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Silent auction to benefit BSO

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BANGOR – You’ve got a chance to bid on a vast and varied collection of exciting and (at times) unconventional items, all to raise funds for one of Bangor’s artistic mainstays.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is currently running their annual Silent Auction in tandem with their upcoming Symphony Soiree on March 26. Now, I regret to inform you that tickets to the Soiree are currently sold out, but the BSO is maintaining a wait list, so feel free to reach out to get your name down – you never know!

However, even if you aren’t able to get a seat at the Soiree, you can still bid on the marvelous items that are up for auction, which has been part of the BSO’s fundraising efforts for over a decade. You can get a look at the extensive list, along with more details about the items, by heading to the BSO’s website at and clicking on the link to the Soiree.

“We hosted our first Symphony Soiree at The Tarratine (before it was The Tarratine) in 2009,” said Sarah McCarthy, Director of Development for the BSO. “This one is our 14th!”

It’s worth noting that there are a LOT of very cool items up for grabs as part of the auction this time around. 

“This year, we have over 200 auction items donated to the online auction,” McCarthy said. “Four of them will be quasi-live and will close during the in-person event at the Bangor Arts Exchange on the evening of Saturday, March 26.”

(Note: This is a separate thing, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that as of press time, there are still approximately a dozen tickets available for one heck of a raffle prize – a $2,000 AirBnB gift card. There are only 200 total tickets, so you’ve got a great chance to win if you pick one up. You can get more details at

I asked McCarthy for a few examples of some of the more off-the-beaten-path auction offerings, and she offered up the following:

A Maine Tourmaline Necklace from Day's Jewelers.

“Knife's Edge,” a watercolor collage by local artist Jeffery Wahlstrom.

A Year of Roses! from Bangor Floral.

Online Concert with Singer-songwriter Edie Carey PLUS 2 Signed CDs (who summers in Maine), donated by the Artist.

The Focus Group Thinks You Are Very Important.

(Full disclosure with regard to that last one: In case you don’t know, I am a member of the Focus Group and am thrilled to offer up our humble services to benefit such a wonderful organization. And for the record, I didn’t even ask Sarah to mention us! She did that all on her own!)

Again, this is just a few of the many wonderful items currently up for bid. Head to the BSO’s website and see everything that’s up for bid.

The “Soiree Cabaret” kicks off at the Bangor Arts Exchange at 7 p.m. on March 26; guests will get to enjoy the Myles Kelley Jazz Trio, special guests from the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra and acclaimed vocalist Mikki Sodergren, not to mention the man himself, the BSO’s own Lucas Richman.

McCarthy also made a point to recognize that an event like this can’t happen without the assistance of sponsoring partners. This year’s Performance Sponsor is Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications and the Reception Sponsor is UBS Argosy Wealth Management.

Again, the Soiree itself is sold out, but that’s no reason for you not to bid on some of the amazing items available at the silent auction. You’ve got art, you’ve got experiences, you’ve got it all. So why not head over to the website and check it out – odds are there will be something that catches your eye.

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