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Friends of the Library raise about $14,000By Amanda Hickey, News Editor
and Carol Franch, Editor
Cecilia Budd Grimes gave those at the “Southern Accent at the Library” April 13 Friends of the Library fundraiser a lesson on what being Southern truly means.
“We have these expressions [such as ‘Give me some sugar,’ and ‘That makes me so ill’]… and we understand what they mean and we use them freely,” Grimes said.
“Bless your heart” can be used when scolding, when being “unkind,” and when sympathetic, according to Grimes.
Grimes also explained the difference between a hissy fit and a conniption.
“We just threaten [conniptions],” Grimes said.
There is one simple test to see if a person is Southern, according to Grimes. Ask for directions. If the person is truly Southern, they will tell directions by telling who owns the house and telling the person asking for directions a story about the people who own the landmarks.
Grimes visit was a part of the Friends of the Library benefit which also included a silent auction, a live auction, and musical performances. The money raised by the auctions will go to future Friends of the Library scholarships.
This gives us an approximate total income of $14,700, but as they say for election results, this is the unofficial total,” Dr. Foster said.
“The library… is the heart of the school, there’s no doubt about it,” Autry said before beginning the auction.
Autry eagerly took bids from the audience and even offered, “I’ll give you a whole bushel of peaches I don’t have,” Autry offered the audience in exchange for bids. Autry’s crop didn’t turn out this year due to “Mother Nature’s” late frost.
Other items auctioned off included paintings by Kathryn White, Matt Thompson and Ricky Evan, a framed photo of the Lumber River, pottery vases, a car wash kit, snow babies figurines, and a Harley-Davidson jacket.