Willington Library holiday celebration marks its fifth year

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Tue., Dec. 24, 2013
Debbie Linares, program director at the Willington Public Library, reads a Christmas story to Shauna and Sophie. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Debbie Linares, program director at the Willington Public Library, reads a Christmas story to Shauna and Sophie. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

The community room at the Willington Library was filled with residents of the town on Dec. 21 and had the feel of a large family getting together for a party. The gathering featured all the ingredients needed for a successful holiday party; sparkling decorations, music, homemade cookies and refreshments, story-telling, crafts and, of course, Santa.

Program director Deb Linares spent the day with her helpers making sure the community room was decorated with trees and glittering snowflakes, and the Willington Willing Worker 4H Club spent the evening before making a variety of Christmas cookies. “When I see the kids enjoying themselves, it gives me the warm fuzzies and I feel like a kid again myself. It is the magic of the holiday,” Linares said.

Ben Hipsky, the president of the Willington Willing Workers 4 H Club, has been baking cookies for five years. “We get together at the Storrs Congregational Church, and within three hours we have this assortment of cookies. It is very satisfying to see the kids enjoying the cookies, and we enjoy participating in this great community event,” Hipsky said.

Santa arrived midway through the party and listened to children make their requests. “Santa is engaged in many community events which focus on children. He is the epitome of giving during the giving season except that he does it all year long. He is a Santa for all seasons,” Linares said.

The evening ended with a performance of the chorus of Hall Memorial School, directed by Jason Phillips, singing familiar seasonal tunes and international celebratory songs.

“This is an auditioned group of students in grades six through eight. We have been practicing a long time. The kids have been very dedicated, arriving three days a week before school to practice,” Phillips said.

“We are so fortunate to have this fabulous facility for our community,” Linares said. She reiterated all the uses the community room has, from holiday parties to weddings. “This room is also available to organizations in other towns,” she said.


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