Every day, Maine summer events are being canceled due to concerns about contributing to the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, May 8, Maine’s Summer Book Fair: Books In Boothbay was placed on this running cancellations list.
The event committee – Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Director Joanna Breen, assistant director of community engagement & nonprofit management Desiree Scorcia, longtime Books In Boothbay organizer Sharon Pulkkinen and Cheryl Blaydon – made the decision.
Breen said there was also input from their partners at Boothbay Railway Village and Sherman’s. “We deliberated for some time about whether we could make it work and mutually agreed that the nature of the event doesn’t lend itself to social distancing,” including the authors’ networking luncheon that follows the fair, Breen said. “We’d rather do (the event) up big next year.”