HANOVER — The Gardner Roberts Memorial Library will host their seventh annual Celebration of Fall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, librarian Peggy Susbury said Wednesday.

Proceeds will go toward maintaining the library, a one-room building constructed in 1895. It’s beside the Hanover Town Office and is open four days a week.

Susbury said that the first year the celebration took place, it was known as the “Celebration of Light,” in honor of the library finally installing electricity.

“Ever since, we’ve called in the Celebration of Fall,” Susbury said. “The Gardner Roberts Memorial Library isn’t a town library. It’s privately owned by the Board of Trustees, so every year, we have to earn our keep.”

She added that the town made a donation to the library every year, and that the Celebration of Fall acts as the library’s “biggest fundraiser of the year.”

The celebration will take place under the Hanover Picnic Pavilion between the Town Office and the library. Susbury said that there would be live music performed by Lisa Ferguson.


There will also be “themed basket raffles, bake sales and a huge yard sale,” Susbury said.

“There’s a lot of different tables and booths set up throughout the morning and afternoon,” she said. “There are a lot of people driving to Pumpkinfest in Rumford, or the Fall Festival at Sunday River that day, so we usually get a lot of people stopping in and seeing what we’re doing.”

Susbury said that there will be a “lunch wagon and snack bar” featuring “homemade hot chili, chili dogs, popcorn, coffee, donuts and other snacks.

“The celebration is being held rain or shine, so we’re welcoming anybody who wants to visit,” Susbury said.

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