Celtic music to fill library ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Those looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week can head to the South Coastal Library on March 14.

Melissa Heieie and Susan Ryan, a duo known as Willow Tree, will give a Celtic music concert that Tuesday at 2 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B.

Heieie is the minister of music at Silverside Church in Wilmington. She loves to sing and specializes in organ and piano, but plays the harp in the duo.

Susan Ryan is a retired teacher who taught music and remedial reading. She performs with a variety of groups, including the Wilmington Community Orchestra, Osher Concert Band, Q5 quintet and Gilbert & Sullivan in Arden, Del. In the group, she plays the flute.

“These two ladies have been playing together for several years, entertaining at retirement homes, private parties, church services and here at South Coastal Library,” said Barbara Litzau, assistant director of the library.

Their music features traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, including ballads. The two women also enjoy popular tunes from old shows and movies.

“They very kindly play here at the library for us. This might be their third or fourth time playing for us. They usually play to a nice-size audience — people really enjoy what they play.”

Litzau said Ryan, who owns a home in the Bethany area, visited the library one day and asked if they would be interested in having Willow Tree perform.

“It sounded like something the community would enjoy. And I’ve just been asking them back.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

Political, economic
series coming up

Additionally, this month, Bill Gudelunas will return to the library to give a three-part series on political and economic “isms.” Running March 9, 16, and 23, in the series, Gudelunas explores topics such as socialism, capitalism, fascism and communism.

Each part of the program begins at 6 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B. The event is free and open to the public.

He has a good rapport with the audience,” said Litzau. “He’s extremely popular.”

Gudelunas is a retired professor with a doctorate from Lehigh University. Litzau said Gudelunas usually does three talks at the library each year — in the summer, fall and spring.

“You can tell he loves what he does,” said Litzau, noting the library has received a great deal of positive feedback every time he’s given a talk.

Litzau said she tries to offer a wide variety of adult programs at the library — from Celtic music to political lectures, to dance classes, to genealogy classes — to ensure that there is something for every library patron.

The South Coastal Library’s spring programs brochure is expected to be available in mid-March. The South Coastal Library is located at 43 Kent Avenue, in Bethany Beach. For more information about programs at the library, visit http://southcoastal.lib.de.us or call (302) 539-5231.