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The Friends of the Mercer Public Library Fall Celebration is a much-anticipated annual event in Mercer. The 2018 Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mercer Library and Community Center. The evening features a full catered Italian dinner, wine, the popular "Book Basket" raffles, and live and silent auctions. 

Auctioneer Danny O'Sullivan returns to lead the festivities. Items in the live and silent auctions include one-week vacation stays in North Carolina and Arizona, a gourmet dinner for your group, art by local artists such as Rose King and Terry Daulton, a memorable "Smoking Loon," and much more. New this year: take your chances in the "Wine Pull" or pick up a gift certificate for a local business and support the library.

Read on for more details and a list of auction items... 

Your Celebration ticket includes dinner, dessert, and beverages. Tickets are available at the library NOW for $30 per person in advance or $35 per person at the door. The event often sells out so don't delay!

Items are being added to our live and silent auction every day, so check back for updates. Auction items as of 9/14/2018 include: 

Auction Item Donor
Wood plate w/ burned loon by Rose King Dick and Wendy Thiede
2 lbs. 20-hrs smoked Carolina chopped pork BBQ Dick Thiede
Cardinal painted on leather by Rose King Dick and Wendy Thiede
One week casita stay in Scottsdale, AZ John and Mary Swift
Wine rack w/ 3 bottles wine Dorothy Wahner
17" build a bear "Wisconsin" outfit and football Dorothy Wahner
Ceramic bun-warming bowl Dorothy Wahner
2-7 nights at a Virginia Mountain House Dick and Wendy Thiede
Folding athletic chair Marshfield Clinic, Mercer Center
36"x36" throw quilt Cheri's Fabric to Quilt
Large metal "Smoking Loon" w/ bottle of wine Jerry and Dorothy Schaefer
Sunflowers on Lake Superior Driftwood Jerry and Dorothy Schaefer
Colonial painted wood flag Jerry and Dorothy Schaefer
Picnic set in back pack Jackie Lamberty
Framed Sleeping bear photo Gary Theisen
Framed Northern Lights Photo Gary Theisen
Pontoon cruise and five-course dinner for six Mike and Gail Ondresky
Mosquito Treatment Mosquito Authority
2 hand blown glasses Odonata Art Gallery
Fused glass sculpture Odonata Art Gallery
Tour and Tasting for up to 9 people White Winter Winery
Ice cream maker and dishes Barb Leffin
"Heading to Superior" original pastel Terry Daulton
Original Stormy Kromer cap, size 7-1/2 Stormy Kromer
Pink Plaid mittens, hand made wool Hedda Patzke
Up north lamp Hedda Patzke
Lake Rules Plaque Black Dog Crafts
Cabin Rules Plaque Black Dog Crafts
Yardzee outdoor game Black Dog Crafts
Bike Rack w/ crossbar for women's bike Dean Gustafson
Fused glass tulip vase Dick Thiede
Mosquito Treatment Mosquito Authority
Snowman handmade wool mittens Hedda Patzke
"All About Bees" basket Chelley Beck
Appetizer Tray Chelley Beck
"Friends of a Feather" Indian figurines Turtle River Trading Co
Cabbage Slicer with pyrography Rose King
30 minute scenic flight for three Lauer Aviation
Longaberger Basket and stoneware Chelley and Linn Beck
Snowmen and Plates Chelley and Linn Beck
Longaberger Basket with book and napkins Chelley and Linn Beck
Apple Basket Chelley and Linn Beck
Backgammon Game on Toboggan  Andrea Maxwell
Red Ryder Daisy BB Gun Andrea Maxwell
Graced By The Seasons Spring and Summer John Bates
Cold to the Bone John Bates
A Northwoods Companion John Bates
Waking Land Callie Bates
Gourmet cookies plus $20 certificate towards a custom order 350 Degrees North
Hydrangea Paniculata "Tickled Pink" Clearview Nursery
Screaming Neon Red Rose Clearview Nursery
Table Top Corn Hole Game, Mercer Edition Whimsies
Table Top Corn Hole Game, Mercer Edition Whimsies
Graced By The Seasons: Fall and Winter John Bates
River Life John Bates
Heartwood Mary Burns


Other sponsors for our 2018 event include Klopatek Plumbing & Heating, Mercer Dental, and Joe Lemke of Edward Jones Investments. 

New this year: purchase a gift certificate from a local business and benefit the library. Certificates have been donated by The Yellow Umbrella (Danny & Bridget O'Sullivan), Fe University, Copper Peak, Theater North, Ironwood Theatre, Cranberry Inn, Mercer Rentals, Pine Lake Lodge, Ruggers Landing, and Voss' Birchwood Lodge. 

The Wine Pull is another fun new addition to our Fall Celebration. For $10, select a bottle of red or white wine from the Wine Pull table. Unwrap to see what wine you won, which could include a bottle valued up to $50! Wine has been donated by the Wine Barn, Snow's Familly Market, Williams Electric, and many others. 

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Mercer Library, who support programming and facility improvements to the library. Recent Friends projects include the addition of a solar energy system to the library, funding for our summer programs and year-round programs for children and adults, new furniture for our Reading Room, and many more services and items not covered in the library's normal budget. 

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