Friends of the Library to host roaring ’20s event

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 12, 2015

Next Tuesday, travel back in time to the roaring twenties with the Friends of the Crosby Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library.
Brown bag book review chairman, Gloria Crassons said this month’s book review event will be a bit different.
“We will not be hosting a brown bag lunch,” Crassons said. “Instead, this will be a fundraising event for the purpose of purchasing copies of the PBS television series “Downton Abbey” seasons four and five for the library.”
Former educator Morri Finley will be reviewing the book “Lady Catherine, the Earl and the Real Downton Abbey” by the Countess of Carnarvon, Crassons said. The book is set during the 1920s. The book is about the real life residents of Highclere Castle, the Earl and Lady Catherine Carnarvon. The castle is where the fictional drama “Downton Abbey” is filmed and the characters are loosely based on the castle’s former inhabitants, Crassons said. The book is second in a series. The first book is titled, “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.”
Finley is marred to Dan, who is an elder at Resurrection Life. She retired after 25-years of teaching kindergarten for the Picayune School District, Crassons said. She has a bachelors from William Carey University and a masters from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is nationally board certified and is spending her retirement years tutoring students at Southside Elementary and Manna Ministries, Crassons said.
Next week’s festive program will begin with an invocation by local author Jan Penton Miller, Crassons said. Bonnie Hughes, 2011’s Ms. Senior Mississippi, will perform an Irish ballad and the current Ms. Senior Mississippi, Debbie Craig, will perform a flapper routine.
Seasons four and five of “Downton Abbey” will be playing on a projector screen and music from the era will be played, Crassons said.
There will be door prizes and a raffle for a cart filled with “Downton Abbey” memorabilia will be held, Crassons said. One raffle ticket costs $1 and 6 tickets can be purchased for $5.
The winner of the raffle will be announced on Saturday, May 2, which is the last day of the book fair, Crassons said.
After the book review, participants can engage in “chocolate fantasy,” Crassons said. There will be a variety of chocolate treats to sample, along with coffee, punch and water.
The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Magnolia Columns, which is located at 217 S. Curran Ave., Picayune.
Admission to the event costs $10 and tickets can be purchased at the Crosby Library’s circulation desk, Crassons said.
Crassons encourages people to wear a feather in their hair or 1920s inspired outfit.
For more information, contact Crassons at 601-799-3512.

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