Frazier library to go bunco on Sunday
“The Library Goes Bunco,” an annual fundraiser, is planned for Sunday in the Mary Fuller Frazier Memorial School/Community Library.
The event, held on the first Sunday in March, is the only fundraiser of its type throughout the year for the library in Perryopolis.
“We host about 120 ladies for the afternoon, and they play the old-fashioned parlor game bunco. It's a dice game. Three are used,” said Debbie Tidholm, library board president.
“It's not gambling; it's a very social game. We play in groups of 12. Often people bring a table of 12 friends. If not, we seat groups and individuals at tables of 12.”
The object of the game is to reach 21 points or to roll bunco, which is three-of-a-kind in the round of that denomination. Scores are tallied; the high scorer at each table wins a prize.
A bunco queen of the day is also awarded to the one with the highest overall score. She receives free tickets to next year's event and a crown to wear for the rest of the day.
“We also have a bunco challenged award, which is the lowest score. They receive a bunco game to take home,” Tidholm said. “This has been a very successful event for us. This will be our ninth year.”
Another big part of the event is a Chinese auction featuring more than 20 baskets donated by board members, Friends of the Library, many other people and a few businesses. A light lunch, a dessert bar and professional barista Matt Gebis are a part of the afternoon event. Gebis owns Espresso A Mano.
“It's also the day we kick off our Friends of the Library membership drive,” Tidholm said. “If those in attendance make their donation there that day, they receive an arm's length of Chinese auction tickets. The event comes together because of the work of volunteers, including the library staff.
“We like to say it's an afternoon of fun, prizes and good food for a good cause,” she added.
The Community Library, housed in the Frazier High School complex, is unique in that the school district uses it during school hours, then it stays open for the community after school hours and on Saturdays.
“The Mary Fuller Frazier Library is a small library that is a school and community library. There are few of those around. People in the community tend to call it the Frazier Community Library,” Tidholm said.
A few seats remain for those who might want to attend Sunday's fundraiser. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. If interested, call 724-736-8480.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.