by Lisa Tome
Priscilla Garvin found a way to get people out of the house and into the library last week.
She gave them chocolate.
On February 11, Garvin, an associate at the Rising Sun Branch Library, hosted the first ever Chocolate Fest at the branch. It was a sweet success.
Nearly two dozen people turned out to share chocolate desserts, recipes, and learn a bit about the role chocolate has played in movies.
"This is the first one (chocolate event) that we had and it filled up within a couple days. People were calling before the registration opened. They were anxious for this one," said Garvin.
Marilyn Gilmore and her daughter, Kyra, made chocolate-covered salted caramels last week. Marilyn explained that she and Kyra worked together to make the sweet treat to share.
"It's nice to make it together. We're creating memories," said Marilyn Gilmore.
Ronnie Smith travelled from Chesapeake City to the branch. She brought homemade fudge. She also was mindful of those with allergies and made both nut and nut free varieties.
Lynn Everett of Rising Sun brought some homemade stove top cookies. "Chocolate makes me feel good. I'm a chocoholic. I like to take recipes and turn them into gluten free. The gluten free things that you buy aren't that good," said Everett.
Cheri Mumey brought her granddaughter, Kate Siple, to the fest. She brought along no bake chocolate cookies with oatmeal.
Garvin, who said she always worries there won't be enough food, also made four chocolate creations of her own - a brownie torte, truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, and chocolate pudding. "You can't go wrong with chocolate," said Garvin.
There was also chocolate trivia, a history of chocolate presentation, and a movie showing how chocolate was used as a substitute for blood in the movie "Psycho". Chocolate was also used in place of blood in "Night of the Living Dead" "Raging Bull" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".
In all, the Chocolate Fest attendees brought nearly 30 different items to the table.