Below are live and silent auction items that will be offered at the Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Chapter's Second Annual Great Swamp Shoot & Conservation Program on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the Beretta Shooting Grounds at Dover Furnace in Dover Plains, New York. Items will continue to be added until the day of the event. Please check back for updates.
Quaker Valley Farm Duck Hunt for Two, Pawling, NY
Win a truly remarkable duck hunt for two on private property within the Great Swamp in Pawling, New York. This premier offering includes dinner and lodging the evening before in a guesthouse on Quaker Valley Farm, which is a 90-minute drive from Mid-town Manhattan. Bidders must have a NYS Hunting License/Small Game, a Federal Duck Stamp and a HIP written on the Duck Stamp. Schedule any time during the legal duck season providing it does not interfere with family and guests. Expires 2014.
Donated by Quaker Valley Farm
Raptor Hunting with Alan Shope
Accompany Master Falconer Alan Shope on a two-hour hunt with his bird of prey. Learn about the natural history of falconry, native raptors, habits and adaptations of these remarkable birds that depend on the conservation of open space for their survival.
For two, at mutually convenient time and location. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Alan Shope
Day of Sport at Tamarack Preserve, Millbrook, NY
The day of sport at Tamarack will begin with a clays warm-up on the five stand. For the walkup hunt, you will be provided with a guide and dog. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the clubhouse. Ammunition is included. Please call Tamarack for scheduling during the 2014-2015 season.
Donated By Tim Bontecou
Remington Versamax Sportsman 12-Gauge Semi-automatic Shotgun
This self-cleaning shotgun reliably cycles 12-gauge rounds from 2 3/4" to 3 1/2". The Versaport™ gas system regulates cycling pressure based on shell length, and reduces recoil to that of a 20-gauge. Includes 1 ProBore® Extended Choke Tube (Full). In Remington's opinion, this is the most versatile, reliable shotgun on the market.
Donated by Remington
Shooting Lesson with Anthony Matarese at Beretta Shooting Grounds at Dover Furnace, Dover Plains, NY
Break more clays or bad habits under the expert guidance of world medalist Anthony Matarese. By the time Anthony was six years old he had a shotgun in his hand, and at age 10 he started shooting competitive sporting clays. His list of accomplishments is long, impressive and still growing. Recognized as one of the top competitors in the U.S. and the world, Anthony has earned his way onto 16 All-American teams in 18 years of competing. Anthony began teaching at the young age of 14 and many of his students have gone on to have great success at the national and international level. Anthony teaches all experience levels from beginners to world-class shooters. For two, at a mutually agreeable time. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Beretta Shooting Grounds at Dover Furnace
Fly Fishing for Sea-run Cutthroat and Salmon in Puget Sound, WA
You will spend a day with a Master Fly Casting Instructor who built his first rod for Sage at the age of 16. Jimmy Lemert is one of 150 Federation of Fly Fisher-certified instructors in the US and owns the oldest fly shop in the Pacific Northwest. Jimmy has won the Champion Distance award at the Northwest Fly Casting Exposition twice, and has been Champion Angler four times in the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. He has led fly fishing groups from Baja to Belize, and currently fishes year-round in Puget Sound. For two, at a mutually convenient time. Airfare not included. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Jimmy Lemert
A Signed Bottle of Bourbon from Millbrook Distillery, presented in a Gun Case
Millbrook Distillery's Dutchess Private Reserve takes its name from the historic Hudson Valley of New York. It is hand crafted in small batches using only the finest ingredients including fresh spring water from Rolling Hills Farm in Dutchess County. This process gives it a distinct taste with notes of oak, vanilla and carmel and a crisp, clean finish. Aged for a minimum of two years and cut to 90 proof, Dutchess Private Reserve is smooth and accessible with a bit of an edge to remind you it is straight bourbon whiskey. "Come celebrate America's Native Spirit with us!"
Donated by P.J. Coughlin
Lunch and tour for four of Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Costume Center
The exhibition will explore the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, will reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century. The predominantly black palette of mourning dramatizes the evolution of period silhouettes and the increasing absorption of fashion ideals into this most codified of etiquettes. In addition, the veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances because of the absence of her primary protector. On the other hand, as a woman of sexual experience without marital constraints, she was often imagined as a potential threat to the social order. For four, at the mutual convenience of the participants and curators Harold Koda and Jessica Regan between October 21, 2014 and February 1, 2015.
Donated by Harold Koda
Round of Golf at the Sakonnet Golf Club, Little Compton, RI
Enjoy the breathtaking view of Aquidneck Island across the Sakonnet River as you putt out on the first green and contemplate a hole in one on the upcoming Par Three. Located in Little Compton, Rhode Island, the private Sakonnet Golf Club features an 18-hole regulation golf course that hugs the coastline and features open views of the Atlantic Ocean. A round for four, carts included. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Stancy DuHamel
Birding in Dutchess County with Alan Peterson
Curious about who is migrating through or stopping to nest in your woods, fields and streams? Invite Alan Peterson, Waterman Bird Club Education Chair and 18-Year Participant in the World Series of Birding, to join you in a location of your choice in Dutchess County – your own backyard perhaps – for two hours of observation. Maximum four people, at a mutually convenient time. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Alan Peterson
Eco-Tour of the Great Swamp with Scientist and Environmentalist James Utter
Leave civilization behind as your boat leaves the shore and you explore the magic of the Great Swamp, New York State's third largest freshwater wetlands right here in the Harlem Valley. Your guide through this alternate universe is Jim Utter, Chair of Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) and Associate Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies and Biology at Purchase College. Dr. Utter is a specialist in wetlands habitat and whose focus is the conservation of the Great Swamp, a 20-mile wetlands that runs from Dover Plains down to Brewster in Putnam County. Tour accommodates four at a mutually convenient time. Canoes provided, or bring your new kayak with you. Plan on three to four hours. Expires October 4, 2015.
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Donated by Jim Utter
Win a Sporting Clays station key worth $500.
Donated by Jeff Maiorino at Dover Furnace
Fly Fish for Brookies and Browns in Mill Creek on Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple, Dover Plains, NY
Want to get in on a secret? Guide Craig Castioni will introduce you to this private stream considered by some to be the cleanest and most under-fished trout stream in Dutchess County. Half day of catch and release for two at a mutually convenient time. BYO Equipment. Expires October 4, 2015.
For a glimpse of Mill Creek, http://crownmaple.com/crown-maple-farm/robbs-story
Donated by Madaya Farms & Craig Castioni
Private Shooting Lesson with an Orvis Professional Instructor
For two, at Orvis Sandanona. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook, NY
Breakfast for Two with Elizabeth J. McCormack, Philanthropic Advisor and Trail Blazer
Learn about the principles of giving wisely, or listen to a riveting first-hand account of facing a student takeover of a college as its President in the 60's. Wherever the conversation leads, you will come away much the wiser after talking to this 93 year old who still travels internationally for work. Elizabeth J. McCormack formerly directed the Rockefeller Philanthropy office and remains a philanthropic advisor to members of the Rockefeller family. She was President of Manhattanville College in New York from 1966 to 1974, and during her tenure took the college from an elite Catholic women's institution to a nondenominational, coeducational institution. Ms. McCormack is currently Chair of the Partnership for Palliative Care, and serves on the boards of StoryCorps, The Juilliard School, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Hamilton and Manhattanville Colleges. Ms. McCormack is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Century Association. Past service includes Chairs of the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council, Director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Trustee of Cambridge, Spellman and Marlboro Colleges. A member of the Society of the Sacred Heart for nearly thirty years, Ms. McCormack is a graduate of Manhattanville College and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University. Three years ago, her biography was published: "No Ordinary Life," a copy of which is included with this experience. Breakfast at a location of Ms. McCormack's choice, and at a mutually convenient time. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Elizabeth McCormack
Orvis Access Fly Rod & Reel
Orvis fly rod & reel combo
Package Donated by Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook, NY
Private Tour of the USS Growler submarine with James B. Lebenthal, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Submarine Service
Imagine what life was like for the crew of this compact and efficient vessel as you walk through the USS Growler with Pawling resident and Submariner Jimmy Lebenthal. Hear first hand about the logistics – human and mechanical – of running and living on a submarine; learn about the technological advancements that produced the nuclear powered submarines we have today, and how they differ from the diesel powered subs like the Growler, which was launched in 1958. Past or present, the ability to live in close quarters is part of the package. Meet at the Intrepid Museum in NYC at a mutually convenient time. This experience includes a visit on aircraft carrier. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by James B. Lebenthal
Peter Corbin Print
Unframed print of a pencil drawing of Sandanona.
Donated by Orvis Sandanona, Millbrook, NY
Tri-star Raptor 12 Gauge Automatic
This 12-gauge, 3" chamber has a 28" vent rib and polished blued barrel, with interchangeable choke tubes and three chokes (IC, M, F.) The stock is select-grade walnut with special checkering and a high-gloss finish. The Ducks Unlimited logo and DU duck head are on a custom tone-on-tone black receiver. Gun lock included.
Tour the Egyptian Collection and Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Witness the inner workings of one of the leading art conservation departments in the world. You and three friends will join Egyptian Art Conservator Ann Heywood for a tour of the Egyptian collection from a conservator's point of view, including the Tomb of Perneb, the elaborate mummies of Meir, the gold jewelry of the Three Princesses, the ceremonial burial equipment of Tutankhamun and much more. Following that, you will take a unique behind-the-scenes look at the Objects Conservation Department where you will see conservators at work on pieces from various departments. Art Conservators at the Metropolitan Museum are responsible for the preservation, restoration, and scientific study of materials and techniques of art in the Museum's collections. As part of one of the most advanced conservation departments in the world, the Conservators work with equipment and materials that one would find in chemistry and forensics labs, radiology operations and art studios. Maximum 4 people, 1.5 hours, at a mutually convenient time. Expires October 4, 2015.
Donated by Ann Heywood