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This handmade cherry and ash bench is just one of many items to bid on in Tin Mountain’s First Season online auction. (COURTESY PHOTO)

ALBANY — It’s spring and time for Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s First Season event.

In an effort to keep everyone safe, the Inaugural First Season online auction will be ready for your bid beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, (a date and time already on many calendars) through 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.

The catalog is open and available for viewing at charityauction.bid/Firstseason2020 or through a link at tinmountain.org.

Registration is needed if you want to bid or purchase a scholarship.

If you bought tickets online and have your code, you can use the code as your password. If you don’t have the code, don’t worry: Simply click “Forgot my Password” and follow the instructions.

If you didn’t buy tickets online, simply follow the instructions to register, enter your credit card (secure and encrypted), confirm your email and start bidding.

Once you register, a My Account tab will appear in the top menu. This lets you keep track of your bids, donations, sponsorships, etc.

Clicking on an item enlarges the photo and provides additional information. There’s a box for a proxy bid — this lets you set your maximum bid, and the system will automatically increase your bid until that maximum is reached.

If you have questions, email info@tinmountain.org.

This year’s online auction features colorful handmade quilts, jewelry, one-of-a-kind artwork and photography, delicious treats, as well as many useful and unique items as well as gift certificates. You may want to mix and match items and gift certificates — for example, bid on the estate diamond and amethyst ring and the gift certificate for pastoral services for a wedding ceremony; or combine the dental exam gift certificate with the cookie of the month.

For the outdoor enthusiast, there are gift certificates for lift tickets, cross-country ski passes, snowmobiling rentals, boat rides, whale watches and more.

For the music lover, there are four gift certificates for Stone Mountain Arts Center. And if you want to get a bird’s eye view of the White Mountains, be sure to bid on the plane ride.

There are antique handmade wooden canoe paddles, a complete kayak package and beautiful original artwork by local artists and photographers. Camp scholarships are also available as “Buy it Now” items.

All proceeds from First Season support the ongoing environmental education, conservation and research programs offered by Tin Mountain throughout the year. Auction proceeds support school and camp programs, the Nature Program Series, expand conservation and research programs, and provide computers, printers, as well as “keeping the lights on” at the Nature Learning Center.

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