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Holiday Fair a success, but future time subject to change

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SHIRLEY — The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library Holiday Fair was a fund-raising success, according to preliminary figures discussed by members.

The final numbers will be counted shortly, but vendor fees alone raised $650, President Fran Stetson said at the friends’ Nov. 15 meeting.

“It’s our biggest event of the year,” she said.

Phoenix Park also made a donation, library Director Debra Roy said, but Treasurer Polly McGrath wasn’t present to confirm the details of the donation.

Thirty-six bakers donated homemade cookies and treats, said member Judy Stanislaw, who was in charge of contacting volunteers to provide the baked goods.

“The cookies sold out, which is a wonderful thing,” she said.

Members also discussed several suggestions submitted by crafters and sellers who participated in the fair.

Most participants’ comments say the fair was well-organized. One suggestion is for crafters and home-goods vendors to be stationed in separate rooms.

Another suggestion, to change the hours of the fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., was well-received by members.

Members agreed to vote on next year’s hours at a future meeting. Since the library typically closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the change will be considered, according to discussions.

Visitors were few this year between the hours of 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., the vendor commented.

The fair could be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with setup at 9 a.m. next year, suggested Roy.

“We’ve talked about that before,” said member Helen Kramer. “It’s programmed in people’s minds that the library closes at 2 o’clock.”