Kermess 2018 Description & Photos

Auction of Kermess cake brings $1000

Lincoln County historical Association’s annual fundraiser called Kermess, which took place on the grounds of the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden on Sunday, July 22nd was a huge success in many ways. In spite of showers, guests to the sold-out event arrived ready to dine on Pete’s Pig BBQ and dance to blues by Matt and the Barnburners.

But what has put this event into a whole new league is the response to an auction of cakes. As volunteers Wendy Ross Eichler and Terri Wells sashayed among the tables with cake after cake, auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place AuctionGalleries teased and coaxed the willing bidders higher and higher. One magnificent dessert included a cheesecake sandwiched between layers of devil’s food cake that was coated with chocolate ganache. It sold for what may be a world-record bid of $1000. Two cakes were auctioned a second time after the guests at the winning tables had taken their slices.

After the cakes were sold, the auction continued. LCHA members and businesses donated experiential items including time at vacation cottages, a massage, a spa package, an overnight package in Portland, and much more. Winners of a raffle received gift cards at local restaurants.

Thirty guests pledged $100 each toward education outreach. Education Director Louise Miller and her husband Jeff, who came to the party dressed in period costume, were thrilled with the results.

Total income for this year’s Kermess (a Dutch word for an outdoor fundraising festival) exceeds $23,000. Proceeds from the event provide an important contribution to the annual budget for the organization, whose mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a non-profit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset. For more information, please visit or Facebook at Lincoln County Historical Association (Maine).


1K CakeWendy Ross Eichler displays a “Two in One Dessert,” that sold for a record-breaking $1000 through the deft efforts of auctioneer Kaja Veilleux of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. Photo by Bob Bond.

Serving CakeVolunteer Terri Wells delivers a magnificent blueberry lemon layer cake with lemon cream cheese icing to high bidders at Sunday evening’s Kermess fundraiser for Lincoln County Historical Association. Photo by Bob Bond.