DAILY NEWS photo by Lee Lockhart
Food was in great supply as nearly 400 went through the line Saturday afternoon in Ten Sleep at the Harvest Dinner and fundraiser for the Ten Sleep Friends of the Library and Ten Sleep Ambulance Service.

Harvest dinner a chance for friends to come together

By Lee Lockhart
Publisher

TEN SLEEP – As one would expect, a harvest dinner in Ten Sleep is a community event for those who live close and those who come from afar.
And Saturday night’s dinner and fund raising for the library and Ten Sleep ambulance service featured a bountiful dinner, lots of library raffle winners and a chance to win an elk leather jacket donated by an anonymous supporter of the ambulance.
But mostly the gathering was for friends. Friends who donated gifts for the raffle, friends who enjoyed visiting with neighbors they had not seen for a while, and a chance for friends who live many states away to come back home and renew the good feelings.
While head librarian Karen Funk spoke clearly into the microphone, trying to talk above the fever pitch of friends talking with friends, the serving of food continued.
Funk announced, “and the next item is …., and comes from the one and only Illinois Chapter of the Friends of the Ten Sleep Library.” No one seemed to notice the play on geography. The twisting of facts, however so small, that put a chapter of the Friends of the Ten Sleep library in Illinois, the home state of the President of the United States, the home of Chicago and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day, and now boasting another claim to fame. Ten Sleep Library’s first branch chapter of friends.
Nope, the statement was not concerning to the crowd. At least most of them. Then the winner of the “next item raffled off, donated by the Illinois Chapter of the Friends of the Ten Sleep Library” came up and received her prize.
It was handed to her by one of the two members of the Illinois Chapter of the Friends of the Ten Sleep Library, Laury Metken.
As it turns out, there is, in reality, an Illinois Chapter or Branch of the Friends of the Ten Sleep Library.
Metken and Pat Marshall had previously been associated with the National Girl Scout Camp located above Ten Sleep in the Big Horn Mountains. They made friends here, and even though they moved back east, they strive to make at least one trip to Ten Sleep and see their friend, Karen Jean Funk.
“I don’t know if she uses Jean much anymore, but she did years back,” Metken explained. And when they come back, the two spend days helping prepare for the harvest dinner. It seems to be a tradition and it is clearly fun for them. “If we come at other times we try to make a ‘Friends’ meeting,” Metken said.
Toni Orr also fought with her booming voice to get the crowd’s full attention. Despite the quality of what she had to say, the chatter of the friendly harvest crowd was not about to be dimmed or out-shouted.
Orr happily informed those who chose to listen that Gard Ferguson, her father, was named the EMS member of the year this past summer. She noted that he was dedicated to the cause in Worland and Ten Sleep, that he’s spent countless hours in training and that he loves serving the community.
And the harvest dinner continued. The Ten Sleep Ambulance squad continued selling raffle tickets to a hand-tanned elk skin jacket. The raffle will conclude with a drawing Dec. 9 in Ten Sleep. Anyone wanting to buy tickets to the one-of-a-kind leather jacket and leggings can contact Lisa Collen at 307.752.6388.
Eventually the evening wound down, nobody should have left hungry, some left with more gifts than they entered with, and as they say of community gatherings in rural Wyoming, a good time was had by all.
0014: Library Director Karen Funk reaches in for another lucky raffle winner during Saturday’s Harvest Dinner in Ten Sleep. During the meal the Friends of the Ten Sleep Library raised funds by selling raffle tickets for homemade and donated items.
0024: Allison Hampton models an elk buckskin jacket that is being raffled off as a fundraiser by the Ten Sleep Ambulance Service. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn Dec. 9. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The jacket was donated anonymously.
0034: Toni Orr introduced her father, Gard Ferguson to the Ten Sleep Harvest Dinner crowd announcing that he was selected as the EMS medic of the year.

DAILY NEWS photos by Lee Lockhart
Left, Allison Hampton models an elk buckskin jacket that is being raffled off as a fundraiser by the Ten Sleep Ambulance Service. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn Dec. 9. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The jacket was donated anonymously. Above, Library Director Karen Funk reaches in for another lucky raffle winner during Saturday’s Harvest Dinner in Ten Sleep. During the meal the Friends of the Ten Sleep Library raised funds by selling raffle tickets for homemade and donated items.


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