Live Auction

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s live auction is a highlight of the evening! The auction features a numberof exclusive items, from vacation homes to unique experiences. Proceeds support a range of PSO
programming from the classical and chamber concert series to PSO BRAVO!, the Princeton Symphony
Orchestra’s acclaimed music education program reaching 10,000 students every year.

Online and phone-in bids will be accepted by the PSO office at (609) 497-0020 until 12 pm on Friday, April 13, 2018, and must be guaranteed by Mastercard, Visa, or American Express.

2018 Auction Offerings

Hackeridge Farm, Dorset, England

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Relax for a week at this elegant 18th century farmhouse at the heart of Dorset’s Thomas Hardy country. Hackeridge Farm is situated in the center of the Marshwood Vale which forms part of a designated “Area of Outstanding Beauty” just six miles from the “Jurassic Coast,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning property is surrounded by 30 acres of land with uninterrupted views, comprising two acres of garden, an orchard, and surrounding cattle grazing fields with the scenic south coast hills nearby.

There is an excellent country pub within walking distance a quarter of a mile away, and there are several other great establishments that are close. The small village of Broadwindsor and the delightful town of Bridport with its supermarkets, shops, restaurants, and a famous pannier market are a quick car ride away.

Availability: Seven nights (Friday to Friday), at mutual convenience of donor and winning bidders, with the exception of August and major holidays, to be used by July 2019.

Accommodates: Up to 12 guests - 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a large hall and kitchen, study, and separate TV room. No smoking. Refundable security deposit required.

Estimated Value: $4,500

Many thanks to Henrietta and Julian Hirst for this auction offering.

Penobscot Bay, Maine

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Stay in a historic cottage nestled in a picturesque waterfront village!

This fully renovated and expanded 1885 Victorian cottage sits on a private bluff directly overlooking Penobscot Bay. It combines historic character, an idyllic waterfront setting, and a design-forward interior. The cottage has two bedrooms and is hung with unique works of art. In nearby Camden, the “Jewel of the Maine Coast,” you can stroll the picturesque shopping district with its quaint shops, galleries, and fine dining, take in a play or concert, or relax with a windjammer day sail around the harbor. You can also explore Camden Hills State Park and take in breathtaking vistas from Maiden’s Cliff or Mount Battie summit.

Availability: Seven nights (Saturday to Saturday) between June and October 2018 or June and October 2019, at mutual convenience of donor and winning bidders. 

Accommodates: Up to four guests; children over 12. No pets, no smoking.  2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms. $145 housekeeping fee required.

Estimated Value: $3,000

Many thanks to James Steward and Jay Pekala for this auction offering.

Harry Potter on Broadway

VIP Experience and Dress Circle tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I and II

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Experience this new Broadway show in style on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2 pm (Part I) and 7:30 pm (Part II) at the Lyric Theatre in New York City. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the book series by J.K. Rowling, and the first to be presented live onstage. Package includes three tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I and II, exclusive access to ATG’s exclusive lounge, VIP entry, a welcome drink, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a complimentary coat check, private restrooms and a special gift.

Estimated Value: $1,800

Accommodates: 3 guests - Winner will receive 3 tickets to the 2 pm show and 3 tickets to the 7:30 pm show.

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PSO Pairings

Special dinner with Rossen Milanov paired with wine and music at the Wedekings’ home, prepared by celebrity chef Hugo Uys! 

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This unique dinner party for you and your guests – 12 people in all – is orchestrated and designed by our very own music director, Rossen Milanov. Cuisine will be prepared by celebrity chef, Hugo Uys, who has planned galas and events for clients including Susan Sarandon, George Soros, and Marc Jacobs. Maestro Milanov will pair live music selections with fine wine for each savory course. The evening will take place in the exquisite Princeton home of Robert and Stephanie Wedeking.


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Hugo is a culinary astronaut. He believes in discovery. He wants his audience to go beyond the cookbook—to the ideabook. Food is an experience: it’s haphazard, it’s fun. Sometimes it’s all about a dancing chicken and a glass of wine.

Hugo Uys is a South African born entrepreneur and chef specializing in South African cuisine. He’s been featured in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and served both fashionistas, celebrities and financiers at his pioneering West Village restaurant of 30 years: Paris Commune. He’s cooked at the international thoroughbred Breeder’s Cup in California, and was part of Saveur Magazine’s Summer and Winter holiday cookouts in New York City, alongside other top chefs in the industry. Hugo’s also partnered with Wines of South Africa on their cross-country promotional tour named From BBQ to Braai, selling out shows across America at events highlighting South African flavors and techniques. For a full bio, please click here.

Availability: September 25, 2018;  January 28, 2019;  January 30, 2019

Location: Home of Gala Chair, Stephanie Wedeking

Estimated Value: Fine wine, dinner for twelve guests, multi-course cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Hugo Uys, live music, and engaging conversation with Maestro Rossen Milanov… PRICELESS!

Many thanks to Rossen Milanov, Hugo Uys, and Robert and Stephanie Wedeking for this auction offering.

Castel Merle, France

Vacation in Dordogne at this magnificent 13th-century chateau!

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The medieval Castel Merle in Southern France is set majestically among 40 acres of meadowlands and woods in archaeologically rich area renowned for its prehistoric cave paintings. Dating back to the 14th century, the chateau has been meticulously restored and includes luxurious modern conveniences. Relax by the heated swimming pool or in front of the manor to take in the stunning vistas, and enjoy market-fresh food and famed regional wines at sunset in an outdoor dining area. Amenities include four-poster beds, exquisite antiques, a gracious salon and lobby, lush gardens, and oversized windows that let in the warmth of the glorious Dordogne sunshine.

Accommodates: Up to 12 guests, with 6 bedrooms, each with modern ensuite bath or shower room.

Availability: Seven nights (Saturday to Saturday) between January and September 2019, at mutual convenience of donor and winning bidder. No pets, no smoking.

Estimated Value: $6,000

Many thanks to Simon R. Hirst for this auction offering.

Vintage Vertical Collection

Vineyard 7 & 8’s first seven vintages, housed in a Black Walnut Box!

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Estimated Value: $1,800

Enjoy seven bottles of fine red wine from Vineyard 7&8 in California’s Napa Valley: Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). These bottles represent the initial, exceptional results of a wine-loving family’s dream of handcrafting high quality wine using sustainably grown grapes. The estate is 202 feet above the Napa Valley floor within the Spring Mountain District.

Many thanks to Launny and Weezie Steffens for this auction offering.