The Summer Benefit Auction

Dinner for 10 in the Mansion

A private five-course dinner prepared for you and up to 10 guests by Yaddo Chef Michael Blake. The elegant National Historic Landmark is rich in lore, filled with antiques and the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable evening.

Value: Priceless, Opening Bid:  $10,000

Buy Now: $15,000 – remote bidding available

Yaddo Garden Picnic for Eight

The Gardens at Yaddo are yours for the night! Meet your guests at dusk for an al fresco three-course meal, paired with wine, prepared exclusively for you by renowned Yaddo Chef Michael Blake. Redeem before September 2023.

Value: Priceless, Opening Bid:  $2,500

Buy Now: $5,000 – remote bidding available

Mansion Dinner with Yaddo Author and Chef Gabrielle Hamilton

Two tickets to a one-night only, exclusive dining experience on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and dessert in our historic Mansion followed by a conversation with Gabrielle Hamilton and singer-songwriter Julian Fleisher on the parallels of cooking and composing.

Value: Priceless, Opening Bid: $1,000  

Buy Now: $2,000 – remote bidding available (limited to eight sets of tickets)

Martha’s Vineyard Getaway

Three Nights, Sleeps Six

Experience the charm of Martha’s Vineyard; stay in this private residence. Located in Oak Bluffs, MA, this home sleeps six, with three bedrooms, two floors, a private drive and wrap-around porch. Central air, washer & dryer, short drive to beaches and restaurants. Restrictions apply: Must Pre-book with homeowner in advance at mutually agreed times.  Not available in July and August. No cancellations. 

Compliments of Robb Moore

Value: $3,500, Opening Bid: $1,500

Buy Now: $6,000 – remote bidding available

De Jonghe Gift Certificate

Spoil yourself or a loved one with a $500 gift certificate for your choice of timeless, handmade jewelry. Compliments of de Jonghe Jewelers.             

Value: $500, Opening Bid: $400

Architectural Digest Interior Design Experience or Room Makeover

Receive professional interior design services for a room in your home by award-winning Interior Designer Brendan Flanigan. This package tailored to your style includes up to eight hours of design consultation in your home, with a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Using items you already have or new purchases, Brendan and his team will transform any room at your budget. Does not include installation. No purchase necessary.

Compliments of Brendan Flanigan Interiors Inc.

Value: $1,000, Opening Bid: $450

Lifestyles Saratoga Package

Enjoy a personal styling consultation with owner Heidi West. Choose between Heidi visiting your home with her Shasta Trailer or an in-store VIP shopping experience at Lifestyles of Saratoga Boutique. A Bottle of Veuve Cliquot and goodie bag included (worth $200).

Compliments of owner Heidi West

Value: $900, Opening Bid: $550

Elizabeth Haynes Photography

Elizabeth Haynes is an acclaimed photographer whose work has been exhibited widely. She has photographed extensively for Yaddo, won several awards, and was shortlisted for the Aperture Prize. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Print #1 Untitled (Yaddo Cabin #5), 20″ x 14″ framed, (the print is 18″ x 12″ archival chromogenic print) Edition 2/5

Value $750, Opening Bid: $550

Print #2 Untitled (Yaddo Cabin #3) 22″ x 17″ framed, (the print is 20″ x 15” archival chromogenic print) Edition 1/5 Value $800

Compliments of Elizabeth Haynes Photography

Value $800, Opening Bid: $525

Canyon Ranch Spa Day Package

Focus on relaxation, energy, and stress relief.

In Lenox and Tucson, a Spa Day gift card includes a gourmet lunch, your choice of a seasonal massage or facial (or other treatment with a $175 service allowance fee), access to the spa lounge and fitness facilities, and participation in all daily scheduled activities, classes, and lectures.

In Las Vegas, a Spa Day gift card includes your choice of a seasonal 50-minute massage or facial and a $35 food & beverage credit.

Lenox SPA Day Passes are redeemable Monday through Thursday.

Compliments of Kim and Robert Swidler

Value: $325, Opening Bid: $250

Razimus Jewelry  

Treat your partner or yourself to handcrafted Razimus Jewelry including a necklace and bracelet set as well as a floral bracelet and a seat at one of their upcoming jewelry-making workshops (Dates TBD).

Compliments of Razimus Jewelry

Value: $200, Opening Bid: $100

Yaddo Literary Basket

An assortment of Yaddo “must-haves” including mugs, bags, t-shirt and books.

  • A Century at Yaddo
  • A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
  • Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Brown Album by Porochista Khakpour
  • Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
  • Daybook by Anne Truit
  • Days of Awe by A.M. Homes
  • Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
  • Friendships in Arcadia: Writers and Artists at Yaddo in the 90’s
  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel (SIGNED COPY)
  • How To Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
  • In Love by Amy Bloom
  • It Occurs To Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, edited by Jonathan Santlofer
  • Kickflip Boys by Neal Thompson
  • Knitting Pearls by Ann Hood
  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore
  • Read Dangerously by Azar Nafisi
  • Spencer Trask: Enigmatic Titan by David S. Worth
  • The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem
  • The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik
  • The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
  • The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody
  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  • The Spa, Saratoga’s Legendary Race Course by Paul Roberts and Isabelle Taylor
  • The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
  • Witness to the Revolution by Clara Bingham
  • Yaddo: Making American Culture

Compliments of Yaddo Artists

Value: $400, Opening Bid: $200

Private Polo Lesson & Wine Tasting Experience for Four on a Thoroughbred Breeding Farm

This package includes a private polo lesson and wine tasting experience at Old Tavern Farm for up to four adults.

Under the careful tutelage of USPA-certified instructor Mario Dino, Saratoga Polo School will host you and your group for a private lesson. Their team takes pride in delivering safe, fun, and enjoyable experiences that will have you falling in love with the sport. Each participant receives their own custom Yaddo polo jersey with their last name. Note: No riding experience necessary.

Old Tavern Farm is a private boutique thoroughbred farm and winery focused on the breeding and sale of thoroughbred race horses.  Nestled atop a scenic ridge overlooking Saratoga Lake, the farm is a short four-mile drive from the polo school. Wine tasting is led by the winemaker and includes samples of the portfolio, Rosé, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend. Tour the barn, sip wine and visit horses!

**Must be 21+ of age. To be scheduled for a mutually agreed-upon time. Black out dates apply. Must redeem by October, 1, 2022.

Compliments of Stacey and Mike Arpey

Value: Priceless, Opening Bid: $500

Buy Now: $2500 – remote bidding available

Philadelphia Orchestra

Four Tickets, Premiere VIP Seating to the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 28, 2022, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

Compliments of Stacie and Mike Arpey

Value: Unavailable for purchase, Opening Bid: $250.00

New York City Ballet

Four Tickets, Premiere VIP seating to the New York City Ballet, “Evolution,” July 14, 2022, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

Section 1, Row F

Compliments of Stacie and Mike Arpey

Value: Unavailable for purchase, Opening Bid: $350.00

Concert Tickets: The Goo Goo Dolls

Four Tickets, Premiere VIP seating to the Goo Goo Dolls concert on August 19, 2022 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

Section 1, Row D

Compliments of Stacie and Mike Arpey

Value: Unavailable for purchase, Opening Bid: $375.00

VIP Tailgate at Bloomfield Polo Match

Pack your picnic and enjoy field-side tailgating and a conversation with one of the Polo players who will introduce polo basics and answer questions throughout the first chukker of play. Experience to be scheduled for a mutually agreed-upon Sunday match date between July 17 and September 4, 2022.  Experience is for one vehicle only, up to six people, expires September 4, 2022.

Compliments of Bloomfield Polo as well as Tab and Will Orthwein

Value: $250, Opening Bid: $200

Insiders Track Package for Four

Your racing day starts with an early visit to the backstretch to enjoy the morning workouts with a complimentary breakfast. Next, horse owner Mike Cascio, whose horses are trained by Todd Fletcher, will lead a tour of the stable area followed by a pre-race tour of the Inner Paddock. The package includes a picnic basket filled with one of a kind track memorabilia and four tickets to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Compliments of Susan Bokan and Roberta Feiden

Value: Unavailable for purchase, Opening Bid: $500

Classical Season Lawn Pass

One of SPAC’s best values to enjoy lawn seating for the classical season! The pass includes lawn admission to all New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra performances. Includes five upgrade opportunities to amphitheater seats for $5 each.

Compliments of SPAC                            

Value: $200, Opening Bid: $150

Saratoga Box Seats

Enjoy a day at the track in highly coveted and exclusive, finish-line box seats at the historic Saratoga Race Course. 

Box F14

Dates available to choose from:                            July 28th or 29th, August 4th, 5th, 11th, or 12th

Value: Priceless, Opening Bid: $1000

Buy Now: $2500 – remote bidding available

Ring in the Bells at Yaddo on New Year’s Eve

Four tickets to attend a New Year’s cocktail party at the historic Yaddo Mansion. Kick off the New Year at Yaddo!  Dance, drink, celebrate 2023, 9 P.M. – 1 A.M.


Value: priceless Opening Bid: $20,000

Buy It Now: $25k

 VIP House Tour Tickets 

Four VIP Tickets for a tour of the Yaddo Mansion on October 1. This is a rare chance to intimately experience a guided tour of our iconic Victorian-style Yaddo Mansion, which is usually reserved for the artists in residence. Built in 1893, this 55-room mansion, which recently went under a multimillion-dollar renovation will be open to the public for the first time since 2014.  

Remote Bidding:

Please complete this form and send it to Yaddo Office Manager Anne-Marie Pratt via email, ampratt@yaddo.org. The form will authorize bidding on your behalf up to, but not exceeding, your specified amount for indicated item(s) in the Summer Benefit Silent Auction on June 23, 2022. To buy now, please call the Yaddo Office: (518) 584-0746.