Featured 2017 Auction Items

We have some wonderful experiences to auction at our Summer Gala at Fiddletop on August 5th! You can see a sneak peek at a few of the items below. All proceeds from the auction go to supporting the historic 1700s homestead, educational programs, and the grounds. The Museum depends on your generosity! This page will be updated with more items later this week, so check back in!

Silent Auction items from Local Businesses

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We will be offering items from many local businesses. Do you spot any of your favorites?
The Berkshire Gold & Silversmith offers handcrafted items of gold and silver, as well as musical drums and items for the home.
– Eagle Shoe and Boot Co. sells your favorite shoe brands and leather goods. They also repair your well-loved shoes and other leather apparel.
Berkshire Bike & Board is a full-service bike and snowboard shop. Expert biker or novice snowboarder, the staff will be able to help!
– Ward’s Nursery is the first place you need to go for any of your gardening needs.
– CafeAdam cooks up some of the finest meals in the Berkshires, proudly featuring local seasonal ingredients in an elegant setting.

Week at an Italian Villa on Lake Como

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Live like an Italian with American amenities!

The splendid Penthouse Mansarda occupies the 3rd floor of a villa in the heart of Menaggio, Italy. The apartment is equipped with a full kitchen and may sleep 8 guests in 4 bedrooms with 3 baths. The apartment is bursting with color and natural light. Multiple windows open to lakefront views and mountain scenery. Penthouse Mansarda is only footsteps away from the central piazza. No car is needed, though a private parking space is included. Access to the villa’s private gated garden is also available.
Menaggio is within an hour of the Milan airport, Italian skiing areas, Como City, and Lugano. The villa is within two hours from St. Moritz, Switzerland and Milano; and within four hours from Monte Carlo, Monaco, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Zurich.
This auction opportunity is provided by www.charityjourneys.com and the Veale family. The minimum bid is $3000. Vacation time is based on a mutually agreeable date. Weeks are available starting on Saturday, valid through December 31st, 2019. Certain limitations apply. For more information, contact the Bidwell House Museum at 413-528-6888.

Cruise along the Long Island Coast

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Join Captain Alan Woliner as you ply the waters of Eastchester Bay and the Western Long Island Sound. Sail aboard a 27′ Morgan sloop as you pass bridges, a lighthouse and Hart Island.  Delight in the waterside view of Gatsby-esque mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast. The boat departs from City Island Yacht Club (cityislandyc.org) for an afternoon cruise that will culminate in a beautiful sunset over the water. Refreshments and snacks will be served on board.

Scenic Fall Foliage Flight

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Join Roger Tryon as he takes you a breathtaking hour long fall foliage flight in his legendary Kitfox airplane.  Look down on the magnificent Berkshire landscape and experience a view that few get to see!  This is for one person and the flight will take off and land at the Great Barrington Airport.