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Buildings and equipment up for auction at Point Lookout

Includes three taxidermy moose and a bowling alley
By Fran Gonzalez | Jul 20, 2020
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway, Northport, will auction off several buildings and equipment Aug. 5 starting at 10 a.m.

Northport —

The owners of Point Lookout, the former conference center and corporate retreat built by MBNA over 20 years ago on a 387-acre site, will be auctioning four buildings and all associated contents.

According to John Bottero, vice president and appraiser for Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, which was hired to conduct the selloff, included are Hedges Hall event center, Copper Pine Cafe, an outdoor storage garage, the Gatehouse (a restored center chimney Cape), an outdoor pavilion and a picnic pavilion. All buildings and structures will be sold in their entirety and are to be removed from the site.

The auction will also include office equipment, electronics, home furnishings, antiques, catering and restaurant equipment, commercial kitchen and food service equipment and an eight-lane bowling alley complete with 150 pairs of shoes and 100 bowling balls. The bowling facility will be sold in four lots of two lanes each.

In June of last year, David and Tami Hirshfeld — principals of Deep Creek Grazing Association Inc., and current owners of Point Lookout — announced their plans to close the facility by the end of the year. Later they said that after months of hand-wringing, worry and considering options, they were offering a portion of the property for lease.

The closure decision was prompted by a months-long study by Pinnacle Advisory Group, which took an in-depth look at the business and its financials. The study results were “scary” with regard to the financial resources the couple would need to keep the location afloat, David Hirshfeld said.

The couple previously said they struggled with the idea of closing the venue, which they had initially hoped would be their new home.

The Hirshfelds currently live in Camden, in a home they purchased 14 years ago as a vacation spot from Montana, where they used to live. Their son played football through middle and high school with Camden schools and recently moved to Augusta with his wife. Their daughter, Hannah, a nurse working at Pen Bay, who lives in Rockport with her husband, took over management of the gym at Point Lookout when her parents bought the facility.

There will be no minimum bids or reserve prices, and every item will be sold to the highest bidder on auction day. The event will take place Aug. 5 at Point Lookout, with a preview set for Aug. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. People can bid live at the facility — observing state-mandated social distancing requirements, or by absentee bid, by phone, or online.

For more information or to see a complete catalog of items available, visit

A bronze statue of a black bear and cub stands before Hedges Hall, one of the several buildings at Point Lookout being auctioned Aug. 5. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
A counter at Hedges Hall to be auctioned off Aug. 5, pictured here July 20. All items are catalogued into six categories; office equipment and electronics; home furnishing and antiques; catering and restaurant; kitchen and food service; bowling alley and arcade; and salvage, equipment and hardscape, which includes buildings. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The view east from Hedges Hall, seen July 20, looks onto Penobscot Bay, Lincolnville and further down the coast, Camden. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Janice Abendroth | Jul 22, 2020 14:01

Tragic loss for the mid-coast area for employees and visitors.

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