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‘A Night of Chocolate’ offered
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Jim Hollinger

LYONS — Saturday’s “A Night of Chocolate” event, hosted by Lyons Public Library and Rice County Historical Society, is meant to be an occasion for sweethearts, but a war of words has erupted in the meantime. A friendly challenge to spur ticket sales was issued two weeks ago by Steve Reed and Junior Soeken, members of the Class of 1968.

It was answered by Dr. Roger Tobias, Class of ‘69.

“They might think they’d outnumber us,” said Tobias. “I’m kind of taking it personally.”  

The three men, board members of the Rice County Historical Society, are united, however, in urging locals to take advantage of the auction items. Over 45 items will be put up for bid in silent and live auctions. The latter will feature central Kansas favorite Jim Hollinger, a veteran auctioneer whose brisk style is enjoyed by all.  

More than half of the auction items are chocolate masterpieces. Everything from Western-themed cowboy boots and guitars to flat-out indulgent desserts will be created from chocolate and offered at auction. Plus, packages for afternoon getaways, including one-of-kind experiences, will be featured in the silent auction. Unique museums, wildlife refuges and even a trail ride in Ellinwood are among them. Last year’s Mystery Jar will also be available. Directors for both the museum and historical society refused to divulge its contents.  

The come-and-go event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Brew 56 Coffee and Tap House in Lyons, and will feature the return of three chocolate fondues and dipping snacks. A limited number of tickets for the event are available for $15 each. Tickets may be purchased with cash or check at the Coronado Quivira Museum/Rice County Historical Society, 105 West Lyon St., and the Lyons Public Library, 201 West Main, in Lyons.