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Gala in the Stacks to benefit the library

October 09, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

"I'll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara ... After all, tomorrow is another day," Scarlett O'Hara says in the film "Gone with the Wind"

Saturday, Oct. 11, will be more than just another day at Washington County Free Library's "Return to Tara"-themed event to raise money for library building projects. The fourth annual Gala in the Stacks fund-raiser will feature decorations, costumes, entertainment and guest speakers related to the Civil War era and "Gone with the Wind."

"It's going to be magnificent," says Charlotte Seibert, the library's business manager. The library will be transformed into a mansion of the old South for the gala, she says.

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A duo playing Civil War-era instrumental music will greet guests, who are invited to don period finery or black-tie apparel for the occasion. Individuals portraying such 19th-century literary figures as Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman will be on hand. Entertainment will include poker games, a magic show, and dancing to the tunes of the three-piece band Just Us. Caricaturist Dan Brown will create lasting souvenirs, and exhibits will be on display.

Authors Jim and Kate Lehrer also will discuss and sign their books, Seibert says. In addition to anchoring and serving as executive editor of "The News-Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, Lehrer has written novels, memoirs and plays. His most recent work, "No Certain Rest," is a murder mystery based at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Kate Lehrer has written three novels.

Main Street Deli, Chambersburg, Pa., will cater the gala.

The library will close at noon Saturday to prepare for the gala, which raised about $20,000 last year for construction and renovation projects. The Herald-Mail is co-sponsoring this year's event.

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