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May Surprise: Fun to be had by all

A celebration of community, and the spring season, a number of Colusa organizations will gather at the park located at the corner of Parkhill and 10th Street, on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Plant Sale

The Garden Club of Colusa County will be hosting their annual Plant Sale during May Surprise, held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

“Plants of many varieties will be for sale including unique containers filled with assorted plants to add beauty to your home patio or yard as well as gift ideas for Mother’s Day” commented Betty Holland, Co-chairman of the plant sale.

The proceeds from the sale will be used by The Garden Club of Colusa County to continue ongoing projects to help beautify Colusa County.

“Some of the projects the Garden Club of Colusa County include maintaining the Colusa Library planters, planting and maintaining the 5th Street Stairway to enhance the entryway to the Sacramento levee area, Williams Library planters, Williams Post Office planters, Arbuckle Library planters and updating the Arbuckle Triangle Park,” said Holland. “We look forward to seeing everyone each year at the Park.”

Quilters Raffle, Sale and Luncheon

During the annual May Surprise, the Pacific Flyway Quilt Guild will serve a pulled pork sandwich lunch that includes coleslaw, chips, a drink and a slice of homemade pie. The meal is $10 per person, and items can be purchased individually. Lunch will be served starting at 11:00 AM.

In addition to the delicious lunch, the Quilt Guild will debut its 2016 Opportunity Quilt, “Colusa Barn Dance”.

this Weekend: May Surprise

Tickets will be on sale as will other items made by the group to sell.

“We have been a community group for well over 20 years and have been involved with this event  since 2011,” said Yvonne Phenicie President, Pacific Flyway Quilt Guild.

The money raised from the luncheon and quilt raffle and sale, benefit the craft of making quilts for children, people in extended care facilities.

“We also make wheeler chair and walker totes for the VA hospital in Redding,” Said Phenicie, “We also make Dog and Cat beds for our local animal shelter.”

The luncheon, raffle and quilt sale will be held in the picnic area of Will S. Green Park, 8th Street and Parkhill in Colusa.

Artisan Faire

For the past three years, and again this year the Colusa County Arts Council will hold its Artisan Faire featuring local artists.   

“We felt this would be an opportunity to reach out to local artists and give them a venue to present and to sell their work.,” said Colusa Arts Council Vice President, Susan Woods.

The Artisan Fare will be held, Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 10AM to 4PM at the Scout Cabin, 901 Parkhill Street, Colusa.

“There will be tables with jewelry, soaps, ceramics, sewn items, paintings, etc.,” said Woods, “ Since this is the weekend before Mother’s Day, it would be a great opportunity to pick up a special gift for mom.“

Wine and Cheese Tasting

“It has been a year-long celebration of 100 years of library service and the communities response to the library ‘open houses’ has been wonderful,” said Friends of the Colusa County Library Member, Cynthia White, “and today we all have the privilege to continue the legacy of reading in Colusa County.”
Held in conjunction with the Colusa May Surprise the Friends of the Colusa County Library will host a Wine and Cheese Tasting.

“We have had the pleasure of offering great wines, cheeses, and desserts, to the citizens of our county for the past 11 years,” said White, “The community has responded in such a tremendous fashion that we are left breathless at times.”

The Wine and Cheese Tasting is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers that directly benefits the Colusa County Free Library when funds are not available.

“In past years we have raised over $11,000,” said White, “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.”

Featuring some delicious cheeses from the Rumiano Cheese Company in Willows, White commented that the cheeses complement the selection of wines from area vineyards. 
“To top it off, the members of the Friends of the Library provide amazing desserts to finish off the tasting with a treat,” said White.

White commented that one of the signature activities during the wine and cheese tasting is the raffle of a solid wood, antique card catalog.
“Each drawer is filled with a different bottle of wine that has also been donated to the event,” said White.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 each and are available at the used bookstore, The Bookworm, located at 440 Market Street, in Colusa or from a member.

The wine and cheese tasting will start at noon and tickets can be purchased at $20 per person and will be sold at the door during the day of the event.

“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,” said White.

The City of Colusa Heritage Commission will conclude the afternoon with a special presentation of a historic Colusa building.

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