Book Mania: 13th Queenstown Books Cafe Sale in March

This year the Books Café in Queenstown has its largest-ever inventory of over 30,000 books, necessitating the addition for the first time of a 400 sq. ft. heated tent to provide adequate display space. Now in its 13th year, the Books Café sale takes place annually during the first week in March at St. Luke’s Chapel, Main and Dudley Streets, Queenstown MD.

Books Café 2015 will run for five days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, March 4 – 8. As always, the books will be carefully sorted and offered at 90% or more off cover or market price.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 7.34.04 AMDedicated friends and members of Wye Parish, the book sale’s sponsor, acquire, sort, and store books year-round in preparation for the annual sale. At the sale itself, volunteers manage the displays, serve as cashiers, and provide the bargain-priced soups, chili, and goodies that are a Books Café tradition. Shoppers often visit the sale more than once, as the shelves and tables of books are constantly restocked throughout the event.

Book lovers from near and far come to Books Café to find books by favorite authors or on subjects of interest to them — or to stock up on good reading material for rainy days and vacations. The 90%-off prices enable shoppers to buy a whole bagful of books at Books Café for what it would cost to buy just a couple of books at a bookstore.

A mainstay of the sale is the huge selection of current and classic fiction in hardback and paperback, all sorted alphabetically by author. These larger alphabetical sections are supplemented by a special display of outstanding historical fiction.

For children, there is a Children’s Room overflowing with everything from board books and picture books through easy readers, Newbery winners, popular series, and young people’s classics. The adjacent science fiction and fantasy areas are popular with teen readers and adults.

Cooking and gardening will be especially strong categories this year, as the result of a new partnership with Books for International Goodwill (“B.I.G.”) in Annapolis. This project of the Parole Rotary Club of Annapolis ships donated books to schools and libraries in developing communities around the world, making B.I.G a natural outlet for the textbooks, encyclopedias, and reference works that typically remain unsold at Books Café. In return, B.I.G. has begun supplying Books Café with books that its constituency has little or no demand for, such as cookbooks and gardening books.

Other major Books Café displays are history, including military history; biography; arts and music; religion; nature and animals; local and regional interest; nautical and maritime (more than fully replenished after last year’s exceptional offering); travel; crafts, hobbies, and home improvement; “Old & Rare” (including this year a major collection of The Magazine Antiques); and more.

Books Café operates under the auspices of the Vestry of Wye Parish. The addition of the tent is being made possible by Ebb Tide Tent & Party Rentals of Queenstown.

Call the Parish Office in Wye Mills at 410-827-8484 for further information. Contact: Mary Campbell 410.758.3071

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Harvest and Holiday Bazaar Comes to Wye Mills

For fifty years, Shore residents have come to Wye Parish’s old-fashioned Christmas Bazaar to begin their holiday shopping or to find that special handmade present or decoration. As it begins its second half-century, the 51st Bazaar will add Harvest-themed items to its traditional Christmas offerings.

The Harvest and Holiday Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds and in the Parish Hall and Vestry Cottage of Old Wye Church, 14114 Old Wye Mills Rd. (Rt. 662) in Wye Mills.

The women of the Church have been working throughout the summer and into the fall, creating original, handmade items. In the Heart and Handmade Shop, there will be both autumn and Christmas decorations including wreaths and ornaments. Their handmade mittens, scarves and other items – one of a kind gifts – are always very popular.
The Garden Nook will feature natural decorations and gifts, including herbs, bulbs, amaryllis and paperwhites planted in unique containers.

Throughout the summer and fall, women of Wye Parish and their friends meet weekly to enjoy each other’s company while creating special Harvest and Holiday gifts and decorations that will be available for sale at Wye Parish’s 51st Holiday Bazaar on November 1.  Crocheting, knitting, cutting and gluing are, clockwise from the left , Marie Edison of Grasonville, Joan Hennessey of Centreville, Sharon Butler of Easton, Pat Kindle of Centreville, Pat Owendorff of Grasonville, Jackie Oren of Queenstown, Judy Webber of Queenstown, and Suzanne Beyda of Oxford.

Throughout the summer and fall, women of Wye Parish and their friends meet weekly to enjoy each other’s company while creating special Harvest and Holiday gifts and decorations that will be available for sale at Wye Parish’s 51st Holiday Bazaar on November 1. Crocheting, knitting, cutting and gluing are, clockwise from the left , Marie Edison of Grasonville, Joan Hennessey of Centreville, Sharon Butler of Easton, Pat Kindle of Centreville, Pat Owendorff of Grasonville, Jackie Oren of Queenstown, Judy Webber of Queenstown, and Suzanne Beyda of Oxford.

Many people will find just the right gift at the Petit Boutique with its collectibles, crystal, and silver pieces, or at the Gently-used Jewelry Table with its pins, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. For the book-lover on your list, there will be gift books at bargain prices, cook books, and Christmas books for adults as well as children. The Silent Auction is another place to find a special gift.

In keeping with Harvest and Holiday traditions, there will be lots of special things to eat. You can find them at the Old Bake Shop in the Vestry Cottage with its cornucopia of harvest-time pumpkin treats and apple goodies, or at the Cafe in the Parish House, with its Eastern Shore luncheon favorites like crab soup and chicken salad. A beautiful, handcrafted cider press will be on the grounds, offering little cups of just-pressed cider and giving you or your children a chance to try pressing some yourselves.

For music lovers, the Wye Choral Scholars, directed by Bonnie Forgacs, and the Wye Youth Chorale, directed by Erin Grier, will present “Madrigals, Mirth and Merriment”, a delightful program of various musical styles. Tours of the beautiful and historic (1726) Old Wye Church will be presented throughout the day

The Bazaar with its long history and loyal following of attendees is presented annually by Wye Parish’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and is chaired this year by Valerie Dryka. The proceeds go to the Parish’s outreach programs and to selected capital projects of the Parish. For more information, call the Church Office at 410.827.8484.

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25,000 Books for Sale at 12th Annual Books Café

Every year people from all over the Eastern Shore and beyond come to the Books Café in Queenstown to take advantage of the large number and wide variety of carefully sorted books available at 90% off cover price.

Located in St. Luke’s Chapel’s Parish Hall, at Main and Dudley Streets in Queenstown, the Books Café will be open with 25,000 books to sell from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 26, 27, 28 and Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2.  Since the book shelves and tables are constantly restocked, many shoppers come more than once to gather books for rainy days and vacations – or to see them through to next year’s Books Café.

Word of this event has spread, and people downsizing or moving call the Parish throughout the year, donating their books. Dedicated friends and members of Wye Parish pick up and sort the books in preparation for this annual event.

Besides a large selection of current and classic fiction in both hardback and paper back, shoppers will find sections dedicated to history, including military history; biography; arts and music; nature; cooking; local interest; gardening; crafts, hobbies and tools; and more. This year an outstanding collection of more than 1000 nautical books has been donated, making that section particularly appealing to anyone interested in maritime history, naval warfare or seamanship.

For children, there is a Children’s Room with everything from board books and picture books through easy readers, Newbery winners, popular series and classics. The science fiction and fantasy areas are popular with teen readers. Puzzles, games, and videos are available as well.

The Café will offer its traditional Brunswick stew, vegetarian chili, and chicken salad as well as drinks, hot dogs and cookies and desserts, including a specialty, Smith Island Cake. Bring a friend or relative and make this once a year event Books Café a special outing.

The proceeds of the Books Café benefit the outreach programs and the preservation of Wye Parish’s two historic churches, Old Wye (1721) in Wye Mills and St. Luke’s Chapel (1841) in Queenstown. Event Coordinators Lowell Perry and Don Regenhardt of Queenstown, Jim Campbell of Centreville, and Mike Bilek of Wye Mills are assisted by many parishioners and friends and aided by the welcome donations of books from people throughout the Mid- and Upper-Shore.

Call 410-827-8484 for further information.

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