To the Editor:

The West Tisbury Library Foundation Inc. thanks the multitude of people who helped with our first ever Applefest on Saturday, October 8, at the West Tisbury Grange.

Sara Magnuson Dexter wielded her formidable organizational skills and creativity, which have been well honed over the years by working at Educomp and for Lynn Buckmaster-Irwin (who organized David McCullough’s talk last summer). Sara’s friend Melissa Clay worked hand-in-glove with Sara on Applefest. The Magnuson family, with help from Tish Hayes and Paul Carter, was extremely generous donating their apples and their time to press apples.

Cronig’s Market, Conroy’s Apothecary, Alley’s General Store and Riley’s Reads (Zoe Pecter) all contributed baskets of toys and books for a raffle. Music by Kevin Keady wafted through the air, making us all feel quite festive. The anonymous magician delighted children and adults with his antics. Matthew Barton and Arthur Strople exuded community spirit by pitching in and enthusiastically helping. Linda Hearn and Cynthia Walsh tended the library information and gift table. Most of the children left the hall with their faces painted by Zoe Pecher, Gina Solon, or Gina’s daughter Simone. Melissa Lawry and Lori Scanlon kept people delighted with the pie walk. Arts and crafts flowed from the hands of Ashleigh Dexter, Shivonne Schofield and Nicole Machacz, who helped children channel their creativity.

The three Vineyard Haven businesses that generously donated sundries were Brickman’s, Educomp and The Toy Box. The Whiting/Solon Family delivered and donated hay and sticks for scarecrow making. Sarah Whyte managed the bake sale table, selling all the pies by day’s end and delighting the crowd by giving away cookies to the pie walkers who lost. Marilyn Hollinshead generously donated her time and her food license to sell the delicious pies made by Dee Smith of Savory Pies. Also donating scrumptious pies were Little Rock Farm and Eileen Blake Pies. Alison and Thomas Manchez were a smashing success with their cupcake-decorating table. The pony rides with Rachael Neville delighted children for hours. Nancy Cole took on the challenge of scarecrow-making and did a stunning job. Michael Craughwell brought a fascinating video on swords.

People have been coming from all corners of the community to support the expansion of our little West Tisbury library.

You have undoubtedly read about our library stats, and I may bore you, but it’s worth repeating. Of all the Island libraries, ours has the highest circulation and the largest collection, but only the second smallest facility. The number of cardholders grew from 900 to 9,000 in just 13 years. As Dan Waters is fond of saying, “We are loving our library to death.” It is not just town residents who use our library, but residents of other towns as well. All donations large and small are appreciated.

Carol Dodd Brush

For the West Tisbury Library Foundation