George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series

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80th Anniversary Celebration Series

Join as we celebrate 80 years of service
to the Newington community.

The 80
th Anniversary Celebration Series
presents a series of cultural events to honor
the 80th anniversary of the library. These events are funded by the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Legacy Society and the George G. Hanel
Fine Arts Series. 

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All events held in the Library are free but attendees must reserve in advance.

international world music day

Larry Gareau Quartet
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  

In celebration of International World Music Day The LARRY GAREAU QUARTET will be your “Musical Messengers” bringing you songs, performed in a jazzy way, from around the world. We will visit St Thomas, Tunisia, make a “British Invasion” as well as making numerous stops in the United States of America  - where jazz was born.

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Gina Barreca Guest Speaker
Library Board Annual Meeting
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

DR. GINA BARRECA will be our guest speaker at 2:00 p.m for the Library’s 80th Annual Meeting.  Gina has appeared on 20/20The Today ShowCNN, the BBCNPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Called "smart and funny" by People magazine and "very, very funny." Novelist Wally Lamb said "Barreca's prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane." 

River City SLim

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.   

RIVER CITY SLIM & THE ZYDECO HOGS bring the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of southwestern Louisiana to the hills of New England. The Zydeco Hogs cook up a spicy musical gumbo that combines the traditional sounds of the button accordion and washboard with a driving, syncopated beat. Come hear the Hogs turn up the Louisiana heat in the Library’s Atrium when they play their rockin' sounds!

Sea Tea Improv Touring Company
"A Literary Murder Mystery Tour"
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. 

Come solve a literary mystery! Join the cast of SEA TEA IMPROV TOURING COMPNAY as you deduce whodunit, in what literary location, with what unlikely weapon. Interact with your favorite literary characters to find the clues to solve the mystery. Only you can find out-- by interrogating the suspects yourself! Sea Tea is Hartford’s professional comedy company, performing and teaching improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy, and running hundreds of shows and classes for thousands of audience members and students since 2009. The troupe’s permanent home is the Sea Tea Comedy Theater at 15 Asylum Street in downtown Hartford.


Whisky tango foxtrot

Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  

WHISKY TANGO FOXTROT was formed in the summer of 2018 out of a desire all four members had to play music that wasn’t normally in their wheelhouse. With a repertoire ranging from George Gershwin to Frank Zappa, there is something in every Whiskey Tango Foxtrot show to appeal to a diverse audience. Since nothing is actually written for the combination of violin, viola, trumpet and tuba, the group uses the considerable arranging talents of trumpeter Phil Snedecor with an occasional assist from violist Rita Porfiris. All four musicians are on faculty and coach chamber music at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Join us this afternoon for a re-imagining of holiday favorites. You will leave singing!

The George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series was made possible from a bequest from Mr. George G. Hanel. The bequest was created to allow no fewer than two programs per year that are dedicated to the arts, and which will be free of admission charges to the public.