Maker Play at the Nelson Library

by on May 17, 2016 in Home Page, Library

snapcircuitCreate Working Electronic Circuits Come to the library and create. Until May 27th, we have 4 Snap Circuit kits. These are exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Electronics Snap Circuits . Each kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers 305 do-it-yourself projects that will give you an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work. Snap Circuits comes with over 60 pieces to create 305 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, a slide switch, a resistor, a microphone, and capacitors, snap together easily onto the included plastic grid–no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. These will be back in August of 2016.squishy circuit

Squishy Circuits at the Library in June.  Use homemade conductive and resistant play-doh to build electronic sculptures that light up, move, and make sounds. Anyone who has ever tasted play-doh knows that it’s a salty substance. The salt allows electricity to flow through the dough. With the addition of a homemade dough that substitutes sugar for salt, the dough becomes resistive instead, and complex circuits can be created to power all kinds of objects. We use battery packs, LED lights, hobby motors, and buzzers to explore electricity in a fun, hands-on way.LED lights, hobby motors, and buzzers to explore electricity in a fun, hands-on way.

Beyond Pesto: the many uses of herbs from your garden

by on May 9, 2016 in Ag Com, Home Page, Library

Saturday, May 14th

11 a.m. at the Nelson Library

Most of us can figure out how to cultivate basic herbs, and maybe even venture into new recipes, but what about the historic preservation and use of herbs that you can easily accomplish in your kitchen? Join us in a culinary, medicinal, and beyond exploration of some of the fun ways to add herbs into your life!


by on May 3, 2016 in Home Page, Promote

Mothers Day – May 8 – 7:00PM

The Monadnock Folklore Society
presents the


‘keeping the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding’


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

“Collective jaws dropped at the sheer virtuosity of the Rhythm Future Quartet!  Their stellar musicianship, good humor, and reverence for this important musical tradition made for an unforgettable evening”-Dana Packard, Saco River Theatre

Join us at the Nelson Town Hall on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th) for an evening of traditional and original Gypsy Jazz with the Rhythm Future Quartet appearing as a trio(minus Max) for this event. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(senior, student, or in advance).

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. Olli Soikkeli (coined “the Finnish boy wonder”) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 19 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzone.

Your Mom will love it!

And so will you.

Larry Ames
Monadnock Folklore Society

Poetry Reading

by on April 26, 2016 in Home Page, Library

20151029_174033Poetry Reading

Saturday, April 30th


Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson

Come bring a poem to share!

Either one that you’ve written or one that you like.

All ages welcome!

For more information call 847-3214 or email

Important Wednesday April 27, 2016 4pm ECG / Aed system for Nelson Fire Dept

by on April 26, 2016 in Home Page

nelsonfiredept 10Public Notice

Town of Nelson, NH

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearings will be held in

accordance with RSA 31:95-b by order of the Select Board of

the Town of Nelson.

Date: Wednesday April 27, 2016 4pm

Location: Nelson Town Office – Old Brick Schoolhouse

The purpose of the hearing is to give notice to the public and

interested parties of the intention of the Nelson Selectmen to

consider acceptance of a gift of unanticipated moneys in the form of

stock transfers to an existing trust account previously established for

the purchase of a rescue vehicle and associated equipment. The value

of the stock transfers is approximately $18,000. The intended use of

the funds is to provide additional equipment for the rescue vehicle.

All persons interested in the proposed action and wishing to be heard

concerning the matter will be recognized at the above place and time.

The Nelson Board of Selectmen


The Real Dirt on Soil

by on April 20, 2016 in Ag Com, Home Page, Library, Promote

The Real Dirt on Soil

View from the homestead in Stoddard where Oliver Carter lived for a time. The view is Bolster Pond and what was formerly Packersfield to the south.

 Saturday, April 23rd, 11 a.m.

Nelson Library

Having healthy soil depends on more than simply spreading fertilizer. In this presentation, Carl Majewski with the UNH Cooperative Extension will discuss the physical and biological characteristics that lead to healthy and productive soils. Join us as we grow our soil knowledge–just in time for the spring gardening season! Bring your soil related questions!

Brain Flakes at the Library in April

by on April 9, 2016 in For Kids, Home Page, Library

Brain Flakes is the Maker Play Toy at the library for the month of April. Brain Flakes is a new construction toy which teaches children spatial thinking and lets their imaginations run wild! They click together and apart easily for all ages and levels of motor skills. They are a revolutionary addition to the world of children’s and adults construction toys. Bring your kids in to the library today to play with Brain Flakes.

Discovering New England Stone Walls

by on March 28, 2016 in Home Page, Promote

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

in Nelson presents Kevin Gardner

11 am on Saturday, April 16th, 2016

For more than thirty years Gardner has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001, Kevin published “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls.”

  • Learn why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape.Since the publication of his book, Gardner has presented his program at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and town libraries all over New England, including Canterbury Shaker Village, the New Hampshire Historical Society, Castle-in-the-Clouds, Old Sturbridge Village, Boston’s Arnold Arboretum and more.

    Kevin is also a longtime professional actor, director, and teacher of theatre. He has taught at the New Hampton School, the NH Institute of Art, and at St. Paul’s School. Since 1999 he has been the Master Teacher of the course Shakespeare for Performance in the St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program. He is also a regular Guest Director at Plymouth State University, a performance evaluator for the NH State Council on the Arts, and a frequent adjudicator of local, regional, and national theatre festivals. New Hampshire Magazine named him the state’s Best Theatre Critic in 2008. No admission fee.  For information call 603-847-3214 or email This program is possible by a grant from the NH Humanities. 

Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs

by on March 23, 2016 in Home Page, Library, Promote

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library presents

Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs

Interactive and beautifully illustrated

on Saturday, March 26 at 11am

at 1 Nelson Common Rd in Nelson, NH 03457

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique interactive and beautifully illustrated

presentation Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs focusing on the life and remarkable work of Russian master

jeweler and artist, Peter Carl Fabergé. The program will feature a spectacular photo-tour of the Fabergé

collection at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg.  Emphasis is on the important role

of egg painting in Russian culture and on the unique development of this major Russian art form from a

traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the tsars. The fascinating history of these

eggs and their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia and in the years

following the Revolution will also be discussed by presenter Marina Forbes.

Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian

traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St.

Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire Humanities Council Roster as a speaker on Russian Arts, History and

Culture as well as NH Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads

cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft

factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state

of affairs in Russia. Marina has a distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm in the audience and to bring the

through memorable and thought-provoking programs. Marina’s talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little

rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life for children of all ages

bit sad…. but always unmistakably Russian.

This program is free and open to the public and it was made possible through a grant from

the New Hampshire Humanities Council For more info please call (603) 332-2255.



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

by on March 14, 2016 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.


2016 Election Results

Results of Town Meeting Election

Selectmen: Gary Robinson -110 Dennis Dellagreca – 85

Town Clerk/Tax Collector – Julia Lennon -178

Trustee of the Library Susan Peery -158 Russ Thomas 112 Anne Ames – 66

Trustee of the Library – (1 year) Kathleen Vetter -182

Trustee of Trust Funds – Betsy Street -184

Emergency Management Officer – Dennis Dellagreca 142

Planning Board Member – Mary Cornog – 65

Zoning Board of Adjustment – Philip Castelli 145

Moderator – Lewis Derby -162

Supervisor of the Checklist -Donna Kidd 175

Treasurer -166- John Shea

School Board member – Kelly French -152

Article 2 passed

Two Zoning Articles passed

200 voters cast ballots 512 voters on the checklist

Town Meeting Information

by on February 29, 2016 in Civic Opportunity, Home Page, Promote

The 2016 Nelson Town Meeting is on Tuesday March 5th at 7pm. Below find some links for information on this meeting. The library will be open extra hours from 7 pm to 9 pm for regular library use. Young people may use the library to do homework, use the computers or participate in other library activities.  Very small children should bring their caretaker to guide them.

Copy of Town of Nelson 2016 Ballot

Copy of town of Nelson Warrant and Budget for 2016

Nelson Town Government Website

An Introduction to Ayurveda

by on February 27, 2016 in Home Page, Library, Promote

Saturday Scoop at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

March 5, 2016 11am


Ayurveda, defined as “the science of life”, is a system of holistic health more than 5,000 years old.  It is considered to be the sister science of Yoga, and has its roots in the Vedas, the ancient texts given to us by the great seers of India.Sarah Carlisle
In our time together with Sarah Carlisle, we will explore the basic principles of Ayurveda and learn how to apply this ancient wisdom so that we may live even happier, healthier, and more balanced lives today.

Hike Across Nubanusit and Spoonwood

by on February 22, 2016 in Home Page, Nelson Trail Group, Uncategorized

Written by Kathy Schillemat

Eleven intrepid souls met today (February 20) at Dave Birchenough’s house for a hike across Nubanusit and Spoonwood. The wind was blowing strongly from the southwest, and the sun was bright: An amazingly warm day to be out on the ice. A few fishermen greeted us as we crossed Nubanusit Lake. I hope they had good luck.

We spread out across the ice in groups of two or three. We carried on steady conversation as we sloshed through the layer of water on the ice. I love to spend time with my Nelson friends. We all love where we live and it felt so good to be out in the sunshine together. At the dam, we enjoyed a simple meal of hotdogs, chips, cookies and hot cocoa. And it was all delicious!

Along the way, we stopped occasionally to admire the interesting and intricate patterns on the ice. As Gary Robinson would say, it was the best day of our lives, so far! The next hike sponsored by the Nelson Trails Committee will be onMarch 5, led by Al Stoops. If you want to have your own best day, come and join us.

Fermentation Workshop at the Library

by on February 16, 2016 in Ag Com, Home Page, Promote

Meet us at the Library in Nelson on Saturday February 20th at 11am for a fermentation workshop. Puzzled by pickling? Stumped by sourdough? Curious about kefir? You’re in luck! People are fermenting delicious foods right here in Nelson. Our panel of local experts will talk about how they make sauerkraut, sourdough, pickles, kefir, and kombucha! Join us to learn how you can make these foods in your own kitchen! Recipes, samples, and grains will be available.

Candidates Night

by on February 15, 2016 in Home Page, Library, Promote

The Red Brick School House

Candidates Night – February 23

Nelson Town Hall 7:00 PM

Sponsored by the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

2016 Candidates Night will feature Denis Dellagreca and Gary Robinson who are

vying for one three-year term on the Nelson Selectboard. Candidates for other

Nelson offices will be introduced.

Doors open at 6:30. Please come at 6:45 for refreshments and to submit your

written questions for the candidates. The program, moderated by Lisa Sieverts,

will start promptly at 7:00 and will end before 8:30.

Questions can also be submitted in writing at the Library or by email to

Nelson, NH in the New York Times

by on February 4, 2016 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

February 3rd, 2016 New York Times. To see the online article click here..

Vote on February 9th

by on January 26, 2016 in Home Page, Promote

Nelson Polls are open on Tuesday, February 9th at 8am and close at 7pm.

The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of national primaries which are held in the United States every four years. The primary determines Democratic and Republican party nominees for the national presidential elections. The national presidential elections are held the following November.

Nelson Primary Sample Ballots

Gardening for Pollinators

by on January 26, 2016 in Ag Com, Home Page, Promote
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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?
In this presentation, local beekeeper, Val Van Meier, will give us a “State of the Pollinators” report. Val will talk about plants that we can grow in Nelson to encourage pollinators, and she’ll discuss other ways that we can support a healthy habitat for these vital creatures.  
Are you ready to find out what the buzz is all about?

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt Perform in Nelson

by on January 18, 2016 in Home Page, Promote

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2016 – 8:00 PM – Nelson Town Hall
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt in concert at 8:00 PM on Friday, January 22, at the Nelson Town Hall.  Admission is $15 in advance and  $18/$15(students and seniors) at the door
While each of these musicians has had successful solo careers, this concert celebrates 35 years of opportunities they have had to perform together, also marked by three recordings. They return to the Nelson with old favorites and new songs, blending amazing voices and dulcimers and guitars and having a rollicking good time.
Larry Ames
Monadnock Folklore Society