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2018 Holiday Auction Preview

Below is a sneak peek at some of the fabulous items that will be up for bid at this year’s Holiday Auction on December 1! Please join us for this exciting, annual, members-only event. Not a member yet? Join now!

Again this year: Remote Bidding on Live Auction Items


See something you can’t live without among these photos, but you or your guests are unable to attend the Holiday Auction? Problem solved. Simply email us at charlie@detsales.com and let us know the item you want to bid on and the highest price you are willing to bid. When the item comes up, Brian will let the audience know there is a remote bid and the auction will commence as always. Just remember all remote bids must be received no later than November 30. Good Luck!

What’s an Escape Game?

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An Escape Game is a real-life adventure game designed for small groups of 2-12 people. Challenging your wits and skills to find clues and solve ciphers, the game will test your ability to work as a team as you attempt to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes! Winning bidder will receive a gift certificate for the highly rated Michigan Escape Room in Davison where there are eight themed rooms to choose from including CSI Crime Lab, Haunted Dwelling, CDC Lab - Viral Containment, The Heist, SteamPunk Time Machine and others.

Day Birding in Algonac

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Enjoy a day of birding with Seven Ponds’ Board of Directors member and avid birder, Joanna Pease, at Algonac State Park and St. John's Marsh in St. Clair County. This area always has excellent sightings during any season.  In spring and early summer possible sightings include Cerulean Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Black Tern, American Bittern, Least Bittern and many other land and wetland species.  In late fall and winter possible sightings are many species of ducks, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Snowy Owl, Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike.  This trip is for up to four participants and includes lunch at Joanna’s cottage overlooking Anchor Bay on Lake St. Clair.

Aerial Home Property Video

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Showcase your home, business, or favorite destination with a stunning aerial video created by Great Lakes Aerial Video Services. Winning bidder will receive a $300 gift certificate good for a two to three minute aerial video, set to music, of bidder’s home, farm, or other property located in Oakland, Macomb, or Lapeer county (south of I-69). View videos for 4930 Baldwin and 925 W. Greenshield.

Dinner at Woodwinds Farm

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Delight in an elegant holiday or special occasion dinner for 8-10 guests at Woodwinds Farm. This historic Metamora farm dates back to 1870. Menu will be customized to winning bidder’s preferences and is good for a mutually agreed upon date in 2019.

Dry Sink

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This unique antique Dry Sink is crafted of pine and measures 44” x 22” x 32”. Add a basin and pitcher to make it functional or use it as a decorative piece to add authenticity to your country décor!

Feeder and Seed

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Two hundred pounds of special Seven Ponds Mix birdseed along with this custom-made, large cedar bird feeder will help attract many birds to your backyard, including cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, woodpeckers, and juncos.

Fly Fishing

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Master fly fisherman, Emory Clark, will provide a three hour fly fishing lesson for two people. Participants may be any skill level or age. All equipment is provided. This offer includes lunch at Hunters Creek Club in Metamora and the chance to catch trout in a stocked pond. Hunters Creek will, optionally, prepare your catch for your lunch

Flameworking Class

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Firewood and Poker

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Winning bidder will receive a face cord of mixed ash and oak cut to 20”, delivered, and stacked within twenty miles of Seven Ponds. Stoke your fire with this unique fire poker hand-forged by blacksmith, Kevin Keena, of C.J. Forge. Displayed prominently, this poker is a functional piece of art!

Northern Michigan Getaway

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Relax for your seven-day stay in this privately owned three- bedroom cottage with shared private beach. Cottage is located near Cross Village central to several popular destinations including the famous Tunnel of Trees and within walking distance of the historic Legs Inn. Offer is good for dates in June, August, or September 2019.

Paddle the Ponds

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Explore each of the seven ponds with Seven Ponds’ four naturalists! We’ll be on the lookout for wildlife such as turtles, fish, birds, muskrats, and possibly beaver and we’ll check out both a beaver lodge and a beaver dam. This paddle for four guests may be customized to the winning bidder’s preferences (i.e. bonfire, s'mores, wine, dinner, etc.).

Quilted Snowman Throw

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Snuggle up on a cold winter night in this charming, hand-crafted snowman quilt. It’s adorable both back and front! Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift to someone special!

Season of Beekeeping

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Terry is past president of Michigan Beekeeping Association and a founder and board member of the Seven Ponds Beekeeping Club. Terry will be your personal beekeeping trainer for one season, and will supply hive, package of bees, bee suit, smoker, gloves and hive tool. You can choose to have your hive set up at your home, Seven Ponds, or any location mutually agreed to. Terry will walk you through each step during the season and will monitor the hive with you. At the end of the year, all the honey is yours as well as the equipment. In the event you decide bee keeping is not for you Terry will remove the hives for you. This is truly a priceless item!

Huntsman Club Membership

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Enjoy a one-year membership for the Huntsman Club in Dryden. The Huntsman is Michigan’s premier hunting preserve encompassing 900 acres of beautiful rolling hills, woodlands and ponds. In addition to upland bird hunting from August to May 1st, the club also has wobble trap, and sporting clays with experienced trappers. The beautiful clubhouse contains one of the area’s finest restaurants and a pro shop to satisfy the needs of the most discriminating outdoorsman. A fully staffed kennel is also on the property and offers training year round. This is the chance you have been waiting for. Don’t let it get away! Current members are not eligible.

Country Smokehouse

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A delectable assortment of meats, cheeses, dips, and crackers to serve for your holiday gathering or to savor for yourself!

GM Tech Center Monarch Experience

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Hydration Station

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Your $50 bid will help us install a water bottle refill station at the center. Stay hydrated and help the environment! Over 80% of single-use plastic water bottles are burned or added to a landfill. Our unit’s counter will show just how many single-use bottles have been saved through the use of our station. Help us lead by example, encouraging the sustainability of refillable water bottles over single-use convenience. Help us make this a reality at Seven Ponds!

Evening of Stargazing

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Join Seven Ponds’ Astronomy Club president, John Lines, and several veteran club members for an evening observing the heavens! View many different celestial objects; potentially also see the sun through solar telescopes that safely show sunspots and solar prominences. Several telescopes will be available for use along with the members’ expertise to guide you.
Experience is good for a family or small group of people and may take place at Seven Ponds, winning bidder’s home, or other mutually agreed upon location during 2019.

Transform Your Yard Wildlife

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George White, a 19 year veteran consultant at Wojo’s Nursery, will do a 1-2 hour walk-through of the winner’s property and provide expert advice on the best plants, trees, bushes, and shrubs to create a natural haven for wildlife.

Cross Country Skiing or
Snow Shoe and Dinner
at Hunters Creek

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Enjoy the beautiful, rolling hills of Hunters Creek when they are blanketed by snow. Warm up by the huge stone fireplace and delight in a lunch for 8 prepared by Chef Dave.