Goodbye & Hello : 128 to 129

Join Engine as we say goodbye to our home for the last four years, 128 Main Street, and focus our energy on relocating to 129 Main Street, the Marble Block. As Engine heads towards its tenth anniversary in January of 2020, we’ll celebrate the artists who have exhibited work in our gallery and youth who have benefitted from our programs.

Goodbye & Hello is a celebration of all things Engine, past and future. We invite Engine’s family of artists, parents, members, and past donors to join us this evening of good friends, food, and drink.

Special Preview (tickets $100, limited to 50) from 6-7pm will include

  • Artist Meet and Greet, for final show at 128 Main, Intermission
  • Delicious, festive hors d’oeuvres* from Big Tree Catering–the folks who created Eventide, Honey Paw, and Hugo’s; fresh oysters from Nonesuch Oysters’ Abigail Carroll; and amuse-bouches.
  • Specialty cocktails with Round Turn Distilling
  • Sneak-peek of Lorne, Biddeford’s newest wine bar, with a tasting of a special selection of bottles and bubbly
  • Beer samplings with Banded Brewing
  • Music by blues master Sam Smithwick

The Main Event (Tickets $50, limited to 125) from 7-9pm will include:

  • Viewing of final show at 128 Main, Intermission
  • Peek into 129 Main with sound installation
  • Delicious, festive food from Big Tree Catering–the folks who created Eventide, Honey Paw, and Hugo’s
  • Auction of Experiential Packages with Lucas Hunt Auctioneer
  • Special Guests
  • Raise the Roof Auction of Bricks and Sticks
  • Wine and beer courtesy of Lorne and Banded Brewing
  • Goodbye & Hello Toast to end the evening by Brit Saliwanchik

Attire: Artsy Chic, if that is a thing. And can be widely interpreted in Maine. But please do dress comfortable but don’t be afraid to let your creative flag fly!

Food: Cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres–a buffet-style with three different large wooden boards festooned with cheeses, charcuterie, smoked fish, and all the accompanying pickles, jams, and mustards you can imagine.

Experiential Packages

Bid on one or more of these four packages that intend to give you a unique, off-the-menu experience in and around downtown Biddeford. Bid as one or as a group of friends. These experiences are meant to share:

  1. FOOD LIFE: Start your indulgent day in Biddeford with a private lesson in ice cream making for 3 at Sweet Cream with Jonathan Denton and Jacqui DeFranca. Next, you’ll head over to Banded Brewing’s barrel-aging basement bar for a toast with Ian McConnell, owner and head brewmaster. Then get a private viewing of the earliest cookbooks printed in Maine, some which literally only exist in this location, with renowned antiquarian book expert Don Lindgren of Rabelais. The grand finale, enjoy a fine dining prix fixe experience for 4 at elda, the brainchild of James Beard nominee Chef Bowman Brown and one of Eater’s Best Restaurants in the Country in 2018.
  2. OUTDOOR LIFE: Start the day right with a private movement lesson (1-3 people) at with Carissa Rubin and at Metta Studio in the Pepperell Mill Campus. Pick up your picnic lunch from Part & Parcel and then head off with Dr. Aline Potvin, naturopath, on an urban foraging excursion where you’ll find both edible and medicinal plants. Then, set sail for with Broad Reach Sailing and Saco River Tours for an evening tour of Saco River and Bay. (Tandem sail for 12 people or double the fun with two individual sails for 6). A bottle of Round Turn Distilling Bimini Gin and Stone Fort Vodka included for boat drinks. The next morning, learn to fly at Metta Studios with a private group aerial yoga class (all levels welcome! 8 people max).
  3. CITY LIFE: Enjoy a unique urban experience as guests (up to 15) gather on the rooftop deck of Pepperell Mill Campus with snacks by Brian Gossman of Farm to Coast, and cocktails courtesy of mill owners Doug and Lauren Sanford. You’re then invited to the theater with tickets for 8 to the City Theater production of Drowsy Chaperone. Top off your night on the town with a tasty treat at Elements Books Coffee Beer.
  4. CULTURAL LIFE: Enjoy a private tour of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s new summer exhibitions with museum staff and docents. Then, practice your own skills with a private lesson with Biddeford landscape artist Janet Ledoux (supplies included) and a sun print session with NOC Darkroom @ Engine’s Tina Johnson. Learn the finer points of coffee with private coffee-tasting session with connoisseur and roaster Jon Philips of Time & Tide. Later in the summer get ready for a sneak peek into the highly-anticipated new restaurant Magnus on Water with sommelier Brittany Saliwanchik. From art to food to history, dive deep into all the best of Southern Maine.

Can’t come but still want to support Engine? 

Proxy Auction Bids on Experiential Packages

You can buy a paddle and we’ll have proxies bid on the experience packages for you. Fill out the Proxy Form here.


Bricks & Sticks Auction

You can buy a brick or stick online as well by visiting our donation page!


Many thanks to our wonderful community for their support of this event:

BIG TREE CATERING / NONESUCH OYSTERS / LORNE / MAGNUS ON WATER / BANDED BREWING / ROUND TURN DISTILLING / LUCAS HUNT AUCTIONEER / ELDA / SWEETCREAM DAIRY / TIME & TIDE / ELEMENTS / RABELAIS / METTA STUDIOS / NOC DARKROOM / JANET LEDOUX FINE ARTIST / DR. ALINE POTVIN / BROAD REACH SAILING / SACO BAY TOURS / CITY THEATER