Monadnock Music is Celebrating its 50th anniversary in Nelson

by on July 20, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

Gil Rose conducts Monadnock Sinfonietta

Monadnock Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special free concert at the Nelson Congregational Church on Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. Featuring guest artists from Monadnock Music’s past 50 years, the concert will include music of Johannes Brahms, W. A. Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev and James Bolle, among others. This promises to be a delightful evening of music and memories. For more information: or Hunt and Allison Smith, 209-3304.

Artisan/Craft Fair in Nelson


Nelson Congregational Church Artisan/Craft Fair
July 18, 2015
9:00am – 3:00pm
On The Lawns Nelson Congregational Church

Lovely local crafts and artisan folk gather for the first annual fair.  Enjoy the beautiful village while shopping for local items.
More info:Joy Birdsey 603-847-9533

Scots Gaelic Singer – Jennifer Licko

by on July 7, 2015 in Concert, Home Page, Music, Promote
The Monadnock Folklore Society 
Scots Gaelic Singer 
Jennifer Licko
Wednesday, July 15 – 7:30 PM
Nelson Town Hall
Admission $12/$9(senior, student , or in advance)
Jennifer Licko, a Scots Gaelic singer living in Brazil, but originally from North Carolina, is an International touring artist featured on national radio in the US, and a respected musician within the Celtic genre while acquiring fans outside of that niche. Jennifer masterfully combines the Appalachian music of her North Carolina roots with the traditional Celtic music of her ancestors. “Jennifer Licko could very well be the heir-apparent to Canada’s Loreena McKennitt and Clannad’s Maire Brennan,” says Celtic Life Magazine.

The folk music of North Carolina has strong roots in Celtic traditions; Jennifer Licko will be singing various types of traditional Scots Gaelic song such as oran luadh (work songs) and puirt a beul (dance tunes), along with folk songs (from North Carolina via Scotland) sung in English including some of her original material which has been greatly influenced by Irish and Scottish songwriters such as Dougie MacLean and John Spillane.

Jennifer will accompany herself on guitar and bodhran and at times will ask the audience to participate in singing and rhythm parts in the spirit of the oral singing tradition.

Jennifer’s most recent album ‘A Thousand Curses Upon Love’ has been receiving critical acclaim from the Celtic/Folk and World music community and is receiving national radio airplay. Currently Jennifer is working on a new album with producer and guitarist Patsy Obrien (The Cathie Ryan band) and four time All Ireland fiddle champion, Dylan Foley (The Yanks). The long awaited album will be trad based with world influences. The Irish Edition writes, “At times, Jennifer Licko has a haunting vibrato in her voice, at times she attacks songs with a deep feeling, but she always attracts as she sings.”


Larry Ames 
Monadnock Folklore Society

Rainbow viewed from the Library

by on July 1, 2015 in Home Page


At the Nelson Library in July

by on July 1, 2015 in Home Page, Library, Promote

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July is a busy month at our Library.  There are programs for kids and adults.

2015 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

2015 Summer Forums 

Book Sale Donations Needed Now for August Sale

by on June 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library, Promote


Library booksale in the Town Hall

Please bring your donations of  books to the library.  The annual book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library on Old Home Day, supports the library in many ways.  Your donations make that possible.  Clean gently used books are needed.  We cannot use textbooks or magazines. This year, the book sale will be in the meeting room below the library. Thank you.

“Sustainability and Simplicity: a Personal Journey.”

by on June 15, 2015 in Home Page, Promote


The Nelson Sustainability Group’s first speaker will be David Voymas, whose topic will be “Sustainability and Simplicity: a Personal Journey.” David and his wife, Barbara, began considering the implications of sustainability in the 1970s: their journey has brought them to Nelson, where they are working to build a simple and efficient lifestyle.
David’s presentation is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 7 pm, in the Nelson Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. We invite your participation.

2015 Preservation Merit Award

by on May 26, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

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 The Town of Nelson has received the 2015 Preservation Merit Award, from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, for the work that we completed on our Town Hall last year.image

Memorial Day in Nelson 2015

by on May 26, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

May Pole Event in 2015

by on May 6, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

The Morris teams, Firebird (a team of men and women, newly established and practicing in Harrisville) and Jack in the Green Morris Men welcomed the spring on Sunday May 3rd in the Nelson Common.

A Maypole was erected by David & Heather Bower and music provided by Allison and Hunt Smith.
A Cake walk was part of the Maypole. The Men Who Cook  sold breads to benefit a local charity.
Nelson folks provided plants for a plant swap. Everything from house plants to garden veggies were available.


Nelson Conservation Committee Vernal Pools

Kathy Schillemat led an exploration of vernal pools on Saturday, May 2nd, sponsored by the Nelson Conservation Committee.20150502_10473820150502_11065720150502_102409

Results of the 8th Annual Nelson School PTO Auction

by on April 29, 2015 in Home Page, Nelson School, Promote

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Nelson School 8th Annual Auction update!

What do YOU call Success?

Success can be described in many different ways, but here at the Nelson School we would call the 8th Annual Nelson School PTO auction a huge success! Why?

Because the looks of happiness on the children’s faces as they proudly held up their artwork, a donation that they or their friend had obtained, or something they donated from their family. Their huge eyes of wonderment as Ckris Wallenstein challenged the substantial crowd to dig deeper into their pockets for a few more dollars to make the goal of books for the school a reality. The excitement they showed as they bid on fun items with play money, hoping for that special treasure.

Success is alumni of the Nelson School volunteering valuable time to watch the wee ones of our current families and friends.

Success is the teamwork of educators, parents and friends coming together to achieve a common goal through laughter, life happens moments and family challenges.

Success is many, many community members and businesses donating items and services to ensure the fundraising event meets the school’s goal- BOOKS!

Did we meet that goal? Yes, we did! Together we reached a total raised by the auction, cash donations, food sales and a 50/50 raffle of $10,000.

A huge thank you of everyone in our Nelson School communities and the Monadnock Region and beyone! You did make a difference and from the bottom of our hearts, we all appreciate it!

Joy Birdsey Smith

NS PTO Treasurer

It’s Auction Time!

8th Annual Nelson School PTO Auction, Saturday May 2nd

Nelson Town Hall

Preview 10-4

Children’s Auction 4:30pm (free)

Live Auction 5:00pm

Auctioneer:  Chris Wallenstein

FREE child care available 4:15-until the end

 This year’s Nelson School Auction will prove to be the best ever!  Come check out the many, many items available!  (Helicopter ride for two to the NASCAR race in July, Loudon, NH and return trip, includes tickets to the race, $1,000 certificate to Wilson Orthodontics, gift certificates, massages, local artwork, food entertainment, surprise work of the Nelson School children, crafts, books, kayak and paddle, furniture, auto certificates and detailing, and fun things you need anyway!)

 Think future gift giving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, family vacation, Christmas shopping early!

 The children’s this year is much needed BOOKS!

 Can’t come to the auction?  Silent bids are welcome!  Preview all day 10-4!

Can’t attend the preview?  Check out the website listed below and email either or by 4:00pm May 2nd to put in your silent bid!

 Thank you for your continued support!

Telescope at the Library

by on April 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library


The telescope is the equal property of Harrisville Public Library in Harrisville and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson. This telescope was purchased through a program with The New Hampshire Astronomical Society, and particularly it’s Educational Outreach Committee. The goal: To help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

This is an Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope, with a zoom eye piece and supportive material. There is an instruction manual, a laminated, spiral-bound 4 by 6 inch copy. The telescope is easy to use and is robust. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common “beginners” telescopes. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer.

Patrons (adult)  may borrow this telescope for 2 days, understanding that it may take up to 2 library days to get the telescope. Please pick and return the telescope up on the days agreed upon, so that others can use it too. The Borrower is responsible for returning the telescope during library hours, in good condition. The Borrower will agree to pay for any repairs due to negligence or accident.

Reserving: To reserve the telescope, please call or email the library, or 847-3214.

Granite Lake Association Lake Host Program

by on April 15, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page, Promote

granite lake2Are you interested in volunteering some of your time to become a Lake Host at the Granite Lake Boat Ramp this summer? Our Association has a fantastic group of volunteers who give of their time to sit at the boat ramp and do courtesy boat inspections for the New Hampshire Lake Association. Volunteers have been giving of their time since 2002 and have made a significant contribution to their community. Some of the volunteers don’t even live on the lake, but realize what a beautiful resource the lake is to our town. Becoming a volunteer is easy, a morning of your time to become trained in identifying invasive aquatic species and courtesy boat inspection procedures and you are on your way to becoming a member of a very important group. Sitting at the boat ramp, meeting new and interesting people who share a love of lake are just some of the things you will enjoy during your time as a lake host. Time spent at the boat ramp depends on how much you feel comfortable with, an hour or two is very much appreciated.

We also have some paid lake host opportunities. If you know a young person, 16 years or older who you think would be a reliable individual please have them call me. They would need to be willing to work on the weekends and provide their own transportation.

If you would like more information please call me at 847-3082.

Anita Flanagan

Managing Lake Host Point Person

Low Lily

by on April 15, 2015 in Home Page, Promote

presented by the The Monadnock Folklore Society 


Friday, May 8 – 8:00pm

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

LOW LILY, formerly called Annalivia, is an American ‘roots and branches’ string trio which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members – Liz SimmonsFlynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member’s stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. The members of Low Lily are seasoned musicians and have individually toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young, Childsplay and Solas, among others.

Bluebird Program

by on April 8, 2015 in Home Page, Library, Promote


 Wednesday, April 15th, at 6pm in the Library.

This program includes bluebirds, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. The focus definitely is on bluebirds, but the speaker, John also shares his passion for the natural world in hopes the audience will take in some broader and deeper messages about nature – and life. The program has variety, feeling, and is thought provoking. Sprinkled throughout are just a few wildflowers, butterflies, and quotes by some of the great naturalists of the past. With beautiful photographs, sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this program is of interest to anyone who appreciates nature.
Related Personal Background of the speaker:
John has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes in central NY north of Syracuse for 4 decades and has fledged over 13,000 bluebirds in boxes he personally monitors. He has done slide programs and workshops for hundreds of groups in 11 states and 2 Canadian provinces. John was a co-founder of the New York State Bluebird Society in 1982 and was elected a lifetime (volunteer) director in 2002. He has received numerous awards for his bluebird conservation work, including the John and Norah Lane Bluebird Conservation Award from the North American Bluebird Society. He is a past board member of that organization. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Hero of Conservation Award from the Syracuse Post Standard. An experienced birder, John is a member of the Onondaga Audubon Society near Syracuse. A retired banker. BA in Biology, SUNY Oswego.



Seed Catalog at the Nelson Library

by on March 31, 2015 in Agriculture, Home Page, Promote

written by Jacqueline Roland

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Snow-covered backyards provide the perfect canvas for imagining your next prolific summer garden! As you develop your garden plans for this year, please consider growing some of the wonderful seeds that are available from the Nelson Library Seed Catalog! The seeds in the catalog are from Nelson seed savers, which means that they’re better suited to our local growing conditions than the seeds you’ll find at a garden supply store.
Seeds that are currently available in the catalog include:
Bush Yellow Wax Beans “Indie”
Yellow Onion
Sweet Pepper “Carmin”
Cucumber “Marketmore”
The Library Seed Catalog is a free resource for Nelson residents! Why not try growing something new this year? You have nothing to lose!

New Hampshire Downloadable Books and Magazines

by on March 31, 2015 in Home Page, Promote, Uncategorized

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Welcome to the New Hampshire Downloadable Books site! The NH Downloadable Books Consortium is a service of more than 200 public libraries and the New Hampshire State Library and was established to help New Hampshire public libraries provide digital materials to their patrons. The digital collection is comprised of fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks, which aims to mirror the popular physical collections found in NH public libraries. Digital materials are selected with consideration of patron demand, popularity, availability, and cost of the materials.
The current collection includes:
More than 7000 audiobooks
More than 9000 eBook titles

Digital Magazines Have Arrived!
The New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium is happy to announce that patrons can borrow digital magazines — officially Nook Periodicals – on their tablets and smartphones or read them on a Windows 8 computer.

To use this site you will need your 14 digit library number. On the blog page (found in the middle of the downloadable books page) you may read through the instructions for information about compatible devices and what you need to know to set up your device. It only has to be set up once and then you are ready to download books or magazines. Click on the widget below to get started.

These services are free for library patrons. For more information call or email the library (


Trail Committee News

by on March 30, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page, Promote

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Sunday, March 29, was a beautiful spring day with perfect conditions for the Nelson Trail Committee hike across Nubanusit and Spoonwood to Spoonwood Dam. A dozen happy Nelsonites had lunch at Spoonwood Dam, topped off with hot chocolate provided by our trip leader, Dave Birchenough.


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