Friends of Crestline Library held their 6th annual Taste for Literacy fundraiser last Saturday. More than 20 restaurants offered samples of their food, ranging from a bowl of chili with a square of cornbread to salads, sandwiches and more. Live music was provided by Ernest Partridge Classical Guitar, The Senard Group, and Mountain Music Makers with Jim Huff’s magical keyboard. Wine and beer could be purchased, and non-alcoholic beverages were provided free of charge. The evening was capped off with the results of the silent auction and the raffle.
The most impressive spread was the fine dining experience provided by Thousand Pines Camp, which had three courses. First, they offered a red spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and a slice of bruschetta on the side. The main course was ravioli, and dessert was chocolate ravioli drizzled with dark chocolate sauce and strawberry slices and raspberries on the side. Several varieties of pizza were offered by local restaurants. Lauren from Cerecedes offered flatbread brushcetta with your choice of fresh tomato salsa or hummus tapenade; of course, you could always have one of each kind. Chef Will’s bratwurst with sauerkraut was tasty and quite filling, along with a side of hot German potato salad. There was so much food, and such variety, that it is not possible to describe it all here.
Prizes donated for the silent auction included a panorama photograph of Crestline with several books about local history, donated by Rim of the World Historical Society, as well as a packet of six vintage books provided by Friends of the Library. Other prizes included a battery-operated car for small children, and a variety of other valuable donations. The raffle featured about a dozen large gift baskets stuff with goodies, ranging from food, tea and coffee to hardware, tools and more.
The standing-room-only crowd included local residents, journalists, members of Crestline Lioness, members of Crest Forest Senior Citizens, and of course members of Friends of Crestline Library. Many local residents and visitors to the mountains also attended. Guests enjoyed food, fun and good company, meeting new friends and old. Special thanks are due to Penny Shubnell for her tireless efforts to make this event a success.
Please mark you calendars for next year’s Taste for Literacy benefit. In the meantime, Friends of Crestline Library accept donations of gently used books for sale to benefit the library, which is located on Lake Gregory drive next to the skate park and Goodwin’s Market. If you live in or near Crestline, they can always use volunteers to help with their work.