Gravette li­brary board hosts ‘Li­braries Rock’ gala

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - SU­SAN HOL­LAND shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — The an­nual li­brary gala, hosted by the Gravette Pub­lic Li­brary ad­vi­sory board, was held Satur­day evening, Nov. 3, in the com­mons at Gravette High School. The “Li­braries Rock” theme was re­flected in ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions fea­tur­ing phono­graph records, soda foun­tain ice cream floats and vin­tage cars. A “Who Dun It?” mys­tery game was a high­light of the evening, with 10 sus­pects dressed in cos­tume as can­di­dates for the mur­derer.

The guests at the gala were un­der the premise that they were at­tend­ing a ben­e­fit con­cert and a mur­der vic­tim was found in the dress­ing room. The 10 sus­pects were in­tro­duced and each gave a brief bi­o­graph­i­cal sketch. Dur­ing a “mix and min­gle” time, guests were able to share clues, ex­am­ine ev­i­dence re­cov­ered from each sus­pect and en­joy stuffed mush­rooms, spinach ar­ti­choke dip with as­sorted crack­ers, smoked sausage and cheese.

Sus­pects were in­tro­duced and de­tec­tives’ ev­i­dence was pre­sented by Det. Clarence O’Dell (David Keck) and a med­i­cal re­port was read by Dr. Max Kline (Bill Mat­tler). Sally Shorter played Willeen Tay­lor, Esq., the vic­tim’s lawyer, and read the will. Dur­ing din­ner, guests were en­ter­tained by the mu­sic of Pa­trick Bell, “Mr. Mu­sic,” and were able to vote for the sus­pect they be­lieved was guilty.

Din­ner was catered by Steven Martinez and crew from Hard­luck Cafe. En­trees in­cluded pe­can crusted chicken and beef bour­guignon, served with scal­loped po­ta­toes with ham, green beans and baby car­rots with brown sugar sauce. Desserts were a choice of car­rot, pe­can pra­line, pump­kin spice and white choco­late rasp­berry bund­tini cakes.

Auc­tion­eer David Bar­ber con­ducted a lively auc­tion af­ter din­ner. Auc­tion items in­cluded a home­baked choco­late cake, a Michael Kors hand­bag, Me­mo­rial Day week­end in Bran­son, Tulsa Opera tick­ets, an Ok­la­homa City Zoo mem­ber­ship, a pri­vate star party and the priv­i­lege to sit at the “heads” ta­ble and the “tails” ta­ble at next year’s gala.

Six guests cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the mur­derer. The cul­prit was Buddy Holly (Larry Jones). The names of those six were placed in a draw­ing and two names were cho­sen to re­ceive gift cards. Dean Martin (Jay Oliphant) was voted Most Au­then­tic Male Char­ac­ter and re­ceived Kansas City Roy­als base­ball tick­ets, and Peggy Lee (Melinda Grif­fin) was voted Most Au­then­tic Fe­male Char­ac­ter and re­ceived a So­phie’s Bou­tique gift cer­tifi­cate. Linda Oliphant re­ceived an Amazeum gift bas­ket for Most Au­then­tic Hair­style.

Other sus­pects in­cluded Bobby Darin (Jack Kin­ney), Ey­die Gorme (Kathy John­son), J.P. Richard­son, the “Big Bop­per” (David Bai­ley), Patti Page (Lavon Stark), Deb­bie Reynolds (Paulette Austin), Frank Si­na­tra (Carl Rabey), and Rose­mary Clooney (Dr. Nancy Jones).

A draw­ing was also held for the li­brary’s hog raf­fle fundraiser, and Lisa Spears won the whole hog do­nated by Roy Per­rine and pro­cess­ing do­nated by South­west City Pro­cess­ing.

Li­brary su­per­vi­sor Karen Ben­son thanked Will Tren­tham, the evening’s em­cee, Steven Martinez, Pa­trick Bell and David Bar­ber and li­brary board mem­bers Melinda Craw­ley, Roy Per­rine, Ca­role Ro­bel and Su­san Hol­land.

In the auc­tion, $2,515 was raised, $838 was raised from do­na­tions by un­suc­cess­ful bid­ders and non­bid­ders and $460 from the hog raf­fle. All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Gravette Pub­lic Li­brary.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

The 10 sus­pects in the “Who Dun It?” mur­der mys­tery game at the Gravette Pub­lic Li­brary gala Satur­day evening, Nov. 3, are joined by Will Tren­tham, master of cer­e­monies for the evening, and David Keck, who played the role of De­tec­tive Clarence O’Dell.

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