What better city to re-experience the joys of travel in our own country than an adventure in New York City - the "Big Apple"!
This is a THREE NIGHT stay for two at the glamorous and edgy NoMad Hotel New York City in the Grid Iron district, home to a Michelin starred restaurant and a fabulously sumptuous bar which has been listed as James Beard winner.
Package includes tickets for two to the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. A $1,000 flight voucher will be included.
This getaway to one of the world's great cities is good until September 2022. And, YES, we will travel again!
About the NoMad...
NoMad New York is housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The hotel is intended as a fresh take on the classic grand hotels of Europe with a distinct New York sensibility. The design of the hotel was inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia's youth. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Each room is appointed with hand-selected, richly textured custom-designed furnishings, and original artwork. The soaring ceilings throughout the public spaces provide a fine gathering place to enjoy dining, drinking and socializing.
This charming old house is perched on a slope above Salmon Creek, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful hardwood floors, art of all kinds, an upright piano, and a hot tub, as well as gourmet kitchen. The house sleeps four comfortably and has two baths. This is a true refuge from our busy working world, a place that feels far away and yet is only 1hour 15 minutes from San Francisco. The home is available for up to seven days.
From the War Memorial Opera House Grand Tier, you and your guest will experience the much-anticipated A Midsummer Night's Dream by the San Francisco Ballet, at 2 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Tickets may be exchanged for another date or time that the program is offered; or, in the event that SF Ballet must cancel this program altogether, you may select any other program during the 2021 Season. Contact the donor to arrange for ticket delivery or exchange.
An official San Francisco Giants baseball autographed by the "Panda" Pablo Sandoval.
Enjoy dining at PABU Izakaya, star-rated Chef Michael Mina's restaurant at 101 California St. in the San Francisco Financial District, outside on the patio, or later when inside dining is allowed. $160 dining credit voucher (one-time use only) valid for patio dining (at 101 California St.), also pick-up or delivery orders, or future in-restaurant dining. May be used toward food and beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on all menu items (except the Omakase menu), including from the To-Go menu. PABU Izakaya is currently open Tuesday-Saturday only.
Enjoy a meal from San Francisco's Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria. The gift certificates are good for every item on the menu.
Do you have a favorite song or aria that needs some attention during this time? Here's your opportunity to study it with master teacher and ABS favorite Mary Wilson. This private one-hour Zoom lesson will cover text, artistry, and beautiful music making. Priceless! Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
More about Mary...
Flutist Bethanne Walker is offering an exclusive and intimate 40-minute solo flute recital and post-recital conversation over Zoom for the winner and three friends which will include solo works by Telemann, Bach, and perhaps a surprise! A glass of wine or libation or two is encouraged during and after the recital. Date and afternoon time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
Learn to make Marzipan Stollen from ABS violinist Tekla Cunningham with this one-of-a-kind virtual cooking class as you create the perfect dessert. The winning bidder may invite up to four individuals to join this Zoom lesson. The winning bidder must purchase all required ingredients (Homemade organic candied citrus will be mailed to the winner.) Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
This private one-hour Zoom lesson with violinist Jude Ziliak will allow you to coach a work of your choosing.. Priceless! Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
Experience flavorsome Kentucky bourbon from ABS executive director and native Kentuckian, Don Scott Carpenter's private collection with this Zoom tasting. A flight of four Bourbons will be delivered to the winning bidder and a face-to-face virtual tasting for up to four will be scheduled to allow time for questions, anecdotes, and plenty of drinking. Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
Spend an evening with ABS Board Member and author Mag Dimond, who will share with you some secrets of Italian cooking! Choose two of these for your Italian supper: an authentic Caesar salad, classic wild mushroom risotto, or a brilliant pasta al pesto. With her vast experience with wines as well, Mag will share with you her tips on the best wine pairings for these dishes. (She will also furnish printed recipes for those that wish). You can also discuss her book Bowing to Elephants. The winning bidder may invite up to four individuals to join this Zoom lesson. The winning bidder and guests must purchase all required ingredients. Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
Did you see Cynthia's YouTube video a few weeks ago as part of "Fridays with Friends" and think I wish I could make that delicious Green Tea Ice Cream? Here's a chance for you and three friends to spend time via Zoom with Cynthia creating your own version of this delicacy. The winning bidder must purchase all required ingredients. Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
Pull that sewing machine out of the closet! Would you like to make your own mask? Learn how to put in a zipper? Here's your chance to learn, or improve your sewing skills with ABS Board member Pauline Farmer. This one-hour lesson for up to four attendees can ensure that you have just the right technique to create new wardrobe essentials. Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
ABS's Artistic Administrator and Principal Violone player, Steven Lehning is also one of ABS's favorite lecturers. This one-hour virtual lecture on Bach's Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, will feature Steve's observations and analysis of not only one of Bach's greatest cantatas but one that he wrote at only 23 years old! The lecture will take place on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2021, at 4 pm. Only fifteen spots are available.
Do you play the 'cello, but wish you could brush up on that favorite solo? Here's your opportunity to coach with ABS 'cellist Bill Skeen for this one-hour physically distanced lesson. Bring your instrument and enjoy this lesson outside in the backyard in Bill's home in the Oakland hills. Date and time negotiable; must be redeemed by February 28, 2021.
An original 9"x12" painting on wood of a freighter on the San Francisco Bay with SF skyline by artist Susan Landor Keegin.
A framed and matted selenium-toned black and white photograph by Ken Hoffman. 11"x14" in a 17"x21" frame.
A framed and matted selenium-toned black and white photograph by Ken Hoffman. 11"x14" in a 17"x21" frame.
This original oil painting by artist Helen Drake Muirhead is 12"x"16.
This red alder bowl, by craftsman Brad Adams, measures 10.25" in diameter and 4.25" high.
"I made this piece from a tree that grew in Benicia, California. The tree was dying and had to be removed." - Brad Adams
This camphor bowl, by craftsman Brad Adams, measures 9.75" in diameter and 5" high.
"I made this piece from a tree that grew in Benicia, California. The tree grew too large for the area and had to be removed." - Brad Adams
This carob ikebana vase (flower not included), by craftsman Brad Adams, measures 7" in diameter and 2" high.
"I made this piece from a tree that grew in Walnut Creek, California. The tree was dying and had to be removed." - Brad Adams
Framed and signed Giclée print by Millicent Tomkins. "Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach, with Historical References" (17c. Spanish Flor, 19c. Clipper Poster II), 2011
Framed Giclée print by Millicent Tomkins. "Three Italian Arches, California Hills Dog & Musical Muses" (Solario & B. Montagna 15c. Italian), 2003
A framed map of Isle of Bute, Scotland by Timothy Pont (1659). 23.5"x 27.5"
"The Tallest Trees in the British Empire" by Australian artist Percy Trompf (1936). Winner of the London Royal School of Arts. 40"x25"
"Death Valley No. 2 (2019)" is of the Salt Flats in Death Valley, CA. This image 16"x10.67" and framed to 20.5"x15.17" is by photographer Don Scott Carpenter.
Ceremonial sword, West-African design, acquired by Hugh Davies in 1972 while on tour in West Africa with King's College Choir. Leather sheath. 12" blade. (Some rusting on sword itself.)
A 17" modern style choker necklace with crystal and chrysoprase made by Mag Dimond.
Handmade 17" Venetian glass and European crystal choker necklace.
Mother-of-pearl cuff links with gold-plated backing and beveled border.
This is a handbag made by St. John Knits. It is 9.5"x7". It is black leather with a black knitted insert.
Gold-plated earrings with Grey Mabe pearls. Three-quarters of an inch across.
Vintage beau sterling double-leaf pin, signed, measuring 2" long x 1.75" wide.
Vintage Trifari silver-tone brooch, abstract burst design, signed, measuring 2.5"x 1.5".
Vintage Avon peacock brooch, signed, in a beautiful gold frosted tone, measuring 3"x1.5".
Vintage Avon gold-tone, Faux-pearl, solid perfume, compact fashion ring, signed.
Your favorite memories will look great with this 7-photo collage frame! Stands on its own or hangs on a wall. Holds seven 5"x7" photos. Espresso color. (18"x63.5"x9.5")
Silver-plated round cuff links, engraved and embossed medallion design.
One bottle of 2013 and two bottles of 2016 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon from the private cellar of Mag Dimond.
This is just a sample of the champagne treat you have in store for you that will take you through the months to come. Members of the ABS board are donating a full case of high end champagne/sparkling wine for your sipping pleasure. 12 bottles
Prepare for those exciting nights at home. Enjoy a case of renowned Stone Tree Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon with this sought-after item.
1 bottle 2013 Turley Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard
1 bottle 2013 Turley Petite Syrah, Hayne Vineyard
2 bottles 2015 Turley Zinfandel, Juvenile
1 bottle 2016 Turley Zinfandel, Juvenile
Great with informal meals!
1 bottle 2014 Seghesio Zinfandel, Home Ranch
1 bottle 2014 Seghesio Zinfandel, Rockpile Vineyard
If you're shopping for wine, you'll need a wine bottle stopper. Add this to your cart and be set for your net physically-distanced gathering.
A pair of "Intermezzo Blue" Orrefors champagne flutes and a bottle of Nicolas Feuilatte brut reserve.
A bottle of yellow label Veuve Clicquot and two vintage Orrefors champagne flutes in Maria pattern.
A bottle of 2004 Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 6 vintage Orrefors claret goblets in Maria pattern.
Three bottles of Duckhorn Merlot, 2017 (Carneros, Rector Creek, Atlas Peak).
"The Merlots from Duckhorn are truly collector's items; easily enjoyed now and also great for putting in your cellar for years to come. A great food and sipping wine. Legendary." - Mag Dimond