A snowstorm marked the beginning and the end of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” 2012 Big Read. On Saturday, February 11 enthusiastic participants of The Big Read said good-bye to Huck, Tom, Becky and Aunt Polly with a delicious baked bean supper and dance featuring the music of The Big Moose Band with caller Chrissy Fowler.
Special raft centerpieces made out of twigs complete with lean-tos, a pirate flag and oars constructed by the Girl Scout Troop 1661 and Forrest and Sophia Watras adorned the tables. The Somesville Library Association children’s program exhibited wooden fence pickets (donated by Ellsworth Building Supply) painted as part of their “Just for Kids” program.
Jan Coates, Executive Director of Island Readers & Writers welcomed guests and expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the many people who contributed to the success of The Big Read.
A rousing applause was given to chefs Victor Stanley, Howard Monroe and James Lindquist for preparing such a wonderful feast, Hannaford’s for donating food, The Big Moose Band for their music, and The Northeast Harbor Neighborhood House.
The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, was made possible by a grant matched by the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, BHBT, Island Readers & Writers, and private donations.
It’s been a fabulous literary adventure!