SOUTHBRIDGE — The 14th Annual Artful Friends raffle will be on display at Jacob Edwards Library next month. This is the monthly art exhibit in the main reading room of the library at 236 Main Street.

The Artful Friends Raffle consists of donated original art (paintings, photos, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, cards, fabric art and other handmade items), along with gift certificates from local restaurants and stores. People can buy $5 raffle cards, with 25 chances to win, and deposit the attached numbers in boxes of the  items they hope to win. Proceeds from the raffle will fund library programs, museum passes, speakers and receptions.

The Raffle kickoff is Thursday, June 6, with entertainment at 6:30 p.m. by Dale Lepage, a renowned Worcester area singer, composer and author. He will be accompanied by Joey D’angelo, a long-time member of Dale Lepage and the Manhattans. 

Tickets will be sold all month, with the drawing taking place on Thursday, June 27. Winners need not be present for the drawing, winners will be notified. 

Over 13 years ago Gregory Maguire, author of “Wicked,” came to speak at Jacob Edwards Library for the first Pride in Southbridge event. The first raffle was held at the same time. Since then a variety of programs have featured authors, musicians and speakers as part of the Pride in Southbridge events. The Raffle drawing will coincide with this year’s event on Thursday, June 27.

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library would like to acknowledge and thank all the supporters  who have helped to make this Raffle a success over the years.

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