Golden Anniversary of Silver Tea celebrated in Fayette

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Sunday afternoon during a recreation of the Silver Benefit Tea fundraiser held at the Underwood Memorial Library, Doris Irene Morris was presented a certificate of appreciation from Fayette town manager Mark Robinson. Morris has given 30 years of service to the library.

By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer

FAYETTE — The August 6, 1967 Silver Benefit Tea, a fundraiser for the Underwood Memorial Library was remembered with an arts and crafts show and tea Sunday afternoon.

Town Manager Mark Robinson presented a certificate of appreciation to Doris Irene Morris, who has given 30 years of service to the library. She is a library trustee and member of “Keep You in Stitches,” a craft group that meets every other Wednesday at the library.

The original benefit tea was held to raise money to re-paint and make other improvements to the building. Exhibits of local talent, including paintings, sketches, ceramic crafts and driftwood creations were part of that event.

Librarian Lady Elaine Wilcox said members of the community helped. Works from two dozen artists were on display. Quilts, crochet, sculptures, paintings, wooden crafts, metal fabrications and chocolate art drew the attention of visitors.

“It’s just fabulous. I’m so happy with how everything came together. We were here all day yesterday setting up. All the trustees have been helping,” she said.

Sunday afternoon during a recreation of the Silver Benefit Tea fundraiser held at the Underwood Memorial Library, Doris Irene Morris was presented a certificate of appreciation from Fayette town manager Mark Robinson. Morris has given 30 years of service to the library.

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Wilcox also had the support of family members. Niece Linda Williams made a wide selection of desserts for the tea. Several of her sisters attended.

Several who attended the first tea also attended Sunday. Jane Mathews Brogan and her sister took time to study the many historical pictures Wilcox had copied, re-framed and hung in the entrance to the library.

Wilcox has also put newspaper clippings and other artifacts about the library in binders in chronological order. The guest list for the first tea showed 110 people attended. Many were from Fayette or other Maine towns. Visitors also came from Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Clyde Walton was another repeat visitor. He reminisced with Wilcox about former librarians and viewed the handiwork on display.

“Isn’t this nice,” he said.

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An arts and crafts show Sunday afternoon found the work of many Fayette residents on display. Several mediums were included in the show which was similar to one held 50 years ago as part of the 1967 Silver Benefit Tea fundraiser at Underwood Memorial Library in Fayette. Pictured are several dioramas created by long time resident Richard Churchill. 

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An arts and crafts show was held Sunday afternoon at Underwood Memorial Library in Fayette in recognition of the Golden Anniversary of the 1967 Silver Benefit Tea, a fundraiser for the library at which a similar show was held. Librarian Lady Elaine Wilcox at left and Stephanie Ward are seen near a table displaying a replica of the library’s outhouse and a carousel Ward crafted from chocolate.

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The 1967 Silver Benefit Tea held at Underwood Memorial Library in Fayette was remembered Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6, 50 years after the original tea was held. Pictured from left at the tea are library trustee Anne Piroso, assistant librarian Michele Briggs, Jane Rocque, Karen Holt and Marcia Hanson.

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Sunday afternoon the Golden Anniversary of the 1967 Silver Benefit Tea, a fundraiser for the Underwood Memorial Library, was celebrated. Librarian Lady Elaine Wilcox is seen with Clyde Walton who also attended the first tea.

(Pam Harnden/LFA)

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