Wallingford library transformed into mini-golf course

Wallingford library transformed into mini-golf course

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WALLINGFORD — A chilly Saturday made for great golfing conditions at the Wallingford Public Library. 

Dozens of families packed into the library for the third annual Mini Golf at the Library fundraising event. 

“This is our biggest fundraising event,” said Library Director Jane Fisher. “We started on Friday evening this year instead of Saturday so that we could add more hours.” 

The course was set up and designed by Trumbull-based Library Mini Golf. Helmed by Rick Bolton, LMG is in the business of turning libraries into 18 hole courses, complete with all of the intricacy and zaniness of an outdoor course. 

Thirl and Debbie Gravell, two Wallingford grandparents, have brought their grandkids, Julia and Vito Raso, to the library’s mini golf fundraiser since its inception. 

“We’ve come all three years and Vito had us beat two out of those three years,” said Debbie Gravell, motioning towards her grandson. “We use the library all of the time. If the library is doing something then we’re here.” 

For added fun, the library allows local businesses and organizations to sponsor a hole. Wallingford Lacrosse included lacrosse sticks and goals at its hole and Donna Zona Realtor positioned doll houses as obstacles. 

Along with the 18 hole sponsors, the library had over 30 other sponsors covering things like drinks and raffle prizes. 

“It’s been really great so far this year, the pace has been great,” said Fisher. “This is just as much about providing something fun and affordable for our families as it is about raising money.”

And it certainly seemed to work its magic on Carrie Johnson who was able to go out golfing on Saturday with her two sons, Mason and Ethan. 

“It’s a nice family thing to do on a chilly weekend,” she said.