Silent Auction of Talents and Experiences – Melos Venetian Carnevale

Melos Venetian Carnevale Fundraiser February 24, 2017 7:30pm
Silent Auction Of Talents and Experiences Listing of Offerings

The Silent Auction of Talents and Experiences will be held on February 24, 2017 at the Renaissance Hall, 285 Queen Street.

Should you wish to make a bid on an item and cannot attend the fabulous event on February 24, you may send a bid to or fill out the contact us form here, on this page.
Your bid should include:
Item #,
Bid amount
Your name, address and telephone number

Bids will be accepted until Thursday February 23 at 9pm and must be at or above the Minimum Reserve Bid. Should two identical bids be made by separate individuals, the first one received shall be used at the February 24 auction. You will be contacted for payment after the event should your bid be the winning bid.

Please ensure that the bid placed is your maximum bid for the item you hope to win.

Thank you for your support.

Online Bidding Form is found below:


Item 1 – Learn To Dance Like a Baroque Aristocrat!

Have you ever wanted to know more about the elegance of baroque dance? Join professional baroque dancer Edgar Tumak (retired 2005) for a 1 hour tutelage in the basics of baroque dance, the predecessor of classical ballet. Your winning bid can be redeemed for either a private class for one or a group session for you and up to 7 friends. Group rehearsal space is included (Deseronto)

Donated by: Edgar Tumak                                                           Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:         $50

Item 2- Baroque Gesture Class…

Oh the drama! Learn the fascinating silent language of Baroque gesture during a one hour class whether for the stage or social communication. The session can be presented as a workshop or a party event, with the venue arranged by the bidder or at Edgar’s residence—a former church located in Deseronto. Edgar worked with period specialists and ensembles in Toronto, Montréal, and Los Angeles, and directed several opera productions at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Donated by: Edgar Tumak                                                          Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:             $50

Item 3 – You Have a VOICE!!!

Do you feel a bit intimidated speaking in public? Not feeling comfortable with the sound of your own voice? Unleash your inner thespian with The Spoken Arts! Get a 1.25 hour spoken-word voice lesson with Karen Holmes, B.A. Hons, Drama, B.E.d, M.R. Ed. Karen is an Ontario Certified Teacher and Remedial Teacher. She has studied the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Have your voice assessed with respect to key speech-elements. Talk about and formulate a plan to work on voice issues you would like to change. Prepare a brief monologue or other spoken word piece.

Donated by: Karen Holmes                                                          Retail Value: $120

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $60

Item 4 – Check out our Honey with your Honey

Join beekeeper Kevin Wenkoff for a private tour of his non-commercial home-garden apiary, just west of Verona. Finish off your tour with a honey tasting and luncheon. Tour, tasting and luncheon for up to 4 people at mutually agreed upon time between mid-June to August 2017.

Donated by: Kevin Wenkoff                                                       Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $50

Item 5 – Calling All History Lovers…

You and up to three friends can join City of Kingston Curator Paul Robertson for a private 1 hour tour of Kingston City Hall. Enjoy Paul’s insider look at the nooks and crannies of our historic seat of local government—and at one time national government. In the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this tour is sure to be a hit!

Donated by: Paul Robertson                                                        Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $40

Item 6 – Find your Fit Self!

Now is the time to devote yourself to getting fit for life!   For your winning bid, you and a friend each get a 3 week trial membership at Taylored Training Fitness Studio, 574 Princess Street (new members only) which includes assessment and unlimited group and personal training.  And to help with your after workout health food needs we’re including two $20 gift certificates from Tara Natural Foods in the heart of downtown Kingston.

Donated by: Taylored Training, Tara Natural Foods Retail Value: $198

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $90

Item 7 – Sweet and Savoury

Cookies, muffins, pies, squares and goodies—both sweet and savoury, enjoy monthly homemade treats baked with love by Megan Bruce. You will advise her about preferences and allergies/intolerances. Baked goods will be confirmed on an ongoing basis by mutual arrangement.

Donated by:   Megan Bruce                                                         Retail value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:           $100

Item 8 – Calling all Yarn lovers…

For your winning bid you will receive two $25 gift certificates from Knit Traders of Kingston, 725 Gardiners Rd. Knit Traders is a beloved resource for all fibre crafters, from knitters and crocheters to spinners and weavers. Knit Traders also offers drop-in knitting and crochet classes for any level, customized finishing classes, workshops and events.

Donated by:  Marilyn Goodyear Whiteley                             Retail Value: $50

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $30

Item 9 – Piano Coaching

For your winning bid you will receive a 1 hour piano lesson, accompaniment, or coaching session from Clare Gordon, redeemable between May – August 2017. Clare began her music career in England. She is a soloist, an accompanist, and a teacher of piano, theory and musicianship currently working with Queen’s Community Music and various groups in Kingston including the School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, Kingston Chamber Choir, Kingston Choral Society, and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.

Donated by: Clare Gordon                                                           Retail Value: $55

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $30

 Item 10 – Piano tuning by the Piano Man

The winning bidder will receive piano tuning services by professional piano tuner John Hall. John Hall, Curator of the Canadian Piano Museum, located in the historic John Stevenson House, Napanee, has been collecting instruments and artefacts for over thirty years while operating his own piano tuning and repair business.

Donated by: John Hall                                                                   Retail Value: $110

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $60

 Item 11 – Operagram!

Treat that special someone to an operatic singing telegram! Repertoire sung by Brenda Gluska who trained in operatic singing in the United States and Canada includes selections from Carmen, La Traviata, La Bohème, and les Huguenots. Special requests will be considered for a fun and special way to mark a special occasion.

Donated by: Brenda Gluska                                                         Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $50

Item 12 – Where there’s a Will….

Experts recommend that you read and review your Will yearly, and update it each time a major life event occurs (such as the birth of a grandchild). For the winning bidder, local lawyer Ken Coull will prepare basic Wills and Personal Powers of Attorney for a couple. Ken can guide you through the decisions you need to make and get the right paperwork in place.

Donated by: Ken Coull, LLB                                                          Retail Value: $ 650

Minimum Reserve Bid:           $200

Item 13 – The Milky Way in Glass

Own the galaxy in blown glass with 24K gold and other precious metals creating the impression of dynamic movement within the glass. The winning bidder will receive this stunning glass blown pendant on an Italian multi-strand neckpiece from Aurora Dokken Gallery. Aurora has studied in Italy, Hungary and the United States and has blown glass for over 30 years, creating unique pieces of wearable art.

Donated by: Aurora Dokken                                                       Retail Value: $125

Minimum Reserve Bid: $70

 Item 14 – Yoga to Relieve Stiffness

In this 75 minute private Yoga session for one or two people with Gordon Gwynne-Timothy, you will learn basic yoga approaches to assist in opening up areas of restricted mobility through carefully chosen asanas (poses). Props are provided to awaken proper muscular function and to avoid overdoing a stretch or missing the target area. Often muscular and joint stiffness are related to habits of posture and movement that can be shifted over time to help recover a more stable, easier way of moving. The session includes at least one restorative relaxation pose. You will leave with a number of concrete ideas for improving your self-care.

Donated by: Gordon Gwynne-Timothy                                  Retail Value: $80

Minimum Reserve Bid: $40

Items 15 – Sing, Sing a Song!

The lucky winners of these items will enjoy a 45 minute private voice lesson with Melos Music Director Holly Gwynne-Timothy. Holly uses functional vocal training that releases throat constriction, and re-conditions reflexes in the vocal tract for easier singing. Lessons are booked at a mutually convenient time. Holly has been immersed in early music as a singer, choral conductor and voice teacher for over 30 years in Ontario and in the USA. The bid price is for ONE lesson. There are two packages being offered.

Donated by: Holly Gwynne-Timothy                                      Retail Value: $50 each

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $25

Item 16 – Fashion Forward Feet

Keep your tootsies toasty and put your best foot forward with hand-knit washable wool socks, made to measure by Jill. You choose size, colour, and pattern options. Baby it’s cold outside!

Donated by: Jill Frick                                                                      Retail Value: $50

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $25

Item 17 – Travel the World!

Get help to plan your travel with excellent suggestions around the world using your $100 gift certificate from Merit Travel. Take a break from winter and relax in the sun, from Mexico, to Cuba, to the Dominican Republic and more, there’s a vacation package for every traveler. Talk to a Merit Travel expert, and find your perfect spot in the sunshine! Get a personalized quote.

Donated by: Merit Travel                                                            Retail Value: $100                   

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $50

Item 18 – Peaceful Music for You …

Wikipedia describes the recorder as an instrument long associated with pastoral scenes, miraculous events, and amorous scenes. So with this fabulous item, you get to experience peace, miracles and love, all at the same time!! Your one-hour recorder lesson with Heather Schreiner will have you making lovely music in no time. Your 60 minute lesson can be taken as one session or spread over two lessons, as you wish.   Beginner or advanced musicians are welcome to bid.  Bring your own instrument or borrow one from Heather.

Donated by: Heather Schreiner                                                 Retail Value: $50

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $30

 Item 19 – Stay at the Hotel Belvedere

Stay overnight in one of 25 rooms at the historic Hotel Belvedere, 141 King Street Kingston, and enjoy continental breakfast served to your room or in the dining room. No charge for children age 12 and under. The Hotel Belvedere is Kingston’s most comfortable and gracious inn, located in a 19th century building. Each room is unique with its own Old World charm and modern conveniences, and is freshly decorated in period antiques and classic styles.

Donated by: Hotel Belvedere                                                      Retail Value: $169

Minimum Reserve Bid:          $80

Item 20 – Downtown: K-Town Style!

Head on over to the corner of Brock and King Street for a wonderful dinner at Olivea using your $50 gift certificate, followed by an evening of entertainment at The Screening Room (2 admission passes).

Donated by: Olivea, The Screening Room                              Retail Value: $70

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $35

Item 21 – There’s Music in the Air!

Receive a one hour organ lesson from Dr. Aurora Dokken former Chair of the Royal College of Organists in Kingston. Included in your bid price is the CD of When You and I were Young Maggie highlighting Aurora’s keyboard skills on the piano and her husband Larry House on trumpet.

Donated by: Aurora Dokken                                                        Retail Value: $90

Minimum Reserve Bid:              $40

Item 22– Lunch and Shop Downtown

Wander downtown and spend your $25 gift certificate at Peter’s Place Restaurant, 34 Princess Street, for lunch followed by a trip to Novel Idea Kingston’s independent bookstore to spend your $25 gift certificate, then head up Princess Street to Kingston Frameworks using your $25 gift certificate for your framing needs.

Donated by: Peter’s Restaurant, Novel Idea,                       Retail Value: $75                                          Minimum Reserve Bid:           $40

Item 23 – Heavenly Music

Enjoy the exquisite musical talents of St. George’s Cathedral Music Director Michael Capon, at this private 30 minute organ recital for you and your friends in the historic St. George’s Cathedral, King St, Kingston.

Donated by: Michael Capon                                                    Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:        $100

Item 24 – Dinner for Two

Warm up the winter with a delicious dinner for two using your $59.95 gift certificate at Curry Original. Enjoy the delights of India in a charming historic setting with patio overlooking Lake Ontario. Curry Original is truly a local Kingston treasure!

Donated by: Hanna Dodwell                                                    Retail Value: $59.95

Minimum Reserve Bid: $50

 Item 25 – For Special Occasions, or just for fun!

Special occasions need great food! Enjoy your $50 gift certificate at Baskin Robbins, 1046 Princess St, for irresistible treats. And stop by the Pasta Shelf, 1749 Bath Rd, to pick up your family sized pan of lasagna– a little bit of Italy introducing fresh, authentic, homemade pasta right here in Kingston!

Donated by: Baskin Robbins, Pasta Shelf                              Retail Value: $71.99

Minimum Reserve Bid: $40

Item 26 – The Theory of Everything…Musical

Explore music theory in a 60 minute lesson with Dr. Lisa Szeker-Madden, a music scholar and educator with 15 years of experience teaching undergraduate rudiments, music theory and music history at the University of Victoria. Whether you are completely new to music theory, or you want to brush up and improve your existing skills, Lisa can expand your musicianship with a little music theory in a fun, relaxed environment. Suitable for an individual, or a group of people (max 5) at the same theory level.

Donated by: Lisa Szeker-Madden                                            Retail Value: $60

Minimum Reserve Bid: $30

Item 27 – The Irony of it…

Do you know someone going to job interviews, making presentations, or just going to work or school? Here is a useful gift of ironing up to 40 clean shirts or blouses (including starch if desired). This offer is by arrangement for drop off and pick up with Ann Rouget. Five to 10 shirts or blouses/delivery.

Donated by: Ann Rouget                                                             Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid: $30

Item 28 – It’s all about the Olives

For a taste of Little Italy, use your $50 gift certificate at Olivea, at the corner of King and Brock Streets, where you will enjoy a tasty meal in downtown Kingston. Then visit the Kingston Olive Oil Co. and use your $50 gift certificate to shop for ingredients for your home cooking, including premium extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and more… .

Donated by: Olivea, Kingston Olive Oil Co.                          Retail Value: $100

Minimum Reserve Bid: $60

Item 29 – The Frontenacs and Pub Night

Enjoy your wonderful four seats at the Kingston K-Rock, using 4 tickets to Frontenacs Game on Friday March 17 at 7pm (section 102, row 15). And before or after the game, or any time, enjoy your $50 gift certificate at the Sir John’s Public House, Kingston’s landmark pub in the former law office of Sir John A. Macdonald, King Street in the heart of historic Downtown Kingston.

Donated by: Secker Ross & Perry LLP, Jessup Food & Heritage Ltd.   Retail Value: $150

Minimum Reserve Bid: $75

Item 30 – Physiotherapy

Use your $80 gift certificate for an initial consult at Physiotherapy Kingston at 1469 Princess St. The clinic offers a variety of manual and device-based treatments that improve mobility and address muscle and arthritic pain. Physiotherapy Kingston is committed to helping you improve your strength and physical functionality.

Donated by: Physiotherapy Kingston                                      Retail Value: $80

Minimum Reserve Bid: $40

Item 31 – Calling all Photographers

Your prints deserve to be of the highest quality to tell the story of your life. For your winning bid, you will receive a gift certificate for $35 for photo printing at Camera Kingston, 114 Princess St.

Donated by: Camera Kingston                                                   Retail Value: $35

Minimum Reserve Bid: $25

Item 32 – Spa Treatment for Feet

Use your gift certificate for a $45 Spa Pedicure at F.A.B. Hair & Aesthetics 390 King St E, F.A.B. Hair & Aesthetics is open 6 days a week.

Donated by: F.A.B.Hair & Aesthetics                                      Retail Value: $45

Minimum Reserve Bid: $30

Item 33 – Chiropractic Consultation

Use your certificate for a comprehensive consultation, spinal examination, spinal imaging and a report of findings at Queen Street Chiropractic 259 Queen Street.

Donated by: Queen Street Chiropractic                                  Retail Value: $67(current offer)

Minimum Reserve Bid: $30

 Item 34 – Roadhouse Food for you

Dine at Kelseys Original Roadhouse using your $40 in gift certificates and enjoy one of Canadas original roadhouse restaurants at 650 Gardiners Rd. Stop by for great food and a lot of fun!

Donated by: Kelseys Original Roadhouse                              Retail Value: $40

Minimum Reserve Bid: $25

Item 35 – All that Glitters…

Enjoy your $75 gift certificate at Paul-Randolph Jewellers (303 Bagot St #4, Kingston). Paul-Randolph Jewellers specializes in custom made jewellery, jewellery design, estate jewellery, timepieces, appraisals, and repairs of all jewellery and watches.

Donated by: Paul-Randoph Jewellers                                      Retail Value: $75

Minimum Reserve Bid: $40

 Item 36 – Exquisite Fashion

Use your $250 gift certificate from The House of Angelis Fashion Emporium, Brock Street, to create an outfit that makes you feel confident, beautiful and like you. From undergarments and fashion basics to elegant accessories, they’ve got your look covered.

Donated by: The House of Angelis Fashion Emporium       Retail value: $250

Minimum Reserve Bid: $125

 Item 37 – Birding and B& B Getaway

Enjoy a “Birding, and Bed and Breakfast” adventure in Prince Edward County! Your winning bid gets you three hours of guided birdwatching for 1-4 people. Your guide will be Amy Bodman, a birding enthusiast, filmmaker, writer and board member of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists. Amy will provide snacks and transportation from Picton or Wellington.   Wrap up your birding adventure with a relaxing one night stay for two at Thyme Again Gardens B & B, 403 Smokes Point Road, Carrying Place where you will enjoy a beautifully appointed guest room in the circa-1890’s home with a breakfast featuring County foods.

Donated by: Amy Bodman, Thyme Again Gardens B&B           Retail value: $325

Minimum Reserve Bid:           $150

Item 38 – Oh, the Drama!!!

Delight in a 1.5 hour dramatic performance by Heather Bonham and Peter Aston of 84, Charing Cross Road for a private gathering or a fundraising event. Helene Hanff’s beloved classic novel about her postwar, 20 year correspondence with a British bookseller has been adapted by Peter Aston, and needs no theatre or special set.   84, Charing Cross Road has been described as an “unmitigated delight”…”a real life love story”…”a timeless period piece”. Heather and Peter have appeared together for over 40 years on many Kingston stages. Both are the recipients of numerous individual acting awards.

Donated by: Heather Bonham, Peter Aston                           Retail Value: Priceless

Minimum Reserve Bid:           $150

Item 39 – The Divas with Harpsichord

Melos’ duet divas Sarah Whalen-Downes and Holly Gwynne-Timothy, sopranos, will come and sing for your wedding, party, or any special gathering, providing 15-20 minutes of gorgeous soprano duets, from the 13th-19th centuries accompanied on harpsichord by John Hall. The event will be preferably within 40 km of Kingston. Sarah and Holly will show their duo talents during the Carnevale festivities tonight, as will John as accompanist.

Donated by: Sarah Whalen Downes, John Hall, Holly Gwynne-Timothy            Retail Value: $300                                   Minimum Reserve Bid:         $150

Item 40 – Relaxing Get-away in Bloomfield & West Prince Edward County

Enjoy your overnight stay for two in historic Saylor House, in picturesque Bloomfield, 274 Main Street, with breakfast included in the cafe between 8:00 and 11:00. Stay in the Lilac Room, with its own bath across the hall. Redeemable through Feb 23, 2018, however, if you book on a Friday or Saturday in July, August or September, you are asked to purchase an extra night’s stay, for $125, to complete a two -night, Friday/Saturday occupancy). Enjoy a personalized tour of Rosehall Run Vineyards, 1243 Greer Rd, west of Wellington. And relax with a half hour massage for one person with Arlene Wilkinson, Registered Massage Therapist at Nightingales Therapeutic Spa and Rehabilitation, Bloomfield, 305 Main Street. The winning bidder to call ahead to coordinate visits.

Donated by: Saylor House, Rosehall Run Vineyards,  Arlene Wilkinson     Retail Value: $275                                   Minimum Reserve Bid:         $150

Item 41 – Clarinet Lesson for Beginner or Advanced

Enjoy a 1 hour clarinet lesson in a fun, welcoming environment with Dr. Lisa Szeker-Madden. This item is for all levels of players from absolute beginner to advanced. If you’ve never played before, and want to try it out, now’s your chance! Rent a clarinet from Joe’s Mill (Musical Instrument Lending Library), and get started with Lisa. More advanced players, bring the pieces you’re working on, and receive instruction in subtle articulation and proper emboucher. You can also learn about reed care and maintenance to make your reeds last twice as long, work on alternate fingerings for difficult passages, and of course improve your musicality.

Donated by: Lisa Szeker-Madden                                                   Retail Value: $40

Minimum Reserve Bid:         $30


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