Published Sunday, March 10, 2013

'Downton Abbey' topic of Carnegie Foundation luncheon

From Staff Reports

The Earl of Grantham and the Dowager Countess will be the center of attention at the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation’s Third Annual Luncheon Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Newnan Country Club.

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Desperate for Downton” blogger Rosemary Jean-Louis will lead a lively discussion and presentation on the hit PBS show “Downton Abbey” that recently wrapped its third season on GPB.

The talk, dubbed “Desperate for Downton,” will share the inside scoop on the show’s last season and juicy tidbits about new cast members, actor departures and what fans can look forward to in season 4. She’ll also offer “Downton” trivia and showcase GPB’s popular “Maggie Moments” video shorts, a compilation of witticisms from Lady Violet, played by Dame Maggie Smith.

“I’m thrilled to chat with ‘Downton’ fans for a worthy cause,” says Jean-Louis. “The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation provides excellent educational programming for children. I am honored to support their work.”

“Downton Abbey” is a Masterpiece theater powerhouse and has become the most watched PBS series since Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.” This year, the show finished second in the ratings after “Super Bowl XLVII.”

After the discussion, models will show the latest spring fashions in an informal fashion show. This year, accessories are the rage and participating stores will showcase the newest trends on a special accessory table. The popular $1 raffle returns with an array of crowd pleasing must-haves from area stores and restaurants.

Tickets are $25 each with proceeds going directly to children’s and adult programming for the year. Beloved for generations since it first opened in 1903, the city-owned and operated Carnegie Library was returned to library service on Sept. 15, 2009.

The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation, a 501(c)-3 charitable corporation, was founded in 2008 to fund and further enhance library programming, literacy and learning for all ages — honoring the legacy of its great benefactor, Andrew Carnegie.

The Newnan Country Club is located at 1356 Hwy 29 in Newnan. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and modeling at noon, followed by the raffle drawings.

This year, tables of eight are available for reservation with an eight ticket purchase.

Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early, as each year has been an early sell-out. Tickets are available at the Carnegie Library (open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), and Scotts Bookstore, both located in Newnan’s historic Court Square.

For further information, contact the Carnegie Library at 770-683-1347 or visit .

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