Church auction combines fun, fundraising March 16

Mar 08, 2019
At a previous auction, event co-chair Amy Libby, left, and auctioneer Paul Meinersmann rock their costumes in honor of St. Patrick. This year's event is March 16.

Rockland — First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockland, 345 Broadway, celebrates the spirit of St. Patrick March 16 at its biennial auction with the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind entertainment, original art and a variety of services. The proceeds benefit the church operating budget and in turn a myriad of community and nonprofit efforts, according to auction co-chair Reba Richardson.

Auction highlights this year include travel experiences such as a geology tour of Vinalhaven or a Camden Harbor sail, complete with picnic on Curtis Island. Those with a long “to do” list may like services such as eight hours with Sam and his truck to help with anything from carpentry to assembling those daunting Ikea purchases. With the prospect of summer guests, what better to have on hand than a gift certificate to a local award-winning restaurant such as Cafe Miranda or Suzuki; or recover from those guests with a spa visit, a one-hour therapeutic massage, or in-home Reiki session. With Maine’s bounty of organic farms, a 15-pound selection of pork cuts or 10 pounds of farm-raised ground beef are perfect to enjoy with a big bag of seasonal produce and one of Stevie’s famous key lime pies.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. when the doors open for silent bidding, food and festive music. At 7 auctioneers Broo Temple and Paul Meinersmann, festooned in green garb, start the live bidding as they parade one-of-a-kind items before bidders with the luck of the Irish. Costumes optional, but welcome.

To make a donation, see a full list of available items or to bid remotely, contact co-chair Becky Meinersmann at uuruaction@gmail.com.

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