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Friday, August 19, 2011

Families ‘Beat the Heat’ on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn

Families ‘Beat the Heat’ 
on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn:
Second annual gathering 
focused around water games
By Mike Lauterborn
(posted to 8/19)
© 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Southport, CT – It couldn’t have been a more ideal day for a program with the title “Beat the Heat”. Temps were in the high 70s, the sun was bright and the skies clear.

Held on the Great Lawn at Southport’s Pequot Library, the water games-focused, hour-long activity late afternoon Thursday attracted a dozen or more local families craving some good old-fashioned fun.

“This is the second consecutive year we’re doing this,” said Susan Ei, Pequot Library’s Children’s Librarian, the coordinator behind the event. “We’ve had great weather both times. It’s really a fun, simple summer distraction, with chalk, water, sun, friends, Twister, relay, popsicles. The feeling it evokes is relax, enjoy.”

Watching his daughters dash through a sprinkler, Southporter Jim Santa Barbara said, “I read about this online, it sounded fun and I got out of work early to be able to do. I love the library. It’s a fun family place, and so inviting.”

Looking on as her five-year-old son Jack bent himself into a pretzel while playing Twister, Westporter Julie Blitzer commented, “We came for the great games and to see our friends. This is a great afternoon, with lots to do. Classic summer fun for kids.”

As her daughter Maddie enjoyed a popsicle fetched from a large ice-filled cooler, Jennifer Prather, visiting for a month from New York City, shared, “We were here for the Fourth of July party, and now this, marking this summer. This is a great library in a seemingly wonderful community. I love that my city kids can have some outdoor summer fun here.”

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