Friday, January 11, 2008

Celebrate your inner tourist

Express Staff Writer

The Movable Feast committee, from left to right, in the back row is Caroline Claswson, Jena Thrasher, Kimberly Sesnon, Cortney Burns, Ann Taylor, Muffet Jones, Margie Gould, Barbi Reed and Sharon Egan. In the front row, in the chair is John Leonardo, Peggy Gold, Judith McQueen and Mark Caraluzzi. Photo by Dana DuGan

Board out the dogs, check the passport and pack lightly. Each year the Community Library in Ketchum takes its patrons on a trip around the world through the pages of books. One way that is done is by holding a mid-winter fundraising event called Our Movable Feast. As one of the few private libraries in the country, the Community Library depends on fundraisers to be able to provide its fine programs.

This year, the silent auction and dinner gala will be held Sunday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. at the library.

"Our theme is Ann Tyler's 'The Accidental Tourist,' and all of our books will make you want to pack your suitcase as soon as you finish eating all the wonderful food," event Chairwoman Peggy Elliott Goldwyn said.

"Peggy had the idea for a unifying theme," library board member Ann Taylor said. "If it could be an ongoing theme each year people will wonder 'what will they do this year?'"

"So I thought travel," Goldwyn said. "The Armchair Traveler is the character in 'The Accidental Tourist.' I said I'd do it if I can pick the books. That was the most fun of all. I wanted books that were maybe not well known that might inspire people to read them."

Another change will be the silent auction, which will be expanded and featured this year.

"We want it to be bigger and more diverse," Goldwyn said. "I'm very excited about it. The volunteers on this committee are wonderful."

Goldwyn promises there will also be surprises building up to the event date.

Each room of the Library will be transformed into a fabulous foreign setting, complete with delicious finger food from the community's best caterers and restaurants. Live music will set the mood, with wine and cocktails served at small "cafés" scattered throughout the library. Valley-based decorators will create set pieces that will inspire guests to catch up with old friends, meet new friends and escape for an instant vacation before moving on to the next stop on the map.

Among the books that will be featured are "The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed" by Mary McCarthy, "The Travels of Marco Polo" by Marco Polo, "The Oregon Trail" by Francis Parkman and "The Shadow of the Silk Road" by Colin Thubron.

Tickets to Our Moveable Feast are $100, with $90 tax-deductible. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the library at the corner of Spruce and Fourth streets in Ketchum.

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