Editor's Pick 4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival and Summer Reading Kickoff

Wednesday  4:00 pm to

The Groton Public Library will host the 4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival and Summer Reading Kickoff on Wednesday, June 20, starting at 4 p.m. The extravaganza will feature performances by Double Vision Theater Company, the Mystic Paper Beasts and the Four Strings Ukulele Band of Southern Connecticut, as well as crafts and activities for children. The Summer Solstice Community Art Exhibit will be on display for the festival and throughout the month of June.

Performances will be held on the lawn in the Ann Bausch Memorial Garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy during the entertainment. In case of rain, the activities will be held in the Library’s meeting rooms. The Summer Solstice Festival activities are appropriate for people of all ages. The Library’s summer reading program, Dream Big, Read , is also open to readers of all ages, including adults. This is the first year that participants in the summer reading program will be able to register online and keep track of their reading through the Library’s website at

The 4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival was funded in part by a grant from the Charter Oak Federal Credit Union.

Schedule of Events:

4 p.m.-5 p.m. The Children’s Room will celebrate the beginning of summer with a mask making craft, face-painting and balloon art!

4:30-5:30 p.m. Mystic Paper Beasts Theater Company

The Beasts will rove with glee throughout the Library celebrating the Solstice in the witty and whimsical masks for which they have gained international renown. The Beasts invite viewers to join them on their magical journey.

5:30-6:30p.m. Pantomonium performed by Double Vision

The Library presents the dynamic duo, Double Vision and their amazing "Pantomonium" show. Double Vision brings a mixed bag of physical comedy, mime, circus illusion and audience participation. They have performed at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, the Wang Center and have even appeared on Nickelodeon! Take a Chagall, some toilet plungers, a picture frame, umbrellas, a ukulele, some stepladders, an accordion, a tight rope, supreme pantomime and put them in a blender and voila-- you have Double Vision in Pantomonium. A captivating show for the whole family!

7 p.m.-8 p.m. The Four Strings Ukulele Band of Southern Connecticut will entertain old and young with their ukulele music. They perform popular songs from many eras. Based in Shelton Connecticut, their mission is to spread the joy of ukulele music and to show others how easy it is to play the ukulele. They have played extensively in the southwestern part of the state.

Groton Public Library
52Route 117
Groton, CT 06340




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