Online auction offers some unique Maine items

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Few places are such a hotbed of creativity as the Blue Hill Peninsula, which is also blessed with nice inns and excellent restaurants. If you’re hankering for a lovely handmade craft (to give or keep) or are planning a visit this summer, check out the online auction for Brooklin’s Friend Memorial Library.

Yarn to kimonos, concert tickets to boat cruises, restaurant gift certificates to lodging, it’s all there, with nearly 80 items available.

Some of the more unusual items include:

A private family tour of the former E.B. White and Katharine White farm, the farm that inspired Charlotte’s Web. See the barn where all the animals lived, where Wilbur’s manure pile was, the barn swing, and E.B. White’s simple writing studio by the ocean. The farm is a private home and is not open to the public. Mary and Robert Gallant have graciously offered a private tour to the winning family. This will be an experience to treasure for any lover of Charlotte’s Web or fan of E.B. White.

A catered party with wine and appetizers for you and 20 of your favorite friends at High Head, a lovely, historic summer cottage overlooking Eggemoggin Reach. Brooklin’s own Diane Bianco, author of the forthcoming cookbook, Let’s Party in Maine, will offer you a menu of appetizers which she will prepare for your guests. A mixed case of wines from Blue Hill Wine Shop will be served by staff of Bars-by-the-Bay, with service aided by members of the Friend Memorial Library board of trustees. Live background music will add to the conviviality of the occasion. You may choose from a range of dates at the end of June: Wednesday through Sunday, June 23-27. The successful bidder will confer with Diane Bianco by May 1st to confirm the selected date and select appetizers, and may provide other beverages.

A mushroom walk with a mycologist. David Porter (retired University of Georgia mycology professor) will lead you on a foraging trip on your property to discover the diversity of these amazing organisms, a little known treasure of the Blue Hill peninsula area. He will help you identify what you have and hopefully collect enough edible mushrooms for a mycological feast.

And my personal favorite:

• A barbecue for 25, with music by the Brooklin Band. Celebrate! For that special birthday, anniversary or other memorable occasion, Frank Bianco, Jr. will prepare a barbecue for 25 guests and the Brooklin Band will perform a rousing concert. The barbecue will include grilled sausages, burgers and hot dogs, accompanied by garden and potato salads, corn on the cob, dessert, and soft drinks. The 20 plus members of the band will play an hour’s worth of marches, show tunes and old favorites. A summer afternoon to remember!