Saturday, June 26, 2010

One Unforgettable Big Summer Night

Hartford Public Library's Annual Fundraiser serves you the perfect recipe for One Unforgettable Big Summer Night

All the town was a buzz as hundreds of guests were greeted in black tie dressed ushers at the Connecticut Convention Center. Up to the Ballroom floor with great view of the city below, lovers of libraries, especially Hartford Public Library arrived to celebrate an amazing evening.

We began with some wonderful refreshments, silent auction, and lots of meeting and greeting.  The Hall High Jazz Combo filled the air with lovely music.  All of a sudden there was singing. The Connecticut Family Theater performed in dance and song "Be our Guest" as the doors to the ballroom were opened to where we would have dinner and our program. We were just getting warmed up!

Dinner was served and keeping in the spirit of all that is an unforgettable night ....... Our dinner was ...
  Menu de Julia Child
Supremes De Volaille A Blanc
Bibb Salad
Tarte au Citron et aux Amandes

"..... bon appetit ....."  Can't you just hear Julia?

Our guest was celebrated author Julie Powell. All of us  had the privilege to get to know a little more about this woman. Author of Julie & Julia she explained that this idea came from a book.   She cooked 365 straight days and 524 recipies from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one tiny apartment and blogged each day. She was delightful to listen to and she even answer a question from yours truly about the blogging side of the experience.

Of course the night wasn't over. Good friend, Linda Stamm of Winter Associates was the auctioneer and did a superb job in raising additional contributions for this wonderful jewel in the city of Hartford.

What a classy event!  Even our chocolate gifts had HPL imprinted on them.  As happy and great fun as this evening was, we parted knowing that all guests enjoyed themselves and each of us helped contribute to a great library.  My hat is off to all of HPL!  See you soon Mary!

PS - Marian Amodeo was publicly introduced as the new chief public services officer of HPL.  Go Marian!

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