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TOWNSEND — Special events Saturday, Oct. 30, will celebrate the anniversary opening of the Townsend Public Library, the Senior Center and Meeting Hall, a gift from Sterilite Corp. and its employees.

The staff and volunteers of the Townsend Public Library will kick off the activities with a cupcake contest in the Meeting Hall. Prizes will be awarded for most creative decorating, best fall theme, scariest, best-tasting cake, best-tasting frosting and the most unique. To participate, drop off a dozen decorated cupcakes to the library between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Judging is at 11 a.m. At 11:30, there will be a cupcake walk. Henna tattoos and face-painting will be offered in the Story Time Room from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Senior Center staff, Council on Aging members and volunteers will welcome and greet new friends and old friends at an Open House in the Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the bake sale sponsored by the Golden Age Club.

The COA will host a concert featuring musicians from Indian Hill Music Center. The duo will perform a selection of standards, jazz and pop favorites in the Meeting Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Hot and cold cider and cookies will be served. There is no charge for the concert. IHMC is funded by a grant from Townsend’s Amanda Dwight Entertainment Fund.

Concluding the day’s activities the Friends of the Townsend Library and the Townsend Public Library Endowment, Inc. are co-sponsoring an Anniversary Spooktacular. This adult-focused Halloween party will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature music, food, nonalcoholic beverages and games. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

“Remembering Townsend,” an exhibit featuring memorabilia from Townsend’s past, will be on display through Oct. 30 in the gallery in the Meeting Hall.

Two other special events a week earlier are also part of the townwide celebration. The Gallery Committee has invited Townsend native Roy Shepherd for an encore presentation of his popular antique toys and collectibles “Roy’s Toys” on Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Meeting Hall. His talk follows at 2 p.m.

In conjunction with the celebration, the Townsend Historical Society is hosting Harvest House on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please see details in The Posting Board.

Celebration events are free. Watch “Event Keeper” at

Inspired by the benefactor and in the spirit of giving back to the community, visitors are encouraged to bring donations of thanksgiving which might include cranberry sauce, turkey gravy or stuffing mix for TEO.