Library to host author, auction at banquet
By Caroline Goins
On April 11 The Friends of the Library will present “A North Carolina Evening at the Library” featuring Bill Thompson, author of “Sweet Tea, Fried Chicken and Lazy Dogs: Reflections on North Carolina Life” for their annual benefit. The library will be hosting a dinner and both live and silent auctions of items and services.
Author Bill Thompson is a native of Columbus County, N.C. He graduated from Hallsboro High School in 1960 and from Campbell College with a degree in English in 1965.
Thompson has been involved in various public relations activities that have allowed him to travel extensively throughout North Carolina and much of the southeastern United States.
Thompson has had the unique experience of serving as an emcee for every conceivable festival and celebration held in the towns and communities in that area.
Thompson’s monthly column “Front Porch Stories” that runs in Our State Magazine reflects on his unique perspective of the Southeast.
That background has given him a unique perspective, which he uses in writing his newspaper columns now carried in several newspapers throughout North and South Carolina as well as his monthly column, “Front Porch Stories” in Our State Magazine.
Because of Thompson’s background, he can see the various aspects of living in small, rural towns that current residents take for granted and new residents aren’t aware of. He views it all with humor, a touch of nostalgia and some occasional pathos.
Thompson also has a long history with Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.
He originally came in 1966 to organize and direct the Boys Home Choir with Hester McCray and is now president of that organization.
Items available for auction include:
• A five-day cruise will be provided for auction by UNCP graduate and former president of the Friends of the Library Barbara Braveboy-Locklear.
The cruise can be taken on one of six Carnival Cruises any time before June 6, 2009. The closest points of departure are Miami, Tampa or New Orleans.
The package includes interior stateroom, all onboard meals and snacks, 24-hour room service, and a wide range of entertainment and international destinations.
• A three day, two night stay for two persons in an oceanfront deluxe room at Sand Dunes Resort Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
• UNCP collage featuring memorabilia especially designed for The Friends of the Library benefit by Dr. Matt Thompson, a painter who is originally from New Jersey but is known for his artwork of scenes found in the Southeastern U.S.
Other items up for auction include a custom cedar mailbox designed by Ed Flint and a hand-stitched cathedral window quilted wall hanging.
Also available for bidding is a Vera Bradley create-a-card set, a black leather swivel chair, a straw basket loaded with beach essentials and gift certificates to restaurants.
Also during the program, the winners of the Friends of the Library book and tuition assistance scholarships Chalonda Coleman, Joseph Sarno, Hannah Simpson, Lisa Walters, Juan Wei and Meiyan Zhang will be announced.
A full program of the event can be viewed at the library’s website, http://www.uncp.edu/library/.
The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $50 per person.
To purchase a ticket or request more information, contact Karen Orr Fritts at 910-775-4242.