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The sixth annual Friends of Murphy Library auction at Bob Grove Auctions last Saturday was a huge success thanks to Bob and Judy Grove. 

Judy Grove wishes her husband Bob good luck when he lowers his gavel for the sixth annual Friends of Murphy Library Auction. The Groves have generously opened their auction house, Bob Grove Auctions, for all six years.


 The Murphy librarians, the Friends’ board, and all who volunteered spent long hours preparing for this auction, and always with good humor.  Special gratitude is owed to the multitudes who were so generous in bidding at the auction.


Many thanks to Sonia Roberts for the photographs.


We raised over $9,000 that will be used for the kids’ and juvenile nonfiction area.


We appreciate the stores, services and business people who donated items and gift certificates for the auctions.  The economy is difficult now, and yet our local businesses show their affection for the library and moreover, their willingness to help our goal this year:  new books for young readers.


A giant list of the 2010 auction donors will be posted at the library for every patron and visitor to see how much our community cares about the future of our children.






Friends president Elo-ly Bailey and her husband Corey talk to one of the auction attendees.

Friends’ board members Bob MacLean and Mike Moumousis did the ultimate job for the Friends’ Auction.  They picked up the Shopsmith Mark V tool system, loaded it in Mike’s truck and took it to Bob Grove Auctions.

Come to Friends of Murphy Library’s Auction this Saturday, August 7, and buy it for your favorite person.  He or she will thank you for a long time. 

The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m., the Live Auction at 7 p.m., at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles east of Murphy, NC on “NEW” US 64.  Phone: 828-837-9200.  Free refreshments. Donations of finger food welcome.

But the Auction is for everyone —-handy or not —– want to go out to eat?  We have gift certificates to restaurants.  Want to get your hair done?  Bid on one of our beauty salon certificates. 

Friends' board members Bob MacLean and Mike Moumousis are all smiles as they survey Steve and Jane Hembree's donation of a Shopsmith Mark V tool system to Murphy Library's auction.

Longtime supporters Steve and Jane Hembree donated the Shopsmith Mark V.  The single machine contains a table saw, lathe, disc sander, vertical drill press and horizontal boring machine and fits into a two by six space. 



The auction has something for everyone.  Cooks will find cookbooks, dishes, a Carolina Crafting apron, and wear a Silva Gallery scarf while preparing trout from Andrews’s Carolina Mountain Trout. 

Still hungry?  Restaurant gift certificates include everyone from Doyle’s to Downtown Pizza, from Arby’s to Antica Roma.

Wagonmaster Adventure Ranch offers one night, Holiday Inn Express two nights. Bear Creek Mini-Golf, an outing for four.

Sue Ellen Woodford’s gift baskets coddle everyone from fishermen to coffee drinkers, with donations from Clay’s Corner, Yarn Circle, Blue Moon Elise, China Town, the Daily Grind and Wine, Calaboose Cellars, Dr. Dave Peters, and Crane Creek.

Animal, mineral or vegetable, whatever your heart’s desire, we have it.  Cash or checks accepted. Proceeds buy juvenile nonfiction at library.   Call 837-2417.

The Murphy Library Auction is on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles from Murphy on “NEW” US 64, between Murphy and Hayesville.  Silent Auction begins at 5:00 p.m., Live at 7  p.m.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417.

Nora King, Friends Chair of Fundraising, has a few words to say about items at the auction:
“Sue Ellen Woodward, working with another talented person, Saundra Ball, has prepared about 35 gift baskets for us to sell.  Each one is a treasure–wait til you see them!   We are really indebted to both of these talented ladies for their time and talent.  And, thanks to all of you who contributed items from which the baskets were constructed.”
Here are a few of the baskets:
 “Dessert Anyone Basket” complete with a bottle of port wine.
“Gaming Night Basket”  One night stay at Harrah’s in Cherokee and dinner for two.
Celebration Basket and Stars in Our Eyes Basket — both with Champagne
South of the Border Basket – Margaritas and other Mexican goodies
Goin’ Fishing Basket with a bottle of Smokey Loon Chardonnary wine 
Coffee Break Basket         Tuscany Basket     
Daily Grind and Wine Basket
Breakfast Delights Baskets     Bird B & B Basket   
Blue Moon Elise Basket
Canning Basket     Yarn Basket 
China Town Basket

The Murphy Library Auction is on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, 6 miles from Murphy on “NEW” US 64, between Murphy and Hayesville.  Silent Auction begins at 5:00 p.m., Live at 7  p.m.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417.

Judy and Bob Grove welcomed attendees to Friends of Murphy Library's Auction in 2009 and will open their auction house again this year.

If you were thinking about a trip out of town, then bid on Harrah’s Vacation Package in Cherokee – a one night hotel stay and dinner for two.  (Some restrictions apply).

Or just drive down the road.   The Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad has given us $140 in train rides for the 2010 season.

Furniture includes a country-style chair from Friends’ member Mary Lutz-Karvonen, a wooden bench from Lone Pine Country tables and Barbara Bayliss gave us a two-drawer Stanley chest. 

Larry King has been busy making birdhouses for Friends of Murphy Library's auction August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions. The birds will love to come home and roost when you have one of these houses waiting for them.

There is also a pair of handcrafted owls made of buckeye wood from the John Campbell Folk School.  and Shirley Uphouse has donated pictures of World War I planes.

Friends of Murphy Library are holding their annual auction August
The August 7 auction takes place at Bob Grove Auctions, 7540 “NEW” Highway 64, Brasstown, NC 28902, between Murphy, NC and Hayesville. Phone: 828-837-9200.  The Silent Auction starts at 5:00 p.m.; the Live Auction at 7 p.m.

Gifts baskets at the Friends Annual Auction include an Italian pasta basket with a bottle of win from Wine of Andrews. And a celebration basket complete with a bottle of pink Spanish cava (Spain's champagne) and to complete the picture, a peacock feather!

Katie O’Connor is five years old and loves books.  She and her parents, Matt and Jenn O’Connor were visiting her grandparents, Murphy residents Mike and Marcia Smith, when they stopped by the Murphy Library.

Five-year-old Katie O’Connor reads one of the new books at the Murphy Library purchased with funds raised at the Friends of Murphy Library yard and book sale in May. Katie was visiting the library with her parents Matt and Jenn O’Connor during their recent vacation. More fundraisers are coming up.


The library has been buying new nonfiction books for its children’s section recently with funds raised at the May yard sale and book sale.  Katie found a new book about the color yellow full of everything yellow, from bananas to parakeets.


Librarian Jeff Murphy noted that he ordered new books from Crabtree Press and also from Amazon.  A young person (and even an adult) could spend a hot summer afternoon reading about France, China, the color blue, the Hudson River, and even….vampires!  Just ask the librarians where the new children’s books are.

More fundraising events are on the calendar.  The Craft Supplies Sale (for the Spelling Bee fund) and Book Sale take place at the library on July 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The annual auction is at Bob Grove Auctions on August 7.

You don’t have to go to Italy to experience an unforgettable vacation.  Tim Pratt has donated a weekend stay at a cabin in Vineyard Creek Estates to Friends of Murphy Library’s auction on August 7 at Bob Grove Auctions. The Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by the Live Auction at 7 p.m.

Vineyard Creek Estates developer Tim Pratt (left) along with homeowners Kathy and Tom Downes show how the grapes are progressing in their community vineyard off Joe Brown Highway. Pratt has donated a weekend cabin stay to the Friends of Murphy Library August 7 auction at Bob Grove Auctions. Call 837-2417.

Pratt experienced an “aha” moment during a trip to Italy several years ago.  He stayed at a bed and breakfast in Tuscany – with its own vineyard.   Then he developed his upscale log cabin development off Joe Brown Highway in Unaka, and planted a hillside with, what else, rows of grapevines.  

 Now homeowners wake to see the Traminette and Cabernet Franc grapes of Vineyard Creek Estates sparkle in the early morning sunshine.

Kathy Downes, Tom Downes Tim Pratt, and Friends of Murphy Library board member Mike Moumousis enjoy the scent of grapes ripening at Vineyard Creek Estates. A weekend stay in an upscale cabin will go to the lucky bidder at the August 7 Auction at Bob Grove Auctions.

Among the other items at the auction are gift certificates for, Atlanta Waverly Renaissance Hotel, Copper Door Restaurant in Haysville and Blue Ridge Mountain Railroad.  Chef and cookbook author Paula Deen even sent one for her Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, along with books and photos.

And several of the gift baskets at the auction will contain a bottle of Vineyard Creek Estates wine made with those special grapes.  Donations are still gladly accepted.  Call 837-2417 for more information.