Sled Affair A Success For CDRC, Local Merchants

Auctioneer Bill Cassidy and helper Hannah Gadway talk about the next sled up for auction Saturday. Hannah helped display the sleds and even set a couple of the starting bids.

By Marla Hoffman

The Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition held its Sled Affair auction on Saturday to a full crowd of about 70 at the Calais Motor Inn.

The more than $2,400 that was raised will benefit the coalition’s many beautification efforts.

Playing the part of the auctioneer was Washington County Community College President Bill Cassidy, assisted by Tim Crowe of Jo’s Diner and Phillip Pascarella of Urban Moose and the 45th Parallel. 

Cassidy urged attendees to buy local when doing their Christmas shopping.

“If there is something on your list you can buy in downtown Calais, please do so,” Cassidy said. 

The Sled Affair is a follow-up to the very popular Chair Affair that was held over the summer, and brought in more than $6,000. 

The big winner of the night was Patsy Giero of Perry, who bought both the Kendalls and Boston Shoe Store sleds. Those sleds were also the most expensive sells of the auction, at $245 for the Kendalls wine rack sled and $280 for the Boston Shoe Store rum rack sled.

One of the more interesting submissions was from the Calais Free Library, which included a hand-made quilt, a gift certificate to Mingo’s for a Christmas tree, several holiday-themed books and a cute snowman.

Businesses that chose to participate purchased a wooden sled for $40, decorated it and displayed it in windows and store fronts. About 30 sleds were submitted.

Among the businesses that participated were The Bank of Maine, Tangles, Greystone B&B, Calais Bookshop, Johnson’s True Value, Boston Shoe Store, Urban Moose, The First, Calais Free Library, St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse, Downeast Credit Union, Flowers by Janie, WCCC, Machias Savings Bank, Kendalls, Calais Regional Hospital and the CDRC and Calais in Motion, among others. 

The money raised will go towards the purchase of flowers and baskets that will be put up on the light poles during the spring, according to Britani Holloway-Pascarella of the CDRC. 

“We’re also thinking about new banners, too,” she said.

This year the group will be putting up 47 baskets — there were just 30 last year. 

Patsy Giero of Perry bought both the Kendalls and Boston Shoe Store sleds at Saturday’s Sled Affair Auction. Those sleds were also the most expensive sells of the night, at $245 for the Kendalls sled and $280 for the Boston Shoe Store sled. (Photos by Marla Hoffman).