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Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance

September 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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We do not hold reservations without payment.
Please RSVP early (preferably by September 13) before reach capacity.
For more information, please contact DeeDee at 860-434-5542 x 122 or

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We’re thrilled to announce that our Auctioneer for the evening is Gus Dangremond, Senior Client Strategy Analyst at Christie’s.

Live Auction Items

Mahogany Birdhouse
Value: Unique

Your feathery friends will revel in delight as they move into this scaled reproduction of Miss Florence’s boardinghouse. Made from mahogany by HP Broom Housewright in Hadlyme, this birdhouse has two separate compartments to house two different bird families and a hinged back for cleaning out.

Donated by HP Broom Housewright, Hadlyme, CT

Frank Vincent DuMond (1865-1951)
Hillside, Lyme
Value: $10,000

Oil, 28 x 30 inches. DuMond is known as one of the most influential American teacher-painters of the 20th century and a member of the Lyme Art Colony. He studied at the Art Students League in New York in the 1880s, after which he became an illustrator for New York publications such as New York Daily Graphic, Century, and Harper’s Weekly. After additional study in Paris at the Académie Julian DuMond, he accepted a teaching position at the Art Students League in Lyme. His work can be seen in many Museums throughout the United States, including the Florence Griswold Museum.

Donated by J. Stone & Betsey Roberts

Seven Night All-Inclusive St. Lucia Getaway for Two
Value: $5,005

Discover the best kept secret in Saint Lucia and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury. East Winds is a breathtaking tropical garden by the sea, set on a sandy, secluded storybook beach. Known as the island’s original boutique resort, featuring 30 cottage style suites and an oceanfront beach house, East Winds is tucked away amongst lush plants, trees, and a kaleidoscope of colorful birds. As a guest you can expect personalized care, exclusive adventures, and all-inclusive service. Valid April 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply. Airfare not included.

Donated by East Winds Resort, Ltd., Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Bamyan Tribal Fine Qashqai Rug
Value: $3,257

This stunning rug, measuring 71 x 104 inches, was hand knotted in northern Afghanistan by Turkmen women using handspun, vegetable dyed wool from Karakul sheep that graze along the slopes of the Hindu Kush. The designs in vibrant reds, blues and greens are based on antique tribal and village rugs.

Donated by Kebabian’s Rugs, New Haven, CT


Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise
Value: $6,000

Enjoy American Cruise Lines’ five-day round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi River cruise for two aboard one of their beautiful new paddlewheelers. The winner will be treated to a spacious private balcony AAL stateroom offering all-inclusive fine dining, complimentary cocktails each evening, complimentary beer & wine with lunch and dinner, and complimentary shore excursions at each port. The cruise also includes a complimentary pre-cruise hotel night in New Orleans, providing extra time for guests to explore this magical city. Guests will travel to picturesque ports-of-call: including the magnificent Houmas House Plantation, Baton Rouge, and Oak Alley. Cruise must depart before December 2020. Airfare not included.

Donated by American Cruise Lines, Guilford, CT

Intimate Dinner for Eight on the Museum Riverfront
Value: Unique

You and seven guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres plus wine and beer donated by Jonathan Edwards Winery and Thimble Islands Brewing Company on the Museum’s veranda at 5pm followed by a private tour of the current exhibition led by a member of the Museum’s curatorial team. At 6pm walk down to the new overlook along the Robert F. Schumann Artist’s Trail where you will take in breathtaking views of the Lieutenant River as you dine on a 3-course meal prepared and catered by Gourmet Galley, the purveyors behind Café Flo. Date to be mutually agreed upon during June 2020, excluding Saturdays.

Donated by Gourmet Galley Catering, North Stonington, CT; Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT; Thimble Island Brewing Company, Branford, CT; and Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT

Want a peek at a selection of Silent Auction items? CLICK HERE!

See something you love, but can’t attend?

Absentee Bid Option

If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to place an absentee bid on an item you can fill out the information below. Nathaniel Greene our Manager of Membership and Individual Giving will contact you to collect your credit card information. This is required before we can process your bid. Or, you can download the absentee bid form here and either drop it by the Museum or mail it to: Florence Griswold Museum, Attn. Nathaniel Greene, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371. All absentee bids and forms must be received at the Museum by 5pm on September 21, 2019.


September 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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