Pine Hill Block Party on July 20

By Jay Braman Jr.
A huge block party has been planned in Pine Hill on Saturday, July 20 to benefit the Morton Memorial Library.

And the neighbors of this historic landmark and all around cool community place are getting involved too. Over 20 families in the vicinity are holding yard sales on that same day.
The event has become so big that the Town of Shandaken has decided to close Elm Street to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the fair takes place.

Look for all the things that one comes to expect at an old-fashioned country fair. There’s a silent auction where you can bid on and maybe even win items like a dump truck load of dirt, delivered no less, a spinning wheel to catch up on your yarn making, homemade jelly, even a map of the town.
There will plenty of used books for sale, the obligatory bake sale, crafts for kids, all sorts of demonstrations and for the young and old alike massive amounts of multi colored chalk so the inner artist can come out and work wonders chalking up the entire block.

All proceeds go to benefit the library, which is celebrating its 110th year of providing services to the community from within the trademark stones walls of the Greek revival building.
Director Molly Slater has made sure the library means more to the community than books by offering cool things like knitting and yoga classes, book clubs for adults and teens, free preschool programs, and all sorts of fun events, like potluck dinners and most recently a recycled sculpture making party.

For information on the fair call 254-4222. To view all the items available in the silent auction go to the libraries website or stop by and check the items out for yourself. Slater says you can already place bids.
Be warned, the bidding will end abruptly at 3 p.m. on the fair date.