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Gibson's Gala Anniversary Party was a lot of fun!
Glider Flight for Two
Joins Gibson Anniversary Prize List
Some lucky raffle winner at Gibson Museum’s First Anniversary Gala May 3 will walk away prepared to take a friend on a memorable trip above the land-scapes of Lake County. A twenty-minute glider flight for two has been donated by Crazy Creek glider port. Crazy Creek regularly draws visitors from far and near for this adventure.
A delightful show will follow dinner with music featuring a euphonium, a gutbucket bass, spoons and washboard along with more familiar instruments.
Gibson volunteers’ eyes continue to sparkle as they describe other prizes donated for the May 3 Anniversary celebration raffles. The event is expected to be the signal fundraiser for the museum, which is funded entirely by donations and operated solely by volunteers.
Middletown High School’s Ag class is turning donated wine barrels into items that will delight several winners — a pair of garden chairs, a table, a wine rack, a lazy susan and serving trays.
Another winner can invite a party of four to play a round of golf at the Hidden Valley Lake course accompanied by a professional golfing coach to offer pointers and tips.
Probably the first-ever wedding ceremony to be performed in the parlor of the historic Stone House will be offered to another raffle winner. The size of the party will be limited to twelve or less because the Stone House is so small, but arrangements for a coordinated reception will be available at the Greenview Room. The Stone House Historical Society has just started offering this privilege after many years of requests.
Someone will go home with two bottles of wine from Congressman Mike Thompson’s vineyard. Guests who arrive in historical costume may vie for prizes and other raffle participants will carry home wine bearing highly regarded labels.
Gibson volunteer Linda Moran’s watercolor, “Cows,” that they voted to have a silent auction for it rather than offer it as a raffle prize.
Middletown’s own “Music Man,” David Neft, will play before and during dinner. Historical photos and fun-filled games and raffles promise an exciting day.
For the show following dinner, Sophie Lauterborn has drawn from history. Before the nation experienced it, Lake County several times had its own Prohibition … resulting in considerable rivalry between Lakeport’s Wet Band and Dry Band. This interpretation by local thespians and musicians, offering their own inimitable music, will induce a lot of laughs.
Ticket sales, at a recommended donation of $30 each, will go toward funding the second year of operation for Gibson Museum. Call 295-7174 or 987-4695. Or order online at thegibsonmuseum.com.
If you want to DONATE to the development and operation of Gibson Museum, use the handy PayPal button at right. Or mail your check to Gibson Museum, Box 31, Middletown, CA 95461. The Museum's tax ID number is 94-6128982.
New displays at Gibson Now
Harbin Hot Springs’ celebration of its 40th anniversary as a revivified retreat operated by the Heart Consciousness Church will headline displays mounted in February. Harbin was by all accounts the first mineral springs in Lake County to be opened to the public and a favorite with visitors during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Permanent displays are highlighted by artifacts from the mining camps that dotted the area, a large graphic display of native populations as discovered by archeologists and a fascinating collection of local geological specimens.