carrie Thompson.

Dinner Party for 12

A grand dinner party celebration! A mutually agreeable date will be scheduled. Donated by MJ and Steve Harris.


Experience the Equinox

Enjoy the beauty of Vermont and relax in luxury at the historic Equinox Resort & Spa in Manchester. A one night stay for 2, along with your choice of a fly fishing adventure, a lesson at the school of Falconry or a Land Rover driving experience. A gift certificate towards the Spa is included. Winner should contact Cay Franck to schedule. Donated by Chris and Cay Franck and by Bunny Hamilton.

To the Races!

Experience the oldest thoroughbred race track in the United States with private box at Saratoga! The winner will receive two weekdays of their choice for the 2014 Saratoga season, Friday July 18 through September 1 (excluding Travers Week). The private box seats 5. Winner must abide by dress code. Clubhouse admission not included. Place your bet for this one-of-a-kind experience! Donated by Tony Grey.

Adirondack Adventure

Spend two nights at the Vanderbilt’s Great Camp Sagamore! Located in Raquette Lake, NY, within the Adirondack Forest Preserve, this National Historic Landmark designated wilderness estate was owned by the Alfred G. Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Your rest and relaxation will be assured as you enjoy 20 miles of hiking trails, playing lawn games, canoeing, and a tour of the historic estate. Guests are called to chef-prepared buffet meals by a bell. This package also includes two passes and a curator-led tour of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Offer valid through October 14, 2014. Donated by Garet Livermore/Great Camp Sagamore and by the Adirondack Museum.

Treat Yourself

You and a friend will begin your day touring the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, known for its remarkable collection of 19th and 20th century American paintings, anchored by Winslow Homer and other notable artists. Next head to the Spring House Spa in Sharon Springs for therapeutic Swedish massages, a deeply relaxing experience that will refresh and calm your mind and body. End your day with fine dining as you enjoy dinner for two at the American Hotel. Donated by The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, the Spring House Spa, and the American Hotel.


Adirondack Sunset

Painted just for our Gala, "Into the Woods," by Robert J. Schneider, 24 x 20 in. oil on canvas, this enchanting and beautifully framed Adirondack sunset will capture your gaze. Donated by Robert J. Schneider.

After Rain

Painted by Mary Nolan, 8 x 10 in. oil painting, framed, “After Rain” is a plein air painting of a swollen stream on Rathbun Road, after the rain ceased on an autumn afternoon. Donated by Mary Nolan.

Autumn’s Hush

Painted by Susan Jones Kenyon, 13 x 19 in. oil on canvas, framed, this serene edge of trees embraces the hush of autumn. Donated by Susan Jones Kenyon.

Broadway & Canal

Engraved in aquatint and signed by L. Augier and published by Sidney Z. Lucas, enjoy this framed print of Broadway from the corner of Canal Street, New-York, 1834. Donated by Doug and Martha Evelyn.

Glimmerglass Sky

Painted by Michele Harvey, 4.5 x 6.75 in. oil on linen, mounted on board, this painting is a study for the larger painting done on site. Donated by Michele Harvey.

St. Regis River, Northern Adirondack Mountains

Painted by Deborah Geurtze, 32 x 9 in. oil on panel, framed, a beautiful plein air painting of the lower St. Regis Lake and St. Regis River in the Northern Adirondacks. Donated by Deborah Geurtze.

Adventures and Outings

Leatherstocking Golf

A round of golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course and lunch at the Golf Grill for four. Package includes two golf carts. Donated by Jane Forbes Clark.

Cruise on Lake Otsego

Cruise for a whole week on a 20-foot pontoon boat. The boat has a 40-horse four-stroke engine and seats 8 to 10 people. The boat is slipped at Goodyear Lake but if the winner is a member of the Cooperstown Country Club, then the winner has the option of a slip at the club and can use the boat on Otsego Lake. Must be redeemed before September 15, 2014. Donated by Marc and Elaine Bresee.

Kayak Adventure

A half-day kayak rental from Canoe and Kayak of Portlandville. Winner may paddle out from Canoe and Kayak on the Susquehanna River, or pick up the rental and transport to and from Cooperstown. Donated by Canoe and Kayak Rental and Sales.

Winslow Homer Private Tour and Lunch

A private tour for six led by President and CEO Paul D’Ambrosio. A lunch on the south terrace overlooking the lake will follow. Redeem by August 24, 2014. Donated by the Fenimore Art Museum.

Tour of Historic Homes and Lunch

Embark on a tour of these historic homes in Cooperstown: Edgewater, 1 Lake Street (Doug and Carrie Thompson), 2 Chestnut Street (Kevin and Fran Harris), 20 Fair Street (Mike and Carol Manno), and the Crooked House, 41 Lake Street (Jason and Lisbeth McCoy). Followed by a lunch catered by the Firehouse Market at Edgewater. Tickets for this outing will be sold at the Gala. $40 per ticket. Tour and lunch will run from 11:00 am-1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 29 with lunch starting at 12:30 pm. Donated by Fran Harris, Carol Manno, Lisbeth McCoy, Carrie Thompson, and Shelley Graham.

Dinner for Six at the Blue Mingo

Delicious cuisine paired with an unbeatable atmosphere! A dinner for 6 at the Blue Mingo Grill with house wine, includes an Adirondack inspired basket and blanket. Donated by Cory and Michael Moffat, deLancey Webster, Melissa Barry, and Brenda Ayers.

2015 Glimmerglass Opera Tickets

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to each of the Glimmerglass Festival productions during the 2015 season. (Some blackout dates may apply.) Donated by the Glimmerglass Festival.


Cooperstown Farmers Market Basket

A bountiful basket of local products found at the Cooperstown Farmers Market. The winner will also receive a gift certificate for a shopping spree at the market. Donated by the Cooperstown Farmers Market.

Firehouse Market Basket

The Firehouse Market has become the go-to place for entertainers in Cooperstown. This local market features fresh fish, gourmet take-out, local and imported cheeses, and gifts. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind basket from the Firehouse Market, which never disappoints! Donated by Lucy Townsend and the Firehouse Market.

Adirondack Décor Basket

An Adirondack-inspired basket includes an outdoor lake sign, throw blanket, balsam fir pillow, and canteen. Perfect for outdoor life for the Adirondack enthusiast! Donated by Nellie & Bean Mercantile.

Cooperstown Distillery Basket

A selection of fine spirits and other products from the local distillery are included in this gift basket. Donated by Gene and Montell Marra and by Cooperstown Distillery.

“Christmas Eve in the Woods” Quilt

A lovely hand-made quilt (machine pieced and quilted), 56 x 67 in., with cotton and flannel backing. Anonymous Donor

Natural Beauty

A beautiful birch tree and ferns from Carefree Gardens. Donated by Carefree Gardens.

Family History Archival Storage Kit

Ensure that your family history and memories last for years to come with a Buckram photo album. The album includes archival quality pages, page protectors, and photo corners. This prize also includes the Gaylord My Family History Kit. Donated by Gaylord Brothers.