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Westerly Sun Column

August 28, 2014

By Nina Wright, Reference Librarian


I can’t believe that July is almost over! It has been a fun filled summer so far. I’ve already been to Maine three times, visited with old college friends in New York City, and logged a lot of hours doing yard work! We’ve got some great activities coming up at the library. I thought for this week’s column I’d highlight some of them. You can always see a complete listing of our events on our website. Go to, click on “Programs”, then “Events Calendar”.


This week, we welcome the Colonial Theatre’s popular Shakespeare in the Park series, returning for its 23rd year of performances in Westerly Library’s beautiful Wilcox Park. This year the performance will be “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)”. The first performance is this Wednesday at 8 pm. The play will happen every night of the week except Mondays, through August 17th. From the Colonial Theatre’s website: “The piece is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets in just 96 minutes. Improvisation plays an active role, and it is common for the actors to veer from the script and break into spontaneous conversations about the material with each other and the audience. An audience member is even recruited for the part of Ophelia during a rendition of Hamlet that will change the way you think about the gloomy Dane and his twisted family. There may be references to pop culture, local people and the neighborhood. Each performance is entertainingly different, even with the same cast.”


This coming Sunday (August 3rd), we will have a performance from 4-5:30 p.m. in Wilcox Park by the Noank-Mystic Community Band. Tuesday, August 5th, we welcome the Irish Coastal Club, who will be hosting author Patrick Tracey at 6:30 p.m. He will be discussing his memoir, titled “Stalking Irish Madness”, in which he journeys to Ireland to track the origin and solve the mystery of his Irish-American family's multigenerational struggle with schizophrenia. Also beginning Tuesday evening the 5th is our summer book sale! I find the book sale a great place to get books, DVDs, and music CDs that are in great condition for a wonderful price. I almost always find a couple of gifts for friends or family members as well.


The last event I’ll mention is on Wednesday, August 5th, when we will have an art opening in our Hoxie Gallery for our monthly exhibit. This month we welcome artist Sadie Davidson Devore and the Stonington Painters & Printmakers Society. The opening will run from 5-7:30 p.m.


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