By Virginia Volkman, Library Director
Sedona AZ (October 11, 2017) – The Friends of the Sedona Library’s Festival of Wreaths is an event that transforms the Library. I eagerly look forward to the magical gala event that kicks off the festival and the excitement of the sale throughout November.
This year the Preview “Golden” Gala and Sale will be held on Sunday, November 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. The kickoff event features souvenir champagne flutes, golden bling bags, culinary treats, musical entertainment, raffle prizes, and great company. Tickets are now on sale at SPL in the Village, the main Library on White Bear Road, and the Friends Book Store next to the main library.
But right now, the Friends are asking that you start working on your wreath! The Friends look forward to community members contributing wreaths of all styles and for all seasons. They also invite donations of decorated table-top trees. And, for the first time, for those talented in textiles, the Festival is welcoming fabric or woven Christmas tree skirts, table runners and fancy Christmas stockings.
Guidelines to remember:
- Use non-perishable items.
- Make sure all materials are securely fastened to withstand hanging and handling.
- Provide a sturdy wire hanger on back. Table top trees need a sturdy base.
- Use any theme or design; however, year-round wreaths sell the best.
- Golden Year Theme: Applaud the Friends’ 50 years of success by including some gold bling in your creation. Just a touch or a lot of gold is fine.
- One item per donor is preferred. A maximum of two items per donor will be accepted.
- With thanks for your donation, each contributor receives one complimentary ticket to the Preview Gala.
Friday, November 10, is the delivery date for wreaths and other contributions. Deliver your item to the main Library, from 1 to 4 p.m. or to the Village location at 51 Bell Rock Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can also support the Festival of Wreaths by donating a raffle or auction item, or making a tax-deductible underwriting donation to the Friends of the Library. We’re excited to once again offer airline tickets to a destination of your choice in the United States as part of the Festival.
Sedona Public Library was founded in 1958 by a group of community volunteers. It is and has always been a privately run library. The land on which the Library sits was donated and the library building was constructed with private funds and is entirely debt free. Sedona Public Library receives funding to operate from Friends of the Library, the city of Sedona, Coconino and Yavapai Counties, and private donations.
For fifty years the Friends of the Library has contributed funds to help provide library services that are free to the community. The group has also contributed to the cost of RFID self-checkout stations, summer reading programs, teen theater scholarships, and Arizona Humanities programs.
Your support of the Friends through the Festival of Wreaths helps the group achieve their goal of providing funding for Sedona Public Library. You can be the first to see and purchase this year’s creations at the Festival of Wreaths Preview Party. Tickets are $15 each. Wreaths will go on sale to the public on Monday, November 13, during regular library hours.