From Dean Martin to Books on Bridge |

From Dean Martin to Books on Bridge

Submitted by Sean Higgins |

Once again, they’ll start lining up an hour or so early this Saturday outside the Nevada City Veterans Hall to get first crack at the 2014 KVMR Music and Book Sale.

“I see a lot of the same faces every year,” beamed the event producer and KVMR 89.5 FM Music Director Alice MacAllister. “They know it’s a fun day, a great event.

“We always have a table of the ‘best’ stuff that tends to lose a lot of its ‘best’ stuff pretty quickly. Although you’ll uncover cool finds all day long in the boxes and boxes we have out.”

MacAllister and up to 20 station volunteers put together the annual event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vets Hall, 415 North Pine Street, near downtown Nevada City. A free parking lot is available next to the building.

For a second consecutive year, the sale will also offer CDs, LPs and books donated by listeners and supporters in addition to extra recordings the nonprofit, non-commercial Nevada City radio station has.

“All of the vinyl and all of the books are new to our sale,” MacAllister said, adding with a smile. “Well, okay, they’re not new, but they’re new to us.”

“We have more stuff that we’ve ever had,” she boasted. “I saw some pretty good ‘50s jazz LPs, a 10-CD set of Dean Martin, I mean, who knew?”

The KVMR music director also claims that vinyl isn’t back because “it never left.”

“I still receive new vinyl every single week of the year,” she explained. “I’ve been to concerts recently where the band was offering both CDs and vinyl for sale, and it was clear there was a lot more interest in the vinyl.”

“You see, the cool thing about vinyl is that you can have something released yesterday right next to your 1927 Bessie Smith,” added MacAllister, “Lucky you!”

Prices start at $3 for CDs, in the $1 range for LPs and go downward the more you purchase. Books begin at 50 cents.

Part of the proceeds go to help the station’s music department replace lost or damaged CDs as well as purchase hard-to-find recorded materials not currently in the station’s music library, one of the largest in the Sacramento area.

Still, for lovers of a certain card game, MacAllister noted the sale will offer “an amazing collection of books on bridge.”

Now that’s hard to trump.

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