Black Rock Social House will soon be opening (March 15, 2021!). This brand new CT restaurant is sure to be a beloved destination under the inspired leadership of Mark Turocy, Owner.
A PRIVATE WEEKEND BRUNCH FOR 8 PEOPLE!
Sitting at our Chef's table on our private balcony*, you and seven guests will have your choice or any item on our brunch menu and a mimosa/bellini or nonalcoholic beverage of your choice. We will also have a surprise or two during your experience
that will be sure to excite your taste buds.
This package is good Saturday or Sunday from 11:30am-2:30pm between April 1, 2021 - June
*(not handicap accessible)
The highest bidder will win the opportunity to program an hour of their favorite music on WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield.
Virtually connect with Kate to put together a playlist of your favorite music to share with WSHU's listeners, and our world-wide streaming audience!
Kate will help you choose the best recordings of music that's meaningful to you and assemble it into a playlist that flows seamlessly from one piece to the next.
The winner will also receive WSHU swag and CDs!
Celebrate the spring season with this fresh bundle of produce!
Go from garden to table with Amey Marrella's contribution of 2 pounds of fresh, home-grown asparagus and Dan Camenga's supply of a dozen fresh chicken eggs and cut spring flowers (subject to harvest availability).
Share the wonderful Winnie the Pooh with your family with this story-time basket.
The basket includes:
- A stuffed Winnie the Pooh
- A yellow blanket (46" by 34")
- "Growing up Stories Winnie the Pooh" book
Own a piece of New Haven history with this picture of Duke Ellington and Willis "Jim" Smith at Woolsey Hall in New Haven taken by local photographer Woody Ford.
More about Woody Ford:
"From taking photographs of jazz musicians performing, in rehearsal and off-stage, I have hewn a style that is rich in expressive content but spare. I took the photographs for Grammy award-winning saxophonist Yusef Lateef's 2000 album "Beyond the Sky," and, over a three-year period, I documented the restoration of the Yale University School of Music.
In 1972, the Duke Ellington Foundation at Yale brought together more than 50 musicians who performed in a "Conservatory Without Walls." The photographs I took at this event included images of up-and-coming stars like Jon Faddis as well as giants such as Charles Mingus, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Duke Ellington, Marion Williams, and Johnny Coles from jazz's Golden Age.
More recently, I photographed mainstays of the current jazz scene - Dick Hyman, Wycliffe Gordon and Bill Charlap among them - in rehearsal for the "Jazz in July" festival at New York's 92nd St. Y."
Now is your chance to own an image of a jazz icon from a renowned local jazz photographer to display!
Please note that this photograph comes beautifully framed. The framing has been professionally updated in 2021 by Framed in Hamden, CT
Enjoy a virtual lunch with a State Senator representing New Haven and West Haven areas, Gary Winfield!
Gary Winfield is currently serving his fourth term as a Connecticut State Senator. Prior to that, he served three terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the Judiciary committee, Vice Chair of Energy and Technology, and a proud member of the Appropriations, Education, Housing, and General Law committees.
Enjoy a fabulous Snack Pack from Trader Joe's. These high-quality treats are ones you definitely will want to have around for a movie night in, or friends who stop by! This eclectic mix will be sure to satisfy the tastes of every one at home.
Enjoy a bundle of bird-themed goodies - some for humans and some for our feathered-friends - kindly contributed by The Fat Robin.
The bundle includes 1 seed and nut ornament, an owl face mask, a bag of organic, fairly traded, Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee, a mug featuring Buttonwood farms in Griswold, CT PLUS a $10 gift certificate. What a deal!
Receive a 30 minute live virtual visit for someone special or for your organization. Your Broadway star for this unique experience is Thayne Jasperson - one of the stars from the original Cast of Hamilton! This makes a fun and fabulous gift.
Hear ye, hear ye! His name is Thayne Jasperson and he originated the role of Samuel Seabury in Hamilton! He now covers Seabury, King George, and Laurens/Phillip. Thayne really is as kind, energetic, and hilarious as he seems.
During "Ask Me Anything" sessions, we are all over the place and it is the best ever. Thayne talks about anything from the details he added to Samuel Seabury before Hamilton moved to Broadway (plus changes that have since been cut from the show), his love of King George III, how he messes with his fellow cast members on stage, why his faith is so important to him, and explains his cookie addiction.
The winner of this silent auction item will benefit from concierge support to schedule this experience. Please note that this experience must be completed within two years from the date of purchase. Reservations are subject to availability, and must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed.
Create memories with your family with this book bundle featuring Dr. Seuss!
The basket includes:
- A large stuffed Cat in the Hat
- A large basket
- "The Cat in The Hat"
- "The Foot Book"
- "Mr. Brown can moo Can You?"
- "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut"
- "And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street"
- "Fox in Sox"
- Dr. Seuss stencil book
- Blue & White blanket (54" by 47")
- Dr. Seuss Bulletin Board Boarder or Room Boarder
The Metropolitan Opera is pleased to participate in the silent auction for the New Haven
Symphony Orchestra's 2021 Rise Gala honoring Harolyn Blackwell as a Quartet Award
We offer the winner the following prize:
- Two (2) complimentary tickets to a performance of the winner's choice during the Met's 2021-22 opera season.
Please know that the selected performance date is to be mutually agreed upon between the
auction winner and the Metropolitan Opera, and that all reservations are subject to
availability. We ask that the winner allow a minimum of two weeks for the reservations to
$50 Gift Certificate to L'Orcio!
L'Orcio is a fine dining establishment serving Italian Cuisine in New Haven, CT; featuring wonderful menus using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients with in-house made specialty pastas like ricotta gnocchi, ravioli and pappardelle. Chef d'Amuri works his magic preparing a variety of Italian cuisine of meat and fish dishes daily and desserts like Tiramisł, Chocolate Mousse Cake, and Lemon Tart are freshly prepared at the restaurant. Located in a refurbished historical home, the restaurant offers three unique spaces for contemporary fine dining with a European flair.
When State Senator Gary Winfield is not in the capitol working on legislation, he pursues his passion as a photographer for special events.
He is offering a one hour photoshoot at the donors choice of location. Don't miss out on the chance to capture memories with this offer!
See his most recent works here.
Receive a $25 gift card to this versatile community gem located in Hamden, CT!
Best Video Film and Cultural Center (BVFCC) was created to preserve the rich movie archive of Best Video-a legendary independent video store-and to explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. BVFCC now operates as a valued community space serving Greater New Haven with its world-class film archive, performance space, screening room and coffee bar.
End the virtual gala with a sweet way to treat yourself! A dozen of these cookies can surely fulfill those quarantine cravings.
WHAT ARE MOON ROCKS GOURMET COOKIES?
"Simply they're the best cookies on the face of the Earth. Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies have a very distinctive texture. They are a delightful surprise to the senses. They are not overly sweet and are artfully packed with 100% all natural gourmet flavors. Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies are made with the finest quality ingredients and each one is hand formed. Enjoy the perfect imperfections of our lumpy, little chunky Moon Rocks."
Package includes $20 gift card, tote bag, pens, and note pads.
Claudine Smith is a local Connecticut artist who is passionate and creative in her works.
An interesting note on the construction of her pieces - "I don't use a wheel for my functional ware, preferring to build everything by hand to create irregularities that add interesting effects."
This unique piece can be yours for the right bid!
Cuddle up with a new stuffed friend with this story-time basket.
- A stuffed brown bear
- "Brown Paper Teddy Bear" book by Catherine Allison
- A blanket (62" by 44")
- Clover honey in a bear container
Enjoy this basket of handmade organic products to boost your looks from Styled By G Essentials.
- Turmeric & Tangerine Body Scrub
- The Throne Beard Oil
- You Grow Girl Hair Growth Serum
- Pretty Kitty Yoni Oil
Find Styled by G on Instagram - @theofficialstyledbyg_
Win over your valentine this year with a luxurious basket of goodies.
- Monkey with "Bananas 4 Your Heart"
- A large box of Godiva Chocolates
- A bag of Hershey's dark chocolate kisses
- Lindt Linder Truffles in each of two wine glasses
- 150 scented silk rose pedals in a beautiful organza bag with 4 teal light candles
- 2 bottles of wine from Cupcake
- White basket with sparkly purple materials
This will surely make for a great date night!
These limited-stock collectible magnets are available until they're sold out!
Act quickly to secure your NHSO magnet.
Treat yourself to a sweet breakfast and snacks with this $25 gift card to Whitney Donut and two bags of fresh Hamden-made popcorn.
And that's not all! This "Fab Pack" also comes with a logoed travel mug and tote bag!
Answer the trumpet call with a bid on this 30-minute master class (live via Zoom or a recorded general session) by Travis Higgins III.
"Travis is a graduate from Prairie View A&M University, just north of Houston TX, with a degree in Music Performance, freelanced around the greater Houston area, marched with the DCI group the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2012', became soloist and duettist with the Bluecoats in 2014', performed multiple performances with pop singer Solange Knowles, Principal Trumpet of the Young Artist Symphony, active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and now is a graduate of the prestigious Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music under retired Professor Edmund Cord with a Masters of Music.
Currently, Travis is now third Trumpet in the Terra Haute Symphony Orchestra. an active freelancer around Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Nashville, and is pursuing his Ph.D at the University of Connecticut in Music Performance.
Decorate with iconic illustrations by Norman Rockwell.
This basket includes:
- Three Norman Rockwell books
- Framed Norman Rockwell prints "Four Freedoms" (Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Worship)
- One basket
Have your mouth watering with this scrumptious offer from Chip in a Bottle.
Chip in a Bottle is a chocolate confectionery in Woodbridge, CT specializing in unique and flavorful desserts, ranging from hand crafted truffles, colorful delicate macarons, silky gelato, and decadent cheesecakes.
This $50 gift card will go to the highest bidder!
Sing to your heart's content with this 45-minute voice lesson for any age and any skill level!
This virtual voice lesson will be taught by Cynthia Eggers who is on faculty at ACES's Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven and the Neighborhood Music School. Her students have included performers at New York's Metropolitan Opera, HBO's series "The Sopranos", NBC's "Saturday Night Live" performances and On- and Off-Broadway singers and actors, as well as winners in international and national singing competitions. In 2016 she was awarded the Carnegie Hall "American Protege Diploma of Recognition" for her teaching.
House of Naan, a modern Indian kitchen featuring fresh takes on traditional Indian fare and inventive cocktails is ready to serve up some of your favorites or expand your food horizons!
Located in the heart of New Haven, the Elm City, this award-winning restaurant offers lunch, dinner, take out and catering.
Indulge in their menu with 4 $10 gift cards to use over a series of meals or to share with friends!
Set sail on the water with this adventurous offer. One or two people from the same family are invited to learn to sail on "Bravo".
The sailing lesson can take place in the morning, or afternoon, in June, July, or August (weather permitting). You'll be in good hands with our NHSO friend Nancy DeVries showing you the ropes. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
This unique photograph comes from Charles Kingsley, a local attorney and former Board president of the NHSO. His interest in photography has brought him around the world to take pictures such as this one.
The framed dimensions of this image is 34.5" by 26".
Spark imagination during play time with this basket featuring Billy Bear and its first sitter!
The basket includes:
- A large handy storage basket
- "A Babysitter for Billy Bear" book by Miriam Moss
- A small stuffed bear "Billy Bear"
- A large stuffed bear
- A blue & white hand crocheted blanket (49" by 37")
Rooted in spice, Pataka's menu captures a similar sensory experience: one that's BRIGHT, BOLD, and LOUD.
But make no mistake, Pataka is for the hesitant novice as much as the adventurous veteran of Indian cuisine. To prove it, they've created a fast-casual space that deviates from the typical curry house lunch buffet-their unique attempt at challenging the stereotypes that plague Indian restaurants everywhere. Offering a customizable, veggie-forward menu in a colorful, modern setting, they strive to present the authentic South Asian flavors they love as simply and accessibly as possible.
Enjoy the Bright, Bold, and Loud experience of Pataka's food with 4 $10 gift cards to spread out over a number of meals or split among friends!
Host a virtual or socially-distant tea party with this bundle that gives you all the resources you need.
The basket includes:
- An antique plate with roses
- An antique cream pitcher with roses
- A white tea pot
- Four blue place mats
- One table runner with some tea pots
- "The Art of Tea & Friendship" book by Sandy Lynam Clough
- "A Proper Tea" book by Joanna Isles
- A basket
Learn the basic steps of Irish Step Dancing from the always-exhilarating NHSO Education Director Caitlin Daly-Gonzales!
This 1 hour lesson will be an energetic introduction to Irish Step Dancing complete with traditional music and friendly instruction. Can be done over Zoom or socially-distanced in-person.
Learning new dance moves from NHSO's Caitlin Daly-Gonzales is only a bid away!
This package includes a $75 Gift certificate from Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT along with optional transportation and installation support for your treasure. Once you find your perfect shrub or tree, you may need some help transporting it and planting it in your garden. NHSO's Dan Camenga, resident Horticulture expert, will provide that support based on your needs.
Since its inception, Broken Arrow Nursery has proved to be a premier destination nursery that acquires, develops, and grows rare, unusual, and garden-worthy plants. At the nursery, you will find superior quality, outstanding customer service and expert advice for gardeners and enthusiasts.
The vision of Broken Arrow Nursery is to inspire a love of plants and enrich the lives of their customers through the unique, great plants they grow and knowledge they freely share.
In case you need a little help transporting and/or planting your new shrub or tree, enjoy optional planting support as a perfect compliment to your selected treasure from Broken Arrow Nursery. Dan Camenga will help transport and/or install your new shrub or tree.
Cook up some sweet treats with this bundle of cooking essentials.
This basket includes:
- One Chef's apron and hat (child's size)
- One Cook book storage basket
- A set of measuring cups
- Two scrapers
- One pair of salad tongs
- Two hot mitts
- "Sweet Treats" cookbook
- "DK Cooking Books"
- American Heart Association "Kids Cookbook"
- "Kid Concoctions" cookbook
- "Everything Kids Cookbook"
- "Silly Snacks" cookbook
From subs to chicken marsala - enjoy this variety pack of gift cards to New Haven area restaurants.
This package includes:
- One $30 gift card to DiBella's subs
- One $10 gift card to Pataka
- One $10 gift card to House of Naan
This bundle, from local author Sun Queen (Lauren Pittman), includes swag and a special signed copy of the book "It Happened Within the Sun."
"It Happened Within The Sun" is a book of poems that inspires you to live on elevated frequencies. Sun's storytelling focuses on emotional and spiritual connections. Journey with Sun as she arrives to her liberation.
- 1 Small Tie Dye Shirt
- 1 Medium Pink T-Shirt
- 1 Large Tie Dye Shirt
- 1 Large Black Sweatshirt
- 2 book marks.
This classic children's character is ready for story time with this basket.
The basket includes:
- One Raggedy Ann doll
- "Raggedy Ann & Rags" book by Johnny Gruelle
- White hand crocheted blanket (40" + fringe by 32")
Enjoy a curated collection of wine by the board members of the NHSO.
The bundle includes:
- A bottle of Mac Murray Pinot Noir
- A bottle of Joseph Carr Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
- A bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay
- A bottle of Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
- A bottle of Altered Dimension Cabernet Sauvignon
- A bottle of Goru Verde
- A bottle of Montes Alpha Chilean Red Wine
Watch your NHSO from VIP seating in Woolsey Hall.
President Taft was a New Haven resident and frequently visited Woolsey Hall. Yale made a special seat to accommodate his visits to the hall.
This 3-ticket package includes President Taft's seat (not usually available to the public) and the two adjacent seats in the first row of the balcony.
The ticket package will be available for a future, in-person concert according to Classics concert series and winner's availability .
Stay warm during the rest of the cold weather with this handmade quilt! And, dive into the book "Humans" by Brandon Stanton while sipping on 3 types of Pukka organic tea.
The pattern's name is "Moonglow" and the dimensions are 55" by 74".
Thabisa's "Walk the song" Socks are not made to only remind you of the person behind them but the journey that has inspired her to take this route. We all embark on our different journeys to find our true person and purpose. When you put on Thabisa socks be reminder to stand firm and carve your own path with love.
3 pairs of socks are included.
Come one and all and see magician Joshua Kaplan perform card tricks right before your eyes! Have Joshua perform at your next small gathering or event!
About Joshua Kaplan:
My name is Joshua Kaplan and I'm a seasoned magician from the Tri-State area specializing in close up card manipulation. During my high school years, college years, and pre-COVID19, I was a regular performer at "A Taste of Magic," one of New York's most highly rated magic shows. All of my magic is up close and personal, involves audience participation, and is experienced like no other magic you've ever seen- and is all done with ordinary playing cards.
Unfortunately because of how busy my life has gotten and because of COVID, I have not been able to perform, however this silent auction has provided me the opportunity to showcase my skills at an event or small gathering of your choice for a good cause!
Enjoy this season's hottest hot chocolate trend: Hot Chocolate Bombs! Made by Nadya's Hot Chocolate Bombs.
This item comes complete with two NHSO mugs and 4 hot chocolate bombs (2 mint/dark chocolate and 2 raspberry/white chocolate).
Simply pour very hot milk over the bombs in the mug, and then watch the magic happen! For extra fun, enjoy while listening to the NHSO YouTube channel!
Enjoy a personal Zoom-based introduction to the history, love, resilience, and heartbreak that led to the creation of the Remembrance Garden at Southern CT State University. This in-depth and personalized discussion will include William Faraclas, SCSU professor and founder of SCSU's Department of Public Health, and Dan Camenga, public garden enthusiast and NHSO's Development Director.
Following the personal Zoom-based discussion and introduction, enjoy an optional guided walking tour of the Remembrance Garden and nearby outdoor campus highlights.
From the fall of 2016 until the dedication of the garden on May 4, 2018, Dan and Bill served as the co-leads of the volunteer Reflection Garden Council. The Council was composed of a group of students, staff, faculty, and community members. Together, they led the planning, visioning, fundraising, and installation on behalf of the University in order to complete the 2013 vision of establishing a memorial to the four Southern alumnae killed during the Sandy Hook tragedy (4 out of the 6 adults were members of the SCSU community).
The beautiful garden includes a custom and exclusive 10 ft tall wooden sculpture built by the world renowned Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. The garden's design was developed by the Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, owned and led by Julie Moir Messervy who worked with Yo Yo Ma in 1998 to create the Music Garden located at Toronto's Harborfront.
The discussion and optional tour will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time for the buyer and tour guides. Join Dan and Bill for a unique tour of the Remembrance Garden, one of New Haven's important public garden spaces and discover interesting links between music and public gardens!
This beautifully stylized painting of jazz legend John Coltrane comes from local social worker and artist-at-heart Chris Bidorini.
It captures Coltrane caught in the moment of performance and would be a great addition to any music room.
WIN A $500 Amazon Shopping Spree!
The drawing will be held at 9:30pm on 2/6/2021 live from Woodwinds of Branford and shared via the event chat within Hopin (RISE event venue).
Ticket Holders Do Not Need Be Present To Win. The winner will be contacted directly.
Prize is not redeemable for cash or alcoholic beverage.
Virtual event. Livestream from: 29 School Ground Rd, Branford, CT 06405