MAY 27, 2010

Cherish Hinton, Phil Shriver, Will Wiese, Ted Leach, Carla Laws, Teri Bolling and Bobbi Samuels (l to r).

Library Mystery Dinner play nears

   In just a couple of weeks an exciting summer event will take place to raise much-needed funds for one of Orofino’s treasures, the Clearwater Memorial Public Library.

   A small group of avid supporters, known as the CMPL Friends, have banded together to help maintain and beautify this wonderful treasure which benefits all members of our community, from infants to oldsters. The building which houses the library is old and has undergone many additions and renovations over the last fifty years, but many needs are coming up to help maintain it as well as modernize the existing facility.

   The Friends decided early this year to plan a bigger fundraiser than what is brought in with book sales, so the idea of a mystery dinner theater was brought up by member Cathy Jenni, who with her husband, Don, have been strong supporters of the library since they moved back to Orofino from the west coast.

   Cathy’s idea was eagerly adopted, and she, with co-chair Jo Moore began work in March to embark on the new venture of bringing a mystery dinner theater to the Clearwater community. First a play was selected, then a cast had to be recruited, along with a director.  This has all come about, and with the generosity of some of the Friends members, a nice array of prizes have been gathered for a raffle.

   These really nice prizes can be seen on display at Fiesta en Jalisco restaurant, and tickets may be purchased by calling Cathy Jenni at 476-5914. Cathy will be happy to give you more information about each of the prizes, which will be pictured in next week’s Tribune. This week’s issue features some of the members of the cast who are all volunteering their time and talent to present a very entertaining evening for guests on the nights of June 11, 12, and 13 at the High Country Inn. 

   Tickets for the play and dinner are still available for Friday and a few on Sunday evening, for $75 a couple, or $40 singles. Reservations may be made by calling Cathy Jenni, or Jo Moore at 476-7570.

   A no-host bar will precede each evening’s entertainment and dinner, held on the outside deck of the High Country Inn.

   Remember, it is a mystery dinner theater, and a lot of surprises are in store, keeping guests in suspense!  We hope a lot of support will be given by the community, and tables may still be sponsored for $100, which is tax-deductible, or donations may be made, as well as buying both raffle tickets and dinner/play tickets.

   Several long-term maintenance and repair projects are hoped to be undertaken with proceeds from fundraisers such as this one, with support from all users of the library, which does so much more than just check out books!