Windsor Historical Society



Festive Pre-Holiday Auction

November 19, 2016     6 PM to 9 PM


Windsor Historical Society’s auction is the first event of the holiday season with terrific items to bid on, a lovely and delicious sit-down meal with a choice of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, and many opportunities to catch up with old friends and meet new ones! This year’s affair will be held at The Lodge at 130 Deerfield Road in Windsor on Saturday, November 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Tickets ($40 in advance, $45 at the door) are available at:

  • Windsor Historical Society - 96 Palisado Avenue

  • Ashley's Distinctive Jewelry - 555 Day Hill Road

  • Jordan Florist - 10 Palisado Avenue

  • Windsor Federal Savings’ Central Branch - 250 Broad Street

The auction is rich in experiences: an African safari, certificates for our area’s finest restaurants and hotels, cultural attractions, theater and sports events – perfect items for folks who don’t want more “stuff” in their homes. Forget about holiday baking when you can get ten dozen exquisitely-decorated Scandinavian Christmas cookies, including personalized gingerbread men, ladies, and angels. We’re also auctioning sixteen spots for a delicious hearth-cooked Twelfth-Night dinner at the Society’s prize-winning Strong-Howard House on January 7th. For those of you who do want more stuff, we have that too. Bid on mulch for your garden, exquisitely crafted shaker chairs, cozy quilts and throws, art, jewelry, and so much more.


Your best guarantee of securing the items you want is to attend the auction in person. If you cannot attend and wish to bid on live auction items, you may leave a bid by completely filling out an Absentee Bid Form and returning it to the Society by 3 PM on November 19th.


        Windsor Historical Society's 2015 holiday auction at The Lodge.



Auction Items

(updated 11/18/2016)


Items are listed chronologically in order of when they were donated. More items, photos, and descriptions will be added as they continue to come in. Thank you to everyone who has donated an item!


Thanks also to Carolyn Youngs, Anthony Griego, Skip Fisher, Anne Lasser, Randall Clark, Cheryl Lindberg, Sarah & Robert O'Brien, Captain Paul & Jane Peak, Rabbett Insurance Agency, Mark Fearon, Naomi & Roy Rothe of Forgotten Acres Farm, Marie Bruhn, Richard Burns, Maryanne & Edward "Bud" Bulewich, and Roberta Merrigan for donations towards free admission to the Society.


Live Auction Items


Photo Item Description Value Donor
2 Red Sox tickets to a weekend game in May 2017: either May 12,13,14 vs. Tampa Bay Rays, or May 26, 27, 28 vs. Seattle Mariners $200 Brent Gottier, Gottier Investments
$200 Ashley's gift certificate towards fabulous jewelry and gifts for you or someone special $200 Ashley's Distinctive Jewelry & Gifts
Delicious German dinner for 2 at the DeMallies, or they can deliver meal to your home. On the menu: Dry German Riesling wine, soup, stuffed beef with red wine sauce, steamed potatoes, spiced cabbage, topped off with apple cake with cream sauce. $100 Robert & Hildegard DeMallie

Set of four exquisitely handcrafted Shaker design ladder back chairs (up to 4 more are available). These are worth at least $200 per chair, and there is a minimum bid of $400 for the set of four.

$800 Kate & Hugh McLean
Join former Wadsworth Atheneum curator Bill Hosley and Enfield Historical Society curator Mike Miller for a behind-the-scenes tour of Enfield's Town Hall Museum and Martha Parsons House. Discover a treasure trove of local history: Bigelow carpets, the Shakers, the Hazardville gunpowder industry, tobacco history, dinosaur tracks, and more. Then head over to Enfield's beloved Collins Creamery for a delicious ice cream treat of your choice, passing by some of the town's loveliest tobacco farms. Limit 6 people.

Scheduled at convenience weekday evenings or weekends April through October.
$200 Christine Ermenc & William Hosley
$250 gift certificate to Firebox Restaurant in Hartford featuring delicious, locally-sourced foods. $250 Sam and Marcia Hinckley
Bob McAllister is known for his cooking. He offers 2 dozen homemade biscotti four times at mutually agreed upon dates. Contains eggs, butter, flour, Craisins, nuts. Expires November, 2017. $70 Bob & Dottie McAllister
Here's a perfect item for overnight guests, or possibly a wonderful start to a vacation of your own. One overnight park and fly for two at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott: includes one room for a night, breakfast for two at RC Grille, complimentary parking and transport to Bradley Airport. $265 Hartford/Windsor Marriott
South African Photo Safari for two at Zulu Nyala wildlife reserve: six nights luxury accommodations in Zululand, three delicious meals each day, two guided wildlife viewing activities per day. People who have gone on this trip tell us it is one of the most if not the most memorable experiences of their lives. Does not include airfare, transfers, personal beverages, side trips, laundry, gratuities & personal purchases. Minimum bid of $1,000. $5,950 Trevor Shaw, Zulu Nyala Game Lodge
Becky and Paul Hendricks offer a special Twelfth Night hearth-cooked dinner at the Strong-Howard house on Saturday, January 7th, snow date January 8th. Features period music and games. On the menu, assorted cheeses, crudités, meat pies, planked salmon, roast port, onion pie, saffron rice, spinach salad, seasonal vegetables, apple charlotte, and bourbon pecan cake with mulled cider, coffee and tea. Bring your own wine, $100 per plate. Who is interested and for how many spots? 16 person limit. $1,600 Becky & Paul Hendricks
3 days and 2 nights at lovely, immaculate, 3 bedroom ranch in Harwich, MA on Cape Cod $300 John & Marjory Berky
3 hours executive or team coaching, meeting facilitation or 90 minute workshop $500 Steve Porcaro, 1-4-All Coaching LLC
One of Len Hellerman's framed photographs, "Grain and Sheds", a beloved and iconic Windsor tobacco shed view. A great focal point for your home or business. $250 Len Hellerman
A wonderful gift from Carmon Community Funeral Homes. The Max Restaurant Group offers some of the best dining in the Greater Hartford region. $250 gift certificate to any Max Restaurant, plus a limousine ride. $250 Frank Carmon IV, Carmon Funeral Homes
signed and framed museum print of original artwork in colored pencil $300 Susan Tait Porcaro, 2 Lips Art & Design
Bring New Orleans to your next party or business meeting. John Gamache offers delicious Cajun cuisine for twenty. Choice of three menu items including muffuletta, fried shrimp po'boy, corn chowder with chicken and sausage, and more. Location must be food truck accessible. $250 minimum bid. $250 John Gamache, Mardi Parti
Original sculpture by Lon Pelton   Lon Pelton
Personally autographed photo of Mickey Mantle, signed in blue Sharpie $300 Spencer Moore
Louisville Slugger model 180, signed in person by Derek Jeter, with blue Sharpie   Spencer Moore


Silent Auction Items


Photo Item Description Value Donor
Jerod Mayo signed football with display case $140 Vivian & Bill Gombert
fresh-cut 8' Christmas tree from D'Agata Xmas tree farm $50 John & Margie D'Agata
4 yards double ground natural brown landscape mulch, free delivery Hartford area $100 Grimshaw Tree Service
Cast iron bird bath, book: Stokes Field Guide to Birds $52 John & Jennifer Brotzman, Ed Paquette
Gift certificate for one free health assessment and acupuncture treatment $35 Many Rivers Community Acupuncture LLC
Complimentary overnight stay at Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor. Expires November 2017 $136 Hyatt House Hartford North/Windsor
$25 gift certificate to Patti's Treasures & Antiques $25 Patricia Pike, Patti's Treasures & Antiques
2 UConn football tickets for 11/26/16 game against Tulane. Section 223, row 17, seats 11 and 12. $50 Bank of America
$50 gift certificate to Track 139 Restaurant $50 Track 139 Restaurant
One-time use of the Great Hall at Grace Church - can accommodate 200 people $175 Grace Episcopal Church
Burlap wreath, hand-made in USA $60 anonymous
"Oculus" bronze pendant and earring set. Architecturally inspired, modern vintage handcrafted jewelry: 14k gold-filled 18" chain, sterling silver ear wires. $145 Evelyn Pelati, Evelyn Pelati Jewelry
Gift certificate for one business portrait sitting in studio. Includes 6 digital proofs and one 5 x 7 retouched final. $75 Wayne Dombkowski, Wayne Dombkowski Photography
$50 gift certificate for Zocco's Restaurant in Windsor $50 Ruth & Barry Budlong
7 matted antique botanical prints (value $30 each) $210 Tim & Kitty Hayes
Green & white woven jacquard cotton throw depicting Windsor landmarks, created by Windsor Junior Women's Club $40 Susan Viner
Lightweight quilt: double-bed size, red, yellow, and floral blocks $75 Susan and Allan Viner
Heavyweight quilt: double-bed size, beige and red star pattern $75 Susan and Allan Viner
Lego Star Wars Wookie gunship (ages 8-14) $70 Lisa Bress
Lego Friends Heart Lake Grand Hotel (ages 8-12) $130 Ruth Fahrbach
Basket for that special little one: crib-size afghan, 2 hand puppets, 2-piece 9-month outfit with socks, 3 books (ABCs, 123s, colors) $75 Ruth Fahrbach
Butcher block box lined in red felt, perfect for jewelry or other treasures $100 Carol Barans
Chilean hand-crafted "rain maker" $30 Carol Barans
$50 gift certificate that can be used at a variety of Windsor businesses $50 Windsor Chamber of Commerce
$100 gift certificate towards professional organizing services for home or office $100 Estelle J. Berube, All in Its Place, LLC
Hand-crafted stoneware bowl in neutral colors $60 Charlene Li, Summer Green Pottery
Hand-crafted stoneware bowl in blue & white $50 Charlene Li, Summer Green Pottery
Tall brew sampler in wooden box $75 Sharran Bennett
Wooden wine rack with 2 bottle of wine and 2 glasses $45 Nevin Lescher
Fall-decorated basket with 3 bottles of wine, glass pumpkin centerpiece with candle, 2 wine glasses, and accessories $65 Nevin Lescher
Wooden ship model handmade by an inmate at Maine State Correctional Facility, Rockland ME. Exceptional detailing, full rigging, all wood construction, including sails   Nevin Lescher
4 general admission tickets to Connecticut Concert Ballet's "The Nutcracker" Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sun. Dec. 11 at 12pm & 4pm $100 Connecticut Concert Ballet
2 guest passes for Mystic Seaport, valid through 11/19/17 $52 Mystic Seaport
4 passes to New England Air Museum $48 New England Air Museum
$25 gift certificate to Tapas Restaurant $25 David Gillette
Family pass for Essex Steam Train and Boat: good for 2 adults & 2 children $96 Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
$75 gift certificate to Time Machine Hobby LLC $75 Time Machine Hobby LLC
A batch of delicious cookies, once a month, for 4 months $125 Roseann Lemkey
$35 gift certificate for a lovely floral arrangement $35 Karen Jordan, Jordan's Florist
$50 gift certificate for delicious chocolates or beautiful flowers $50 Snelgroves Chocolates & Florist
3 bottles of 14 Hands "Hot to Trot" wine $45 James Walsh, Remay Realty
10 dozen gourmet Scandinavian cookies $50 Mary Kelling
$50 gift certificate to Jim's Pizzaria in Windsor $50 Andy Johnson, Century 21 All Points Realty
$50 gift certificate to Union Street Tavern in Windsor $50 Andy Johnson, Century 21 All Points Realty
$50 gift certificate to Track 139 in Windsor $50 Andy Johnson, Century 21 All Points Realty
$50 gift certificate to Dom's in Windsor $50 Andy Johnson, Century 21 All Points Realty
$100 gift certificate to Tuscany restaurant at Mohegan Sun $100 Ray Pineault, Mohegan Sun
Adorable hand-crafted, American-made, ceramic pink piggy bank $85 anonymous
Gift basket filled with Italian goodies for a delicious feast: pasta, sauce, pesto, bruschetta, biscotti, & chocolate $40 Gail Tinto
"Boy with lamb" figurine by Lladro $85 Michael & Beth Gagnon
"Girl with lamb" figurine by Lladro $140 Michael & Beth Gagnon
Antique rocking chair with cane seat $75 Richard & Janet Henderson
Tall director's chair $120 Colette Yeich
4 vintage engraved sports prints in gold metal frames $100 Colette Yeich
4 bottles of wine $60 Colette Yeich
Casio Tone Bank Electronic Keyboard CT-636 with stand, power supply, cover, user manual & assorted sheet music   Nevin Lescher
Glass pitcher with 10 punch cups $30 Kate & Hugh McLean
Heavy glass salad/fruit bowl with wooden-handled stainless steel servers   Kate & Hugh McLean
4 Block Island Blue Pottery chowder mugs by artist Joan Mallick $60 Kate & Hugh McLean
3 Waterford Crystal "Lismore" 9 oz. tumblers $225 Kate & Hugh McLean
Matted photo of "Make Way for Ducklings" commemorating the 150th anniversary of Boston Public Garden in 1987 $25 Kate & Hugh McLean
Fiddle bow bread knife from Mountain Woods, Montana $20 Kate & Hugh McLean
Voucher for 2 Tickets to celebrate the holidays with Donny & Marie Osmond on Sunday, November 27, 2016 $100 Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Professional tooth whitening kit $425 Steven Farley DDS
6 Craftsman pint glasses, coasters, and ice bucket $35 Scott Hoffman, Ace Hardware
$100 worth of orthodontic services at our office before November 2017 $100 Robert Gange DMD
BBQ tool set, grill spray & Jack Daniels whiskey barrel smoking chips $35 Scott Hoffman, Ace Hardware
3 days and 2 nights at lovely, immaculate, 3 bedroom ranch in Harwich, MA on Cape Cod $300 John & Marjory Berky
Vehicle detailing $150 Doug & Jean Kelly, Collision Automotive Carstar
Fall decorated gift basket with 5 bottles of wine, crackers, almonds, cutting board and napkins $75 Liz & Jim Burke
Garden tote with tools, gloves, kneeling pad and book on Herbs by Emma Callery $40 Ruth & Ed
Gift certificate for 18 holes of golf for 2 players and 1 cart $59 Airways Golf Course
2 general admission tickets to Connecticut Science Center to be used only on 12/31/17 $44 Brit Montmeat, CT Science Center
$50 gift certificate for any Highland Park Market location $50 David Stafford, Highland Park Market
$25 gift certificate for lawn mower repair at Red Riders LLC $25 Red Riders LLC
$75 gift certificate for lawn mower repair at Red Riders LLC $75 Red Riders LLC
Polished chrome center-set 2-handled sink faucet by Kohler $145 Brookman Plumbing
1 family pass for 4 to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. View more than 300 species of animals including the South American rainforest and New England farmyard. Valued at $54 each. $54 Beardsley Zoo
1 family pass for 4 to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. View more than 300 species of animals including the South American rainforest and New England farmyard. Valued at $54 each. $54 Beardsley Zoo
Kids' Crafts, Husker Du board game, & more $90 Ed Paquette, John & Jennifer Brotzman
3 Lego sets - Mini tractor, Robo Platoon, and Ferrari Fuel Stop $75 Ed Paquette
2 coffee table books: America's Painted Ladies and Northern Lighthouses $55 Ed Paquette
Polished chrome Kohler showerhead with wireless speaker $91 anonymous
small wood framed & matted historic 1852 map of Connecticut $75 Susan & Alan Viner
$25 gift card to Country Diner and 4 Cinemark movie admission tickets - dinner and a show! $73 Ed Paquette
$75 gift certificate for River Valley Animal Center for animal services and boarding after its opening in January 2017 $75 Dr. Mohan Sachdev, River Valley Animal Center
$75 gift certificate towards veterinary services $75 Heather Hwalek, New England Veterinary Center & Cancer Care
4 guest passes to the CT Trolley Museum (not valid during special events) $64 Gina Marie Alimberti, Connecticut Trolley Museum
2 $15 gift cards to Pickleworks $30 Thomas Dembkoski, Pickleworks Restaurant & Catering
2 traditional holiday pies for Thanksgiving and 2 for Christmas delivered to your Windsor door. Choose from apple, blueberry, pumpkin, or mince. $50 Mary Kelling
$25 gift certificate to Bart's Beanery $25 Don Trinks, Bart's Beanery Restaurant & Catering
2 large apple crisps in 13 x 9 deep dish pans, each feeding 6-8 people $40 Ann Walsh
$50 gift certificate to Bear's Smokehouse $50 Sir Speedy Printing
Die-cast metal John Deere Tractor replica model #4040 $50 Scott Stanton, Stanton Equipment, Inc.
3' finch bird feeder $42 Tim Rice, Rice Hardware
handcrafted multi-use "playroom" table ideal for Legos, games, crafts, with drawer for storage $150 Charles Vernon
rolling coffee pod drawer $35 Bob & Dottie McAllister
Howard Miller table clock $70 Bob & Dottie McAllister
8" Waterford crystal bowl $150 Bob & Dottie McAllister
Waterford crystal salt and pepper shakers $125 Bob & Dottie McAllister
Jets logo football with 2015 team signatures printed $40 Bob & Dottie McAllister
$50 gift card to Jim's Pizzaria $50 Jim's Pizzaria
$50 gift card to Jim's Pizzaria $50 Jim's Pizzaria
one month's Gold's Gym membership redeemable at Windsor, East Hartford, West Springfield, MA locations $37 Sandy Barber, Gold's Gym
family pass to the Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of CT, expire Nov. 2017 $30 John Ellsworth, Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of CT
family pass to the Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of CT, expire Nov. 2017 $30 John Ellsworth, Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of CT
Ryobi 18V lithium-ion drill/driver kit with battery and charger $100 Bernie Caliendo, B-Cal Enterprises-Wood Shop 2
Basket with adult delectables: wine and chocolate! $100 Marian Sorbo
$50 gift certificate to Tapas restaurant $50 Linda Mihalek
$50 gift certificate to Pond House Cafe $50 Linda Mihalek
Wedgewood men's cufflinks blue/silver $50 Brian & Kathy Wagar
Wedgewood women's pink pendant $25 Brian & Kathy Wagar
Men's watch by Invicta $225 Brian & Kathy Wagar
gift certificate for one premium oil service $35 Scata's Auto & Truck Repairs, Inc.
$25 gift card to Costco - membership not required to use $25 Anita Merzoian, Costco
one 3-liter bottle of Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon $108 John & Sharon Ahern
Kitchen Aid 2-speed hand blender and 3-cup blending jar with lid, plus a $40 gift certificate to Geissler's supermarket. $80 Laura Soll & Paul Broxterman
Antique Royal brand oil lamp with painted glass globe and base $175 Julie & Lowell Fewster
Antique Rigby & Wilson wooden table $200 Julie & Lowell Fewster
Gift certificate for one traditional manicure $25 Cutting Edge Salon
Gift certificate for one traditional manicure $25 Queen Nails
$25 gift certificate to The Country Diner $25 The Country Diner
Lavender toiletries in white basket $50 Ron & Michelle Eleveld
3 yards of pine bark mulch in spring 2017 $110 Philip Thulen III, Philip's Lawn Care, LLC
$25 gift certificate to Zocco's Restaurant $25 Robbie Niemann
Connecticut-themed gift basket with wine, wine glass, ornaments, honey, hand-crafted soap, Munson's chocolates, pottery butter keeper, all made in Connecticut $140 Ginny Conroy, Windsor Woman's Club of CT & GFWC
$500 certificate towards cosmetic whitening. Expires November, 2017 $500 Day Hill Dental PC
Basket of Connecticut treats $75 Lorraine & Michael Mancini, Lily House Bed & Breakfast
Outdoor "barn quilt" panel board with urethane coating. Ohio Star pattern, 31" x 31" $100 Connie and Ron Thomas
$50 gift certificate to Flower Boutique CT $50 Rebecca Daleb, Flower Boutique CT
Walter Mantani, the talented actor who plays Captain Nathaniel Howard in the Society's Strong-Howard House has arranged two sets of two passes each (four one-time use passes) for seats to a single performance of your choice, during mainstage season of the following shows: Nov 3 - Dec 11 - "Love, Loss and What I Wore" Jan 5 - Feb 12 - "Amadeus", Feb 23 - April 2 "Painting Churches" April 13 - May 21 - "La Cage Aux Folles". Walter will be performing in La Cage Aux Folles. $120 The Majestic Theater
Festive tabletop tree featuring lottery tickets!   Windsor Historical Society Board Members
Copper roof bird house made of reclaimed materials $45 Bruce MacClintic
Red birdhouse made of reclaimed materials including tobacco barn boards and metal roof from 134 Pleasant street $50 Bruce MacClintic
$100 gift card to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine bar $100 Gordon Kenneson
9 note cards with photos of Windsor Historical Society taken by Betsey Kenneson $30 Betsey Kenneson
Men's Seiko two-tone watch $110 Sharran Selig Bennett, Bill Selig Jewelers
Custom wrought-iron candle holder stand handmade by J.P. Designs $125 Jeffrey MacClintic
Four Hartford Wolfpack hockey tickets for Wed. Dec. 7th, 7pm at the XL Center in the Comcast Coliseum Club Executive Suite  $125 Windsor Federal Bank
Four Hartford Wolfpack hockey tickets for Sat. Dec.10th, 7pm at the XL Center in the Comcast Coliseum Club Executive Suite  $125 Windsor Federal Bank
Keep Cozy basket with holiday sweets & ornaments $60 First Town Downtown



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