In 1867, a group of Colusans established a reading room where they met weekly to hear readings and play games. A small collection of books was gathered, and the “library” was moved to the second floor of the Colusa City Hall.
Today we all have the privilege to continue this wonderful legacy of “reading” in Colusa County.
The Friends of the Colusa County Libraries have had the pleasure of offering great wines and cheeses and desserts to the citizens of our county for the past 10 years.
“Colusa County has responded in such a tremendous fashion that we are left breathless at times,” said Friends of the Colusa County Library Volunteer, Cynthia White.
Local sponsorship from over 80 businesses and individuals add up to over $11,000 of profit for the Friends.
“Every dime goes directly back to the library system to rent books, purchase supplies and provide funding for the summer reading program held in each of the communities,” White added.
Rumiano Cheese in Willows has provided a grand selection of their cheeses to complement the wines from vineyards in El Dorado County, Yolo County, and San Joaquin County and the membership comes up with amazing desserts to finish off the taste treat.
This year the wine tasting will be held along with the MAY Surprise on May 2, 2015 starting at noon at the Will S Green Par at 901 Parkhill in Colusa. Other events include a Pacific Flyway Quilters luncheon, the Garden Club of Colusa County plant sale, the Colusa County Arts Council artisan fair and the City of Colusa Heritage Commission presentation to a local business that has made an old building shine, will make for a great day.
“We have been through wind, rain, and lots of sunshine,” said White, “but it has always been a successful day and enjoyed by all.”
“One of our signature parts of the day has to do with the raffle of a solid wood antique card catalog with 15 drawers,” said White, “Each drawer is filled with a different bottle of wine that has also been donated to the event.”
Tickets for the raffle at $5 each are available at the Book Worm used bookstore and from members. Individual tickets to the event will be sold in the same manner and at the door on the day of the event and are $20 this year.
“We look forward to seeing everyone each year and celebrating this wonderful county that has affirmed to us that libraries are the spirit of a caring and literate community,” White commented.