Medomak Valley Land Trust’s third annual Summer Sizzle auction fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 13, promises something for everyone. The event features Steelin’ Thunder, the Midcoast’s own steel drum band, to kick things off to a Caribbean beat and the Ale House String Band to finish the evening, as well as a lobster bake and a buffet with jerk chicken and other calypso tastes.

With both a live and silent auction, the night will reflect what makes the Medomak watershed so varied and exotic. Summer Sizzle takes place under the big tent at Cider Hill Farm, 777 Main St., from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance or $80 at the door.

“What’s especially exciting this year is the breadth of the donations,” said MVLT Executive Director Daniel Ungier.

Straight from the rich clam flats of the Medomak River, Waldoboro Shellfish Committee member Glen Melvin will be offering a hod of just-dug clams to one lucky bidder, while another local clammer will offer to teach someone how to locate the holes and dig for clams on Sampson Cove, one of the river’s richest spots. There also will be a freezer-ready 40-pound lamb from a local farmer.

The live auction includes many other attractive items, including a one week stay in a six-bedroom historic house in Friendship. Perfect for a family getaway, reunion or an artist retreat, the home was recently renovated by Waldoboro’s Josh Howell and is filled with exquisite angles of wood and light, spacious enough for more than a dozen people to get lost in; with a kitchen that any chef would admire; and perched on a lovely cove beside the harbor that is perfect for swimming.

Kaja Vielleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will run the live auction and has donated an item from his galleries for the event. He will be auctioning off items that include exciting sailing outings, a learn-to-sail opportunity and a wheelbarrow full of surprises. The silent auction showcases the generosity of local merchants and the watershed’s many artisans. One can learn how to throw clay with Kat Logan or push a spindle through a loom with Sara Hotchkiss.

For those who can’t make the event but still want to bid on these items, pre-bidding is available online and accessible through the land trust’s website,

As the largest annual fundraiser for the Medomak Valley Land Trust, the Sizzle allows friends and neighbors to cap off the summer season with a joyous evening of music, dance, food and fun. Monies raised go toward ensuring that the land trust can continue to steward and preserve land for many generations to come.

For more information about the Summer Sizzle, contact the MVLT office at 832-5570 or Medomak Valley Land Trust has been working for 25 years to promote and preserve the natural, recreational and scenic character and the traditional land-uses of the Medomak River watershed.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or