Mardi Gras Benefit returns to Selbyville library

Date Published: 
Feb. 9, 2018

Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Break out the beads and feathers! Mardi Gras night returns to Selbyville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

“It’s a time for great food. We’ve got great music. … We’ll have silent auctions. There’s a 50/50,” said Friends President David Nilsson. “It should just be a fun evening that people will enjoy, hanging out with the neighbors and raising money for a good cause.”

Sedona restaurant of Bethany Beach will cater the event.

“We’re going to have a great New Orleans-inspired buffet again. Shrimp jambalaya, chicken gumbo, red beans-and-rice and crawfish étouffée. … It’s always good stuff,” Nilsson said. “You can just eat it all night lon-g.”

The ensemble Notes on the Beach will weave party music through the library, and guests can enjoy a cash bar.

A silent auction will include artwork, gift cards and the piece de résistance, a high school memories gag gift basket.

After the group reduced ticket prices from last year, ticket sales have been brisk. Tickets can be purchased for $25 each until Feb. 7 at the Selbyville Public Library circulation desk.

This is the Friends’ main annual fundraiser.

“This past year, we gave $6,000 to the library in support of all their children’s and adult programs. They don’t get that level of funding from the County,” Nilsson said. “They couldn’t produce the level of programs they have without our assistance. … If you’re interested in all of the programs at Selbyville Public Library, events like this continue to support them and produce them.”

All year long, kids can stay active with summer reading programs, Comic Book Club, craft projects and more. Adults can enjoy needlecraft events, immigration forums, gardening and the Cookbook Club.

“Come dressed to have a good time. If you have your own beads and masks, feel free to bring them. We’d love to see everybody out there and having a good time,” Nilsson said. “It’s a time … in the dead of winter, when there doesn’t seem to be a lot going on. People may have cabin fever, and want to get out and do something fun.”