Selectmen – 3 Years, David Upton

Trustee of the Library – 3 Years, Stacia Tolman

Trustee of Trust Funds – 3 Years, Thomas Newcombe

Cemetery Board – 3 Years, Candyce Fulford

Judi Lang

Emergency Management Officer – 1 Year, Dennis Dellagreca

Planning Board Member – 3 Years, Jeff Taylor

Duane Schillemat

Road Equipment Committee – 3 Years, Barry Tolman

Zoning Board of Adjustment k- 3 Years, Dennis Dellagreca

John Cucchi

To Be Decided

Treasurer – 1 Year, John Shea

Game Day at the Nelson Library

by on March 9, 2015 in Calendar, Home Page, Library


 March 14th, Saturday at 11am

until 1 pm

Even in bad weather, a good group has turned for Games at the Library. We’ve played Scrabble, Bananagrams, Dominoes, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trumpet, and assorted other games. A good time was had by all. We encourage you to join us at the new time ( you may come for all or part of this time). Bring your own game or use assorted other games that will be available.
Let’s make use of the Library as a space for Nelsonites to gather . We hope to see you there! This program is free and open to the public. 603-847-3214 for more information.

Black Bear Happenings in NH

by on March 2, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page, Promote


at the Nelson Library

March 7th at 11am

Join us for an interesting and informational program on black bears.  Our speaker will be Mike Morrison ( he did bobcats in February).  All programs at the library are free and open to the public.  please call 847-3214 or email library@townof for more information.

Hunt Smith: Benefit for Hundred Nights Shelter and Open Doors Resource Center

by on March 2, 2015 in Home Page, Nelson People, Promote

Nelson Town Hall   

 Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 PM

Blues Guitarist Hunt Smith

Featured in a benefit concert for the Hundred Nights Cold Weather Shelter and Open Doors Resource Center 
Suggested donation for this concert is $10+
For more information call (603) 209-3304 or

Hunt is a man of many talents: violin maker, visual artist, and above all, a master of blues and finger-style guitar playing of a type not often heard today. He grew up in and around New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s and was exposed to many of the urban blues legends such as Dave van Ronk, Josh White Jr., John Lee Hooker and many others.”I’ve been playing and singing this stuff for so long that I’m not exactly sure where I learned it,” he says. Asked why he chose to produce a benefit concert for Hundred Nights, Hunt responded, “I lived on the road for many years and I know what it feels like to have nowhere to go.” Hundred Nights, Inc. is dedicated to providing emergency shelter to anyone in need on the one hundred potentially coldest nights of the year—from December 21st through March 31st. The shelter in downtown Keene has become a resource for those who need a helping hand. Hundred Nights Cold Weather Shelter and Open Doors Resource Center have evolved into a welcoming haven with clear rules and mutual respect between guests and volunteers.

Needle Felting

by on February 26, 2015 in Home Page, Library

needle felting
The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson presents Needle Felting

Saturday February 28, 2015 at 11 am

This program is free and open to the public. Please bring something you would like to decorate. This method can be used to fix holes in wool items too. Some supplies will be available at the library.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the

Nelson Ballots for 2015

by on February 25, 2015 in Educational, Home Page, Town Government


The inhabitants of the town of Nelson in the county of Cheshire in the state of New Hampshire qualified to vote in town affairs are hereby notified and warned of the Annual Town Meeting to be held as follows:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at  7:00 PM

Nelson Town Hall Details:  In order to choose the necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing, the Polls will open at 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.  Voting will also be conducted at this time to fill positions on the Nelson School Board.

Town Officers:

Selectman , 3 years, Vote for not more than one: David Upton, Dennis Dellagreca, Duane Schillemat
Trustee of the Library, 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: Stacia Tolman
Trustee of the Trust Funds, 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: Thomas Newcomb
Cemetery Board, 3 Years, Vote for not more than two: No one filed
Emergency Management Officer: 1 Year, Vote for not more than one: Dennis Dellagreca
Planning Board Member: 3 Years, Vote for not more than two: no one filed
Road Equipment Committee: 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: no one filed
Zoning Board of Adjustment: 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: Three Years, Vote for not more than three: Dennis Dellagreca, John Cucchi
Treasurer: 1 Year, Vote for not more than one: John Shea

Nelson School Board Candidates:  

School Board Member (3 Years) Vote for not more than one Richard Popovic or Write In
School District Moderator (2 Years) Vote for not more than one Richard P. Church or Write in
School District Clerk (2 Years) Vote for not more than one Katharine Schillemat or Write In
School District Treasurer (2 Years) Vote for not more than one Hope Lothrop or Write In
  An online pdf of the 2015 Nelson Town Warrant  and an online pdf of 2015 MS-636 can be found at

MFS Presents the Short Sisters

by on February 24, 2015 in Concert, Home Page


Fay Baird, Kate Seeger, and Kim Wallach have been singing and performing together since 1979.

They return to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, March 15 for a 7:00 PM concert.

Admission is $12/$9(senior, youth, or in advance).

Though they are not really sisters, and not particularly short, they do sound like sisters and share a delight in harmony. The songs chosen by the trio tell stories and paint pictures, conveying strong visual images through music. They favor acapella arrangements but also accompany themselves with guitar, autoharp and banjo.

The Short Sisters challenge the audience’s imagination and invite their participation with compelling words, powerful melodies and elegant arrangements. Audiences comment on more than just the trio’s extraordinary harmonies and choice of material. Their playfulness and pleasure in each other’s company leave listeners energized and cheered. Their repertoire includes intricate rounds, songs from American, African-American and British traditions and material from contemporary songwriters. The Short Sisters’ favorite songs, funny or moving, thought-provoking or frivolous, traditional or newly written, convey optimism about tackling life’s challenges.

The trio’s performance list covers Folksong Societies and Coffeehouses in their home states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida, forays to Michigan and California, and regular appearances in New Jersey, New England and Washington D.C. They have recorded five albums, four of which are available on CD.

Songs both traditional and new: unusual rounds, musical curiosities and chorus songs, Sacred Harp songs, ballads and much more. Whether acapella or with guitar, autoharp and banjo, the Short Sisters blend their voices in stunning and original harmonies.

Candidates Night ( selectmen)

by on February 23, 2015 in Home Page, Town Government

The Red Brick School House

7:00 – 8:15 PM, Tuesday, March 3, Town Hall

The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Come early to submit written questions for the candidates to answer.
Lisa Sieverts will moderate the program.
There are three candidates vying for one three-year term for selectman: Dennis Dellagreca, Duane Schillemat and David Upton.
Refreshments will be served.
  Please call the library if you have any questions.

Nelson School Strings Recital

by on February 18, 2015 in Educational, Home Page


The Nelson School offers a strings program, which provides them with an instrument, music and reduced price lessons.  This program is supported by the Monadnock Folklore Society and is available to every student at the Nelson School.  Encourage these young musicians and hear their recital on Thursday February 19th at 6pm, reception to follow.

Author Sam Osherson To Speak

by on February 18, 2015 in Home Page



On Saturday,February 21st, Sam Osherson Nelson resident, will talk about his new novel. The Stethoscope Cure is about a young psychiatrist struggling to work with Veterans in the New York VA hospital during the Vietnam War. Sam will also talk about the virtues of writing (and reading) fiction v. nonfiction and why he chose to write a novel set during in the late 1960s, a tumultuous time in this country. The program will begin at 11am, and is free and open to the public. For more information call 847-3214 or email the

MFS presents the Rodney Miller Trio

by on February 14, 2015 in Calendar, Home Page



The Monadnock Folklore Society



with David Surrette & Gordon Peery


Friday, February 20 – 8:00 PM

$15/$12(senior, youth, or in advance)

The concert features Rodney Miller on fiddle, David Surette on guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and Gordon Peery on piano.

Individually these musicians enjoy decades-long reputations as some of the finest contra dance musicians in the country. Their concert in Nelson is a rare opportunity to hear them playing in this trio configuration, and in a concert setting.

Rodney Miller has been at the forefront of traditional New England fiddling since the mid 1970’s. He was one of the first musicians to issue a recording of fiddle tunes. As early as 1983, he was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.

In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.

In March, 2014 Rodney Miller was appointment by NH Gov. Hassan and the Executive Council as the new Artist Laureate of NH.

David Surette is widely regarded as one of New England’s finest guitarists,  His solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” have helped to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He is equally at home on the mandolin and bouzouki, and is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England’s contra dance and Celtic music circles, and is also in demand as a studio musician and sideman. He has performed throughout the country at festivals, concerts, coffeehouses and contra dances, and in 1999 toured in Brittany, France. In addition to performing and recording, Surette maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School.

Gordon Peery began playing piano for contra dances in the late 1970’s, mentored by Bob McQuillen, and influenced by the Cape Breton styling of fiddler Harvey Tolman. However his style quickly evolved to express influence from rock and roll and later, jazz, while style firmly rooted with the solid rhythmic requirements demanded of traditional contra dance pianists.  His playing has been variously described as “Barrelhouse Irish”, and having the dramatic qualities of a film score.

From 1985 – 95 Gordon played and toured extensively with the celebrated band, Fresh Fish, which included fiddler Kerry Elkin. In addition to a recording with that band, Gordon has contributed to many recordings, including several from fiddler Skip Gorman.


Cheesecake Sunday

by on February 12, 2015 in Home Page

Cheesecake Sunday Postponed to Feb. 22

Cheesecake and chocolate lovers, you are invited to indulge in a piece (or more) of the finest homemade cheesecake and chocolate at the Nelson Congregational Church on Cheesecake Sunday, Feb. 22, immediately following the worship service. Cheesecake, coffee, and some homemade chocolates will be served starting around 10:30 a.m.

The event is open to all. Samples are free (donations are accepted but not necessary); if you would like to purchase a whole or half cheesecake to take home, please let David Bower know before Friday, 847-9683.


Spoonwood Hike: date change

by on February 12, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page


News Alert:

The first hike exploring Spoonwood Pond that was to be held this Saturday has been postponed until March 29th due to the weather forecast for this weekend.

All of the information; time, etc., is the same as it would have been on Saturday – only the date has been changed.

“Join the Nelson Trail Committee for a leisurely walk across the ice of Nubanusit Lake, through the isthmus of Louis Cabot Preserve, across pristine Spoonwood Pond to its 1859 vintage 12′ high x 280′ long dam & spillway and back. Round trip: 4 miles. Total elevation gain: 0 feet. Depending on conditions, bring ice walkers (such as STABILicers or Yaktrax), boots, snowshoes or cross country skis  – your choice.

Bring a bag lunch. Hot chocolate will be freely provided.

Meet at Dave Birchenough’s at 162 Nubanusit Road, Nelson at 11 AM. We should be back by 1:30 PM.”


Game time at the Library

by on February 10, 2015 in Home Page, Library


2015 Games

at the Nelson Library Saturday

 11am January 10th and February 14th until 1pm

Everyone is invited. Refreshments and beverages will be available or bring your own to share. Even in bad weather, a good group has turned for Games at the Library. We’ve played Scrabble, Bananagrams, Dominoes, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trumpet, and assorted other games. A good time was had by all. We encourage you to join us at the new time ( you may come for all or part of this time). Bring your own game or use assorted other games that will be available. Let’s make use of the Library as a space for Nelsonites to gather during the winter. We hope to see you there!

Igloo on the Nelson Green

by on February 9, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson


On February 8th, 2015 several people gathered on the green, which is now white,

in the center of Nelson to build an igloo and a snow cave.

 That is one way to beat cabin fever during this long and cold winter.

Understanding Bobcats in NH

by on January 31, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page

The Library in Nelson Presents

Understanding Bobcats in New Hampshire

Saturday, February 7th , 2015 at 11am

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Fish and Wildlife Stewards are volunteers trained to present public presentations aimed at increasing public awareness of the federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration programs and the important Fish and Game projects they fund.The presentation includes information about the natural history of the animal, research takingplace, how the information learned will affect management for that species, and background onthe Wildlife Restoration Program that has made the work possible.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the

Nelson School Pancake Breakfast

by on January 15, 2015 in Educational, Home Page

Nelson School Pancake Breakfast – K/R class January 17, 2015

Time Start:8:00am

Time End:11:00am

Location:Nelson School

Cost of Admission:$5.00 a plate

Description:Menu includes pancakes (gluten free available), sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. ( We regret to share that we will no longer be offering home fries as part of our breakfast as our volunteer who has made and donated these in the past has moved. We will now be offering fresh fruit in its place.)

Please come and kick off the New Year with a delicious breakfast served by Nelson School’s Kindergarten/Readiness students. We hope to see you there!

More info:Cindy Benner

More info phone/

Comments to web master:Thank you!


Swap Day

by on January 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library


The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson


Swap Day


January 24th, 2015

at 11 am

Too good to throw away, but you’ll never use it?

Maybe your neighbor will take it!


No money changes hands. All items are free.

Items must be (relatively) clean & smaller than your barn.

Unclaimed items must be removed by 1 pm on Swap Day.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the


Ethan Tolman History Talk

by on January 14, 2015 in Home Page

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson


Ethan Tolman


January 17th, 2015 at 11 am

Ethan Tolman is a Nelson, NH resident . He will speak and lead a discussion of reasons why Nelson has through the years been a magnet for so many notable people. He will share a few memories of some of them and the roll they have played in Nelson’s growth.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the


2014 Celebrate Nelson

by on December 18, 2014 in Home Page, Life in Nelson, Promote


 To see a slide show from this event Click Here.

The Nelson Town Hall and the Old Library were bustling with activity Saturday, November 22, 2014. “Celebrate Nelson” encompassed displays of about 40 musicians, artists, craftspeople, writers, bakers, and producers of maple syrup, and honey, hand-spun yarn, lavender sachets and more, all from our multi-talented community. Performing musicians, providing a lively background of music throughout the day, were:  Alouette Iselin. Linda Singer, Harvey Tolman, Gordon Perry and Max Nunnemaker, and Richard Popovic and the Shape Note Singers.
Centered around Nelson’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2017, the production of our second historical 2015 calendar, featuring landscapes and residents long gone by, sold over 100 copies, with many calendars still available as unique holiday gifts. Live music performed by Nelson musicians filled the town hall, along with 17 CDs displayed for sale that featured the music of 8 Nelson musicians, as well as fine paintings, woodworking and fiber crafts extraordinaire, delicious local food products, books and publications all created in Nelson for admiration and/or sale.
But as important, the event wasn’t only about selling (although that was nice), it was about community, sharing, and amazing each other with the ingenuity, richness, and pure beauty of what we quietly make and create in our individual homes, studios, and lives. This first “Celebrate Nelson,” event clearly begins a lively annual tradition of community sharing and participation in Nelson’s uniqueness. Congratulations to us all, and thank you to the hard-working Nelson committee members who made this utterly joyful event possible.

written by Karen Tolman and Deb Navas