Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cure for the Summertime Blues (part 3)

Appleton is proud of having the nation's oldest and longest flag day parade, but today I was especially proud of our library's Book Cart Brigade. After a couple decades' absence from the parade, the library returned with the first appearance of our book cart drill team.

The team was a huge success, drawing applause from crowds along the parade route, and comments on Facebook and in emails. Big BIG thanks to the hard-working team members, led by Ellen Jepson and including Ashley, Autumn, Charisse, Doris, Joann, Kathleen W., Katie, Lynnette, & Vicki B.

Additional support came from banner carriers Meg & Elizabeth, as well as support walkers Elaine, Jared & Colleen. Paul lent a touch of class with his Model A chase & support car. Maintenance staff secured the cart wheels for street use, Marvelous Marketin' Michael made sure we had good shirts, signs & decorations for carts, car and marchers, and was on hand to document, decorate and make sure everything went smoothly. The Library Foundation picked up the tab for out of pocket costs via a marketing grant. Truly, a great piece of teamwork!

The team executes a weave -- photo by Barb Kelly
Public opinions:
  • "so entertaining ... What a stitch! I hope they do that every year. I loved it!"
  • "the best unit in the parade"
  • "You guys were great!"
  • "the highlight of the parade!"
  • "It looked really great!"
  • "Go, Book Cart Brigade!!"

1 comment:

Music Man said...

And don't forget Magnificent Moe's efforts (Maureen)for ordering the beautiful embroidered t-shirts and getting them in on-time!