Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
UpNorthLive news anchor Marc Schollett MC'd the auction; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The 18th annual “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library was a big hit. The Boathouse Restaurant at Bowers Harbor was packed with lively folks who consumed a great meal, including Petit Wagyu Filet, North Coast Salmon, Tempura Asparagus, Smoked Fish Pate with crackers and other delicious fare. Chocolate Mousse was served for dessert, and of course, wine was available, as well.

The real fun began when UpNorthLive news anchor Marc Schollett MC’d the auction. I was actually one of the auction items (!), and when my item came up (a Gazette story, among other things, for the recipient), I kept chiming in with additional things: Ride around the Peninsula with me! Come to my house for home-cooked ribs smoked in Will’s smoker! I’ll play my violin for you! I’ll bring Charley downstairs from her hiding place to meet you!

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You’ll have to see who the recipient of that item is in a future Gazette story!

Library Director Vicki Shurly thanks everyone who participated – below are her notes from the evening…

“In the Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare wrote “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Thanks to many great people in our community, our 18th annual Books at the Boathouse was an overwhelming success!

We have so many people to thank – Doug Kosch and the staff of the Boathouse Restaurant first and foremost because they are amazing, our incredible and humorous auctioneer Marc Schollett, news anchor supreme at UpNorthLive (and his boss Patrick Livingston for letting him have the night off to be there!), the library’s neighbor John Nedlo who played background music all night, the donors who gifted items and services for our auctions, the generous bidders AND everyone who bought a ticket! A final count is not in yet, but it looks like the event netted about $20,000 that will go toward programming and items for our collections. Thank you ALL! It was a great evening and great people made it so!”

Here are a few photos from the fun event…

Nancy Davy, left, with Shelley Cowan at the Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Nancy Davy, left, with Shelley Cowan at the Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Doug Kosch, owner of The Boathouse, with fab server Mary; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Doug Kosch, owner of The Boathouse, with fab server Mary; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Dean and Nora Francis with Braun Campbell; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Tim Carroll and Gretchen Soutear; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Our fun table – JoAnn Cole, Tim Carroll, Jane Boursaw and Mary Morgan (Tim Carroll was a little too close to the fire and started stripping at one point until we reined him in); Books at the Boathouse 2024 | PCL Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Library Director Vicky Shurly; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
UpNorthLive news anchor Marc Schollett MC’d the auction; Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Piano Man John Nedlo, who played background music for the Books at the Boathouse Fundraiser 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Books at the Boathouse 2024 | Jane Boursaw Photo

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A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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