SHOWING OFF THEIR FLOWER POWER are Beebe Assistant Director Jackie Powers, left, and Beebe Library Director Catherine McDonald. (Gail Lowe Photo)

Published in the April 30, 2018 edition.


WAKEFIELD — A bad moon rising over the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library on Main Street did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who attended Blossoms at the Beebe, held this year on Saturday night, April 28.

The theme of 2018 the annual event, now in its 11th year, was “The Sixties” and it showed. Flower power was everywhere along with mini skirts, bell bottoms and white go-go boots. And the music? All the oldies but goodies, from The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Rolling Stones, played by Rule of 3.

Said Library Director Catherine McDonald, “For the past 11 years, volunteers have made Blossoms at the Beebe happen. The volunteers handle everything, from decorating the library to arranging for the food. Their dedication is so wonderful and greatly appreciated.”

Laurie’s 9:09 Catering offered food to guests, including hors d’oeuvres and beef tenderloin at stations on both the upper and lower levels of the Library.

The event also featured a flower show, blackjack, silent auction, raffle and photo booth along with a cash bar featuring a signature drink. Gorgeous floral displays were provided by Parker Florist.

Wakefield native Valerie Giglio, attorney, musician and author, was featured VIP speaker. She also signed copies of her book “Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist’s Triumph Over Stroke,” the story of her miraculous journey to overcoming paralysis, regaining her singing voice and returning to the stage just one year after suffering a catastrophic stroke at age 42.

Fundraiser proceeds support services at the Beebe Library, cultural events and many Chamber of Commerce projects that enhance the civic and economic life of Wakefield.

Major sponsors were The Savings Bank, Brightview Senior Living, Wakefield Co-operative Bank, First Financial Trust, Hallmark Health System, Lahey Health, Subaru of Wakefield, Rebirth Body Transformation Center, among others.

Donors for the silent auction included Florence’s Fashions, Simplify with Eileen Organizing, Greenwood Wine & Spirits, Keith’s Tree Removal, Kadanse Dance Studio of Woburn, Cheryl Webb Scott, Kidcasso Art Studio, Greater Boston Stage Company, Holiday Travel, Rada Boutique & Upscale Consignment and others.

Restaurants that also made contributions included Brother’s Restaurant & Deli, Cravings, Dockside Restaurant, Harrington’s Food & Spirits, Mayan Indian Bar & Grill, Public Kitchen and Sakura Organic.