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EDH Friends putting on the ritz with A Night at the Library

By From page B2 | October 25, 2017

This year marks the fifth anniversary for the El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library fall fundraiser. This year, the volunteers selected a “Great Gatsby” theme for the Night at the Library on Nov. 12.

The event features wine tasting from six local wineries (“giggle water” in 1920s slang), appetizers from a dozen restaurants, a silent auction, raffles, live music and dancing. Popular DJ John Bosch is your emcee for the evening.

The bee’s knees
Love live music to dance to? Get your inner Charleston on with The Jazz Report and Bob Rawleigh, The Ultimate Crooner.

Glamming up
Guests are encouraged to dress in attire inspired by the 1920s era. Yes, there is a prize for best costume. It’s not required, but why not engage in the fun?

If you love the fashions from “The Great Gatsby,” “Downton Abbey” or even from “The Sting,” this is an evening to look forward to. And how!

How to ‘dud up’
Think you can’t pull off a flapper outfit or gangster style? Applesauce! There’s an outfit for every age and body type.

There are many ways to find your glad rags for the evening. Many costumes are readily available at Halloween stores and online. Or, you can look in thrift or department stores.

Here are the basics.

Ladies, look for a straight-cut dress in a long-to-knee length. A drop waist is a good choice for all ages. The waistline is around your hips or below. You can choose any color, even small pattern prints. Beading, sequins, metallic thread, velvet, tiered layers or lace all work. Remove any sleeves — this era was about freedom and loose clothing (loose everything, actually). If you want to cover your arms, a shawl, light evening jacket or feather boa will do. Remember, strappy shoes won’t fly off when doing the “Charleston.” If you have a cloche hat, all the better, but it’s not necessary.

Accessorize with Art Deco styles. Long beaded necklaces, headbands, hairpins, tiaras, drop earrings, bracelets and tiny wristwatches were all popular. Think beads, pearls and crystals.

Gents, if you have a tuxedo and top hat languishing in the back of the closet, here’s your chance to shine. However, many men in the 1920s cast off formal attire altogether. They embraced colorful striped suits, flashy neckties, Homburg hats and classy walking sticks. Dust off your wingtip shoes or spats if you have ’em.

More goodies
This promises to be a full evening. Included in the numerous silent auction and raffle items are a Holland America cruise, theater and sports tickets, fun family experiences, restaurant certificates, unique art, gift baskets and more.

Ankle on down
This event is the most significant fundraiser of the year for our library. The Friends is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, which has raised and given more than $500,000 in essential financial support to enhance the library, literacy and community.

If your calendar is already booked, consider a donation to the EDH Friends. You can learn more online.

You really are the Big Cheese when you support our local library. Thank you for caring.

Night at the Library is Sunday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door and include a souvenir wine glass. To learn more or to purchase tickets visit Tickets are available locally at the EDH Library and at the California Welcome Center in Town Center.

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Susan Laird

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