Library's fund-raiser will keep people laughing
Northborough – The Northborough Public Library's comedy night fund-raiser in the fall of 2007 was such a huge success that the organizers are doing it again. On Saturday March 8 at Guiseppe's Grille in Northborough, two shows featuring comedian Jon Lincoln and two other area comedians promise to keep the crowd laughing.
Library Director Jean Langley attended the first show and already has her tickets for the upcoming one.
"It was a blast," Langley said. "It was great to see everyone who came there having a good time."
The library's fund-raising committee has been busy thinking of new ideas to support the library expansion project. Last fall, committee members came up with the concept of the comedy fundraiser and made it happen. Committee member Adrienne Rebello helped put the first comedy event together.
"We thought a comedy night would be a great thing to do because nobody around here had done one as far as we knew … and it would be something fun," Rebello said.
Another committee member put her in touch with Lincoln, and plans took off from there, given Lincoln's experience.
"He's a performer, he's a booking agent, he runs a comedy club in Hyannis,
" and he puts on fund-raisers," Rebello said.
She added that Lincoln was great to work with and credited him with helping to bring the whole event together.
"He's been a tremendous amount of help," she said.
Rebello also praised Guiseppe's Grille.
"We looked for a location and we wanted someplace that had a club atmosphere … but most places were just too expensive for us to make any money," Rebello said, "and Guiseppe's was nice enough to off er us the space."
Guiseppe's also provided a bartender for the cash bar, and hot and cold appetizers at cost, further ensuring the success of the fund-raiser.
"Last year we sold out and had people calling us for tickets," she said.
This year there are two shows, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9:30 p.m., to allow more people to attend.
The money raised will go toward the building and furnishing of an Internet café room in the library.
Langley said the plans are to turn the front area of the old library into a place where people can sit and relax with a cup of coff ee and use the wireless access to the Internet that will be in the building.
"It's going to be a really attractive space," she said. "It's something that a lot of people were looking for … much like in bookstores where you can sit with your laptop and do work and have a cup of coff ee."
Langley has high hopes for the future services the library will be off ering.
"Maybe down the road, if we have enough funds," she added, "we would even provide laptops to use in the room."
Tickets for the show are $30 each and are available in advance at Guiseppe's Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road in Northborough and at the library at 71 Lyman St.
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