Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE CO-OP AND THE ORANGE LIBRARIES TEAM UP FOR EVENT- Food Demonstration and Art-making Featured

Julie Robinson, Manager of the Quabbin Harvest Community Market
On Saturday, July 26, the Quabbin Harvest Community Market and the Friends of the Orange
Public Libraries are teaming up with an event to highlight their combined efforts to get people
reading and to provide co-op member shares to local families in need.

The event, which takes place on the lawn of the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, will feature a food demonstration by Julie Robinson, the new manager at the co-op, and art making with the kids by co-op board members, Nina Wellen and Manuel King. Another board member, Robin Shtulman, will also be on hand to answer questions about the co-op and fill you in on how to become a member owner.

“For the food demonstration, we're going to be making "Hidden Gems Rice-cake Treats", said Robinson. “It's a hands-on, make your own snack with dried fruit, almond butter, rice cakes, and topped with seeds. It's nutritionally dense and filling and best of all, it's yummy!”

The focus of the art-making with the younger crowd will center on a large, 4' x 5' canvas that will become our own “Abstract Expressionist” painting. “Basically, we're going to have a ton of fun throwing paint in the manner of Jackson Pollack,” said King, “I've done this a number of times with kids at the Athol Area YMCA and the canvases always come out looking awesome. I can't wait to see what happens on Saturday. Oh, and please come wearing clothes that you don't care about, because this is going to be a messy affair!”

The event is also about reading, of course. And not just reading, but reading for a good cause. Earlier this summer, the Moore-Leland Library and the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries announced that their Summer Reading Club would focus on helping local families in need become members owners of the new Quabbin Harvest food co-op and in so doing, provide healthy, nutritious, locally grown food to the folks in our community who need it most. To make this happen, patrons of the library are being asked to read 480 books over the course of the summer. For every book read, the Friends will donate 50 cents toward the goal of providing two member shares to the co-op.

For more information about the event, contact Manuel King at 978-544-2495 or go to

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