The third annual Mini Golf Extravaganza at the Oak Bluffs library was a hit, and attracted a total of 350 guests across the weekend. The event doubled in attendance between the first and second year, and had even more attendees this year, library officials said.
Program Coordinator Anna Marie D’Addarie said that the staff, which volunteered extra hours, had lots of fun converting the library, with the help of Russ Bolton and his specialty company Library Mini Golf, into an 18-hole mini golf course. “Our hard work was rewarded by having fun with friends and meeting many new people,” she said.
The library staff decorated each hole with a different theme. They included a Mexican heritage hole that asked trivia about the country, and a “Down the Rabbit’s Hole” green that challenged players’ Alice in Wonderland knowledge and offered them the use of a flamingo-decorated golf club for a chance at double raffle tickets. There was a DIY-themed hole decorated with home-repair tools, a Julia Child hole where players could wear a cooking apron for an extra ticket, and a “Legal, Double Legal” hole, decorated with red tape, that quizzed players on state laws in Massachusetts.
Each hole offered players a chance to win a raffle ticket with trivia related to the hole’s theme. Raffle prizes included a round-trip ferry reservation and a gift certificate to Reliable Market. The decorations provided a festive backdrop to the course, and the trivia added to the competitiveness of the game, while teaching players fun facts along the way.
The event was open to adults 21-plus on Friday night, and the $18 admission fee included 18 holes of golf plus refreshments, which included an alcoholic beverage thanks to donations from local businesses and a special liquor license for the event. On Saturday, players of all ages were invited back to enjoy the course for free. Proceeds from the event, the amount of which were not disclosed, will benefit library programs, according to library officials.