From Marion Wingfield, Development Manager at the Ames Free Library
Once again, Irish Eyes smiled on the Ames Free Library at its Fourth Annual Irish Pub at Queset on Saturday, March 16th. Generous sponsors made this event possible and we thank them profusely: the Mansfield Bank and the Friends of the Library. There are also many others who, through their generosity, make the Ames Free Library thrive in our community.
Board member Kevin Kidd with boundless enthusiasm and multiple talents assembled a stellar cast of local Irish musicians which included himself, sorely missed former Eastonite and Florida transplant, Amy Basse; Tim Dorr, Todd Hearon, John O’Connor, Wayne Potash, and many others. The Irish seisún in our lovely, wood-paneled Presentation Commons converted Queset House into an authentic Irish pub. As always, the music was fabulous, especially as the audience joined in. Lee Williams provided several inspired Irish blessings and poetry, which rounded out the night.
Edmund Hands is known throughout Easton as a multi-talented sort of guy, but his talents as an Irish whiskey connoisseur were on view that night; he donated several bottles of whiskey for a tasting, a popular part of our event, with volunteer and fellow Lion, Frank Smith as his partner in crime. Larry Mowatt and John Barry volunteered as bartenders in green suspenders selling wine, and Frank Altieri, entrepreneur extraordinaire, set up his delicious and popular Shovel Town Brewery beer for sale.
Delicious food was donated by The Farmer’s Daughter, Flynn’s Irish Pub of Mansfield, and Roche Bros of Easton. Thanks to all three for such scrumptious Irish food!
Profound thanks to Michele Blake and Barbara Beech for collecting tickets and greeting every single guest, and to Kathy Bendixen for helping with our raffles. Board member Kelly Brissette and staff member Peg Hoffman managed all the food - and kept it coming - working hard all night.
Thanks to Dana Hourigan once again for her all-around inspiration, creatively publicizing our event on social media, procuring food donations, and decorating the house!
Most importantly, a huge thank you from the Library for all of the happy and enthusiastic people coming together for Irish Pub at Queset; both to support a wonderful library and celebrate one of our very favorite holidays! Thanks to all of you who supported us.
View our Fourth Annual Irish Pub at Queset photos here on our Flickr page!