The Friends of the Easton Library welcomed the start of summer with a Wine and Cheese fundraiser at Sport Hill Farm on June 23.  Eastonites Liz Drew of Drewlizcious, Janelle Krizek of Trellis & Vine, and Kelly Skarupa, a leader in the Friends’ fundraising efforts, were delighted to organize this event because of their passions for wine, food, flowers and event planning. The use of the picturesque location was generously donated by Patti Popp, owner of the farm.

Over 40 people joined the event: a wonderful mix of “old timers” and brand-new newcomers to Easton. The group raised nearly $1,000 for the Friends of the Library and, by extension, for the Library itself. The night felt magical and one not to be forgotten by all who were there. Happily, there are already talks of repeat gatherings in the future.

Liz guided a four-pour wine tasting that included a curated grazing board. She spoke about basic pairing principles on how to create “perfect bites” to enhance sips. Janelle provided stunning and unique décor that included flower arrangements flowing out of book pages.

As Lynn Zaffino, the library director, shared:  “The Wine & Cheese Tasting was a wonderful event. Everything was perfect — the weather, the decor, the venue, and the special women who put it all together! I am so grateful to Kelly, Janelle, and Liz for their hard work, and to Patti Popp for donating her beautiful space.”

Added Beth Cliff, the president of the newly rejuvenated Friends group: “It is so wonderful that we can host events that bring people together in our town that build bridges across the regular affiliations of school, sports, politics, religion or demographics. Our common bond is fun, community, and supporting a great resource that all of us in Easton enjoy — the Library!”

The Friends of the Easton Public Library is a non-profit dedicated to supporting the library and bringing people together in the Easton community, as volunteers and as townpeople. They can be followed on Facebook and Instagram, and contacted directly at Their next large event will be a Used Book Fair on Oct. 2. Stay tuned for details on how to donate used (and in good condition!) treasures.

Membership in the Friends is currently at four tiers: from Buddy ($20/yr) to BFF ($90+/yr). Donations can be made by going to the website: Signing up to volunteer to help organize fundraising events can be done on the website, too.

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By Beth Cliff

Happily married mother of 2, empty-nesting in Easton, CT.