Book lovers urged to attend ‘Friends’ dinner

Anyone who loves a good book is being urged to get their ticket for the third-annual “Friends of the Library” dinner/dance, slated to kick off Friday at 6 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
A literary-theme silent auction is a highlight of the evening, with books to tempt even the pickiest bookworm, said Margaret Sedgwick, head librarian at the Fort Frances Public Library.
She chose some 35 books for the auction table, noting the variety includes ones for children, art lovers, crafters, and musicians.
“Some of the books are hot off the press and haven’t even seen copies on the shelves yet,” Sedgwick enthused. “One of the most beautiful children’s books I have ever seen that will be on the silent auction table is ‘The Snow Tree’ by Caroline Repchuk.”
Other books up for grabs include Robert Bateman’s “Safari,” Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” Pierre Trudeau’s new biography, “The Essential Trudeau,” and Stuart McLean’s “Home from the Vinyl Cafe.”
McLean, a short story teller, is featured in the 1998-99 “tour de Fort” lineup here.
Meanwhile, ticket sales for the third-annual event have been steady, said co-organizer Evelyn Metke, who is looking forward to a full house by the time Friday evening rolls around.
She noted the menu itself was one not to be missed.
The dinner includes Velvet Chicken Soup, Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Sundried Cranberry and Apple Jus, Julienne vegetables, Duchess potatoes, and Strawberry Romanoff for dessert.
“It’s a very special menu and it will be presented very nicely,” she said.
Afterwards, keyboard player Myron Hawrylak, along with four other musicians and one vocalist from “Mood Indigo,” will take to the stage to provide the dancing music.
Tickets to the dinner/dance, which cost $25 each, are available from “Friends” members or at the library. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of a security system for the library.