Twenty years later Charlotte Town Party going strong Saturday, July 12, 11am-1pm

By Robin Reid

Two decades ago in 1995 a group of devoted volunteers planned a celebration to honor the construction of the Charlotte Library. A used book sale was a logical way to bring people together and provide a source of revenue to keep the library collection current. Local musicians entertained and various town groups were invited to share information about their missions and activities. To this day, the Town Party is a time to celebrate all the volunteer contributions that are so abundant in Charlotte.

Food is always a big attraction. Back in the day, piles of hotdogs were lovingly charred by local legends such as John Rosenthal, Ben Mason, and James Lawrence. Their wives and friends dished up portions of locally grown salads. The ladies had also organized strawberry picking and processing for an amazing shortcake offering. Each food item or a can of soda cost just 25 cents and the food quickly sold out.

In 2007 Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue (CVFRS) assumed responsibility for lunch. Hamburgers and hotdogs are now available along with a wide selection of salads and baked goods. Tables are set up in the bays at the station and the money earned from the feast benefits CVFRS. Don’t be late to the feed trough!

The tradition includes the parade that heads north on Greenbush through the Ferry Road intersection to the fire station. If you wish to participate in the parade, please assemble by 10:30am at the Old Lantern parking lot. Fire Chief Chris Davis welcomes marchers (costumes are encouraged), fire engines, floats, tractors, mowers, bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Use your imagination and join in the fun.

The book sale opens at 11am. As in the past, proceeds from the book sale go directly to support the library’s collection. Donations can be accepted until 5pm Thursday, July 10. Over 100 hours of volunteer time goes into sorting and arranging books for this epic sale. Browsing at the Town Party is an unsurpassed experience.

The party provides space to celebrate multiple facets of the community, from the 20 non-profit and town-related organizations to the Quinlan Schoolhouse and the Charlotte Children’s Center.

The same attitude of community involvement and concern has been adopted by a group of second grade students led by Kris Gerson and Abby Foulk who will be on hand to aid in proper waste disposal.

While music is no longer a central offering at this gathering on the Town Green, the Children’s Center celebration will include entertainment from the Hokum Bros. and you are guaranteed to wear your happy face long after their show is over.

Come out and celebrate twenty years of tradition, community, and the appreciation of our incredible volunteers and non-profits. Whether you’re there for the food, the books, or the company, the Town Party is sure to be a good time.