Fort Plain Library schedules fundraiser

FORT PLAIN — Chef’s creations inspired by six works of literature will highlight the Fort Plain Free Library’s second annual gala fundraiser Sept. 17, according to a news release.

The event, hosted by The Table at Fort Plain from 5 to 9:30 p.m., will feature six courses with wine by Johnson and Wales-trained chef Aaron Katovitch, a live auction with featured works by area artists, and a curated silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the library’s renovation project, the news release said.

Seating is limited. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the themed interactive event, which revolves around the work of six authors. Guests arriving early will have an opportunity to peruse auction items and mingle.

Katovitch said in the news release, “With so many authors using food in literature as metaphors or to establish a sense of place, it’s been fun to highlight their work in the form of food.

“Some plates will hit on themes or the sense of whimsy. Some will transport us to exotic locales. Others will duplicate meals enjoyed by characters in particular pieces of literature,” Katovitch said.

He noted this year’s gala differs significantly from last year’s wine and chocolate pairings.

Katovitch said, “Building off of the feedback from last year, we’re moving from snacks and wine to a full meal with this year’s event.

“We also have reduced the number of available seats so that everyone has a dedicated seat.

“We hope to present a memorable night for those who do attend,” he added.

Library Director Whitney Hubbard said the chef will offer an explanation of each dish and its relationship to the literary selection before each course. Additionally, a narrator will give a brief summary of each featured book. Each serving is guaranteed to be liberally seasoned with surprises and amusements.

Although not required, guests are invited to attend the event in the guise of their favorite literary characters, Hubbard said.

In addition to the meal, participants will be able to bid on silent and live auction items.

Silent auction items will feature containers with curated contents organized around specific pieces of literature. In addition to books, each vessel’s items range from locally handcrafted goods or works of art to bottles of wine and treats, the news release said.

Live auctions of featured art pieces will occur intermittently throughout the evening.

The fundraiser has been made possible, in part, through the sponsorship of area individuals, organizations and businesses, the news release said.

Money raised by the gala will help pay for ongoing renovations at the library. Phase II work now in progress includes an upgrade of computer stations, installation of a media center, construction of a new handicapped-accessible entrance, the addition of a modern circulation desk, and reconfiguration of the bookshelf areas. The project will not only enlarge the library, but also make it more user-friendly.

Hubbard said in the release, “We would never have been able to afford these renovations without NYS Public Library Construction Grants, secured through the Mohawk Valley Library System. In order to take advantage of these grant opportunities, we’re required to meet them with a 25 percent match, so we have engaged in a variety of fundraising endeavors such as our spring book and plant sale, our ongoing paving stone fundraiser, and the gala in order to raise our share.”

Seating is limited.

Tickets cost $65 per person, available by advance sale only. To buy tickets, visit the 19 Willett St. library or the 70 Canal St. restaurant during business hours.

For more information, call (518) 993-4646.

By Patricia Older

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