July 2, 2022

A Great Night for a Great Cause

Dancers shake a leg to the band in the barn

Friends and fans of the Essex Library gathered recently for a rootin’, tootin’ Western-themed fundraiser, “Round ‘Em Up” that drew a duded-up crowd of book-lovers to Bushnell Farm historic site. There, they sipped cocktails, enjoyed delicious food provided by Catering By Selene, and danced to live music in the barn. A silent auction featured “life experience” items like a catered sunset yacht cruise, in-home dance lessons, and even a personal tour of the celebrated Dr. Henry Lee’s crime lab. Many contributed to the success of the party, especially the hard-working Friends of the Library and the members of the Board, along with Herb and Sherry Clark, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Essex Savings Bank, and Essex Meadows.

Maureen Heher, Barbara Klin, Deb Rutan and Fred Szufnarowski

Donations for silent auction items came from all over the community and beyond, including the Main Street Sweet Shoppe in Deep River, Shore Discount Liquors, Essex Steam Train, The Public Theater, Chamard Vineyards, and Dancealife Productions, as well as AMF Saybrook Lanes, Penny Lane Pub, Kariann Price Designs, Clayhouse, and the Holistic Nine Yards. Other donors included Ashleigh’s Garden, The Kate, El & Ela’s, Village Provision, the Spa of Essex, Homeworks, Johnny Ad’s, Dairy Queen, and Tissa’s Le Souk du Maroc, Andrew Elwood, Dagmar’s Desserts, and Southern Exposure.  The Essex Library thanks all of our supporters; a great evening and a successful fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible without you.