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.
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.