What if you gave a dinner party — or fifteen — and everyone who loves the Library came? That’s what’s happening at the Essex Library when it throws a gala Festival of Parties on Saturday, April 26, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Library. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with an elegant wine reception. The Library will be transformed with spring flowers as guests mingle and enjoy aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres.
At about 6:30, the real fun begins when guests learn the names of their hosts and where they will be attending their dinner parties. Guests will then depart for their destinations at one of more than fifteen charming private homes in the town of Essex.
“The ‘surprise destination dinner party’ has been done before and leads to lively combinations of old and new friends, all coming together to benefit the Library,” said Ann Prichard, one of the event co-chairs.
“It’s a very sought after ticket because it raises funds for a good cause, and also lets people enjoy truly gourmet meals in one of the town’s many interesting houses,” said co-chair JoAnne Carter.
The Festival of Parties welcomes individuals and couples. For your dining experience, we can accommodate groups of four at one host’s home. When you buy your tickets please specify that you prefer to dine as a group of four.
The Festival of Parties is one of several special birthday events being held in 2014 to mark 125 years of service to the community by the Essex Library, founded in 1889. The Library is unique in that it serves as a public library open to all, but gets more than half of its funding from private donors and through events like the Festival of Parties.
“We have been a center for learning and culture for 125 years, and this is certainly something to celebrate. It’s wonderful to see so many families open their homes to help raise the funds that keep our Library currant and well-staffed,” said Phyllis Greenberg, also co-chairing the Festival.
Tickets for the Festival are $75 per person or $150 per couple, and are available at the Library at 33 West Avenue. Couples who buy tickets will dine at the same destination. For further information, please contact Richard Conroy, Director of the Essex Library, at 860-767-1560.