L-R: Kirsten Finstad, chair of the Merrickville Friends of the Library; Terri Graham, manager of the Mainstreet Restaurant; Mike Neelin, owner of the Mainstreet Restaurant, and Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers, celebrity chef for the evening

On Saturday, February 1, the Mainstreet Restaurant in Merrickville held another one of their celebrity chef dinners, this time in support of the Merrickville Friends of the Library.

The celebrity chef of the evening was none other than Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers, who prepared a Dickens-theme dinner for 72 guests.

“[There were] many costumes ranging from Oliver Twist to parlour maids to fine Victorian ladies and officers,” Chair of the Merrickville Friends of the Library, Kirsten Finstad ,wrote in an email.

The event was co-sponsored by Justin Rice Insurance and also garnered support from more than 30 other business and individuals who donated money and prizes for the event. “The Merrickville Friends of the Library are delighted with the tremendous show of community support,” Kirsten wrote.

The dinner was a roaring success, raising $3,300 for the Library. Kirsten says the money will go towards funding children’s programs, e-resources, and many other special library services.


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