Timeless Tales Event Celebrates Friendship with Music and Readings

Celebrate friendship through the eyes of famous writers at Timeless Tales, a night of literature and music.

The event will take place Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the new 2nd Street Community Center. It will feature interpretations by volunteer readers of the friendship theme through the works of Maya Angelou, Fredrik Backman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck, J.R.R. Tolkien, R.J. Palacio, Ann Patchett, Rebecca Wells and E.B. White.

A vocal musical performance exploring friendship is a highlight of the event, directed by Donna Thompson and her assistant Ann Stevning-Roe.

“The idea is for Friends of the Marshfield Public Library (FOMPL) to gather the community together, entertaining and inspiring each other by sharing the arts of literature, music and conversation,” said Maureen Mercier, an event coordinator. “What better way to fulfill the core values of our public library?”

FOMPL chooses the theme for its signature event, which was conceived in 2001 as an evening of literature and music. Previously, Timeless Tales has explored Ireland, New York City, the sea, and the Wild, Wild West. Other themes have been the Oscars; Murder, Mystery, & Mayhem; Space, time and imagination, exploring the connections people make with each other.

“There is much history to this type of event,” said Mercier. “During the 18th Century Enlightenment, Timeless Tales might have been called a salon.

Refreshments baked by volunteers will be provided at the end of the program. This year’s Emcee will be Dave Roeglin, Assistant Principal from Marshfield High School. Volunteer readers from the community who will interpret the authors’ written words are Jeff Cannon, Damian Ernest, Curt Hanson, Ruth Jacobson, Chelsea Judnic, Douglas Reding, Theresa Reierson, Ohm-Alex Trivedi-Ziemba and Jackie Winemiller.

“Library Director Lori Belongia has always noted that FOMPL is the friendly arm of the three library boards (The Marshfield Public Library Board, The Marshfield Public Library Foundation, and Friends of the Marshfield Public Library),” said Mercier. “FOMPL sponsors all sorts of adult and children’s programs on behalf of the library, as well as raising funds for the purchase of library assets and equipment that are beyond the constraints of an annual budget.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and available beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the door. Please note that Timeless Tales is an adult program, not designed to hold the attention of elementary school children.