By Janet Stoica
It was sold out weeks ahead of time and the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library’s event Taste of Webster proved to be a truly resounding success. If you missed it this year, you can only hope to snag a ticket for next year’s event before they sell out again.
“We hope that this event will continue for years to come,” said Library Director Amanda Grenier. “Despite the rain, it was very well attended and very successful.”
The Friends of the Library were instrumental in organizing the affair, along with local restaurants that provided delicious appetizers for everyone to enjoy. Restaurants included Mama’s Kitchen, The Rose Room, Big Belly Café, The Lodge, Bistro Eighty Ates, Golden Greek, Food Fit 4 You, Point Breeze, Delray Doc’s, Eastern Pearl, Capellini’s, and Lake Pizza.
After voting was held for Best Appetizer, the honor went to Food Fit 4 You for its nacho-style fried wonton filled with salsa-style ingredients. Second Best Appetizer honors were awarded to the Golden Greek Restaurant for a delicate and flaky rolled Reuben sphere consisting of corned beef and sauerkraut. Tender and tasty offerings were served up by all local restaurants and food emporiums with additional choices of apple cider pulled pork and cole slaw mini-sandwiches, BBQ macaroni and cheese, corn biscuits with tomato jam, and buffalo chicken pizza.
The very active Friends of the Library members who arranged the fundraiser include Tamara Beland, Tom and Rena Klebart, Pat Nectow, Sue Buehler, Elaine Davies, Nancy LaFramboise, Margaret Lorenczykova, and Joan Klebart.
Entertainment was provided by The Bobby Gadoury Trio, who serenaded the gathering on guitar, keyboard, and drums with their wonderful and varied musical selections. A silent auction was also held with active bidding on many gift selections.
“It was exciting to have our local community come together like this for the benefit of our beautiful new library,” Ms. Grenier said. “I’m hoping this will be an annual tradition. I can’t thank the Friends of the Library enough for all their hard work and support of our library. Many of our upcoming public programs for Webster’s citizens wouldn’t be possible without their foresight and dedication. Our primary goal is for Webster’s benefit, but everyone is sincerely welcome here.”
Webster’s new library has become a shining destination for many residents and according to the Friends newsletter, events include “watching movies, attending concerts, listening to an author, getting passes to local museums, buying used books, borrowing a computer, holding a meeting and much more.
They have also begun a monthly author program featuring lesser known authors and their works. This fall they plan to offer flower arrangement classes to the public and a ‘Cooking Matters’ food nourishment and cooking program for the underserved population of Webster.” To join the Friends of the Library or to find out more about them contact Tom Klebart at [email protected] or phone 508-943-8586. Gladys E. Kelly Public Library, 2 Lake Street, Webster; phone 508-949-3880. Hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Wed 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; closed Sundays.
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