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Buy a book, repair a building with Shepherdstown Men's Club

November 18, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Like many civic organizations, the men and women of the Shepherdstown Men's Club are dedicated to the needs of the community ... but with a twist.

"We want to preserve this building in the center of town as the little gem that it is so many can use it to do their own fundraisers," said Mary Stanley, one of the organizers of the club's annual fall book sale.

Stanley said she and her fellow club members hope that proceeds from this weekend's sale will be enough to fix the roof on the historic building.

Previous sales provided funds for the installation of an elevator to make the second floor more accessible to more people for more events, Stanley said.

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"The club has been having these sales since the 1950s," Stanley said.

Business had been brisk both Friday and Saturday. The sale continues today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christine Pentony was at the sale Saturday with her husband and family. She said it was her second trip to this book sale, and she was impressed with the assortment of books.

Peter Wilson, club president and former Shepherdstown mayor, also was encouraged by the turnout on a crisp fall Saturday. He was wandering through the display tables for something to suit his taste.

Downtown Shepherdstown was buzzing with activities as people strolled, visited and checked out the book sale goodies.

The smell of hot bean soup drifting down from the second floor didn't hurt either, bringing many in off the streets.

Stanley said she and her family came to live in Shepherdstown from Bethesda, Md., about 12 years ago.

"We actually drove through town, and saw the book sale at the club and stopped in," she said of her first encounter with the town.

Now a club member, Stanley said the club's mission is to provide low rent for other groups wanting to do fundraisers.

"It's a very adaptable building as well as in the center of town, where everyone comes to get together," she said.




If you go

What: Shepherdstown Men's Club fall book sale

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Shepherdstown Men's Club, German and King streets, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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