Poultney Public Library to Hold Mardi Gras Celebration
Come celebrate Mardi Gras at the Poultney Public Library on Tuesday, February 9. The library will be giving away Mardi Gras beads from 2 to 8 p.m. A make-your-own-mask craft will also be available all day. Once you have your mask and beads, take a selfie with our New Orleans photo backdrop. There will be a wide variety of themed entertainment in the evening. Come in for New Orleans style jazz music, face painting and king cupcakes. (If you get the cupcake with the baby in it, you will be crowned the king or queen of the celebration.) At 6:30 p.m., join Louisiana native Jane Ramos to learn about the meaning and customs of Mardi Gras and hear Cajun storytelling.
Poultney Public Library director Rebecca Cook has been planning this event for almost a year. In 2015, former, Poultney residents Alan Nyiri and Angele Brill visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Alan posted pictures of all the beads they had collected on Facebook, and asked if he mailed them to Poultney, would it inspire a new tradition. Rebecca thought the idea sounded like great fun, and quickly agreed to plan an event. The box of beads from Alan and Angele has been at the library since last February, just waiting for Fat Tuesday to roll around again. In the meantime, check out the library window for a display of New Orleans-themed stories and movies, designed to bring a bit of The Big Easy to Vermont. This program is free and fun for all ages. For more information, call the library at 802-287-5556.