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A note from Marion Wingfield, Development Director
Dear all,
On Friday night, Queset House was eerily transformed from its usual stately self as a learning commons into a rocking and rollicking Boos and Brews, our 2018 Halloween extravaganza.
Lois Scanlon used her outstanding talents for several days to spookily & beautifully decorate the entire bottom floor of the House, including the elevator; psychics did readings for guests, hidden in the shadows of the second floor; DJ Keith Roberts kept the music blaring, while a haunted and harrowing scavenger hunt was in progress on the third floor. Guests showed up in droves dressed in incredibly wrought costumes worthy of the stage, had a skeleton's intestines full of appetizers to choose from, along with libations from Shovel Town Brewery (handed out by none other than Frank Altieri himself, also expertly costumed), custom-made (Corpse Reviver II, anyone?) cocktails funded and crafted by Ed Hands, with a stand-alone wine bar run by Larry Mowatt and John Barry. It was a fine night, a complete departure from anyone's notion of a library. But then again the Ames Free Library flows with its patrons, following their lead. Queset House has probably never seen the likes of our Halloween revelers and the wild dancing that ensued. A conga line of costumers through the house ensured the judges could get a good view of our guests, and soon afterward the awards were handed out. 
And of course, the Red Sox were playing on a couple of screens.
It goes without saying we couldn't have pulled such a wonderful party off without the support of SO many people. Generously sponsoring our event were the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust, Mansfield Bank in Easton and the Friends of the Library. Food was donated by Hilliard's Chocolates, PieZoni's Pizza, Bill's House of Pizza, Town Spa PizzaThe Pizza Depot, and the Beanery on Washington. The Shovel Town Brewery generously donated two much-coveted growler packs. 
We couldn't have done this without our many generous and dedicated volunteers. 
To all of you who supported this wonderful event, THANKS FROM ALL OF US!! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR?

Marion Wingfield
Development Director, Ames Free Library

Wicked Local photographer Charlene A. McNeil's photos perfectly capture our very haunted - and very fun - evening at Boos and Brews on October 26, 2018! View her work here and purchase your favorites!

On Friday, June 22, the Ames Free Library hosted a special fundraising event, “Twilight in the Garden,” to celebrate the 2018 solstice and the 135th birthday of the Ames Free Library. 

We want to thank all the people who helped make this event a success, and especially our generous funders, the North Easton Savings Bank and the Friends of the Library.

For those of you who know the Italianate Queset Garden behind the main library parking lot, it’s a lovely, tranquil retreat complete with an historic stage for music and theater productions, built by the Ames Family in 1853. The garden and its stage once thrived but later lay buried under more than half a decade of disuse and overgrowth.  It has since been painstakingly revitalized and maintained with a lot of work and the generosity of many individuals as well as Community Preservation Act funds for the fortunate people of Easton and beyond.

Twilight in the Garden was conceived as a warm, summer eve celebration marked by the slowly fading light of the longest day of year with the help of Queset Manager Dana Hourigan and Director Uma Hiremath, whose enthusiasm and creativity are inspirational.

We were blessed with extraordinarily good weather.

Floral arrangements were painstakingly designed and assembled with a lot of love and dedication by Easton’s own talented floral artist Gloria Freitas Steidenger and a small army of helpers, including Gloria and Ken Nykiel, Alice Giordano, Nancy White, Jacci Devins and Davie McNamara. The elegant results were stunning to behold.

Lights strung throughout trees and bushes and along the old stone walls by the Hourigan family, board member Kelly Bressette, Dan Horgan and others grew brighter as daylight fell; background music, provided by the angelic voices of Libana, added to an otherworldly atmosphere.

Attendees wearing garden attire rivaled the garden itself with bright, summery, elegant outfits.

Appetizers were kindly donated by some of our best beloved restaurants and shops, including The Farmer’s Daughter, El Mariachi’s, Mario’s Trattoria, Shinos, Stoneforge Grill, Decos Italian Grille, Hilliards House of Chocolate, and Dolce cupcakes; the snazzy, sophisticated cocktail bar run by Larry Mowatt and Mark Machado were part of the charm of the night. We can’t thank you enough.

Our excellent wine was donated by Horizon Beverage (thank you, Molly McNeill!!) and served by charming volunteer bartenders, John Barry, Jerry Marsan & Gary Donahue. Ice was donated by The Big Y (thanks, Kathy and John Korona!!).

Friends of the Library Board members Barbara Beech and Fran Holland meticulously checked and took tickets at the front, while volunteers Michele Blake and Cerina Jabbour sat cheerfully in the back garden taking vouchers for drinks.

Jason and Bobby at ECAT and board member Kevin Kidd provided sound equipment and help setting it up. Volunteer Jonathan Blake spent the entire evening keeping the sound system on track, and the lighting working.

Volunteers Lila Rose, Cerina Jabbour, Seraphina Machado, Jimmy Pires and Ed Hands ensured the night went smoothly.

Our numerous cocktail and banquet tables were covered with white linens, donated by Churchill Linens of Brockton.   

Last but not least, Facilities Manager and all around talented Tim Hurley worked for days trimming and cutting and weeding to make sure the garden looked its best; working with the reflecting pool, he had to maintain a careful balance between preserving burgeoning populations of tadpoles, frogs and salamanders (not to mention goldfish), and making it look beautiful with spotlights trained on the fountain. Even the frogs were inspired to chime in as the night progressed.

Throughout this magical evening, I was awestruck by the power and strength of community, working together to make Twilight in the Garden happen. On our Flickr page, you will see many photos which capture this moment in time, and the community members who were instrumental in its creation. On behalf of the Ames Free Library, our heartfelt appreciation goes out to each and every one of you who contributed to this event.

 - Marion Wingfield, Development Director, Ames Free Library

Stonehill students of Professor Courtney Spencer's Social Media Marketing class were tasked with creating marketing strategies to promote the services available within the Queset House and the online learning platform The project culminated in a presentation to Library Director, Uma Hiremath and other staff. Please follow the links below to view the students work.

Apex Marketing Benny & the Jets
Duzant-Wade EBL Co.
Hill Marketing Solutions The Hype
Seabrook Shovel Interactive  


On the Wall: Photography by Robin Li Tan

“I’m from another side of the earth--China. LiTan 谭力 is what name I sign on paper, and Robin is the name everyone calls me here in the U.S.  I have bonded with photography since 2008, and the magic of photos has opened my eyes since then. A photo can speak for itself, and I enjoy sharing my vision with anyone who likes or dislikes it.”

In the Glass Case: Wood Turner Kevin Mulligan

Kevin Mulligan is a local award winning wood turner who lives with his wife Susan and Labradoodle Tucker in Norton.  Kevin’s work has been on display at the Boston’s Arnold Arboretum museum in Jamaica Plain, the Fuller museum in Brockton, and numerous juried exhibitions in the New England area.  He was recognized at prestigious Saratoga Springs, New York, Totally Turning symposium this past year.

Kevin believes in the beauty of wood as well as providing a brief history of the tree used to make each piece.  An avid environmentalist and outdoorsman, Kevin harvests most of his wood locally that would otherwise end up as firewood or left to decay,  He will artistically turn this raw wood into a variety of designs including utilitarian bowls, spindle work, jewelry boxes and artistic pieces.  Kevin will also provide a brief history of the tree that often has meaning to each new owner. He often works with clients on personally engrave pieces for weddings, retirements and awards, including woods harvested from their property or favorites and meaningful locations in New England.

Artists’ works are brought to you by the Artist on Display Program sponsored by the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.


Learn more about previous artists that have displayed at the Ames Free Library HERE