It was raining cats and dogs, but no one caredBake and Bloom sale a success
From oven-hot home-made fresh bread sculpted into dragonian shapes, to a plethora of silent auction items including a home cooked meal by a Block Island chef, to a roomful of really good reads and, finally, a front yard bursting with plants well watered by weekend showers, the Bake, Book and Bloom Sale at the Island Free Library on Memorial Day weekend was one huge success.
“It was so much fun even though it was raining cats and dogs,” reported Library Director Kristin Baumann. Intrepid volunteers from Friends of the Island Free Library braved the elements in rain slickers and umbrellas while they rang up plant sales and helped bring flats of herbs to cars.
Inside, business was brisk at the baked goods table crammed with breads, cakes, pies and cookies, all home made. Silent auction donations were laid out on tables trying to attract bidders. Restaurants offered gift certificates, and shops donated unique Block Island items, -such as yarn from North Light Fibers or lessons in paddle boarding.
All in all, $4,886.25 was raised for the library. The silent auction, now in its second year, raised $2,700, a full thousand dollars more than in 2012. Baked goods, solicited and collected for the first time this year via e-mail, sold out at full price with not a cookie left for the taking.
Many books were sold and many remain. Baumann reports that the used book sale price stands for those seeking a good read: fifty cents each or three for a dollar. She urged islanders and visitors alike to peruse the saleroom on the lower floor of the library.
“There are treasures down there,” she reports.