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MRML Trustee Sharon Fuller takes tickets and provides admission to Flapjacks and Fairytales.

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Bailey Fink bids on a "Frozen" basket.

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From the early morning into the afternoon, the H.C. Smith Benefit Club was hopping with Flapjacks and Fairytales attendees.

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Honey White and John Nichols cook eggs and pancakes.


Flapjacks and Fairytales brings joy with baskets and breakfast

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - Updated: 9:42 AM


C-S-E Editor

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Flapjacks and Fairytales brought joy into the lives of approximately 600 attendees this year in the form of raffle baskets and breakfast food, and all for a good cause, as the event serves as the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library's primary annual fundraiser.

This was the ninth year of the event's existence, and the MRML raffled off 78 baskets, close to the highest number they've ever had donated. "We wrapped the last one here yesterday," said MRML Director Dawn Lamphere, who explained that Little M Owner Carmen Licari provided a big box truck that allowed the baskets to be transported in two large loads. Years ago, library trustees, employees and friends would transport the baskets by car, which could easily turn into an all-day affair.

Of the continuing generosity of the community, Lamphere commented, "I think it's great. Winter was hard and money was tight, and it's just a wonderful outpouring."

"It was like Christmas every time we got a new basket in."

This was the first year that Flapjacks and Fairytales served french toast along with its traditional spread, the preparation of which requires a staggering amount of food, including 120 pounds of pancake mix, 1,800 eggs, 120 potatoes, 120 pounds of sausage, countless gallons of beverages and crock after crock of the event's famous sausage gravy.

Since the event's inception, Bob Fisher has worked as head of the kitchen alongside a 15-person crew comprised of "friends and family." Though there were a few new people working this year, all family members, the crew has their routine down and everything runs like clockwork.

"It's a really happy, good event, and everybody seems to enjoy it," said Lamphere of Flapjacks and Fairytales, which brings in necessary money for the library's operation.

"I don't think people realize that just to heat the library alone is upwards of $12,000 a year, not to mention our building insurance, so this is a major event and is much needed," said Lamphere, who noted that prior to the event's creation, the MRML would hold several smaller fundraisers throughout the year.

Of everybody who attends the event, who uses the library, worked in the kitchen, donated funding or baskets, or had a hand in the library and fundraiser's continued success, Lamphere stated, "We are so very grateful for their support. Our board of trustees, which is seven, and our couple of staff members could never do this on our own, so we are very grateful for them."

She noted that the library currently has several successful book clubs going on, along with other programming, commenting of the MRML, where she's worked for 37 years, since June 1, 1977, "It's the only adult job I've ever had, and it's still a great pleasure to be there."

Joshua Thomas - Flapjacks and Fairytales attendees bid on baskets.

Joshua Thomas - Working the buffet table are mother-daughter team Rylee and Dyane Miles.

Joshua Thomas - The H.C. Smith Benefit Club was packed to the brim for the duration of Flapjacks and Fairytales.


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