Saturday June 23 saw the Fernie Library Gala fundraiser organized and presented by the Friends of the Fernie Heritage Library. The evening began at six pm on the Courthouse grounds with melodious live music playing and fresh summer drinks handed to all as they came in through the front entrance gate. Lovely ladies clad in period dress handed our colourful fans to the women guests and others pinned fresh flower boutonnieres on the gentlemen.

Titled “An Evening Interlude”, the theme of the event was in the era of the Downton Abbey television program so it was a black tie affair with men handsome in tux and bow ties, and ladies in a variety of beaded dresses, satin and lace and many adornments in hair and cascading down the neck. Guests were provided a mason jar with much information when purchasing a ticket that also had a suggestion to return the jars filled with favorite garden blooms. I was given the prestigious honor of being the judge which was rather difficult as the bouquets were truly beautiful. The final decision was on a stunning gold and orange one made up of poppies and irises but there were some in pink flowers that were difficult to resist choosing as that is my favorite colour.

Shortly after 7pm, guests proceeded to promenade up the street to the Library gardens where everyone enjoyed a reception of delicious appetizers and drinks to the strains of another live musical group. It was a wonderful way to socialize and meet new people.

By nine pm guests had settled inside the Library for the dinner sitting at linen clad tables with tall fresh flower bouquets of gorgeous white hydrangeas and white roses with greenery. Dinner was prepared by award winning Chef Barrie and her staff and it was a delicious cold soup of spring pea and mint with meyer lemon oil, gourmet English pork pie with buttermilk mashed potatoes with a pea shoot salad and Earl Grey crème brulee with lavender shortbread cookie all washed down with white wine.

After dinner the guests were pleasantly serenaded by Casey Brennan with a wonderful song rendition and then Casey and Angela Morgan presented a funny little skit.

Casey then proceeded to conduct the live auction that had many donated items such as paintings, jewelry, and wine. The silent auction also had numerous donated items including paintings from local artists that attracted lots of attention as did all of the items in both auctions.

There are truly generous people in this town that give a lot including secondary home owners that spend a great deal of time here because they love the town and the amenities it provides. The Library being one of them, Richard and Vicki Green who have a home here and have been coming for years surprised everyone by donating $5000 to the Library.

At end of the evening the group moved to the newly renovated Legion Hall for dancing till the wee hours of the morning. All proceeds will be directed to community programming at the Library.

Thank you Emma, Angela, and all valued members of the Friends of the Fernie Heritage Library for all the work in putting together this event.

Thank you to all that donated and worked to turn the Library into a venue that made the evening a truly memorable event that will do much to assist the library in what is offered to the community.

Leave a comment

Related Stories

Fernie Network Blogs

Locals Report
Locals Report

A locals update on snow, trails, powder and more.

Read More
Fernie Bike Events
Fernie Bike Events

Fernie's destination biking events organized locally.

Read More
Mary Giuliano
Mary Giuliano

Mary writes about the town she has loved since moving here in May of 1953.

Read More
Fernie Alpine Resort
Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort offers world-class winter and summer activities.

Read More
Backcountry Powder
Backcountry Powder

Fernie's backcountry is where the powder lasts for weeks whether you're touring or riding!

Read More
Elk River Alliance
Elk River Alliance

A community-based water group protecting the Elk River watershed.

Read More
Wildsight
Wildsight

Working to protect wildlife, water and wild spaces.

Read More
Fernie Chamber
Fernie Chamber

A service organization dedicated to enhancing the economic future of Fernie and the quality of life.

Read More
Council Connection
Council Connection

Fernie Council Meeting updates and news is available here in the latest edition of Council Connection.

Read More
Regional District of East Kootenay
Regional District of East Kootenay

Local rural area government dedicated to providing quality service to residents and property owners.

Read More
Off Camber in Fernie
Off Camber in Fernie

Keith Liggett follows the goings and comings in Fernie—in town and on the hill—but not in the normal fall line.

Read More
Fernie Ski & Board Fim Fest
Fernie Ski & Board Fim Fest

Hundreds of skiers and boarders celebrate the coming season with the seasons top ski and board films.

Read More
Project Heli
Project Heli

Grace set her goal to become the first physically disabled woman tandem sit skier to Heliski in Canada!

Read More
Fernie Ghostriders
Fernie Ghostriders

Fernie's Junior B Hockey Club, a proud member of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Read More
Fernie Whitewater Park
Fernie Whitewater Park

The Fernie Whitewater Park Society is working towards building a surf wave in the City of Fernie.

Read More