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Savor the Best of York County – A Benefit Auction July 24

A weekend of glamping at Huttopia is one of the experiences you can bid on and win.

Three Rivers Land Trust and McDougal Orchards invite the public to “Savor the Best of York County” at their second annual art and experiences auction, highlighting the working landscapes and rural living of southern Maine. The auction will feature refreshments and music and all proceeds will benefit the Three Rivers Land Trust conservation mission. The event coincides with the Springvale Farm Walk and the statewide Open Farm Day.

The silent auction will be open for bids in the morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon, and again at the main event beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the McDougal Orchards barn at 201 Hanson Ridge Road, Springvale. The live auction “experiences” will also be available for preview in the morning, and bidding will begin at 5:00 p.m. Silent auction items include plein air artworks on the theme “Paint the Working Landscape” as well as these great local items:

  • 5 lb bucket of pick your own blueberries from Berry Best Farm, Lebanon
  • Skeins of organic wool from Noon Family Sheep Farm, Springvale
  • Balsam fire pillows by artist Ann MacEachern from Acton’s Pine Cone & Thistle Studio
  • Jagger Mill tour and premium wool skeins from Worsted Spinning New England, Springvale
  • 4 weeks of bouquets from Diadem Flowers, Springvale
  • Fall/winter vegetable share box from Wolf Pine Farm, Alfred
  • Dried Italian mushrooms from Mousam Valley Mushrooms, Springvale
  • Gravel from R. Pepin & Sons

The live auction includes these wonderful future memories:

  • Kids fishing charter from Apex Charters in Wells
  • Glamping for a weekend at Sand Pond, Huttopia, Sanford
  • Wood Island Lighthouse tour
  • Consultation with native plant expert Shawn Jalbert of Native Haunts
  • Wine & tastings from Prospect Hill Winery, Lebanon
  • Kayak & biking from Coastal Maine Kayak
  • Giant pumpkin carving from Alfred’s Mo Auger

McDougal Orchards is part of the Springvale Farm Walk, taking place from 9:00 to 1:00 the same day, so attendees can enjoy a walking tour of local farms and wrap up the day at the auction from 4 PM to 6 PM. See this story for more on the Farm Walk. Silent auction winners will be announced at the close of the live auction. All are welcome to come enjoy live music, refreshments, and a relaxing afternoon with friends while learning more about the land trust and land conservation in southern Maine. Additional information is available at the Three Rivers Land Trust website, and at the organization’s Facebook page. An RSVP is not required, but please let the land trust know if you’d like to attend to enable better planning for the event. Reach the land trust at 207-358-9695 (call/text) or send an email to

Three Rivers Land Trust is a membership-supported organization dedicated to building stronger, healthier communities through the protection of wild and working landscapes in Acton, Alfred, Lebanon, Shapleigh and Sanford/Springvale. Named for the Little Ossipee, Salmon Falls, and Upper Mousam Rivers, Three Rivers Land Trust holds conservation easements to protect farms, forests, and wetlands, and maintains preserves, which provide public access to recreation and hunting.

Ruth Gutman of Three Rivers Land Trust welcomes attendees at last year’s event.
Auction goers at the 2021 event.
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