'Best Raffle Ever' Benefits Wardsboro Library

WARDSBORO — Each year the Friends of the Wardsboro Library sponsors a very special raffle to benefit the support of the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library. This year's prize for "The Best Raffle Ever" is a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree skirt, handmade and donated by Wardsboro fiber artist, Linda Gifkins. The tree skirt entitled "Christmas in New England," is hand hooked in 100 percent hand cut wool, hand-dyed new and recycled fiber, on natural color linen backing. The binding is also wool and hand stitched. It measures 52 inches round and has a retail value of $900. The folk art, primitive style scene was designed by fiber artist, Julie Thomas of "The Old Tattered Flag" — theoldtatteredflag.com. Thomas grew up in Vermont and was inspired to create a New England holiday scene.

Gifkins has been a long time collector of antique hooked rugs and in 2004 began taking lessons to learn how to hook her own rugs. She has taken classes at numerous rug camps where she learned to create her own original designs. Her creations are in the primitive rug hooking style and many of her rugs are adaptations of antique rugs or folk art. Gifkins is a member of ATHA, the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists. She has made previous generous donations of her work to the Friends and is currently the featured "Artist of the Month" at the Wardsboro Library at 170 Main St. Her rugs and other works, including the Christmas tree skirt raffle prize, are on display throughout June.

The public can purchase raffle tickets at the Wardsboro Public Library, the Friends' booth across from town hall at the July 4th Street Fair and Parade, the 15th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival on Oct. 28 in Wardsboro, or print tickets from the Friends' website, friendsofwardsborolibrary.org. The drawing is at Gilfeather Turnip Festival at 2 p.m.; the winner need not be present.

The Friends of the Wardsboro Library is a nonprofit, volunteer organization and sole owner of the historic library building and attached barn. Thanks to generous public support of Friends' fundraising events, the group is able to maintain and improve the building as a gathering place and resource for Wardsboro and surrounding communities. For more information about the Friends, visit friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.


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