Harvest Festival & 15 Yr. Anniversary Celebration Thank you’s !

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On Saturday, October 17th, we held our second annual Harvest Festival to raise funds for the Newbury Town Library.  The event included a 15th Anniversary Celebration commemorating the beautiful building.  We were honored to have as special guest Lois Anderson, former Library Trustee Chair and Head of the Building Committee join us in the celebration.  Lois was instrumental in the building of the new Library.  She thanked the patrons for joining us and spoke proudly of the dedication and commitment of the community and everyone involved in achieving their goal 15 years ago for a new building.  Lois cut and served the fall-themed cake generously donated by the Trustees of the Newbury Town Library for the occasion.

We are proud to report that we raised $1,319.58 which is double the amount raised last year!  The money will greatly help the Library to continue the funding necessary to provide Museum passes.  It will also assist the funding of the many vibrant programs it offers to the adults and children of Newbury and the surrounding communities.

We were pleased to have members of the Newbury Town Library staff in attendance.  Director of the Library Amy Sadkin, Assistant Director Jean Ackerly, Youth Services Librarian Erin Tuomi and Circulation Librarian Suzanne Monier were there to celebrate the day.  We were also pleased to have two of our Library Trustees, Melissa Mashburn and Margaret Grimes, join us in the festivities.  Unfortunately, we had to bid a sad farewell to our Libarian Ruth True as it was her last day at the Library.  We we wish her well in her new venture at the Salisbury Library.

We are proud to thank Emma Cashman, Jake Summit, Ben Janvrin, and Nathaniel Howard for entertaining everyone that attended the event.  These four thoughtful and talented local students played and sang wonderful acoustic music inside the Library during the entire Harvest Festival.  We also thank Janet Schoene, Yuka Kitano, Mina and Hugo Hennessy, Bud Haley, Brenda Phan, Shelly Truong, Amanda and Kate Olson, Emily Wood, Madison Cotter, and finally Kate, Jim, and Liam Cashman, because the event wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without your valuable assistance.  We admire your commitment to the Library.

Thank you to Shelley Watanabe for creating beautiful Fall inspired leaf art with the children and to the friends that volunteered to do face-painting and organize games for the children, lent items for the day or donated their time and efforts, for “it takes a village!  We thank Rona Leventhal, Storyteller-extraordinaire for delighting the children with her “Goblins and Giggles” not-too-spooky Halloween tales, Orange Leaf Yogurt for setting up their tent and generously donating 20% of their sales to The Friends of the Newbury Town Library and Tendercrop Farm for donating corn stalks and other fall decorations for our Harvest Festival.

We appreciate all those cooks who took their time and made the effort to be part of our Chili Cook-Off Contest, there were thirteen delicious entries!  Congratulations to our top three winners!  Ellen Manning won the first place prize of a $50.00 Gift Card donated by Port Tavern, Yuka Kitano won the second place prize of a $25.00 Gift Card donated by American BBQ and Shelly DeSimone won the third place prize of a $25.00 Gift Card donated by Otto Pizza.

For our Bake Sale, we thank the bakers in the community for donating desserts and other baked goods along with Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop & Deli for their donation of pumpkin and apple pies.  We also thank  Mark Iannuccillo, Manager at Bucciarelli’s, Donna and Tim Burt of Simard’s Family Restaurant and Paul Colombo of Parker River Pub & Grill for generous donations of Macaroni & Cheese to serve up to kids and adults alike!  We appreciate your kindness.

We had fantastic raffle items donated to us by generous local businesses for the event.  For their help in raising money for the Library, we are thankful to:  The Blue Man Group a donation of 2 show tickets to be used for our Golden Ticket drawing which were won by none other than our devoted Library Trustee, Margaret Grimes!  We also thank:  The Massachusetts Bay Lines Cruises, Sky Zone Trampoline, Restaurant Molise, Oregano Restaurant, No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits Restaurant, Seaglass Restaurant, Lazer Quest, Newburyport Olive Oil Co., The Village Silversmith, Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club and Zoo New England as well as David and Carol McPhee, both of Byfield for their donations of a watercolor painting of the Colby Farm in autumn painted by David, and of a beautiful queen size quilt and matching pillow handmade by Carol.  For the donation of the golden raffle drum we used to draw the winning Golden Ticket of Blue Man Group tickets, we thank Kelly’s Taylor Rental.

Thank you to the following publications, businesses and schools for helping us promote our event:  The Newburyport Daily News, The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Triton Regional High School, Newbury Elementary School, the Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club, The Town Common and Macaroni Kid.

A special thank you to our dedicated Board Members of the Friends of the Newbury Town Library who made this event possible:  Maureen Haley, Ashley Remignanti, Tammy Cotter, Amanda Levy, Belen Wieler-Hawes, Shelley Watanabe and Eileen Silva.  Additionally, we thank our former Board Member Jenn Myette, who played a critical role again this year as well as friend Jennifer Schaffner, both of whom helped organize games and volunteers.

Last, but not least, thank you to everyone who attended the event and helped fill the library with a genuine feeling of fun, support and a huge dose of community spirit!  Safe to say, a great time was had by all!

Stay tuned as we will soon be announcing dates for a Restaurant Fundraiser as well as our popular Holiday Cookie Swap!   For details, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook:  Friends of the Newbury Town Library.  If you were unable to attend our Harvest Festival but still want to make a donation to The Friends, you can do so via Paypal on our website.

As always, we are so very grateful for your support.

Sincere thanks,

Julie Maneikis, Interim President, FONTL