‘Shirt Tales’ project set

FORT PLAIN — Freshly “pressed,” the Fort Plain Free Library’s trend-setting “Shirt Tales” project unfolds this weekend with locally authored tales about a half dozen vintage shirts with storied pasts. The high quality shirts and stories, penned by members of the library’s writers group, will be available for sale during the institution’s third annual Book, Bake and Plant Sale at 19 Willett St. The sale will take place from 9 to 4 p.m. that Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The shirts were from the collection of an area resident who worked over three decades as the building superintendent of several apartment complexes in Manhattan. Among them was the midtown Galleria condominium, home to such illustrious tenants as Eric Clapton.

Library Director Whitney Hubbard said the shirts were gifted to the superintendent, who removed the buttons for a special project. He recently presented the tops — including an Armani Exchange — to the library for creative reuse. Members of the library’s Creative Textile Fibers group reattached buttons, and the wordsmiths crafted fictionalized, humor-filled accounts about the shirts’ imagined pasts.

In addition to the shirts, the library will feature books, magazines, media, terrariums, a wide range of plants, handcrafted items by the Creative Textile Fibers group, and a “white elephant sale” during the spring book sale event. The library is also kicking off its 2017 vintage coverlet raffle that weekend and accepting donations for 300 personalized, engraved pavers that will up make up the new entranceway.

Proceeds of the grassroots event go toward the library’s building fund and help pay for Phase II improvements to the former media and children’s rooms.

For more information, contact the 19 Willett St. library or call (518) 993-4646.

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By Patricia Older

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