Lucy Robbins Welles Library offers trio of family friendly programs

Published on Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:20
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON - There’s always a reason to go to the library.

Coming up this April are three big reasons. They all involve singing, dancing and regular old-fashioned fun, and they all take place at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library.

The fun begins Saturday, April 6, with “The Whole Tamale” by songwriter, guitarist and humorist Nancy Tucker. Her performance will be an interactive one, according to head of children services Pat Pierce.

“It will really appeal to all ages,” Pierce said. “From kids who like silly songs to grownups who appreciate having fun with words. Using similes, metaphors and rhymes she just takes the English language and turns it into something special.”

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. Call the library to register, at 860-665-8720.

Then that Sunday, April 7, the library will welcome internationally acclaimed musician Grayson Hugh and his wife, singer Polly Messer. The duo is set to perform at 3 p.m.

This program is sponsored by the LRWL Legacy Society and the George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series. It also marks the third event in the library’s 80th Anniversary Celebration Series. Over 100 people attended the first two programs, Assistant Director Karen Benner said this week.

“It’s been wonderful,” Benner explained. “The music has really been pleasurable and we’ve had great feedback from people who attended.”

She’s looking forward to Hugh’s upcoming performance.

“He’s supposed to be a wonderful pianist,” Benner pointed out.

Hugh’s piano playing has been called “a veritable cyclone of soul” and his voice has been compared to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. He and Messer, a former member of swing band Eight to the Bar, are expected to perform songs from his albums Blind to Reason, Road to Freedom, An American Record and the 2015 Grammy-nominated Back to Soul. They will also cover his radio hits featured in Oscar-winning films “Thelma and Louise” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

The artists will be on hand for a meet and greet following the concert and albums will be available to purchase.

The following weekend is another program that should appeal to kids and adults alike.

There will be a showing of the classic “Mary Poppins” film on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. This will be followed by popcorn and other treats at 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy before the matinee double feature continues at 2 p.m. with “Mary Poppins Returns,” which premiered last December.

“We thought it would be fun to show the original movie and then the new movie that just came out,” Director of Community Services Michelle Royer said.

She also alluded to a special visitor popping up in between both flicks, who may or may not be Mary Poppins herself.

“Bring your camera,” Royer added.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pick up free tickets at the Library Information Desk.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:20. Updated: Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:23.