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Barnacles and Brine

Provincetown Library Hosts Fundraising PARTY

September 24th, 2012

The event will include a live show “Barnacles and Brine,” by Provincetown resident Zoe Lewis and her crew (including surprise performers), who will use the deck of the Rose Dorothea ship replica as their stage! Music will be jazz selections with a nautical theme, and include ukuleles and piano.

We have some serious reasons to raise money, but we wanted people to have fun doing it,” said Ms. Kratz.

Called “contagious,” and “charismatic,” Zoe is a native of England and plays jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk, and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Her music has been described as upbeat, amusing and perfect for all ages, and her band guarantees a rollicking good time for all.

According to library director Cheryl Napsha, for the last 10 years there has been a tradition of holding a more formal reception, for which local artist Anne Packard would donate a painting and an auction of the work would raise funds for the library. This year, says Ms. Napsha, “We thought that a party with less structure would attract a wider variety of people.” Another goal of having a party was to portray the Library as a “fun space,” and not just a place where you have to whisper.

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The library staff and their significant others will be invited as honored guests, in recognition of their hard work and dedication, and will join ticket holders in enjoying hors d'oeuvres from Victor’s, Cosmos Catering and Farland Provisions and a full cash bar. A 50/50 raffle will be held, with half the proceeds going to the Library as well. In addition, ticket prices this year have been reduced to $25 because “We want to encourage more people to come out to the party,” said Library Board member Lyn Kratz. Funds raised at the event will go to cover programming costs, some debt service from the exterior renovations, and upgrades to interior equipment and furnishings, such as carpeting and replacement seating. “We have some serious reasons to raise money, but we wanted people to have fun doing it,” said Ms. Kratz. Cheryl Napsha added that “The additional funds help us to pay for the little extras that make the library comfortable and welcoming, but that aren’t covered in our operating budget.”

The Provincetown Library has a storied history. The original library, located on the corner of Freeman and Commercial Streets, was given in 1873 to the Town by Nathan Freeman. The library was housed on the first floor and a variety of organizations rented the top floors, their income helping to defray the Library expenses; other tenants of the building included a noted photographer and the local temperance society!

The current Library structure has a rich history of its own. Constructed as Methodist church in 1860, it was bought in 1958 by Chrysler Corporation heir Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., who operated it as an art museum until 1970. It stood vacant for a number of years, had a brief unsuccessful stint as a “Center for the Arts,” and then officially opened as the Provincetown Heritage Museum in 1976. It was at this time that the half scale model of the schooner Rose Dorothea was built and installed in the building. The Heritage Museum operated on a seasonal basis with a minimal staff and a dedicated group of volunteers through the summer of 2000. In 2001 it became the new home of the Provincetown Public Library, and following several years of renovations, opened in 2005.

Come out on October 6th and enjoy good food, good friends, good music and a good cause! Tickets to the Provincetown Library fundraiser are $25 and can be purchased at the library, Wired Puppy and Seamen’s Bank.

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and woman-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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