Date set for The Library Affair


Photo courtesy Joanne Irons
The Library Affair gala event, scheduled for April 15 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, will offer beautiful table settings for silent and live auctions. Proceeds will support the expansion of the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.

By Sally Neel | Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation and Friends

If you attended last year’s The Library Affair gala, you likely remember a delightful evening filled with good friends, great food and drinks, beautiful music and opportunities to bid on spectacular tables filled with exotic, sometimes whimsical, book-themed decorations. 

Most importantly, the evening offered opportunities to donate your financial support to the expansion of our amazing Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library.

This year’s event will be held in the beautiful Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on April 15 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and will go on sale on March 15 at the library and online. 

The evening offers a unique opportunity to bid on beautiful and creative table settings for up to eight people, created by local celebrity table decorators. The table designs will be based on themes from books ranging from children’s to adult literature. The winning bidders will take home the complete content of the tables, including china, stemware, silverware, napkins, tablecloths, centerpieces and the themed book. This year, two of these beautiful tables will be made available to attendees through a chance drawing, with chance tickets available at the event.

Each decorator not only will be competing for the highest bid at the event, but also for the most online votes. For $2 per vote, you will have the opportunity to go online to vote for your favorite tablescape and support your favorite designers. All donations will support the expansion of the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library. The decorators with the most online votes will win the coveted Pagosa Pulitzer Prize. The table with the highest bid at the event will win the beautiful Ruby award.

“Our team of decorators are putting their imaginations into high gear to bring us amazing table settings, sure to delight any dinner guest,” said planning committee chairperson Jann Pitcher. “We hope to have the full support of our beloved community as we work together to expand our wonderful library.”