April 07, 2020

Colorful Calais chairs headed to Sunday auction Absentee bidding ballots available

CALAIS – They are more than just Adirondack chairs, they are works of art.

And at 1 p.m. Sunday at Triangle Park they will be auctioned off.

Colorfully painted Adirondack chairs – painted by local and not so local artists – have popped up around the city to help raise money for downtown marketing efforts.

The Downtown Chair-Affair is the brainchild of the Calais Downtown Committee. The committee is made up of business owners, town officials and residents interested in a healthy, prosperous downtown.

Ballot boxes placed in downtown businesses are filling up with votes for the People’s Choice – their favorite decorated chair. Every ballot cast will be entered in a drawing for gift certificates from local businesses.

The chairs were purchased by local groups whose members imaginatively painted them. Some are whimsical and fun, while others have the delicate touch of a Chagall.

To date, 40 chairs have been purchased and painted, and they all will be auctioned off.

In August, the committee announced that unpainted chairs were available for $60. The finished chairs went on display in September and can be seen outside area businesses and stores as well as at schools, the Calais Free Library and the Downeast Heritage Museum.

And there are rival chairs. Banks have gone head to head, as have local stores. Restaurants and local hardware stores have gotten into the act.

Absentee ballots will be available for those who can’t attend the auction, but want to buy a chair. Absentee ballots allow bidders to set a maximum bid on their favorite chair. A downtown committee member will bid for them. Absentee bidders also can participate live over the telephone.

Absentee ballots are available at the Urban Moose. They also can be clipped form advertisements in the Down East Times and Calais Advertiser.

Rain date for the auction is Saturday, Oct. 28. Any cancellation will be announced on WQDY-FM by 11 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 454-3902 or 454-0465.

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