Please join us for the 2019 Annual Meeting and Program on Sunday, May 19th at the Nipmuc Regional High school, in Upton. At the program, our generous friends and members have donated the following items for our Silent Auction. All proceeds go directly to support our annual operating budget which allows the land trust to continue to protect land and natural habitat in the region we serve! Please bring a check or cash or your PayPal account info. More items coming soon so please check back!
Backyard Safari & Biological Census – 2019 Limited Edition!
Metacomet is again offering a program for property owners who want to learn more about their own backyard or natural land. This Backyard Safari will give you a wildlife survey of your special natural place. If you’re curious about the fauna and flora of your unique parcel, you’re in luck! Our team will make several visits to your property in exchange for a generous donation. Our dedicated crew of nature enthusiasts and professionals will, at your direction, visit your 1-3 acre plot eight times; or a 4-9 acre plot five times; or any larger terrain for at least three visits during the year. We are happy to arrangements for larger parcels. From ferns to flycatchers, lichens to lilies, mushrooms to mayflies, a digital record with descriptions of all the natural discoveries we make throughout the year will be yours as a thank you for your generous donation. For posts about the 2018 Backyard Safari census at Foxfire Farm, please visit our page here. Minimum Bid: $300
Farmhouse Vacation in the Upper Peninsula for 9
Two night stay in recently remodeled farmhouse in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Sleeps 9, two bathrooms. No telephone or tv service but good cell service. Kitchen, washer and dryer. Available from mid to late May until the end of October. Dog friendly. Access to trout stream and 100’s of acres of open space off 2 mile long farm road. 25 miles from Munising, Michigan, Lake Superior, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 50 miles from Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Minimum bid $400. Longer stays may be available at the same nightly rate by advance arrangement with owner. Payment by check or PayPal must be received no later than May 31st.
Master Gardener Consultations with Barbara McNamee, of Northbridge
Befuddled or stymied by what to plant, where to plant it and how to nurture your favorite flowers and plants? MLT board member and veteran organic gardener, Barbara McNamee loves to share her knowledge and love of gardening with others. She is donating up to four hours for consultation and advice focused on your questions and needs about garden design, growing vegetables, berries, and ornamental plants. This could include a trip to a nursery to pick out plants. Minimum bid for two-hour minimum: $50 Additional time valued at $25/hour.
Stunning Great Blue Herons Framed Photograph by John Randell
Framed, 8×10 photograph of Great Blue Herons at a local rookery by Millbury resident John Randell. Back-lit by the sun, this is an outstanding close-up shot of two Herons in their perch. Donated by the photographer. Estimated retail value: priceless. Minimum bid: $50
Furnace Tune-Up: Oil heating equipment cleaned and tuned
Have your oil-fired heating equipment, boiler, furnace, or oil fired hot water heater cleaned, tuned, efficiency-tested, and evaluated by a highly experienced oil burner technician with over forty years experience. Work to include new oil filter, nozzle and pump-strainer cleaning, and tuning of oil burner components. Including electrodes, fan, air gate, oil pump, oil line, transformer, burner motor, and brushing and vacuuming of heating appliance. Service to end with a combustion efficiency test, evaluation of heating equipment, and any recommendations. Work will take approximately two hours and can be done on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at your choice of day and time. Minimum bid $125 per cleaning. Will do multiple units, or do additional cleaning for any other bidders for the price of the winning bid.
Firearms Safety Class, with Richard Charis, of Northbridge, Certified Instructor in firearms training
10-hour training in handgun basic knowledge, skills, and safety to own and use a pistol safely. Includes NRA handbook. Training is on site in Northbridge and at a local shooting range. All equipment is provided. For more information contact Richard at (508) 581-0582. Retail Value: $150. Starting Bid $75.00
One Hour “Easy Walk” Guided by Marjorie Turner Hollman, author of “Easy Walks in Massachusetts” including an autographed copy of the book
Marjorie will introduce you to one of the easy walking trails featured in the 2nd edition of her book. Trails throughout our area from Franklin to Northbridge, including Douglas and Grafton. Marjorie has field-tested more than 50 trails in 16 towns. 240-page book includes trail maps, directions, and comments on these open space locations. Her detailed information will help guide you to a safe trail that is matched to your comfort level when walking outdoors. Retail value of the book alone is $22. Walk to be scheduled at a mutually agreed time and date.
Minimum Bid: $50.00
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum Passes (4)
Donated by Board Member Michael Angelo Rodriguez, four one-day adult admission passes to the Museum Fine Arts Boston. Enjoy current and upcoming exhibitions, including “Fragments of Antarctica” (ends 9/15), Frida Kahlo (ends 6/16) and Mural, Jackson Pollock/Katharina Grosse, opens 7/1. Passes expire 12/31/2019. Retail value $100 for 4. Minimum Bid: $50 for four or $25 for two
Four Tickets to Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon
Admission pass to Southwick’s Zoo for four people. Pass expires 10/31/2019. Donated by Southwick’s Zoo. Retail Value $100. Minimum Bid: $50
- “The Overstory” by Richard Powers This novel is currently on the New York Times best-seller list. Don’t miss it! Retail Value: $17.00. Minimum Bid: $10
- “Camera Trapping Guide” by Janet Pesaturo. Tracks, Sign and Behavior of Eastern wildlife. Retail Value $20 Minimum Bid: $10
Pink and Green Hand Quilted Wall Hanging (25” by 25”)
Display or hang this lovely pink and green wall quilt, 25 inches by 25 inches – perfect for a girl’s room. Hand pieced and quilted by Barbara McNamee. Approximate Retail Value: $300.00 Minimum Bid: $100.00
Necklace and Earring Sets made by Barbara Webster, of Upton
- The Orange and Green set is made with a variety of glass beads, gem stone chips, wood and metal findings. The earrings are glass beads on gold tone wires. The necklace is actually two necklaces that can be worn separately or together as shown on the display stand. The longer strand has a gold-colored pendant that originally came from a necklace bought in Costa Rica. Value: $45 Minimum Bid $30
- The Lime Green necklace and earrings are made with a variety of glass beads with a pendant that is an “orphan” earring with a bit of turquoise blue on the top edge. Value: $30 Minimum Bid $20
- The Multi-color Fall wool and glass bead necklace set is an example of a set that Barbara can custom make to order using selected colors and size of wool balls. Value: $45 Minimum Bid $30
“Wildlife is Good” and “Happy Camper” Life Is Good T-shirts
Enjoy these soft, comfortable t-shirts while outdoors this year! One each in Men’s (L, slate blue), Women’s (L, tan), and Toddler’s (4T, yellow). Eminently wearable, these shirts make wonderful gifts for family! Retail Value: Men’s and Women’s $28.00 each, Toddler’s $16.00 Minimum Bid $18 for each adult, $12 for child’s.
Birdhouse Gourds – with seeds to grow your own this year! Grown and Dried by Ann Hanscom
4 homegrown gourds dried and cleaned and ready for your backyard birds! Gourds are easy to grow, so Ann has included a supply of seeds to grow your own this year. Starting Bid: $15 each
Board Member Larry Rettman is offering fresh, homemade cranberry breads to take home to your family. Retail Value $10 each. Minimum Bid: $5 each.
Autographed Copy of “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN” by Carter Alan, with forward by Steven Tyler.
Carter generously appeared at an MLT meeting and signed copies of his memoir of the great days of rock in Boston. MLT’s connection with Carter and WBCN was during a successful fundraising campaign to help preserve the Blackstone Gorge, now a cherished bi-state park. This autographed copy is donated by Tom Bik. Value: Priceless Minimum Bid: $20.
“Climb and Dine” Picnic Backpack
This sturdy backpack is loaded with everything you need for a trail side picnic for four, including a blue and white plaid blanket, side cooler for a bottle of wine, and place settings. All you need is a trail map and hiking boots — bring your own food and wine! Estimated retail value: $70. Minimum bid: $35.
Just Added! $25 Gift Card to The Green Plate, Whitinsville
The Green Plate is an eco-conscious café and catering business in Whitinsville featuring gluten-free, local, fresh and health food. Metacomet celebrates The Green Plate’s choice to use only compostable packaging, utensils and tableware. Open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday morning 8-12:30. Located at 167 Church Street, Whitinsville. Retail Value: $25 Minimum bid: $20
Thank you to all of our generous donors!