Nelson Town Hall : Masters of Scottish Song

by on August 10, 2017 in Home Page, Uncategorized

Night Tree

by on July 31, 2017 in Home Page, Music

Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden

by on July 15, 2017 in Agriculture, Home Page, Uncategorized
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden behind the library, now is a good time to do so.
Borage flowers are blooming and honeybees have discovered them and we have four Swallowtail caterpillars enjoying the dill plants. Keep an eye out for the caterpillars or their pupa once they mature enough to transition into a butterfly.

Small native pollinators are enjoying the Chamomile and Calendula flowers. The Nasturtium are blooming and spreading.
Volunteers are showing up in the garden. No not volunteers weeding, though those would be welcome. We have a volunteer Borage growing from between the Forget-me-nots and Purslane springing up near the Chamomile.  You might be interested in the fact that Purslane is an edible and can be put into salads, while you are adding to your salad, throw in some Calendula petals and Nasturtium and Borage flowers!

Dry Calendula petals and make a salve for dry cracked skin in winter. (seeds are available in the library)

Enjoy the photos from this weeks garden. Notes from Val of Ag-Com.

July Paddle with the Trail Committee

by on July 11, 2017 in Home Page, Nelson Trail Group

Another Magical Day on the Great Meadow – brought to you by the Nelson Trail Committee.

17 paddlers in 11 kayaks and 2 canoes made their way from Nubanusit to Harrisville Pond Sunday afternoon, July 9th. The group consisted of young and old, Nelsonites and friends from Hancock and Antrim. The weather was perfect, the company was great and the water was running strong. We made our way over and around many beaver dams as the water level changed.  We surprised a deer in the Great Meadow, a buck with two velvet points on each side. He jumped up about 20 yards in front of the lead kayaks  and bounded away. Later another deer, a doe, swam across the stream in front of us and posed on the bank while several of us got a good look at it. Thanks to Dave Birchenough for organizing another great trip.


R.P. Hale

by on July 5, 2017 in Home Page, Life in Nelson
Prints of Nelson at the 250th celebration.
The first edition will be of 100, signed and numbered, and will go for $20 per print.  Upon selling 35 prints (to cover the engraving and materials),
I will start sharing the proceeds with you for the historical society or some such local effort.

Nelson’s 250th

by on July 3, 2017 in Home Page


Nelson 250th Program

Check out this link for the 250th schedule for July 8th. Commemorative mugs, platters and glass ornaments will be on sale in the town hall. Proceeds will be donated to the town of Nelson.

Ice Cream Social

Celebrate Nelson’s 250th

by on June 25, 2017 in History, Home Page, Uncategorized

The Nelson 250th Anniversary Committee invites the community to an all-day celebration of the town’s history on Saturday, July 8th. Activities begin at 10 AM and continue until 7 PM.

The Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison Re-enactment Group will provide a living history “day in the life” of ordinary folks from the time of the early days of Nelson. Wearing traditional clothing of the mid-18th century, they will demonstrate such things as cooking over an open fire, sewing, embroidery, making a broom, making a basket, butter churning, candle dipping, children’s games, music, demonstrating what a soldier or scout would carry, and possibly even musket firing.

There will be an exhibit of Things Made and Used in Early Nelson from clothespins to samplers at the Old Library.

R. P. Hale, Colonial Printer, will be operating an antique printing press and selling wood-cut prints.

From 3 to 5 PM, there will be an Ice Cream Social ($5.00 to benefit the church) and Town Band Concert on the Nelson Congregational Church lawn.

Beginning at 5 PM, a Colonial Dance will be held in the Nelson Town Hall taught by Allison Aldrich Smith, Mistress of Dance. Music provided by Hunt Smith and R. P. Hale on instruments of their own making. Period dress encouraged but not required.

All ages are welcome. Admission is free. More information is available at

Click on this link  Celebrate Nelson’s 250th  to see all the events planned for the celebration of the founding of Nelson.

A Brief History of the Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs at the Nelson Library

by on June 14, 2017 in Home Page, Library, Music

 11 am Saturday March 19th , 2016

The tiny ukulele is enjoying a gigantic worldwide revival. It’s an affordable, portable, and easy-to-learn instrument, and a simple way to bring music into your daily life.  Join Stuart Fuchs for a short history and demonstration of the ukuleles versatility and joyful sounds.  Stu will share stories from many of the great characters from the ukuleles glorious evolution and also play music from Hawaii, J.S. Bach, Blues, Rock n Roll and Jazz.  He will be joined by his sweetheart & musical partner Sarah Carlisle on upright bass.

Click below for ukulele chords:

Summer Solstice Celebration

by on June 13, 2017 in Home Page, Uncategorized
Larry Ames 
Monadnock Folklore Society

Colonial – Inspired Dooryard Garden

by on June 8, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page, Promote

The World of Wild Brook Trout

by on June 8, 2017 in Home Page

The World of Wild Brook Trout

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

June 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

The World of Wild Brook Trout will be presented in the library by Walter Ryan from NH Fish and Game Department. Here about the natural history of the brook trout and what biologists are learning about the species through on going research.





Free and open to the public.

Garden Tour on Saturday, June 17th

by on May 28, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page
In celebration of Nelson’s 250th birthday and with our theme of “A Sense of Place”, several gardens will be open to Nelson residents, their family and friends each offering a piece of an amazing garden tour. The gardens represent their owner’s unique and personal creative spaces.
Chopin waltzes by pianist Linda Singer at Sally and Bill Coughlin’s at 11:00 and then later at her home at 19 Breed Pond Road at 2:30.
Snacks and beverages at Linda’s and at Martha and Maury Collins’ at 521 Old Stoddard Road.
There are fliers and maps available at the Nelson Library containing number keys to find each of the gardens.
Balloons will mark driveway entrances:
➋ Sally and Bill Coughlin – 26 Lead Mine Road
➋ Linda Singer & Greg Rothman – 19 Breed Pond Road
➌ Priscilla Williams – 510 Lead Mine Road
➍ Rebecca Henderson & James Morone – 580 Nelson Road
➎ Laurie and Jonathan Smith – 25 Greengate Road
➏ Kathleen Vetter & John Zurich – 97 Nubanusit Road
➐ Martha and Maury Collins – 521 Old Stoddard Road

Tour 10:30 am – 4pm. Pick up maps at the Nelson Library, which is open 10 am to 1 pm. Click here for a printable map: Nelson Garden Day map

Quigley Exhibit

by on May 17, 2017 in Home Page

Pollinators: From Soup to Nuts (or From Flowers to Fruit) with Francie Von Mertens

by on May 9, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page, Promote
Saturday, January 30th, 11 a.m. at the Library
What kind of pollinators are buzzing around in Nelson? How do they help us? How can we help them?
Pollinators: From Soup to Nuts (or From Flowers to Fruit) with Francie Von Mertens

Subject is pretty much soup to nuts about pollinators with good emphasis on our unsung native bees that are the superpollinators.  Basics of pollination; decline in pollinators; what we can do to help in our backyards. Habitat includes nesting (snags, sandy soils, etc.) as well as food resources. Great photos to illustrate. Butterflies, too, charismatic although they aren’t top pollinators. Can’t ignore butterflies!
Are you ready to find out what the buzz is all about?

Wattle Fence Workshop

by on May 8, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page, Library, Workshop

Saturday, May 20

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

Nelson Common, Nelson, NH

     Come to the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library for this workshop to learn how people in the 18th century made fencing for animals and gardens as a spring activity. Led by Kathy Schillemat,  participants will construct a wattle fence around a demonstration garden behind the library and learn the techniques needed to construct their own fence at home.  This is a collaborative program between the Nelson Agricultural Commission and the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Suggested tools: gloves, clippers and loppers. All fence building material will be supplied.
Photo from 2016 Wattle Fence workshop held at Maple Lane Greenhouses in Gilsum.

May Pole Event

by on April 26, 2017 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

May Day Pole

No one knows the true origin of the celebration of May Day. Some say it is as old as time itself. What we in Nelson and Munsonville know is that May Day is a day of casting off the cares of winter, and to enjoy the beautiful New England spring.

We come together on the Town Common, some to dance and others to visit with those we may have not seen since the first snowflake fell. The children are delighted with the bright colors of the May Pole ribbons, waiting their turn to help weave the ribbons when it’s time for the May Pole Dance. But first, we are treated to the trumpet soundings of Jack In the Green as he heralds the arrival of another beautiful Spring in Nelson.

The Jack In the Green Morris Men and Firebird (a team of men and women, newly established and practicing in Harrisville) will be dancing, of course!  The fun will begin right at 10:30.  We’ll have a Cake Walk for the children.  And gigantic bubbles will be back to enchant the kiddos!
Our May Day celebration will take place on May 7th, beginning at around 10:30 am.  We hope to see you there!  Folk of all ages look forward to this annual community event.


History Moment

by on April 24, 2017 in Calendar, Home Page, Promote

Haying below Greengate

The Nelson Library hosts

 History Moment, 11am, Saturday May 6th

Join us for this free program about the town of Nelson every first Saturday of the month


 “Rufus Atwood’s Notebooks” discussed by Bert Wingerson

2017 Nelson calendars and commemorative glass ornaments for the 250th anniversary of Nelson, coming up this summer, will be available. The Nelson history website is

Lulu Wiles/ Friday April 21st Nelson Town Hall 8:00pm

by on April 19, 2017 in Home Page, Music

Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their effervescent vocal blend and electrifying musical chemistry. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the East Coast, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh  Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They were also selected as Official Showcase Artists for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.

If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn in November and December 2015 through the band’s collaboration with producer/ guitarist  Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album is Lula Wiles’ first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/ guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart.

Admission – $15/$12(senior, student, or in advance)

Caesar: Man from Venus / NH Humanities Program / Saturday April 22nd at 11am

by on April 19, 2017 in Home Page, Library

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present

Caesar: The Man From Venus
Sat. April 22, 11am

Meet Caesar, who is descended from the Goddess Venus. This program introduces Caesar as a young boy living with his mother, Aurelia, and his Aunt Julia, two women who will shape the boy who will be the most powerful man on earth. Using a rich variety of texts, Sebastian Lockwood shows Caesar as a man who clearly saw his destiny and fulfilled that destiny with the help of remarkable women – Cleopatra amongst them. A poet, historian, linguist, architect, general, politician, and engineer, was he truly of the Populi party for the People of Rome? Or a despot and tyrant? Presented by Sebastian Lockwood.

Sebastian Lockwood

Storyteller and teacher, Sebastian Lockwood tells the great epics: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Caesar, Beowulf and Monkey. His studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK laid the foundation for bringing these great tales into performance. Lockwood’s performances are designed to take complex texts and make them accessible and exciting for audiences from 5 to 95. Lockwood has tutored and taught classes in higher education for 25 years. He now concentrates on performance, workshops and studio recording.

For more information call the library at 847-3214 or email

This program is free and open to the public. New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. They connect people with ideas. Learn more at