In a creative response to the pandemic, Beaver Brook Association is launching its first Winter Online Auction, set for Feb 12th– 21st. Funds from the online event will support Beaver Brook’s mission of high-quality outdoor education, land protection and environmental awareness. With over one hundred items being offered to the wider community, there is something for everyone.
In addition to more than 30 gift cards from local establishments, the auction features one-of-a-kind offerings from Beaver Brook staff including guided family hikes and a private map and compass course for a group. Creativity abounds with original paintings and photographs by local artists. Local stone mason Wes Toms has crafted a large piece of Bluestone in the shape of New Hampshire for the occasion. There are also vintage Beaver Brook trail signs and an antique apple cider press, cords of firewood from Beaver Brook trees (sustainably cut in their forest management practice), and jars of maple syrup from their own Hollis trees.
The online auction empowers the organization to fundraise in the absence of traditional fundraising and community events like its Fall Festival and Annual Dinner and to continue to celebrate local artists, photographers, businesses, artisans and other creative individuals.
“During the time of the pandemic, the auction committee wondered how many businesses we should ask for donations, knowing many would be hard-hit,” said trustee Anna Birch “So we turned to our own community of trustees and members, who helped us develop a “Help a Small Business and Help Beaver Brook” campaign. Our trustees, staff and members generously bought dozens of gift cards from their favorite local establishments and donated them to the auction. They’re for great local venues like Forge & Vine, Riverwalk Café, Michael Timothy’s, Culture, Lull Farm, and many more.”
The online auction includes two special features, a raffle and a “Fund a Need” donation option. Being raffled off is a “Solo Stove,” an innovative, portable, low-smoke fire pit. Tickets are $10 and can also be purchased on the auction site. “Fund a need” is a way to contribute specifically to equipment and maintenance costs, trail work, the Maple Hill gardens, educational scholarships and the like.
Like many private non-profits this year, Beaver Brook has seen reduced revenue with the cancellation of traditional summer camps and field trips to their outdoor classroom. However, Beaver Brook has been creative in their offerings, adapting many of their programs and hosting unique outdoor events like their “Music in the Gardens’ in which they partnered with Symphony NH.
“Beaver Brook hopes that the community will support this important effort”, said Beaver Brook Executive Director Thom Davies. “We’ve heard from many in the community that the Beaver Brook trail system, gardens and safe outdoor educational offerings have been incredibly appreciated and utilized this year. We’ve had record numbers of people enjoying our trails.”
Beaver Brook’s generous sponsors for the online event include NHOMS, Wilkins Lumber Company, Tulley Automotive Group, Admiralty Chimney, Merrimack Valley Business Machines, Control Air, Hollis Veterinary Hospital, Lull Farm, Alec’s Shoes and Family Sponsors Russell & Amy Kellner, Kim & Ginny Kellner & the May/Kuchta family.
Please visit their website at www.BeaverBrook.org to get the link to the auction. The site can be previewed until Friday February 12th, when it goes live and will remain open until Sunday February 21st. All gift cards will be mailed to winners. Physical item “pick up” will take place in the Spear Room ( in a physically distanced setting where you can walk up to the outside door to collect items) on Mon Feb 22nd & Web Feb 24th at the BBA Office, Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road in Hollis.”