Furness Library May Fair Brightens This Saturday

Helpers organizing for the May Fair this Saturday, May 13.

Helpers organizing for the May Fair this Saturday, May 13.

Come rain, come shine, a spring tradition returns this weekend for the 56th year with the Helen Kate Furness Free Library’s annual May Fair and Book Sale on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Fair offers treasures for kids and their parents; gardeners and gourmands; book browsers and craft lovers.

May Fair chairperson Kaitlin Gurney has planned a day with something for everyone. The centerpiece is the Book Sale, one of the best in the area, with thousands of volumes for every taste. Book Sale chair Harwood Johnson and Vice-Chair Jon Lichtenstein report that a “mountain of books” will be available for your perusal in the library’s Chadwick Room. The Book Sale kicks off with a private sale for Library corporation members on Friday evening, and continues all weekend and till next Tuesday.

On Saturday, Erin Walsh and her team transform the library parking lot into a carnival, with games, prizes and a moon bounce for kids, who will also get to see a fire truck up close. Gabrielle and Greg Miller have organized an assortment of vendors, crafters and artists who will set up in the reference room. You’ll find the perfect Mother’s Day gift among the select pins, necklaces, bracelets and earrings that abound at the costume jewelry counter, displayed for browsing by Donna Ferruzzi and team. Lovely planters also make a nice gift for Mom, so be sure to check out Connie Watson’s plant sale. And for your bidding pleasure, silent auction chair Jennifer Reynolds has curated treasures from the finest homes and attics in town.

Plan to stay for lunch. A crack team of grill masters has been organized by Heather D’Onofrio to serve up lunch, and Beth Noto has tapped our community’s best bakers for contributions to the bake sale.

Admission is free, as is parking at the Wallingford SEPTA station and the side parking lot of Pantry One, across from the Library, which is at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford. Information is at hkflibrary.org.

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