Old Forge Library fundraiser features mead tasting

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The Old Forge Library opens its holiday season with a fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Misters Bistro, 3046 Route 28. A suggested donation of $20 includes a mead tasting, food and libations, and a holiday reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore from 1844 by Symeon Tsoupelis, founder of Symeon’s restaurant in Yorkville.

Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains or hops. It has been produced throughout ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia and is still enjoyed today. Mead has played an important role in the mythology of some peoples.

In Norse mythology, the Mead of Poetry was crafted from the blood of the wise being Kvasir and turned the drinker into a poet or scholar.

Library director Linda Weal was looking for something to replace the traditional Elf Walk benefit to raise money for the library’s programming schedule. Roy and David Tracy, the owners and operators of Misters Bistro, were quick to jump on board and together they came up with this new idea.

The building housing Misters Bistro has served as a doctor’s office, a private residence, a real estate office, and the offices of a local newspaper before it was renovated and converted and restored to become a restaurant. It was home to Sisters Bistro, now Misters Bistro. The bar area is where Dr. Nelson’s office and apothecary were located.

The event will also have raffles and opportunities for library supporters to donate new books and DVDs to the library, and the chance to buy books in honor of friends and loved ones.

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