Each year, the Little Falls Public Library hosts a fundraiser. Traditionally, it’s been an in-person event. But this year, due to ongoing concerns about Covid-19, the fundraiser is going virtual. From the safety and comfort of your home, you can choose from a variety of experiences provided by local artists.

Our featured performer is magician Jimmy Ichihana. Jimmy was born in Herkimer, NY, and is now based in Orlando, Florida. He has appeared on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “America’s Got Talent”. He specializes in sleight-of-hand card tricks.

Artist Kathleen Canastar will create a painting, live – using knives! A native of Little Falls, Kathleen has had several exhibits in CNY and has taught painting classes at Holy Family Parish.

Trumpeter Oscar Stivala will provide improvisational jazz music. A native of Argentina, who now resides in Little Falls, Oscar began to play trumpet at the age of nine and has played with several bands.

Chef John Luciano will do a cooking demonstration. Originally from Boston, Chef John has worked in a wide range of fine restaurants including the Aujourd’hui, Mistral, Bella Luna, Teugica Country Club, and the Canal Side Inn. You may have seen his show, “Cooking With Chef John” on My Little Falls TV.

Dolgeville native Henry Sheppard will show you how to make a cocktail. Henry is the bartender at the Canal Side Inn.

Three local writers (Mike Cecconi, Sam MacManus, and Terry Rainey) will read their original stories out loud. All of the authors have publications to their credit and are longtime members of the library’s Flash Fiction group.

During the event, we’ll raffle off several items, including a painting by Frank Wilcox, a basket of gift certificates to local restaurants, an overnight stay and dinner at the Inn at Stone Mill, lunch for four at the Café at Stone Mill, and a private magic show with Jimmy Ichihana. Raffle tickets are available at the library.

The library depends upon the fundraiser to operate at its best. And this year’s fundraiser is not only exciting, it’s affordable. Tickets are just $25.

Here’s how it works: to purchase a ticket, you go to www.lflibrary.org/donations. During the ticket buying process, you’ll have a chance to choose which of the events you’d like to watch. You’ll receive an invitation to the live broadcast. Optional add-ons include a bottle of wine, a cheese sampler, a box of chocolates, and the library’s Flash Fiction book.

This live, virtual event will begin at 4:30 on Saturday, November 7th. For more information, please call (315) 823-1542.

Diedre Turner created some videos for the virtual event, which are shared below: