Taste of Durham gives way to minigolf event

Taste of Durham gives way to minigolf event

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The Friends of the Durham Public Library is shaking things up this year with a new minigolf fundraiser.

March 2 and 3, the library will transform into a 18-hole minigolf course, with greens between the library's shelves. Next Saturday, event hours are 5 to 9 p.m. for adults 21 and up, and Sunday families are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

“We were looking for something new that would also have an opportunity for families to come to the library and participate,” said Pat Murawski, president of PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library. “The library minigolf has become very popular in Connecticut so we thought we would give it a try.”

PALS was founded in 1983 with the goal of supporting the library through promoting awareness and raising funds for programs, materials, equipment, and services not included in the town’s library budget. 

The minigolf fundraiser will be in lieu of the annual Taste of Durham, which normally occurs near the end of January. 

Library Director Christine Michaud said because Taste of Durham has been so successful and popular, not doing it this year took a lot of discussion. But after more than 20 years of the same fundraiser, the group wanted to offer something new, and something that appealed to more than just adults. 

“I think it really captures a lot of things that people want to do with the family,” Michaud said. 

The minigolf event will still include some aspects of Taste of Durham. On Saturday night, the adults-only event will offer beer, wine and appetizers from PALS, as well as local vendors. 

Lyman Orchards will have a tasting of their new hard cider and Little Rooster will be doing a wine tasting, according to Murawski.

More than 20 sponsors are already lined up for the event.

Tickets are on sale on the library’s website or at the library, 7 Maple Ave.

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