WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Saturday, March 6, 2021:
#1) LIBRARY EVENT: Irish Folklore & Fairylore
The Wilmington Memorial Library is holding a virtual event on Irish Folklore & Fairylore at 11am.
Irish people are renowned for their rich culture and traditions, not least for their folklore, ‘gift of the gab’ and talent for spinning a yarn. Learn how these stories and superstitions were far from simple ‘Fairytales,’ but were held with utter belief and respect by Irish people for generations, even impacting the landscape of Ireland to this day. Join acclaimed Seanchaí (Irish storyteller) and singer Helena Byrne as she awakens your imagination and carries you into the magical ‘Other World’ of Irish folklore.
Singer, storyteller, actress and songwriter; Helena Byrne grew up in Ballyhale, county Kilkenny, in the south east of Ireland. As a young singer/songwriter, Helena quickly established herself in Ireland as a unique talent, playing as a support act for James Taylor, Katie Melua and Bob Geldof at the Source Festival, Kilkenny and Glenstall Abbey Sanctuary Concert alongside renowned Irish singers Moya Brennan and Cara O’Sullivan. She was a third place winner in the 2fm Young Songwriter’s Contest, Vicar’s Street, Dublin and performed as a ‘Lady of the Castle’ for Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquets. She performed as a session vocalist for both Rónán and Colm Ó Snodaigh, founding members of Irish group, Kíla and is fortunate to have worked with them on three of her studio albums. Register HERE.
#2) LIBRARY EVENT: Fiction Critique Group
The Wilmington Memorial Library is holding a meeting of its monthly Fiction Critique Group at 9:15am. Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at email@example.com. Please include the title of the program in the subject heading. This event will be held over Zoom. You will receive an invite from the presenter prior to the program date.
#3) LIBRARY INITIATIVE: 21 in ’21 Winter Reading Challenge
Are you ready to take the 21 in ’21 Winter Reading Challenge? You will:
- Read 21 minutes a day
- At least 5 times a week
- Every week for 2 months
- And win fun prizes!
When you’ve read for 420 minutes, you’ll win a pair of cozy, bookish slipper socks. Read for 840 minutes and win a seed kit, perfect for planting outside this spring! *Prizes may be subject to change.
Use Beanstack to log your hours, and pick up your prizes at the WML using our curbside service as you complete your reading goals. All reading counts, and you can read at your own pace. Prizes must be picked up by April 30, 2021. Register here.
#4) RMLD Encourages Customers To Donate To Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s “Give The Gift Of Warmth” Campaign
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s (GNEF) 2021 “Give the Gift of Warmth” campaign is now underway with the goal of raising $500,000 to provide energy assistance to more than 1,500 households in need throughout the Commonwealth. The Fund helps families in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses.
Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) customers who wish to support the Fund can “Give the Gift of Warmth” by using the green-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in their January electric bill. Customers can also donate online by visiting www.magoodneighbor.org, or by mailing a check payable to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, Massachusetts 02021-1408.
Those in need of assistance can apply to the Fund by visiting a local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or by calling 800-334-3047. This campaign year’s Fund disbursement is $300 per eligible household per heating season. Household gross income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels to qualify. The Salvation Army, which administers the Fund, pays the energy provider directly.
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is often the last resort for families who do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs. The GNEF has raised more than $22.5 million and assisted over 91,250 households in need since its inception in 1985.
#5) Donate Your Cans To The Wilmington Cub Scout Pack 136 & Boy Scout Troop 136
Wilmington’s Cub Scout Pack 136 and Boy Scout Troop 136 are currently collecting returnable cans and bottles to help support their Scouting programs.
“CAN” you help? Contact Frank West at 978-658-1754 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you live locally and have returnable cans and bottles that you’d like him to pick up.
Cub Scout Pack 136 and Boy Scout Troop 136 are sponsored by Wilmington’s American Legion Post 136.
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