Gardiner Library Fundraiser: Showcasing the Hudson Valley’s Best Kept Secret
By The Gazette Editorial Committee
From Issue 15: Summer 2012
Psssst, Can you keep a secret? We can’t! For decades the word about our wonderful hamlet has spread. Nestled at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains, Gardiner has become well known for its breathtaking scenery, assortment of thrill-providing activities and seemingly endless selection of agricultural offerings. So what’s the big secret? You are!
You’ve heard the saying that behind every great man there is a great woman; well, in this case behind our great library there are Gardiner’s remarkable residents. As a center for the community, we have come to know you all. You were the links in our book chain when we made the move to the new building. Your passion for all things literary has allowed us to expand our services to offer ebooks, audio books, LARGE PRINT BOOKS, and increase the number of our subscriptions. Your interests and active participation have helped us develop an abundance of programs covering a range of topics, none of which could exist without the continued support of Gardiner residents.
On Saturday, August 18, 2012, the Gardiner Library, its board, staff and volunteers will host a celebration of the Hudson Valley’s best kept secret with a cocktail party and auction at the enchanting Maplestone Inn, located on Route 32 in Gardiner. The event will feature delectable fare created by some of Gardiner’s own top chefs, using ingredients grown and raised by Gardiner’s numerous working farmers, and an array of wines and liquor provided by Gardiner’s vineyard and distillery. Live musicians will be on hand to accent the evening and captivate the guests. Coupled with the amazing eats and marvelous entertainment will be a silent auction showcasing items of a variety that truly represents the diversity of our residents. It’s not what you know it’s who you know, and what they can bring to the table—in this case literally. From original works by local artists, to gift certificates to your favorite places, to tickets to sporting events, to a weekend stay in a New York City Apartment, Gardiner residents can hook you up! The grand finale of the evening will be the live auction of “The Library Cake” crafted especially for this occasion by acclaimed Pastry Chef, Maya Eyler. We are so honored to showcase our neighbors and friends, all combining their efforts to demonstrate Gardiner’s Bounty.
Please invite your family and friends to join us for this fabulous affair. Reservations are $50 per person and tickets are limited. All guests purchasing their tickets before July 31st will be entered into a drawing for one of two available overnight accommodations graciously donated by Sean and Patty Roche of the Maplestone Inn for the evening of the event. Winners will be notified by August 4th so they may make the necessary arrangements. These rooms are available for guests of the event only.
For more information, or to make your reservations, please contact us at (845) 255-1255, visit us at the Gardiner Library in person, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner, NY, or visit our website to see the flier at www.gardinerlibrary.org/GardinerBounty.pdf. Do you have a unique item for our silent auction? Please let us know. Spread the word, and don’t worry; this is one time you won’t hear a “Shhhhhhh” from us!