The annual Friends of the Library book sale is a very integral part of our community's Heritage Days celebration. Every year, we set up tents on the west lawn for the sale, and people arrive early on Friday for the best picks. Little do they know how much preparation goes into it! This morning, Paul, Chris, and I arrived before 8:30 am to help set up the tent. I think there were about 10 of us there, but we were missing our captain who had to go to a funeral in Connecticut.
We had to drive back to the rental place (which kindly gives us the tent for free for the weekend) to pick up stakes and the cording to hold the whole thing together, but that was OK. Everyone pitched in to put three "Easy Up" tents and the tables up, too. We always put little chocks of wood under the legs because the weight of the books push the legs into the dirt otherwise.
This afternoon we had a little downpour, but it's over now, and I hope everything dries up by 5 pm when another crew brings all the books outside. They'll cover them up with plastic and tie it down just in case we have more rain overnight. We have been pretty lucky with weather over the years. Let's hope that tradition continues. I'll be back tomorrow and Saturday afternoon to mind the store, then help the cleanup crew Saturday, and finally take the tent down with another group Sunday afternoon. In between we'll all eat street food, enjoy the bands, and meet up with friends, neighbors, and, in our case, former B&B guests. Then we'll all collapse!