Feast Auction Items 2017

Join us for the 10th Annual Feast from the Fields! Amid all the great food, fun and celebration, we will be having both Live and Silent Auctions. These will feature items and experiences that connect to Common Ground’s mission and values. Because the party shouldn’t end the night of the 23rd!

 Live Auction Items
A Feast Just For You!

Enjoy a private dinner for 8 in the Caseus cheese shop. The fun starts with a Black Hog Brewing Co. beer & cheese tasting and menu planning session in your home with Jason from Caseus. Once you’ve enjoyed your beer and cheese and decided on a menu and date, he and his amazing Caseus team will cook dinner for you and friends and serve it up in the Caseus cheese shop.

Gratuity is not included; please tip your servers.

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Enjoy a beautiful four-bedroom cape in Vineyard Haven, with easy access to all that Martha’s Vineyard has to offer. Walk miles of beaches, explore colonial history, eat and shop in quaint villages – or simply relax in a world apart from the daily grind. Available for a week to be negotiated during the next year.

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Take a long Fall or Winter weekend at this beautiful Adirondack retreat. House can  accommodate as many as 10 people. House is fully winterized, lakefront property. Perfect spot for leaf peeping season or a ski vacation! 45 minutes to Whiteface or XC skiing right out the basement door onto Upper Saranac Lake. Unavailable Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, MLK, & President’s weekends. 

Berkshires Getaway


Escape to a remote corner of the Pioneer Valley for a long weekend or relaxing week surrounded by the peace and quiet of the Hidden Hills.

Located less than a two hour drive from New Haven, this spectacular lodge, situated on 180 acres in Chester, Massachusetts, has over 2,000 feet of frontage on the Wild and Scenic West Branch of the Westfield River.

Enjoy your morning coffee listening to the birds from the front porch as the sun rises. Climb to the summit of the Nature Conservancy’s Gobble Mountain Preserve just across the road. Hike the nearby Keystone Arch Bridges trail to visit 80 foot high stone spans constructed in 1864 to carry the first railroad across the Berkshire Mountains. Cool off in the afternoon with a dip in your own private waterfall. In the evening, you can barbecue on the deck while watching the dragonflies and fireflies skimming across the expansive meadow that serves as your front yard. And don’t forget the night life.

Five minutes from the acclaimed Chester Theatre, fifteen minutes from Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, and half an hour from Tanglewood and other Berkshire attractions.

The lodge was designed by Ed Schlossberg and served as the summer home for Ed and his wife Caroline Kennedy for three decades. Plenty of space with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and sleeping space for ten (more if the kids are happy camping out in the loft). The soaring great room is perfect for family get-togethers or inviting friends up for a night.

Five weekdays or a long weekend between April and October (to be agreed upon with the owners).

8 Seats On The Elm City Party Bike
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Get geared up and ride New England’s first and foremost pedaled party and sightseeing bike! The Elm City Party Bike is a fun, social and relaxing way to experience the city while exercising. We offer groups the ability to bar hop while viewing extravagant architecture, historical sites and college life. Groups of 8-15 people cruise on 2-hour rides giving a breezy and exciting view of New Haven. Our trained drivers steer you through the streets cruising with the power of your legs and feet! We take you to popular bars, restaurants and shops offering our guests drink specials.

You and your friends can book the Party Bike for private excursions through the city, bar hopping and sightseeing tours! Augment your experience by bringing your own alcoholic beverages and breeze through the city while sipping. You can also add a Historic Narrated Tour with one of our historian guides, or a Spirits & Spirit & Experience with our resident medium and ghost finder! Additional time may be added by the hour to the tour based on availability. Contact us to inquire. Guests must have valid government issued IDs in order to consume alcohol. Party Bike driver & host gratuity is greatly appreciated! Reservations should be made Monday through Thursday.

Founder’s Garlic from 1997 & Planting Lesson

Learn the secret to growing phenomenal garlic from one of our founders Andy Wight and a current CGHS student. Andy has been growing the same strain of garlic since Common Ground’s early days and you could be the lucky recipient of this edible piece of history! This garlic is organic heirloom seed that Marleen Cenotti and Andy Wight have grown annually in Branford since 1997, the founding year of Common Ground High School.

Sustainable and Ethical Sushi Dinner prepared by Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi

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2016 White House Champions of Change Award winner and James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Chef Bun Lai, is an internationally recognized food-culture innovator known for inventing sustainable seafood-based, plant-based and invasive species-based sushi. His restaurant, Miya’s, in New Haven, Connecticut, is the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the world.

Chef Bun is a healthy eating educator who has been the Director of Nutrition for New Haven Farms, a non-for-profit partnered with Yale School of Medicine, that serves low income pre-diabetics. He has written for publications such as Scientific American Magazine and Harvard Design Magazine. Chef Bun Lai has been a keynote speaker for The American Fisheries Society Annual Conference; Google; Yale University; Monterey Bay Aquarium; World Wildlife Fund; National Geographic Society; Culinary Institute of America and Harvard School of Public Health’s Menus of Change Summit.

If you win this auction Chef Bun Lai will orchestrate a recreation of his 2016 White House Champions of Change Award dinner for you and 15 of your closest friends. Date should be a Sunday, specific date and time to be mutually agreed up on.

House Party in a Box: Housecleaning, Catering, and Drinks!

Host the party of the year in the comfort of your own home with this one of a kind package!

Belle Home Cleaners (a wonderful local house cleaning service that prioritizes naturally-derived, Green Seal certified products) will come clean your home from top to bottom before your party so that its spic and span for all of your guests (or, after, if you prefer–I suppose that depends on your guests!)

Catering for 16 people will be provided by H’Cue BBQ.

Wash all that soul food down with Brewport Brewing Co‘s finest ale.

Silent Auction Items
mActivity: One month membership, 2 personal training sessions and one massage

Experience a one month membership at mActivity, not just a gym but an innovative fitness center for health and wellness located in the heart of the East Rock neighborhood. mActivity is committed to providing fitness services of the highest quality by creating a community of health that supports the pursuit of physical, social and emotional well-being.  Membership includes two personal training sessions to help guide you to optimal fitness along with a free massage to treat those hard-working muscles! 

 Vermont Getaway

Spend a beautiful weekend in Southern Vermont.  Enjoy hiking, kayaking and exploring: winery, brewery, fromagerie, antiques and crafts nearby. This home is only 2 hours from New Haven and sleeps 6 comfortably. It is available for up to four days/three nights during fall or spring.

Niantic House Getaway

Enjoy a long weekend in a beautiful setting without hours of travel time! The house includes a large master bedroom upstairs with a grand view of the river where it is over a half-mile wide. The second bedroom has a full bed below and a single bunk above, ideal for sleeping up to three children; the downstairs den has a queen-sized futon couch/bed.

East access to the fine restaurants, jazz, and theater of Niantic and the Connecticut shoreline. It’s situated a short drive from Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium. 

Creative Arts Workshop Class Voucher

Use this voucher to unleash your inner painter, sculptor, or weaver! CAW offers a wide array of art classes taught by pros, this is a great opportunity to hone your skills or find a totally new hobby.

Make Haven Membership Package

six Month membership at MakeHaven, where you can make your dreams! Includes one-hour private lesson in 3-D printing or laser cutting. MakeHaven also offers members hands-on skill building experiences in mechanics, electronics, crafts, art, design, programming, cooking, biology, chemistry, fabrication, metalworking and woodworking. Membership includes any-time access to the tools, the facilities, and the vibrant community of makers, tinkerers, thinkers, inventors, and dreamers. Learn more about the tools and resources available to members at MakeHaven.org

Gaudioso Wine Experience

Always wanted to learn about wine-making? Immerse yourself in learning the entire process from crushing the grapes through

bottling – and then take home a case of 12 of your very own bottles of wine! To cap off your experience, hang out by the fire pit enjoying last year’s vintage and then share in a delicious Italian style home cooked lunch which may include homemade pickled eggplant, stuffed peppers, cheese, olives, brie, roasted red peppers, garlic bread, lasagna, salad, and Great-Grandma’s angenettis. Invitation for 4 people.

The Gaudioso family’s red blend won first place at the North Haven Day of Wine & Roses Festival!
To occur in October; date determined by peak grape season.

Sarah Aldrich Pilates

Stretch and strengthen with this gift certificate for three private Pilates sessions at Sarah Aldrich Pilates in the heart of downtown New Haven.

Mountain Bike

This gently used bike is perfect for the trails of West Rock Park or your favorite mountain biking destination. Easton 7005 Custum Bi-Oval Ultrilite frame, Fox Talus R front shocks, Fox Float R rear shocks, IRC Mythos XC II tires

Three Amazing Brewery Tours for 10 people: New England, Black Hog and Two Roads Tour and Tasting

BrewTour10-CollageGather up a crew and enjoy tours of three craft breweries for up to ten participants. Tour all three breweries in one day, or spread out your visits.

  • New England Brewery, located just around the corner in Woodbridge, offers an amazing collection of beers in both cans and growlers. Don’t forget to check out some of those beer labels created by artist Craig Gilbert!
  • The Black Hog Brewing Company was founded by brothers Jason and Tom Sobocinski of Caseus fame, along with Tyler Jones, an old family friend. Their tasting room is located in Oxford CT and features ingredients from local farms.  The tasting room has custom Jenga, a Pac-Man/Galaga arcade machine, and cornhole.
  • Two Roads has been cranking beer since 2012. They offer a wide range of beers from zesty saisons to Conntucky Lightnin’, a strong ale made with corn grits and aged in a bourbon-barrel. The tour takes place at their brewery in Stratford, CT. If you’d prefer not to drive, you can take a shuttle from the Stratford train station on weekends!

Yoga Classes and Mat

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, Balanced Yoga offers classes for everyone.

This package includes a certificate for 14 classes of your choice (or select a month of unlimited classes plus two private sessions if you prefer!). This package includes a yoga mat and mat carrying bag, so you are ready to stretch, strengthen, and relax from day one.

 Fig Tree from Cricket Hill Gardens

Always wanted your very own fruit tree?  Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston generously donated a Chicago Hardy fig tree in a 2 gallon container. The tree is 3′ tall. Full care instructions provided.  About the variety: Small to medium sized fruit violet skin when ripe. Sweet, strawberry pink pulp. Fruit resembles that of ‘Brown Turkey.’ Excellent flavor and very hardy. If all above-ground growth is winter killed, new growth will leap out in the spring and still bear a crop of figs by late summer. Not all fig varieties will do this in shorter northern growing seasons. This variety was originally found growing in a garden on Chicago’s south side. Likely of Italian origin.

Family Gardening Basket

Share the love of gardening with your little one with this basket stuffed with fun and educational goodies. This package includes a Green Toys indoor gardening kit and a Green Toys watering can to get you started. It also comes with seven books for children: The Ugly Vegetable, Jo McDonald Had a Garden, Green Green: Community Gardening Story, Rainbow Stew, The Patchwork Garden, and Gazpacho for Nacho

“The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg” Aquatint Print by Adnan Charara

This aquatint print echoes the old Aesop’s fable that warns about the overreaching tenancies of greed. The artist adds their own human twist on the story in their rendering.

A Gift of One Harvest Your Own Christmas Tree

A Gift of One Harvest Your Own Christmas Tree. Expires 12/24/17. Redeemable on WeekdaysMake a holiday memory this year when you and your family venture to Jones Family Farms in  Shelton to select and harvest your own Christmas Tree!

Expires 12/24/17. Redeemable on Weekdays.

 Two full sheets and two half sheets of Jamberry nail wraps

Show your style with these unique Jamberry Wonder Woman nail wraps! All the fashion without the hassle or mess of a full manicure–heat, apply, trim! No dry time, no chipping! Full sheets = 1 manicure and 1 pedicure, half sheets are 1 manicure.

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park passes for three for 60 minutes each, what more fun than that?>Bounce into some fun with these Sky Zone Trampoline Park passes for three for 60 minutes of jump time. The perfect way to keep moving and have fun.

Handmade Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Add some sparkle to your your ensemble with this three strand necklace of amber and magenta contemporary Swarovski crystals. Length: 20″

The Eli Whitney Museum: Vacation Care for 3 days

This one is a special opportunity for all you hardworking parents! Enjoy some time to yourself after dropping your little one off for fun filled vacation days of play and learning.

Handmade Mosaic from Mosaic Murals and Math

Take home your own chicken with no need to feed her! This mosaic chicken is crafted from handmade Italian Smalti glass.

Masai Warrior Sculpture

This unique African sculpture pays tribute to the renowned Masai Warriors of Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

Raku Serving Dish

Impress your guests with this stunning one-of-a-kind serving platter

Peter Charles Silk Scarf

Bundle up in the autumn days to come with this hand dyed silk scarf.

Limited Edition Framed Print

Add this beautiful handmade print to your home collection.

Mixed Media Collage

“Cascade” is the fitting name for this uniquely beautiful multimedia piece of art.

Gift Basket from Fire Ring Farm

Enjoy the bounty of a local farm even into winter! This basket is over flowing with both fresh and canned selections from Fire Ring Farm.

Original Paintings: On The Road

Mary Lesser is offering two of her paintings inspired by her travel across the United States.

 Flowering Plant from Nature Works

Nature Works is not just a Garden Center, it’s a beautiful space that hosts gardening classes and lets the public stroll through their gorgeous demonstration gardens. Add a touch of their gardening magic to your home with this flowering plant.

Back to Life Therapeutic Massage and Aromatherapy

Relax deeply with this gift certificate from Back to Life. Let your stress melt away during a one hour massage along with soothing aromatherapy.

Handmade leather purses from Czechoslovakia

These hand made Czechoslovakian bags are sure to turn heads.

Antique Table

C 1840, refinished dark stained Sheraton one drawer stand, ogee front drawer with glass knob, shaped top, turned legs with ball feet. 29″ x 21.25″ discoloration on the top

6 silk screened ferns

Folio of 6 assorted screen printed ferns by Burr Carrington Thomas

Necklace & Earring set

19 1/4′ lime green chalk turquoise chip stones and pendent with sterling silver clasp. Earrings to match with sterling silver wires. One of a kind

Aava Pans with Lids

Three Aava Stainless Steel items: Saute pan with lid retail $990: Stock pot with lid retail $850; Saucepan with lid retail $650

Handmade Wool and Silk Blend Scarf

This one of a kind scarf was hand woven on a loom using the wool from our very own Common Ground Sheep, Yarrow and Lacey!

Common Ground’s Basket of Uncommon Goods

Bring home a piece of Common Ground with our Uncommon Goods from the farm: eggs, yarn made from wool from our sheep, jam, maple syrup and other seasonal goodies. Plus a certificate for one of our broiler chickens in the spring! 

Family Portrait Session at Lotta Studio

Show off your family in a unique and creative way with this gift certificate for a Family Portrait or Panoramic Photo Session. Spend 3 hours with the Lotta Studio photo team, Luke and Mistina Hanson, as they capture images of your family in the perfect light.

Improvisational Quilting Bee with Robin Green

Host a special birthday party, wedding, birth, or just gather your friends for a fun evening of sewing. Each guest is asked to contribute a piece of fabric that will be incorporated into a one-of-a-kind wall hanging or small quilt. No sewing skills or special equipment is required!



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