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Birdies, bogies and books: Middlebury library to have mini-golf event

MIDDLEBURY — Imagine playing miniature golf inside a library — and 18-hole course with traps and hazards. It's no work of fiction.
Miriam Nowak
Posted on Oct. 10, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 10, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Imagine playing miniature golf inside a library — and 18-hole course with traps and hazards.

It's no work of fiction.

Civic groups plan to offer “Mini Golf at the Library” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Middlebury Public Library. Tickets are $5 for golfers over 12 and $3 for those younger.

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Middlebury Community Enrichment Council, which was formed by the Friends of the Middlebury Community Library, the Friends of the Middlebury Parks and the Middlebury Historical Society to support for the library, museum and parks.

Money raised by the event will be split evenly between the three entities.

“I suggested combining our efforts, and the others welcomed the idea,” said library director Terri Rhineheimer.

“These organizations have a lot of common ground,” said museum co-director Richard Smith. “They play a large role in making Middlebury a special place for living, learning and recreation.”

“We think we can accomplish more by working together than any of our groups could do on its own,” said Middlebury park board president John McKee.

All three groups depend on volunteers and donations to help them accomplish their goals.

“We hope this will help the Friends of the Library raise funds for additional programming, more speakers and author visits that are not in the library's budget,” Rhineheimer said.

“Helping us restore Krider World's Fair Garden is one of the projects the Friends of the Parks are working on,” McKee said.

The Middlebury Historical Society funds and operates the Middlebury Community Historical Museum. Eventually museum officials would like to expand the building.

Smith said the library is selling underwriter sponsorships for the golf event for $1,000 and offering hole sponsorships for $300. “Hole sponsors can decorate their hole,” he said.

For more information or to donate contact Smith at 825-0978 or rsmith@mchm.org.

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