The Great Community Indoor Yard and Baked Goods Sale last Saturday was a great success all round. The New Library Fund had several tables worth of life's objects and we were joined by others with their own goods. The attendance was terrific. My estimate would be somewhere between 200 and 300 people came by (but I have no experience in crowd estimating). It was pretty steady throughout the six hours and people seemed to be having a good time. The baked goods and the produce pretty much all went away, and the object goods were also more gone than not by 4 pm, it seemed to me.
By the last bell, the New Library Fund had gained over $1,500 (overall total is now $264,000). We have several additional items that are out on trial so that number might increase by some. And we are looking to sell some of the larger objects we still have on P-I or on Craig's List in Vancouver.
We owe thanks to a lot of people who made this day happen:
--Judith Wolfman, who did the overall organizing for the event, ably aided by her crew including Peter Leritt, Don Falk, Margot Griffiths, and Ed Park.
--Kandy Harper, who rounded up the bakers and then managed their excellent baked goods.
--Phyllis Van Sandt, Ron Swalling, and Armene Belless, who worked tirelessly throughout the day, making sure that traffic moved reliably and that goods did too, and that we left the place the way we found it.
--Carol Clark and Carol Fowler, who managed their own tables and then generously gave all their proceeds to the Library Fund.
--Naomi, Andrew and Acadia of the Point Roberts Coop; Heidi Baxter, of Lily the Llama's Garden; and Rhiannon Allen/Arthur Reber who raided their own garden to bring us all beautiful summer produce even though it is clearly fall. The beet greens were a particularly wondrous treat for the fall!
--Mark Robbins, who managed the arrangements for using the Community Center
--The other Vendors who joined us, including Barb Remple, Janet Wheeler, Theresa O'Neill, Louise Cassidy, and Nicky Hockley. It was a pleasure to work with them.
--And, finally, everyone who attended. It was a lot of fun and we received more than one request to do it again soon. Probably not very soon because we are going into the winter months now. But it surely merits being done again. It was a real community event!
Judy Ross, for The Friends of the Point Roberts Library