A Literary Barn Raising for Maine Author Cynthia Thayer

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN: A Literary Barn Raising for Maine Author Cynthia Thayer

As some of you may have already heard, Maine author Cynthia Thayer's home, Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro, suffered a horrendous fire this past week destroying the entire barn, killing nearly 100 animals and burning Cynthia as she tried to rescue her sheep. Readers know Cynthia as the author of Strong for Potatoes, A Certain Slant of Light, and A Brief Lunacy but she is also a dedicated farmer and Darthia Farm is the life and livelihood of the Thayer family. Darthia Farm is a MOFGA member farm with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and a busy farm store.

The community response has already been incredible with close to $15,000 already raised online at GiveForward. Yet the reality is that the barn and livestock will cost at least $50,000 to replace. To get everyone in the fundraising spirit, Longfellow Books and the MWPA will be hosting a bookselling bash to raise money for Cynthia Thayer and the barn rebuilding effort.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN: A Literary Barn Raising for Maine Author Cynthia Thayer will be held at Longfellow Books on Friday, June 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be a gaggle of well-known authors on hand to sign their books and Longfellow Books will donate 100% of all proceeds above cost to Cynthia and Darthia Farm. Here are just some of the authors who will be with us for this special First Friday event: Liza Bakewell, Crash Barry, Brock Clarke, Melissa Coleman, Ron Currie Jr, Phillip Hoose, Shonna Milliken Humphrey, Maria Padian, Elizabeth Peavey, Caitlin Shetterly, Betsy Sholl, Monica Wood, and Colin Woodard.

If you are unable to attend but would like to help, a fund has now been set up and you can donate at:
Darthia Farm Phoenix Fund
c/o Bar Harbor Bank and Trust
PO Box 159
Winter Harbor, ME 04693
If you prefer to give with a credit card, you can donate online at GiveForward.

We don’t each have to be rich in order to help our friend because we are many - an alliance - and our collective effort can have a huge impact. Thank you, dear readers, for the community support we know you will be sharing with us.