This is likely the first time you’ll hear about it, so give it your strictest attention. The Altamont Free Library’s annual Gala dinner and auction fund-raising celebration is coming.  Its official name: I Love My Library “Winter Wonderland” Gala.

As always it will be held in the Altamont Community Room on Main Street. The hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Please RSVP with payment by Jan. 31.  

This is most important: The event always sells out.  Year after year, winter after winter, the event always sells out. Do not put this off until the last minute. It will probably have passed.  Do not put this off till the last minute.  The event always sells out.

Meet the memoir-ists

On Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. the library will be celebrating the community members who wrote their memoirs with us: Dorothy Armstrong, Ann Vlahos, Stewart Linendoll, Sara Killen, and the group that wrote the history of the train station/library transformation. The gathering will feature readings, light refreshment, and camaraderie. Not bad for a Saturday afternoon in January.

Adult trivia

This is not a contradiction in terms.  In fact this is a lot of fun.  Come already part of a team of four, or come on your own and we’ll put you on a team.  The cost is $5 per player.  Please sign up at the library.

The Altamont Free Library has books for sale.  We’ve been culling non-fiction books that have not been taken out in a long time, in order to make room for new items, ones we hope will be in greater demand.

Our culls are up for grabs at 25 cents each for paperbacks, and 50 cents for hard covers.  These prices are a steal.  Come in and have a look.

Crafts

It’s catching on.  This month’s Pinterest project is turning a well-worn hard cover book hmm… (Where would we find a few of those?), into a fine looking planter. The date is Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.

Book discussion

The first book club discussion group of 2014 is set for Monday, Jan. 6, at noon at the library.  The book is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Early reports describe the book as challenging.  Challenging books make for feisty discussions, the best kind.

Since the very beginning, this time of year, in this part of the world, has been beset by one over-riding concern: Will there be enough food to last?

On Monday, Dec. 30, your Altamont Free Library will do justice to this theme by hosting two programs where cooking and eating takes center stage.

In the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., we’ll be sponsoring Junior Iron Chef. Kids will be asked to join together in pairs, and create a dish that includes a mystery ingredient. This couldn’t be anything but fun. Call or visit the library to reserve your spot.

And three hours later, at 6 p.m., we’ll blow the starting whistle (something like a police whistle) on our very first ever Dinner Theater Pot Luck. It’s an offshoot of our so successful Pot Luck Around the World series; but this time we’ll be headed for Chicago in the Roaring 20s – for a murder mystery dinner combination plate. Sign up at the library if you want to just eat and watch, or if you’d like a speaking part. The starting gun goes off at 6 p.m., and a more sensational gun? Come and see.  And eat.

Holiday schedule

The library will be closing at 3 p.m., on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. And, we’ll be closed all day on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Since the very beginning, this time of year, in this part of the world, has been beset by one over-riding concern:  Will there be enough food to last?

On Monday, Dec. 30, your Altamont Free Library will do justice to this theme by hosting two programs where cooking and eating take center stage.

In the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., we’ll be sponsoring Junior Iron Chef. Kids will be asked to join together in pairs, and create a dish that includes a mystery ingredient. This couldn’t be anything but fun. Call or visit the library to reserve your spot.

And three hours later, at 6 p.m., we’ll blow the starting whistle (something like a police whistle) on our very first ever Dinner Theater Pot Luck.  It’s an offshoot of our so successful Pot Luck Around the World series; but this time we’ll be headed for Chicago in the Roaring 20s for a murder mystery dinner combination plate.  Sign up at the library if you just want  to eat and watch, or if you’d like a speaking part.  The starting gun goes off at 6 p.m. And a more sensational gun?  Come and see.  And eat.

Special times

The library will be closing at 3 p.m. in the afternoon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  And we’ll be closed all day on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Once upon a time

Celebrate the rich storytelling tradition of Upstate New York with tales and folklore spanning New York State from the Hudson Valley all the way to the Adirondack Mountains.  Watch and listen to Adam on Friday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

 

The Enterprise — James E. Gardner

On track for the library: Kevin Efaw, the food and beverage director at The Cider House restaurant and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has created a gingerbread replica of the Altamont Free Library, once a train station, is five feet long. It is roofed with over 630 York Peppermint Pattie shingles, topped with a cupola built of Kit Kats. Decorations, including coconut snow and doughnut train wheels, were completed by Dan and Jim Abbruzzese and their children and Efaw’s children as well. The station will be on display at The Cider House at Orchard Creek on Dunnsville Road through Feb. 8. As a fund-raiser for the library, chances will be sold for $5 a ticket at the Cider House. The drawing will take place during the Altamont Library Gala at the village hall on Feb. 8.

This month’s wall display in the Altamont Free Library’s meeting room features pastel works from artist Christine Capuano.  A more tightly focused description would note that the works are views of that portion of the Helderberg escarpment visible from the artist’s studio.

They are softly colored, lovely, and true to life  — their own life, place, and arrangement.

Once upon a time

Library intern Adam Hoffman lists folk tales, finding them and telling them as one of his heartfelt hobbies. On Friday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m., Hoffman will mine the rich storytelling tradition of Upstate New York, offering his own tell tale versions of folklore spanning from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks.  All ages are encouraged to attend.

A deal’s a deal

December’s Pot Luck Around the World is something new.  We won’t be traveling to a foreign country. We’ll head instead for Chicago. And not just any Chicago - Al Capone’s Chicago, speak-easy Chicago. Along with dinner we’ll also have a murder mystery to solve, complete with speaking parts for those who would like one. It’s an offer you can’t refuse. The requirements: Bring something appropriate to eat and share; keep your head down; and your mouth, except to eat and sleuth, shut. The date is Monday, Dec. 30, starting at 6 p.m.

High and lonesome

This weekend brings the Victorian Holidays to town. One of the library’s contributions to this delight time is musical. Nina Zanetti, the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer champion will be playing her tunes at the library on Sunday, Dec. 15, starting at 2 p.m.

An opportunity to hear and enjoy something so soulfully unique and skillfully natural is a rare thing.  Please come.

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