Sister Islands’ 2022 Auction

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Bidding ends at 9 PM PDT on Monday, October 17, for all items.

  • Paddle Call

    Any amount is appreciated!
    Support the 2022 auction by participating in the paddle call. Donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The IRS recognizes the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable and educational organization. Our federal EIN is 91-1433369. The picture shows the 2018 Student Delegation celebrating after their very successful auction — with a paddle call — that April. Unfortunately, the delegation wasn't able to travel to Ometepe that summer because of the uncertainty about travel because of demonstrations in the country.
  • A new term has sprung up in the world of coffee: the Origin Tour. Aimed initially at coffee industry workers to help them better understand their product, the practice has spread to coffee aficionados as well, often managed by roasters and distributors who have direct-trade relationships with producers. Tostadores de Ometepe, a business whose existence is one of the thousands of consequences of the Sister Islands Association, will give your group of four to eight a coffee origin tour to remember. Tour includes five nights of accommodation across Ometepe. Date of tour to be mutually agreed by auction winner(s) and Tostadores S.A. You are responsible for round-trip airfare to Managua or Liberia (CR). Transportation from/to the airport is included, as are border crossing fees if the itinerary routes through Costa Rica. You are also responsible for all off-island hotel accommodations required to meet your connections. (Note: minimum tour size is 4. If minimum is not met at the end of the auction your bid will be cancelled).
  • A new term has sprung up in the world of coffee: the Origin Tour. Aimed initially at coffee industry workers to help them better understand their product, the practice has spread to coffee aficionados as well, often managed by roasters and distributors who have direct-trade relationships with producers. Tostadores de Ometepe, a business whose existence is one of the thousands of consequences of the Sister Islands Association, will give your group of four to eight a coffee origin tour to remember. Tour includes five nights of accommodation across Ometepe. Date of tour to be mutually agreed by auction winner(s) and Tostadores S.A. You are responsible for round-trip airfare to Managua or Liberia (CR). Transportation from/to the airport is included, as are border crossing fees if the itinerary routes through Costa Rica. You are also responsible for all off-island hotel accommodations required to meet your connections. (Note: minimum tour size is 4. If minimum is not met at the end of the auction your bid will be cancelled).
  • A new term has sprung up in the world of coffee: the Origin Tour. Aimed initially at coffee industry workers to help them better understand their product, the practice has spread to coffee aficionados as well, often managed by roasters and distributors who have direct-trade relationships with producers. Tostadores de Ometepe, a business whose existence is one of the thousands of consequences of the Sister Islands Association, will give your group of four to eight a coffee origin tour to remember. Tour includes five nights of accommodation across Ometepe. Date of tour to be mutually agreed by auction winner(s) and Tostadores S.A. You are responsible for round-trip airfare to Managua or Liberia (CR). Transportation from/to the airport is included, as are border crossing fees if the itinerary routes through Costa Rica. You are also responsible for all off-island hotel accommodations required to meet your connections. (Note: minimum tour size is 4. If minimum is not met at the end of the auction your bid will be cancelled).
  • A new term has sprung up in the world of coffee: the Origin Tour. Aimed initially at coffee industry workers to help them better understand their product, the practice has spread to coffee aficionados as well, often managed by roasters and distributors who have direct-trade relationships with producers. Tostadores de Ometepe, a business whose existence is one of the thousands of consequences of the Sister Islands Association, will give your group of four to eight a coffee origin tour to remember. Tour includes five nights of accommodation across Ometepe. Date of tour to be mutually agreed by auction winner(s) and Tostadores S.A. You are responsible for round-trip airfare to Managua or Liberia (CR). Transportation from/to the airport is included, as are border crossing fees if the itinerary routes through Costa Rica. You are also responsible for all off-island hotel accommodations required to meet your connections. (Note: minimum tour size is 4. If minimum is not met at the end of the auction your bid will be cancelled).
  • A 3-night stay on Aurora, a floating home. Dubbed the “Queen of Lake Union,” it is in the heart of the iconic Fremont neighborhood, with expansive views on one of the quietest parts of Lake Union. The 4,800-sq-ft home offers a unique experience on the water! Accommodating up to 8 guests, it is comprised of 3 bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed, and 2 (1 twin and 1 child-sized) ‘cubby’ beds, home theater, large kitchen, living, dining and sunrooms and much more! Enjoy playing on the water with 2 SUP’s and a Hobie pedal kayak. Available between November 2022 and June 2023.
  • Painting “Río Encantado” by Solentiname artist Elena Arellano, 2010. 28 x 23 cm oil on canvas.
  • A beautiful oil painting by Abel Vargas of Ometepe completed in 2006. Oil on cavas, approximately 12" x 8"
  • ​Sail out of historic Port Madison from Port Madison Yacht Club aboard a classic wooden ketch with Kim Esterberg and Michael Bonoff. Woodwind is a Herreshoff 28, designed in 1943 and built in Canada in 1963. We will spend the evening on The Salish Sea and light refreshments will be provided. Up to four guests  
  • Board members Robin Supplee and Carol Carley will prepare a delicious Mediteranean dinner, begining with appetizers and ending with dessert. Each course will be paired with a wine. The dinner will be for up to 8 people and Robin & Carol will come to your home to serve this yummy meal. We will choose a mutually agreed upon date preferably between now and mid-December.
  • Custom portrait of your home! Done by former delegate Alex Witt, you will receive an 8x10 watercolor painting of your home. Contact Alex after the auction to discuss your painting and send photos. (Image provided for example)
  • 4 tickets to the Blue Man Show in Seattle on November 26 at the Paramount Theater, plus access to the Paramount Club before and during the show (including complimentary appetizers, bartender, and coat check).
  • Homemade Quilt

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    Want a one-of-a-kind small quilt? Cami will work with you to design, piece and machine-sew a custom quilt for you. Design and color scheme to be mutually agreed upon by buyer and Cami. Max size approximately 40" x 50" for a small throw, baby quilt or wall hanging. Quilt will be made of cotton fabrics and finished with a single basic quilting stitch. Earliest delivery would be January 2023 as quilting takes some time.
  • Homemade Pies

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    Four delicious homemade pies will be delivered to your door at a date agreed upon with the donor. Yum!
  • Dave & Carol Carley will treat you and 3 of your guests to a beautiful scenic 4 hour boat ride on their vintage 1969 Grand Banks. Appetizers and beverages included.
  • This is a beautiful red and white plastic woven basket (with lid) made on Ometepe by participants in BOSIA's Special Needs programs.
  • This is a beautiful green plastic woven basket (without lid), made on Ometepe by participants in BOSIA's Special Needs programs.
  • Green-glazed stoneware serving bowl with wax-resist vine decoration. 11" diameter. Handmade on Bainbridge Island
  • Stoneware Serving Bowl #2

    Winning Bid: $60.00
    Forest-green stoneware serving bowl with waterfall brown glaze. 10" diameter. Handmade on Bainbridge Island.
  • Hand-turned Wooden Bowl #1

    Winning Bid: $54.00
    Handcrafted wooden bowl from Jim Geckler. Turned from a black oak that grew by Fletcher Bay Road, 8” wide x 3.5” tall.
  • Enjoy beautiful arrangements of annuals (2 large containers) delivered to your home.
  • Take short “Big Tree” walks to see some of the island’s largest trees with forest ecologist, Mike Bonoff, who will describe the old growth settings. You will visit a 6 foot diameter Sitka Spruce, an 8 ‘ diameter Douglas fir, twin 4’ firs, a mature cedar grove and a mature Grand Fir grove (Land Trust permission pending). Mike will guide up to 10 individuals on this tour.
  • One batch (approximately 50 cookies) of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies delivered to your home on Bainbridge Island. Delivery date will be mutually agreed upon and must be redeemed by April 30, 2023.
  • Hand-turned Wooden Bowl #2

    Winning Bid: $50.00
    Handcrafted wooden bowl from Jim Geckler. Turned from a chestnut oak that grew by Fletcher Bay Road, 7.25” wide X 2.5” tall.
  • These items were donated by a Nicaraguan who received asylum in the U.S., and in 2022, he was able to return home to visit family for the first time in twelve years. Enjoy a bottle of Flor de Cana rum (5 year) direct from Nicaragua along with a Nicaragua t-shirt and a key chain featuring the Nicaraguan flag. You can choose the color and size of the shirt from the selection we have available (M-XL).
  • Enjoy this original photo by Samual Ortez from La Palma who captured his sister, Wendy, and BOSIA Founder, Ela Esterberg deep in thought over a game of las damas (checkers).
  • An original photo by Samual Ortaz taken during a photography delegation to Ometepe.
  • Pair of Stoneware Mugs

    Sold for: $100.00
    Pair of 8-ounce stoneware mugs with variegated blue glaze and waterfall brown rim. Handmade on Bainbridge Island.
  • A beautiful set of 5 hand painted watercolor notecards of scenes from both Bainbridge Island and Ometepe Island done by board member Amanda Witt's mom, Robin.
  • A beautiful set of 5 hand painted watercolor notecards of scenes from both Bainbridge Island and Ometepe Island done by board member Amanda Witt's mom, Robin.
  • A beautiful set of 5 hand painted watercolor notecards of scenes from both Bainbridge Island and Ometepe Island done by board member Amanda Witt's mom, Robin.
  • Enjoy five months (May - September) of freshly cut flowers delivered directly to your door from the garden of  Betsy Carroll, a member of the Sister Islands Board.
  • Enjoy a basket full of island-grown, organic produce delivered directly to your door from Peaceful Morning Farm. Please redeem before November 1, 2022.
  • Homemade Bagels

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    One dozen homemade, organic bagels. Choose from plain; everything; poppy seed; Malden salt; sesame seed. Please redeem before January 31, 2023.
  • Hand-knit Baby Booties & Cap

    Winning Bid: $35.00
    Board Member Myong Lee will knit a pair of baby booties and matching cap in your choice of color. Sized for newborn to 3 months, and will arrive packaged for gift giving
  • Freshly roasted Ometepe coffee grown and specially processed by the Flores family. Ometepe coffee growers usually remove the coffee berry fruit and wash the seeds before drying them in the sun. But for this coffee, the Flores family didn’t wash away the golden, sticky musilage — which looks like honey. Besides being easier on the environment, since no water is needed, leaving this coating on while the beans dried resulted in coffee with a distinctly different, very appealing taste. Roaster David Adler says it's more like dark chocolate and cherries. One 12 oz bag.
  • Freshly roasted Ometepe coffee grown and specially processed by the Flores family. Ometepe coffee growers usually remove the coffee cherry fruit and wash the seeds before drying them in the sun. But for this coffee, the Flores family didn’t wash away the golden, sticky musilage — which looks like honey. Besides being easier on the environment, since little water is needed, this method results in a unique, extra, sweetness that remains with the coffee beans after final processing. One 12 oz bag.
  • Freshly roasted Ometepe coffee grown and specially processed by the Flores family. Ometepe coffee growers usually remove the coffee cherry fruit and wash the seeds before drying them in the sun. But for this coffee, the Flores family didn’t wash away the golden, sticky musilage — which looks like honey. Besides being easier on the environment, since little water is needed, this method results in a unique, extra, sweetness that remains with the coffee beans after final processing. One 12 oz bag.
  • Tortilla Warmer #1

    Winning Bid: $15.00
    Enjoy a unique tortilla warmer for your next Nicaraguan feast. Features a conical shape that will keep approximately six tortillas warm. Color: Blue
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    Enjoy a unique tortilla warmer for your next Nicaraguan feast. Features a conical shape that will keep approximately six tortillas warm. Color: Blue
  • Enjoy three hand-sewn tortilla warmers thanks to our 2022 Office Assistants, Jim and Jackie. These were purchased at a market on Ometepe and will be perfect for your next gathering.
  • Enjoy three hand-sewn tortilla warmers thanks to our 2022 Office Assistants, Jim and Jackie. These were purchased at a market on Ometepe and will be perfect for your next gathering.

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