The Vermont Standard
Table Donated To The Library Honors Gwendolyn Payne
"THE NEW conference table at the Abbott Memorial Library in Pomfret honors the memory of a special woman, the late Gwendolyn Payne. From left are Arthur and MaryLou Boniface, Library Board Chair Jane Scialdone and table creator Mark Lackley."

"Lackley offered to design and create a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted table.
The Abbott Memorial Library, having been built in the early 20th century is Mission style architecture. Therefore the table blends in with the original features in keeping with the historical integrity of the building."
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The Vermont Standard
Friday, September 6, 2002

Table Donated To The Library Honors Gwendolyn Payne

POMFRET - Through the generous contributions to the Gwendolyn Boniface Payne Memorial Fund and also the talent and time of woodworker Mark Lackley, a new conference table was delivered to the Abbott Memorial Library on Aug. 31.

Mrs. Payne's love for Pomfret goes back many years as she spent her childhood vacations at her family's vacation home here. After marrying Cleo Payne, she became a full-time resident for 65 years until her death in 2001. During those years she served as Town Clerk from 1964 to 1973, Assistant Town Clerk from 1973 to 1987, Town Treasurer from 1964 to 1974, Town Auditor from 1976 to 1982, was on the Zoning Commission from 1971 to 1973, as an Abbott Memorial Library trustee from 1974 to 1977, as a Justice of the Peace from 1974 to 1985 and Trustee of Public Funds from 1989 to 1995. In 2000 she received a Certificate of Appreciation from Vermont's Secretary of State for her many years of service to the Town of Pomfret and the State of Vermont.

Prior to her death Mrs. Payne expressed her wish that in lieu of flowers, contributions are made to the Library. It was decided by the family and Board of Trustees at the Library that a much-needed conference table for the adult reading room would be acquired in her memory.

Lackley offered to design and create a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted table. The table is Mission or Arts and Crafts style, the top of which is solid, quarter-sawn white oak and inlaid with walnut banding and faux ivory diamonds. A second band of walnut was inlaid along the bottoms of the rails and continues around the legs, which are over two and a half inches thick. The legs rest on subtle walnut feet. A brass plaque affixed to the skirt of the table, given in memory of their Aunt by Arthur and MaryLou Boniface, reads, "in loving memory of Gwendolyn Payne, 1911-2001."

Lackley, who designs and builds all of the furniture himself, opened the doors to his furniture making shop and showroom on Route 4 in Quechee in August 2002. He and his wife Kim recently moved their operation from Boston. Lackley is heavily influenced by the Shaker and Mission styles, but always adds some subtle decorative elements such as carving or inlay that make each piece unique.

The Abbott Memorial Library, having been built in the early 20th century is Mission style architecture. Therefore the table blends in with the original features in keeping with the historical integrity of the building. The Library is open on Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm., Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Caption: THE NEW conference table at the Abbott Memorial Library in Pomfret honors the memory of a special woman, the late Gwendolyn Payne. From left are Arthur and MaryLou Boniface, Library Board Chair Jane Scialdone and table creator Mark Lackley.
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