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.
"We also hope to have a large sand dune and beach toys for the children, and adults, too, for those who want to show off their sand castle skills!" she said.
Entertainment will be provided by Bill Campbell and the "Blue Moon" band.
Volunteer chefs will also be bringing dishes of their homemade fare to share. The event includes raffles and 50-50 drawings. Donations will be accepted at the door.
The more ambitious plans mean additional volunteer help is needed, according to an email Calautti issued this week.
Volunteers are still needed for set up on the night prior to the event, and for clean-up the following morning. People are also needed to staff the donation table.
But decor items reflecting the tropical theme are also being sought - such as beach towels, sand toys,travel posters, and sea shells.
Those who can help with the above are urged to call Baker at 644-2233 or Calautti at 644-3128, or contact her at Blue_Snow230@msn.com.