Poker run to deal a hand to library

October 02, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Library Manager Pat Monahan and her husband, Jim, are revving up for the first- ever Motorcycle Poker Run to raise funds for a new Smithsburg library.

The fund-raiser slated for Oct. 20 is the latest in a capital campaign under way to raise money for the construction of a bigger library to serve the area's burgeoning population. The current 1,096-square-foot library on East Water Street will be replaced by a 10,000-square-foot library in Veteran's Park.

The project is expected to cost about $1 million.

Friends of Smithsburg Library, a group that includes library board members and other project supporters, has secured about $577,000 in pledges and donations, Library Board President Judith Ferro said recently.


The Monahans, who enjoy riding their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle in their free time, decided to organize the poker run to benefit the new library because they have "really had fun" participating in traditional motorcycle events over the years, Pat Monahan said.

"You just get together and ride - that's the fun part," her husband said.

Poker runs feature motorcycles to cut down on parking space problems at dealer locations.

"I've had a lot of interest, but a lot of people don't really know what a poker run is. They want to go in a car, a scooter, I've heard it all," Pat Monahan said. "But if someone shows up in a car, we're not going to turn them down."

The Monahans are hoping for at least 100 participants and are preparing for up to 250 riders.

Interested participants will register at Veteran's Park between 10 a.m. and noon. The $15-per-player registration fee will buy each player five cards. The goal is to get the best poker hand, the Monahans said.

Players will receive the first card at Veteran's Park, the second card at Shafer Park in Boonsboro, the third card at Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport, the fourth card at the new Clear Spring Library and the fifth card at Lions Community Park in Smithsburg.

The Clear Spring stop will give players a chance to see, on a slightly smaller scale, what the new Smithsburg library will look like, Pat Monahan said.

Volunteer dealers at each site will verify players' hands on a scorecard to curb cheating, she said.

At the last poker run stop, players will have the opportunity to exchange all or part of their dealt hands for new cards at a cost of $1 each, Monahan said.

The holder of the best poker hand - with a straight flush being as good as it gets - will win $100, second place will win $75, third place will win $50 and fourth place will win $25, she said.

Participating motorcyclists can easily complete the 65-mile poker run circuit in about an hour but will have until 2 p.m. to sign in at Lions Community Park so they can enjoy a leisurely ride, Jim Monahan said.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and dessert will be served soon after poker run participants arrive at the last stop. Numerous drawings for door prizes donated by Smithsburg-area businesses will be held following the meal, Pat Monahan said.

Businesses have been generous, donating such items as dinners, power tools, antiques and other desirable merchandise, the Monahans said.

Those wishing more information may call the Smithsburg Library at 301-824-7722.

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