Plans ramp up for Cabin Fever event

BOLTON LANDING - A social event last year in Bolton in its debut was hailed as a phenomenal success as local folks reconnected with old friends and made new ones while enjoying gourmet food and dancing to live music and dancing.

Called the Cabin Fever Cure-All, it was a free fundraiser for the Bolton Free Library that attracted 150 people to enjoy delectable offerings from seven local restaurants.

This year, plans are forming to make it even more of a hit, primarily due to a venue change, Librarian Megan Baker said.

"Our Cabin Fever event is a stress-reliever party with music, dancing and food," she said of the community celebration, which is planned for Feb. 19, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Instead of jamming into the Parish Hall of St. Sacrement Episcopal Church, attendees will be hosted in the Town of Bolton Highway Garage at 87 Finkle Rd.

For those who might envision the garage as a lowly site for such a party, Baker noted the garage has lots of room and it's well-heated, an idea that doubtlessly sounds good during a week the temperatures plunged below zero.

On Jan. 19, a core group of volunteers gathered to plan the event. They confirmed an idea to have a tropical theme.

"Both spirits and expectations are high for this year's event," Baker said, noting that last year's edition raised $1,500 for the library. This year's goal is higher.

For 2011, not only will restaurants prepare dishes with a tropical theme, but attendees will likely be recruited to dance the macarena and the limbo, she said. The decorations are also likely to reflect a South Pacific influence, she added.

The party will include large cut-outs of tropically attired people that attendees can stick their heads in for photographs, Library Trustee Emma Calautti said.

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