Just a few tickets left for library Spring Fling event in Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Thursday, March 15 is the date for the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library’s Spring Fling, and Green Grove Gardens is the setting. The evening will begin when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. with music, wine tasting and socializing as those attending browse among the many items donated by local businesses for the silent and the live auctions planned. Local eateries will begin serving there array of new and familiar foods at 6:30.

Tickets, down to the last few, now are available only at the library on East Baltimore Street.

The auctions will include everything from a new sink or disposal to an oil painting by a local artist, from dog grooming to floral arrangements, from newspaper subscriptions to driveway sealcoating. Beautiful jewelry includes a watch, diamond pin and a pearl necklace; gift baskets that offer a “taste of Greencastle” or gardening as a theme; a circular saw or a handcrafted table made from local wood; an antique slot machine or a antique case drawer from the old days of newspaper printing; an overnight stay along the C&O Canal or 31 company totes; framed photographic art or a birdhouse planter; gift certificates, a complete vehicle detailing or a cord of wood delivered to your home.

The total of donated services, gift certificates and items are valued at over $15,000, an increase in items and value over last year’s successful evening. Programs given to ticket holders will include a complete listing of items and a complete list of those who made the donations.

Those attending will register for an auction number as they enter the beautiful old barn, to be used for both the silent and live auctions. The silent auction will be open for the larger part of the evening and then close after notice is given to those interested in “upping” their bid. Matt Hurley of Hurley Legacy Center in Shady Grove, has volunteered his services to conduct the live auction.

Also during the evening will be raffles with many wonderful donated items as prizes. There will again be “bucket” drawings for those wanting to purchase 15 tickets for $10; and this year, it will be “The last GAL standing” with the prize of a Coach purse.

A trolley will provide transport from the parking lot to the barn before and after the evening’s special event.

The fundraising event is being held to benefit the library’s Capital Campaign. The $1.2 million needed will be used to renovate the existing library building making the facility completely handicap accessible. Funds are also earmarked to increase the square footage of the building to provide additional space for the growing activities and programs already offered and to add to that list of special events for all ages, and to provide an additional area for community use.