Save the Date! The 2016 Annual Auction is coming soon!

Join the Museum & Theatre from 6 – 10pm on May 13, 2016 at the Portland Company on Fore Street in Portland for an evening of great company, delicious food and drink, and terrific auction items! We’ll be shaking things up a bit this year and we would love to have you join us as a guest, donor, or sponsor for what we hope will be our best event yet!

This year’s theme is “Every Child is an Artist” and to celebrate, we’ll be featuring children’s art as part of our art auction. Of course we’ll also have all the fabulous live and silent auction items our guests have come to expect.

We’re also thrilled to announce that our honorary chairs for Auction 2016 are Chris and Lori Van Dusen. Chris is a nationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator who lives here in Maine with his wife Lori. His first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, was the inspiration for our outdoor adventure exhibit and his book, Circus Ship, will be adapted for the stage by our own Reba Short and produced here at the Museum & Theatre in April, 2016.

Stay tuned for details on Auction 2016. Tickets ($50 per person/$450 for a block of 10) will be on sale in March, and sponsorships are available now!

For information on sponsorships, or to donate and item to the auction, contact the Development department at or (207) 828-1234 ext. 242.



Save the Date – Annual Auction 2015

Save the date!

2015 Annual Auction
Friday, May 8, 2015 from 6-10pm
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland

Tickets will be available March 30th.

For more information about Auction 2015, including sponsorship opportunities, making a donation, or volunteering for the auction committee, please contact Alicia Gaudet at (207) 828-1234 x242 or

All proceeds from the Annual Auction benefit the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s educational exhibits, programming and theatre productions. It also supports families in need through our scholarship membership program.

Auction 2014: Thank You!

With beautiful views of the harbor, Ocean Gateway once again provided a fantastic location for our annual Auction. The biggest single fundraising event of the year, our Auction has long been a Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine tradition, bringing together over 350 friends of the organization to support our exhibits, theatre productions, family in need admissions and educational programming.

With great thanks to Auction Chair Dawn Gerding and the Auction Committee, everyone worked hard to provide hundreds of items available for bid on Friday, May 2nd. The evening was divided into two parts: attendees began arriving at 6:00pm for our Silent Auction, many of whom stayed for the Live Auction which ran from 9:00-10:00pm and concluded the event. Categories of items and gift certificates in the Silent Auction included For Her, For Him, Restaurants & Gourmet Foods and Fine Art – most of the items from which came from generous local establishments and artisans. Several Scholarship Memberships were bought throughout the evening as well, allowing us to continue providing free memberships to local families in need, as we take great pride in being available as a resource to all families in Portland and beyond.

Black Tie Catering provided a fantastic spread and two cash bars for Auction-goers and The Cookie Jar – of Cape Elizabeth – generously donated desserts for the evening, enjoyed while the evening shifted from the Silent to the Live Auction. Staff and volunteers worked hard from 8:30 in the morning until midnight – many thanks to Whole Foods Market, Anthony’s Italian Kitchen and Portland House of Pizza for providing food for our hard-working volunteers!

Many thanks to our Auction sponsors, Pierce Atwood LLP, MEMIC, WEX, Spectrum Medical Group and Berlin City Motor Group for making the Auction a remarkable evening, and to our generous in-kind and cash donors Baker Newman Noyes, Burr Signs, Deb Deatrick & Scott Vile, Steve & Christine Kelly, Moonlighting Production Services, The Cookie Jar, Pine State Services, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott and Thomaston Place Auction Galleries for helping to make the Auction a great success.

We thank our Board for their unyielding support – it was wonderful to see our Board Members on Auction night; we were also pleased to see past sponsors and members of the Board who continue to support our organization and our mission as we continue to provide unparalleled services in early childhood, science, multicultural and arts education within our broad community.

With a beautiful, picturesque spring Maine evening as a background, staff, Board, volunteers, Auction committee and Auction-goers all came together for a highly enjoyable event. All in all, the Auction was a great success – thank you to all who attended and to all who continue to support us here at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Yoga, A Pig Roast, and Katy Perry at this year’s Auction

Preparations for our largest fundraiser of the year, our Annual Auction, are well underway and I am thrilled to share with you a sneak peak of items that will be up for bid on Friday, May 2nd. We are so fortunate to not only have hundreds of loyal and generous donors, but over 40 amazing volunteers who have helped us to secure all of these great items!

For those of you who have been joining us at our Auction over the years, you will be excited to hear about all the brand new items and donors in this year’s line-up, including:

Schooner J&E Riggin

3, 4, or 6 day Windjammer Sailing Vacation for 2:
This truly unique travel experience also offers gourmet meals onboard. Whether you’re a sailing enthusiast or complete novice, the crew will teach you the ropes (literally). You’ll travel wherever the winds take you, starting in Rockland and traversing the coast from Boothbay to Bar Harbor.
Donated by: The Schooner J. & E. Riggin

Pig Roast Party for 50:

Gather the whole neighborhood for this casual, backyard event. Rain or shine, let Mainely Pig Roasts do all the work, including the 8-9 hour natural charcoal roasting process. Vegetarian? No worries, they’ll also provide yummy sides like baked beans, cole slaw and cornbread.
Donated by: Mainely Pig Roasts

4 tickets to Katy Perry – The Prismatic World Tour at TD Garden in Boston:
Grab the girls to see this “California Gurl” live in concert! Check out some videos online (and my personal favorite) to get psyched up before the Auction!
Donated by: Ameriprise Financial

Long September Weekend in Nantucket for 8 + a Cruise on a Luxury Motor Yacht:
Our new Marketing Coordinator Todd Richard comes from Nantucket, and he is positive there is no better place to vacation on Earth. If you don’t believe him, just ask the people at, who voted Nantucket one of the best island vacation destinations. September is a great time to visit the island, with all the weather of summer and a quarter of the tourists.
Donated by: 27 Dukes Road, Nantucket MA and Barton & Gray Mariners Club

yogibo-midi-orange_3Yogibo Yogi Midi Lounge Bean Bag Chair

I can say from experience that these bean bag chairs are super comfy and not just for
kids! The Midi could be a two-person love seat, a recliner or even an extra bed for overnight guests. Don’t believe me? Test it out for yourself at their new Maine Mall location in South Portland.
Donated by: Yogibo

Plus so much more! Check out the entire auction line-up in our online catalog:

In addition to raising funds to support our daily operations, the Annual Auction also provides an opportunity for guests to donate year-long scholarship memberships for families in need. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees last year, we raised 77 memberships worth over $7,000! Please consider donating to this special cause, regardless of whether you are able to attend the event.

Buy your tickets today! Tickets are now available to purchase on our website: or give me a call at (207) 828-1234 x242. We look forward to seeing you on May 2nd at the Ocean Gateway Terminal.

A special thanks to event sponsors MEMIC , Pierce Atwood, WEX, Spectrum Medical Group, and Berlin City Auto Group.

Big Thanks: Auction 2010

Group of friends enjoying auction night.
Auction night is more fun with friends! (Photo by Stpehen Quirk)

Each year starting in early October, our volunteer friends committee spends endless hours planning and preparing for our annual auction. The auction raises funds for the Museum & Theatre’s exhibits and educational programming, is rewarding to work on as a volunteer and fun to attend as a guest. This year’s auction, which was held this past Friday night at the Holiday Inn by the Bay was a big success, in spite of our fairly sluggish economy. Over 25 dedicated volunteers worked extremely hard to secure over 400 fabulous donations, including family getaways, sports and concert tickets, parties, jewelry, and much, much more. Approximately 300 guests attended, bid and won both live and silent auction items, and feasted on delicious appetizers, mini sandwiches and ice cream sundaes.

I would like to thank all of our incredible sponsors, White Rock Distilleries, Spectrum Medical Group and Sudzie Autowash for their outstanding support in Auction 2010. I would also like to thank all of our auction volunteers, guests, bidders, and winners and our extremely loyal donors- all of whom made this event possible.

Bidding in the silent auction
Guests peruse the tables just before closing to get in their last-minute bids. (Photo by Stephen Quirk)

I hope YOU will consider attending next year’s auction which will be held on Friday, April 29th, 2011. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the summer and fall. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Alicia at or 207-828-1234 x242.

You can see many more photos from auction night on our Facebook page:!/pages/Portland-ME/Childrens-Museum-Theatre-of-Maine/91981131578

UPDATE 4/6/10: The results are in and Auction 2010 exceeded our budgeted goal by over 15%!  Donations were outstanding – more than 300 local businesses and individuals donated goods and services valued at a total of over $105,000 to this year’s event.

Auction 2010 Preview: Fireboat Ride!

Fireboat tour of Casco Bay

Item #258 Fireboat ride for 10!

Get an exclusive tour of Casco Bay aboard a City of Portland fireboat! Make it the perfect day for your aspiring firefighter or treat family and friends with 5 large pizzas and 2 cases of bottled water.

Donated by: Portland Fire Department, Papa John’s Pizza and Poland Spring Water Company

To bid on this item and so much more, join us at the 2010 Auction: Make Dreams Come True this Friday, March 26th! To reserve your tickets, contact me at 828-1234 x242 or or click here to register online.

Auction 2010: new time, new attitude!

This year, the doors to Auction 2010: Make Dreams Come True will open at 6:30pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in downtown Portland

Feast on delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty martinis from the cash bar, while perusing over 400 Silent Auction items and packages, featuring:

  • Original artwork (Items 100-127)
  • Overnight getaways, entertainment tickets and coastal adventures (Items 200-255)
  • Jewelry, accessories, gifts and spa services (Items 300-384)
  • Sports tickets, outdoor adventures, electronics, tools and services (Items 400-462)
  • Kids’ activities, services, toys and clothes (Items 500-583)
  • Gift certificates and gift baskets from local restaurants, markets, bakeries and breweries (Items 600-696)

New Time! The Live Auction will begin at 7:30pm and will be hosted by Auctioneer, Kaja Veilleux.

New Attitude! With our national economic situation in mind, we will be featuring over 30 Live Auction packages at a variety of price points – there’s something for every kind of shopper! Check out a few of these budget-friendly items that make supporting the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine fun and affordable:

  • Romantic Boston Getaway for 2 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Item 2)
  • Private Chinese or Japanese Cooking Class for 8 with Chris Toy at Now You’re Cooking in Bath (Item 4)
  • Boston Celtics Tickets for 4 (Item 6)
  • Ladies’ Spa Day for 4 at Akari Salon & Day Spa (Item 7)
  • L.L. Bean Camping Gear for a Family of 4 (Item 11)
  • Lemonade stand (Item 15)
  • Maine Red Claws Honorary Ball Boy/Girl Experience and Tickets for 4 (Item 18)
  • Sunset Cruise and Lobster Dinner for 10 (Item 22)
  • CedarWorks Indoor Playset (Item 25)

Click here to preview the 2010 Auction catalog!

Click here to register now!

Auction 2010 Preview: Live Auction

Looking for the perfect family getaway? Look no further!

Disney Family Vacation for 4:

Give your family the magic of Disney! Enjoy 3 nights at Buena Vista Palace, right in the heart of Downtown Disney, and 4 1-day park hopper passes valid at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Donated by: Walt Disney World, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa and Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

Boston Red Sox Family Getaway for 4:

Arrive at Fenway Park early for a special 50 minute guided walking tour of the ballpark and then see a Boston Red Sox game from the right field box. Celebrate or sleep off the game in Cambridge with 1 night’s accommodations and breakfast for 4 in a Hyatt Regency suite.

Donated by: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Anonymous Donor and Fenway Park Tours

Join us on Friday, March 26 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay for Auction 2010: Make Dreams Come True. Silent Auction begins at 6:30 and Live Auction will begin at 7:30. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. FMI contact Alicia at 828-1234 x242 or Reserve your tickets online now!

Auction 2010 Preview: Kids Table

Auction 2010 is right around the corner! Join us on March 26th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay for a fun-filled night of fundraising! While perusing the fabulous getaways, restaurants, artwork (and much more) up for bid, be sure to check out the Kids table for something special to bring home. Check out this sneak peek of exciting and affordable items for kids:

A 20” Trek bike for boys. Donated by: Cyclemania
8 tickets to Curious George Live! at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11am. Seats are in section K, row 4.
2009 Girl of the Year doll, Chrissa Maxwell, and her accompanying paperback book, Chrissa. Donated by: American Girl

Playmobil horse farm and accessories. Donated by: Rainbow Toys

Get your Auction tickets online at For more information about Auction 2010, contact me at or 828-1234 x242.

Auction 2010 Preview!

Are you ready for the most exciting event of the year? The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s Annual Auction will be held on Friday, March 26th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and will feature hundreds of items and packages for adults and children alike!

Check out one of our latest and greatest Live Auction items: a Rhapsody indoor playset, the latest innovative design from CedarWorks! CedarWorks Rhapsody playsets are all made from ash and birch, which make them strong and durable while still remaining smooth and attractive.

For more information about the 2010 Auction and to find out how you can take home this stunning playset, contact Alicia at