Stories and other videos coming soon. Thanks to my pal Jon Alden who suggested taking video with my camera as well as snapping still shots.
10:55 AM July 14, 2012 Main Road, Westport, MA. The lull before the storm...book-lovers await the opening whistle. Books are generally marked at 10% of their list price and most of the hardcover and softcover books are in good to great condition. Shoppers will fill cartons with Gutenberg treasure. Everyone will be happy. This is the Westport Friends main fund raiser of the year. Dr. Steward Kirkaldy, one of the prime movers of this fair from year one, recalls that the first fund raiser proceeds went to repair a leaky roof in the parsonage across the street!.
10:57 AM July 14, 2012 Main Road, Westport, MA. The lull before the storm...book-lovers await the opening whistle. Books are generally marked at 10% of their list price and most of the hardcover and softcover books are in good to great condition. Shoppers will fill cartons with Gutenberg treasure.
10:59 AM July 14, 2012 Main Road, Westport, MA.
Greg Marsello, Book Fair Steering Committee Clerk, welcomes the crowd, explains location of each aspect of the fair - the fiction tent, the non-fiction tent, the Macomber Hall with DVDs, videos and CDs, the Meeting Hall filled with 6 for $1.00 books, the refreshment stand (as if anyone needed reminding). About five seconds after this video ends, young Tristan Peirce, "the hardest working volunteer of the year!" has the honor of blowing the whistle and the wild rumpus begins.
pt stories from 2011
At precisely 11:00 AM, a shrill whistle pierces the air. Volunteer Tristan Peirce has done the honors. Other volunteers scurry to gather the yellow tape and red white and blue cordon around the two tents, fiction and non fiction, and, with whoops and hollers, the booklovers wade inside. Hard cover and soft cover booty, at least 20,000 books, stacked on tables with identifying genre signs will soon be picked over by discerning shoppers.
This is the Westport Friends Meeting (Quaker) annual fund raiser. The prices are ridiculously low, usually 10% of the original price. The Friends have priced them to SELL… it looks like the crowd is obliging.