Music Night at Windsor Public Library: Rocking the Stacks
Phil and Eileen Horner, of Windsor, could not let a night of polka music go by without a dance. They took to the floor before making an early departure from the gathering. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Barbara Ball, of Windsor, keys out a melody on her accordion during the Windsor Public Library’s third monthly instrumental music night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson Purchase photo reprints »
For most of the musicians in attendance it is the first time they have played through the songs selected for the evening. Flutists Melissa Ayres, of Windsor, left, Eileen Horner, of Windsor, and bassist Rebecca Haynes, of Windsor, discuss the repeats and codas in a polka so they can keep together as they play. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Barbara Ball, right, director of the Windsor Public Library, led the evening as an informal musical director, counting off the polkas she purchased online for the event and klezmer arrangements she happened to have available. Jane DaSilva, left, and Rosemary Hall, both of Windsor, laugh with Ball after the first run through of a song. “I play the harp, but it doesn’t go with polka,” said Hall, who kept the beat with a bean pod rattle instead. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Above: Rebecca Haynes, left, gets a hand with the library door from Rosemary Hall after their musical evening. Next month, the group plans to tackle some Irish music, a style more suitable for Hall’s harp. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Vaughn Hadwen of Springfield, Vt., center left, talks with John Bartholomew, of Hartland, center right, as Ann Schnare, of Brownsville, left, and Phil Horner, of Windsor, right, work through their parts during a recent Music Night at Windsor Public Library. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor — Accordion, trombone, cello — any instrument is welcome at the Windsor Public Library’s monthly music nights.
Musicians bring their own instruments and stands, and Library Director Barbara Ball supplies the sheet music.
The music starts after the library closes, “so we’re not pestering people,” said Ball, who plays accordion and trombone.
“It’s definitely fun.”
The February get-together, the third the library has hosted, attracted one “audience member” and 10 musicians, she said.
“Space could be an issue if we grow more.”
Right now, they just get together to play, Ball said, “but it would be cool to do a performance.”