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Benefit Auction

Save the Date for All the Wild Wonders
on Friday, May 3, 2019, 6pm

The Fiddlehead Fling is the Montshire’s annual benefit auction. This year’s event theme is All the Wild Wonders.

Every year, this special event offers a variety of items and experiences for guests to bid on through both a silent auction and a live auction. Reservations include two drinks, hors d’ oeuvres and desserts.

All proceeds of the Montshire Benefit Auction support the Museum’s science education programs, which bring the joy of learning and discovery to thousands of students and families each year.

Be a part of this year’s Fiddlehead Fling!

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Auction Registration

Register for this year’s benefit auction.

Your $100/person registration provides you with delicious hors d’oeuvres by Christophe Chef Services, dessert by King Arthur Flour, two complimentary beverages and a cash bar from Maple Street Catering. Arrive by 6:30 pm to enjoy a special sip of sparkling wine on us!

Groups of 8 or more save $10 per person when placing reservations together. Names for attendees must be provided. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited.

If you cannot attend, you are invited to make a fully tax-deductible donation to Fund a Need.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Auction Items

Please stay tuned for the 2019 auction catalog.

Visit our Auction Items page for more information.

Tax Deductibility

Items donated to the Benefit Auction are tax-deductible according to the tax basis (not the fair market value). In general, if the total charitable deduction claimed for non-cash property exceeds $500, the taxpayer must file IRS Form 8283. For property valued at more than $5,000, a written appraisal may be required.

For items and services purchased at the Benefit Auction, any amount paid that exceeds the fair market value may be tax-deductible. Reservation fees and raffle entries are not tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more details or advice.

Item Donations

If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please call 802-649-2200 ext. 249 or email

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Auction Raffle

Please check back soon for information on the 2019 auction raffle.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Fund a Need

Fund a Need is a special component of the auction that allows you to make a donation in support of a community need. This year, Fund a Need donations will help the Montshire support teachers, schools, and students in rural communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire through high-quality STEM education programming.

You can make a fully tax-deductible donation to Fund a Need right now. Click here to donate.

Live Auction

Raise your paddle during the Live Auction to help the Montshire provide outreach programming to rural schools and communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Fund a Need bidding starts at the highest amount. Then the auctioneer will ask for donations at subsequent lower amounts. ALL bids are accepted as donations.

  • $5,000
  • $2,500
  • $1,000
  • $500
  • $250
  • $100

Silent Auction

Guests will be able to fund specific community needs during the Silent Auction as well, such as Early Childhood Education; the Warm Welcome program for families in need; or Hands-On Science, which helps the Montshire create new activities at the Science Discovery Lab.

Learn more about this year’s Fund a Need.