ROXBURY, NJ - For the hundreds of people who paid a visit on Saturday, this year's Olde Suckasunny Day had plenty to offer. But the day was particularly rewarding for fans of the Roxbury Public Library because it featured a dedication of the library's renovated Theodore F. Wolfe Room.
Local officials, members of the Roxbury Woman's Club, volunteers and others crammed into the small room at about 11 a.m. to be a part of the ceremony. The room is a tribute to library benefactors Wolfe and his daughter, Mary Wolfe Thompson.
In a proclamation adopted two weeks ago, the Roxbury Mayor and Council rededicated the room and proclaimed this year's Olde Suckasunny Day to be "Wolfe Family Day."
The room had become essentially a storage area, noted Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo. It now features new bookshelves that display books and other items related to Roxbury history.
"This was supposed to be The Wolfe Room to commemorate the Wolfe family," he said. "That's how this began; getting a balance between preserving this amazing history about why the library is where it is today and with a functional room that the community can use."
For most people, though, Olde Suckasunny Day was about watching musical performances, visiting with neighbors and checking out the booths of vendors. The vendors' set-ups ranged from elaborate displays created by big companies to simple affairs by local crafters.
Among the latter was a soft-spoken 10-year-old named Mia Scacamoni who - with a prime spot right on Main Street - was selling blank postcards that feature her nature photography. Her mother, Tricia Scacamoni, said the Lincoln-Roosevelt School sixth-grader started with iPhone photos but now uses a Canon.
"She has a natural eye for it," Scacamoni said of her daughter, noting the youngster used her own money to launch her business and is now selling her postcards at Ashley Farms and through an Etsy store.
A popular attraction proved to be the Olde Suckasunny Day dunk tank where people got to plunge Roxbury officials into a tub of water. Nearby, the Roxbury Rotary Club had folks lined-up to buy sausage and pepper sandwiches for $5.
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