2016 Live Auction

Elkmont Fireflies

Firefly Dinner at the Appalachian Club

Each June, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a natural phenomenon which occurs in no other habitat in North America.  It is a two-week window in June when thousands of fireflies blink in synchronized fashion near the Elkmont campground.  Of late, entrance into Elkmont during this period has become the hottest ticket in town.  Tonight, we are pleased to offer six tables of 10 for a dinner at the Appalachian Clubhouse on Saturday, June 4th.  Your evening will begin on the screened porch of the Appalachian Clubhouse where you will enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres followed by a delicious meal prepared by culinary wizard Betty Melrose.  After dinner, you will be treated to an interpretive stroll through Daisy Town and Millionaire’s Row where your chair will be waiting for the evening’s performance by the synchronous fireflies.  Light up the night!  Please note: this package is date specific.

Courtesy of Betty Melrose and Friends of the Smokies

Chestnut Postmaster’s Desk Hand-Crafted by Former Superintendent Dale Ditmanson

This desk is a reproduction of a historic desk that came out of the Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The original desk is in the possession of Steve and Mary Bruce Woody of Asheville.  The desk was used to sort and store the mail and in effect, was the “Cataloochee Post Office.” Steve is a descendant of the Cataloochee Woody family and a founding board member of the Friends of the Smokies. Notes from Former Superintendent Ditmanson:

  • The desk is not perfect.  Neither is the original and for that reason some faults are duplicated.
  • Like the original, the desk is made of Chestnut.  The original desk was made before the blight and Chestnut wood was clear.
  • There are two “omissions” in the duplication of the original desk, a stencil message to “not mess with the mail” and a hasp in order to padlock the top closed which were added later in the life of the desk and so were not duplicated.
  • There is one “addition” to the original, a “lip” added to the base of the angled writing surface in order to hold working materials in place.  Standard on most writing desks, the original cabinet maker did not include one.

Read more about the original desk in A Letter from Steve Woody.

Thanks to Steve and Mary Bruce Woody for allowing access to measure and photograph the original desk in detail to duplicate the desk. Thanks to Robin and DeAnn Turner of Gatlinburg, TN for donating the lumber which was milled from a Chestnut log discovered on their property in Robbinsville, NC.

Courtesy of Dale Ditmanson.

CMA Awards VIP Experience
November 2, 2016

You and three guests will get to enjoy country music like never before! Experience the 50th annual CMA Awards up close with 4 lower level tickets for the show scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Package includes 2 nights of lodging (November 1st & 2nd) at Loews Vanderbilt and CMA Official After-Party with your host Scripps Networks.


Out for Adventure by Robert Tino

“Out for Adventure” Robert Tino Original Painting

Since his first limited edition work issued in the early 1980’s while still a student at the University of Tennessee, Robert has emerged as one of the most gifted and celebrated artists in the Southeast.  Shown in fine art galleries across the South, Robert’s work enjoys a devoted following of collectors – one that grows every year with each new release.  We are pleased to offer tonight this very fine painting depicting a mother bear and her cubs frolicking in the woods.

Courtesy of Robert and Mary John Tino.

Dove Hunting
Dove Hunting

Argentina Dove Hunt
5 Full Days for 5 Hunters

Over the last 20 years, Cordoba Province has become synonymous with the phrase “high-volume dove hunting.”  The region has a delightful climate that allows for bountiful grain crops which are interspersed with dense hillside roosting cover.  This combination of food source and roost produced a population of Zenaida Auriculata estimated to be over 20 million birds – Argentina doves that do not migrate, reproduce up to four times annually and provide literally year-round shooting.  The lucky winner of this package will receive 5 days/6 nights of wing shooting to include lodge accommodations, all meals, transportation to/from Cordoba airport and onsite field transportation, bird boys, gun cleaning, adult beverages and laundry.  Please note, planning in advance is the key to the success of this hunt.  Take your family or invite a group of friends.  Five is the minimum number of hunters, but you can take additional hunters for a discounted fee of $750/hunter.

Courtesy of Maers & Goldman Outfitters.

Virgin Islands National Park
One week stay in 4 bedroom villa

Virgin Islands National Park, renowned throughout the world for its breathtaking beauty, covers approximately 3/5 of St. John and nearly all of Hassel Island in Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas.  Winner of this package will receive a one-week stay at White Cottage which is a beautiful 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath villa with a pool on the south shore of St. John. A multitude of colorful bougainvillea line the entranceway, inviting guests to enter. Once there, a cool, deep blue pool provides a centerpiece for this gorgeous villa with a crisp, Mediterranean feel. Just beyond lies the crystal Caribbean, from Fish Bay directly below to St. Croix on the distant horizon. Package also includes dinner for 8 at Zozo’s at the Sugar Mill (excluding alcohol) and hike with Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald out Leinstar Bay to some beautiful ruins overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel and the British Virgin Islands.  Please note: Subject to availability.  Stay between 3/15/16 and 11/15/16. No cleaning fees or blackout dates within this time period!

Courtesy of Dollywood and Brion FitzGerald.

Acadia National Park
Five-night stay for 2 on Mount Desert Island

People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.  The lucky winner of this package will receive a two-night stay at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor and a three-night stay at the Canterbury Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Bar Harbor.  The package also includes 2 whale watch tickets, 2 Nature Cruise tickets, 2 Oli’s Trolley Acadia National Park Tour tickets and a guided hike (Monday-Thursday) by Acadia Trail’s Foreman Gary Stellpflug, (no one knows Acadia’s trails better than Gary!).  A very special addition to this package is the opportunity to spend a half day with top environmental scientists working with the Earth Watch Institute located at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. The researchers are using 120 years of data revealing how our reliance on fossil fuels is affecting one of America’s most beautiful places. Please note: package is subject to availability and excludes the months of July and August.

Courtesy of The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, Gary Stellpflug and Earth Watch.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Two-night stay for 8 couples at Historic Tapoco Lodge

Nestled on the banks of the Cheoah River, tucked between lush private forests, sits a place where childhood memories return to life, elegance is redefined, and adventure awaits.  Originally built in the 1930’s as a corporate retreat for then President of ALCOA Aluminum, Andrew Melon, Tapoco Lodge’s history is steeped in a tradition of serving as an escape for bustling minds.  Package includes two nights (April 1st & 2nd) lodging for 8 couples, all meals, cocktail hour each evening and complimentary activities (hiking, photography, fishing, cooking and Cheoah Dam Tour-site of Harrison Ford’s famous jump in The Fugitive).  Please note: package is date specific April 1-3, 2015. Click here for a sample itinerary.

Courtesy of Historic Tapoco Lodge.


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