NEWINGTON - In its 80th year, the Lucy Robbins Welles Library is loved more than ever by the community.
Staff and volunteers were pleased to report that their year-long anniversary celebration series of events was a great success.
“It was very well-received and we had a lot of fun doing it,” Assistant Library Director Karen Benner said. “We’ve had wonderful participation from the community.”
The series was funded by the LRWL Legacy Society and the George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series.
It will conclude with a brass and string quartet performing holiday favorites in the library’s main atrium area this Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 and the event is free to the public. Registration is required.
The group performing is Whisky Tango Foxtrot, led by trumpeter Phil Snedecor and violist Rita Porfiris, with accompanying violin and tuba. All four musicians are on faculty and coach chamber music at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. They formed in 2018 with a repertoire ranging from George Gershwin to Frank Zappa.
Hanel’s bequest allows for no fewer than two programs each year dedicated to the arts. This year saw a total of eight events, one for each of the library’s eighty years running.
The first took place in February with a performance by a woodwind quintet. In March the Golden Scroll Soloists performed a mixture of Celtic and Irish folk music. April featured soul music from Grace and Hugh. In May the Newington Library 5K Challenge Road Race, a fundraiser for the Library Board, enjoyed over 300 runners.
In June, the Larry Gareau Quartet celebrated Global Music Day with a jazz performance. September featured a special appearance by columnist and author Gina Barreca, which drew over 250 guests to the library’s annual meeting.
“That was just fabulous,” head of community services Michelle Royer remembered.
On the fourth of October, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs performed and many of their followers attended. At the end of the month, Sea Tea Improv provided “a literary mystery” – luring guests with a “who-dun-it” case to solve.
A large crowd is expected at this Sunday’s final event.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.