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Friends of the Library: FOL Annual Dinners

Friends of the Library Annual Dinner

Each spring, normally after Graduation in May, the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library host an Annual Dinner.  The Annual Dinner serves as a wrap up to the year's activities.  The event also features an annual theme, chosen by the board, around which the even is planned.  The FOL also host a silent auction and games or a speaker around the chosen theme.  Please enjoy the following snapshots from previous years' dinners.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Friends of the Spring Hill College Library is a volunteer group established to support and promote the Spring Hill College Library, Archives and Special Collections. The Friends raise and contribute funds through a variety of projects including the voluntary operation of the Book Nook used book store. The Friends encourage gifts and bequests of books and manuscripts to the Library and to the Archives and Special Collections and promote awareness of the Library and the college.

Annual Dinner 2019

Special Thanks

Ascot Foundation for the Open Bar

Allen Bailey of Southern Veranda Florist for the table decorations

Patricia Jones, retiring Library Supervisor

Dr. Patricia Harrison, retiring History Professor and Friends' Faculty Representative

President:  Aice Bahr

Theme for Annual Dinner 2019:  50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 9, 2019

Annual Dinner 2019 Photo Gallery

Mary Francis Hallett poses as the first astronaut of the evening.

Kate DeKeyser poses as an astronaut for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.

Phillip DeKeyser celebrates the first cocktail in outer space.

First Lunar Landing Selfie Station is ready!

American Flag that went to the moon and then Spring Hill College Archives

The bartender was ready to serve!

Momentos of space exploration were available at the Silent Auction.

A copy of a famous lunar landing photo was part of the Silent Auction.

A variety of items were available at the Silent Auction.

A Paul Murpy momento was available in the Silent Auction.

The Lunar Landing brochure displays well with a dinner place setting.

UFO centerpiece topped with a floral design

Table 2 shows UFO centerpieces in different states of lift-off.

Table 3 boasts favors surrounding its UFO centerpiece.

A fully decorated Table 4 displays the UFO centerpiece and the first course of dinner.

Close-up of an UFO centerpiece.

Another UFO takes flight during the Annual Dinner!

The Annual Dinner favors were moon pies in glittery tinsel wrapped in black and white.

Annual Dinner 2018

Volunteer of the Year:  Chris Drago

Incoming President:  Aice Bahr

Outgoing President:  Kate Browning DeKeyser

Theme for Annual Dinner 2016:  Moon and Stars Over Alabama to celebrate the literary stars of Alabama with special guest star Watt Key, author of Alabama Moon and Deep Water.

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 10, 2018

Annual Dinner 2018 Photo Gallery

Watt Key - the rising star for the 2018 Annual Dinner

Table setting and centerpiece

Erik and Tracy Goldschmidt, Spring Hill College's star of the Foley Center

Family of the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library gather at the 2018 Annual Dinner (from left to right: Gretchen McDermott, Mark Woodward, Sharon Lipford, Betsy McDermott, and Sandra Rogers).

Kate Browning DeKeyser hosts the 2018 Annual Dinner

Kate Browning DeKeyser introduces Erik Goldschmidt, Director of the Foley Center

Annual Dinner 2017

Special Volunteer:  Tracy Parman

Theme for Annual Dinner 2017:  Celebrating Sherlock Holmes, the 125th Anniversary of Sherlock Holmes' first debut,  A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mystery to Solve:  Three Clues were available beginning at 6:30 pm

Location:  Burke Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 11, 2017

Violinist:  Jim Lictenberger

Special Thanks to:

Professor Emeritus Dr. John Hafner who donated his extensive personal book collections by and about William Falkner as well as autographed first books by Alabama authors to the Burke Memorial Library.

Mrs. Elizabeth Walmsley, who facilitated the donation of her father Dr. Sam Eichold's substantial collection of books published in Mobile or written by Mobilians or about Mobile to the Rare Book Room of the Burke Memorial Library.

Annual Dinner 2017 Photo Gallery

Announcing the First Clue for the Mystery to Solve

Sherlock Holmes Poster at Entrance

Red Rose and White Hydrangea Bouquet at Reception Desk

Location of Sherlock Holmes' famous deerstalker with a herringbone design, the Second Clue in the Mystery to Solve

Beverly and David Brill browse the Silent Auction

Silver Urn for Sale at the Silent Auction, location of the Third Clue of the Mystery to Solve

Table Setting with Sherlock Holmes placecard and Red Carnations Bouquet

Table Set with the First Course of Salad

Table Settings for the Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner 2016

Volunteer of the Year:  Dennis Austin

Incoming President:  Kate Michelle Browning

Outgoing President:  Julie Kraft

Theme for Annual Dinner 2016:  The Library At Downtown Alley

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 12, 2016

Annual Dinner 2016 Photo Gallery

Floral Arrangement Photograph

Southern Wildflower Bouquet in Silver Vase

Photograph of Dennis Austin

Dennis Austin, Book Nook Manager

Photograph of Dinner Tables

Welcome Area for Annual Dinner 2016

Patrice and Bro Baur

Patrice and Bro Baur, Friends of Spring Hill College Library

Dining Area Setup

Dining Area Setup

Photograph of Gentry Holbert and Merv White-Spunner

Gentry Holbert, Library Director and Merv White-Spunner, Book Nook Volunteer

Silent Auction for the Annual Dinner

Silent Auction for the Annual Dinner

Bobby Handley, Book Nook Volunteer

Bobby Handley, Book Nook Volunteer

Table Arrangement with Roses and Candles

Table Arrangement with Roses and Candles

Merv White-Spunner and Joann

Merv White-Spunner and Joann, Friends of the Spring Hill Library Members

Annual Dinner 2015

Volunteer of the Year:  Mary Francis Hallet

Incoming President:  Julie Kraft

Outgoing President:  Julie Kraft

Theme for the Annual Dinner 2015:  90th Anniversary of F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 14, 2015

Annual Dinner 2015 Photo Gallery

Friends of Spring Hill College Library, Patrice and Bro Baur, and Shawn-Patrick Hynes

Friends of Spring Hill College Library, Patrice and Bro Baur, and Shawn-Patrick Hynes, enjoy the 1920s car.

Reception Area

Reception Area

Entrance to the Annual Dinner 2015

Entrance to the Annual Dinner 2015

Close-up of the 1920s Car

Close-up of the 1920s Car

Silent Auction for Annual Dinner 2015

Silent Auction for Annual Dinner 2015

Centerpiece and Table for Annual Dinner 2015

Elaborate Centerpiece and Table for Annual Dinner 2015

Close-up of the Salad Appetizer of the Annual Dinner 2015

Close-up of the Salad Appetizer of the Annual Dinner 2015 with the beads, vases, and yellow roses forming an appealing Table Centerpiece