Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Friends' 19th Annual Chocolate Tasting Set for February 13

BISBEE, AZ – Looking for something delightfully, deliciously different to do that will also help support a wonderful cause?

If so, the Friends of the Copper Queen Library cordially invite you to attend their “19th Annual Chocolate Tasting” on Saturday, February 13, from 6-9pm at the Copper Queen Library, 6 Main Street, in Bisbee’s Downtown Historic District.

For those who are already booked on this very busy weekend or who wish to indulge privately, “To Go” boxes, which can be picked up from 4-6pm at the Friends Bookstore on the first floor, will also be available.

This fundraiser, the Friends’ largest volunteer effort of the year, helps purchase children’s books for the library and sponsor many educational and informational programs and presentations for the entire community throughout the year. Now, more than ever, your support is crucial!

How does the “Taste” work? Local dessert makers, both commercial and domestic, will donate a delectable selection of their own specialty chocolates, which will be showcased and served on both the second and third floors of the historic library building (floors are accessible by elevator).

The Bisbee Coffee Company will donate locally roasted coffee for the occasion, and a special Valentine’s punch will also be served. “Cool Jazz,” a local trio featuring singer Nancy Weaver, will provide music for listening, dancing, and visiting with friends and, as an added bonus, raffle tickets will be drawn for a wide variety of prizes donated through the generosity of Bisbee’s merchants.

For $10 per person ($12 at the door), you will receive a packet of six tickets to trade for tempting treats of your choice (“chits for chocolates”). Volunteer waiters and servers will offer a delectable selection while you visit with friends, queue up for beverages, marvel at the library’s architecture and contents, enjoy the swinging sounds of jazz, and browse the chocolates at tables on the second and third floors to mix, match, and make your own selections.

Or, those interested in the “To Go” box option may reserve one or more boxes in advance by calling the “To Go” Coordinator at (520) 432-3259 and providing your ticket number(s).

“Taste” tickets are available for advance purchase in Bisbee at the Copper Queen Library, the Friends Bookstore, the Bisbee Visitors’ Center, and Atalanta’s Music & Books. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by mail (checks must be received no later than Wednesday, February 10) and will be held in “Will Call” at the door.

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6pm, but advance purchase is suggested, because tickets go fast!

For more information about the “Taste,” or to volunteer as a baker, server, runner, decorator, or for set-up/take-down crews, please contact Friends President Pamela Hay at (520) 432-3259 or the Library Circulation Desk at (520) 432-4232.

Come join in and celebrate the Valentine’s Day weekend, have some delicious fun, and support a wonderful cause! Hope to see you there!