However, the biggest auction items will require you to grab a bidder’s paddle and take part in the live auction, emceed by local business owner and Zero the Hero personality Rob Ouellette.
“One of the most exciting options was given to us by David Hall at The Tannery. He has donated the rooftop above Brown Sugar restaurant,” Turgeon said. “He’s given us two nights – one night during Yankee Homecoming for the fireworks. It’s the perfect vantage point.”
Hall has also donated the same riverfront space for a second evening, this time for a dinner for 40 catered by Michael’s Harborside and featuring the music of Newburyport saxophonist Danny Harrington. Hall is also providing a four-person party at the top of the historic Newburyport Lighthouse on Water Street.
For those who look forward to a home-cooked meal with all the fixings, NEF board member Cindy Johnson, School Committee member Nick deKanter and Bresnahan Principal Kristina Davis are all hosting dinner parties at their home for lucky bidders,
Claude Elias of Oregeno’s in downtown Newburyport is also hosting a dinner at his house as well as donating a pizza party at the new brewery opening on the waterfront, where he and brewery owner Chris Webb will offer a tasting and a tour, Turgeon said.
Other slightly off-the-wall, but seriously fun items include a whoopie pie-making class at Chococoa in The Tannery and the service of two bartenders, Keith Walsh and Sean Harrington, for your next house party.
According to Turgeon, parents will be delighted to find their children have donated prizes as well. Many classrooms are decorating and designing signature art pieces for the auction block. Teachers have gotten in on the act too, with sixth-grade teacher Kyle Hildebrand offering a private batting lesson and seventh-grade teacher and surfing enthusiast John Reynolds offering to teach a lucky winner how to catch a wave New England-style.