Spring Fling offers food and fun to benefit Besore library
The Besore Memorial Library Spring Fling is out of tickets, but organizers
don¹t want the purchasers to forget about the big fundraising event, with
doors opening at 5:30 p.m. March 17 at Green Grove Gardens. The Capital
Campaign Comittee invites everyone to come ready to have fun and support the
renovation and expansion needs of the library.
The public as well has an opportunity to help out. A hand-carved cane, made
by Joe Snyder of Greencastle, is on display at the library, and people may
make sealed bids from now until the event. The cane features the names of
all the generals who were part of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil
The 200 tickets sold out two weeks in advance, to the delight of the
committee. It has been working for months to prepare for the Spring Fling,
and many businesses responded with donated items for various types of
auctions. In addition, guests will sample food and beverages from local
vendors. The Morgan Jenkins Trio will provide music for the evening.
Up for grabs
One item that will be on the auction block is a handmade wooden dollhouse,
which speculators think could have been constructed in the 1920s or Œ30s.
Julie Craig, a longtime doll collector, donated the house.
³I¹m a frequent visitor to the library to use the computers and I wanted to
do something to help,² she said.
She has owned the little building for about 20 years. Her husband got it for
her when he attended an auction.
³ŒBuy me a dollhouse¹ I told him, and this is what Jim came home with,² said
The two-room house was empty, save a chimney, fireplaces and windows, so
Craig went to work. She made a brick floor for the kitchen, added floor
mats, wood crossbeams on the walls, and furniture to fill the space. Some
came from Playmobile sets, which she painted for a more rustic look. She put
in a grandfather clock, sink with a spout on the wall, laundry basket, beds
with coverlets, curtains, a stove and table.
No detail was too small. Craig fashioned a basket of vegetables from
artistic materials that she slowly baked, to ensure the tiny carrots and
potatoes would live forever. She made other little accoutrements to make the
house a miniature home.
The dollhouse sits on a turntable so it is easily adjusted to display the
interior or the front entrance.
It is among the $8,000 worth of donated merchandise which will be sold or
raffled off next Thursday.