Local Businesses Support Great Escape Auction


Wayfinder Schools’ second annual Great Escape Auction is live online now through January first and features art, jewelry, home goods, and fourteen Maine escapes donated by generous businesses throughout the midcoast and beyond. This year’s auction features dinner at Primo, a sail on the Schooner Olad, golf at the Samoset Resort, dinner at Long Grain, overnights at Lord Camden Inn and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, drinks at Barren’s Distillery + Restaurant, passes to the Farnsworth Art Museum, lift tickets at The Camden Snow Bowl, two gift certificates to Sidecountry Sports, treats from Freya’s Ice Cream, a one-year membership to the Coastal Children’s Museum, a gift bag and one-year membership to the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, rock climbing with Equinox Guiding Services, a rowing tour of Belfast Bay with DoryWoman Rowing, a bi-plane ride with Owls Head Transportation Museum, and a mushroom foraging tour and cooking session with Greg Marley. 

It also features lift tickets to Sugarloaf and Lost Valley, two nights at Migis Lodge, two nights at Smuggler’s Cove Oceanfront Inn, tickets to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, an L.L. Bean gift certificate, dinner at King Eider’s Pub, dinner at The Shuck Station, four-dozen Mook Sea Farms oysters and an oyster knife, two nights at Hidden Valley Nature Center, a wooden oyster block and tea towel from The Walpole Barn, a gift certificate from Sherman’s Maine Coast Books, Maine Lobster Designs wooden bookmarker, an overnight at The Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront, tickets to The Portland Museum of Art, dinner at The Honey Paw, tickets for Portland Ovations, a one-year membership and a one-day workshop with Maine Writers and Publisher’s Alliance, a tandem kayak rental with Maine Kayak, passes to the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway & Museum, ice cream at Blanchard’s Creamery, a sail and a ferry ride on Downeast Windjammer Cruises, lunch at Helen’s, a tour on the Downeast Scenic Railway, a Wordlily Handbound Journal, a mushroom foraging tour with Flora Funga Farms, a private sauna with Kendall Farm Cottages & Event Barn, a tasting at Horn Run Brewing, an Airbnb gift card, and writing workshops with Susan Conley, Jodi Paloni, and Damariscotta River Writers. The Great Escape also features jewelry by Patty Bolz, ceramics by Jean Hardy, home goods by Jessie Tobias Designs, and art by Eric Hopkins, Julie Crane, Chris Mir, Ariana Killoran, Julia Johnston, Kenzie Phifer, and Erica Gates. The Great Escape Auction is sponsored by Machias Savings Bank, R.M. Davis, Old Port Advisors, Clark Insurance, Bangor Savings Bank, and Down East Magazine. All proceeds benefit Maine youth seeking a second chance at high school graduation. For more information, visit www.wayfinderschools.org