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Friench Simpson Library hosts "Old St. Nick"

Dec. 5, 2012 at 6:05 a.m.


The Friench Simpson Memorial Library in Hallettsville will honor the memory of St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop who lived in southern Turkey from 271-343 AD from 4-7 p.m. Thursday.

In spite of persecution by the Roman emperor Diocletian, St. Nicholas was known throughout the Mediterranean and Europe for his good works and miracles. He was best known for his benevolence to children.

People began to celebrate him on the anniversary of his death, Dec. 6, each year by leaving gifts for children. Since availability of books and educational materials is one of the greatest gifts a community can bestow upon its children, the Friench Simpson Library celebrates St. Nicholas as well.

"The Night of Old St. Nick" is the library's annual fundraising event. Library patrons have donated handmade crafts, holiday decorations, small gifts, homemade baked goods, jams, jellies and sauces to raise money to supplement the library budget.

Friends of the Library will serve biscotti, flavored coffees, tea, wassail and hot chocolate at the event. Pianist Denise Drozd will provide holiday music, and St. Nick himself (played by Roy Cavarretta) will be on hand.

The library invites everyone to come by, enjoy some refreshments and browse the holiday store at this early Christmas event.

The library is at 705 E. Fourth St. in Hallettsville.

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