The Nelson Library hosts a History Moment every first Saturday of the month at 11am. Join us for this free program about the town of Nelson. This month on January 7th the Bennets will be speaking on Shinbone Shack. New 2017 Nelson calendars and commemorative glass ornaments for the 250th anniversary of Nelson, coming up […]
The Nelson Library hosts a History Moment every first Saturday of the month at 11am. Join us for this free program about the town of Nelson. This month on January 7th the Bennets will be speaking on Shinbone Shack. New 2017 Nelson calendars and commemorative glass ornaments for the 250th anniversary of Nelson, coming up this summer, will be available.
“Shortly before 1920 a New York woman discovered a remote valley alongside a small stream in the southwest corner of Stoddard, New Hampshire. She fell in love with the site and dreamed of building a woodland estate in the area. Florence Brooks-Aten, a very wealthy woman, had the means to make this dream come true. She purchased two acres beside the stream and had a log cabin built there. During the excavation for the cabin, her son found the shinbone of a moose. The bone was hung over the fireplace, and the cabin became known as “shinbone shack.”
Mrs. Brooks-Aten moved into her cabin and began to carry out the plans for her woodland estate. She soon purchased 900 acres surrounding her two acre lot. She built a new road two miles long into her valley, rebuilt an old dam on the stream, constructed a stone power house, a boathouse on her pond, and a Japanese garden protected by high stone walls. She planted exotic plants and accented the estate with Italian statuary. The most ambitious project was her lodge, the mansion where she planned to spend the rest of her days. As the plans for her valley began to come true, Florence Brooks-Aten must have been very happy.
The story, however, does not have a happy ending. The stock market crash of 1929 suddenly took away all that she had, and more. The woodland estate and the 900 acres around it, valued at more than $200,000, sold at auction in 1934 for $9,800. Florence Brooks-Aten left her beloved valley and lived into her eighties in a small home in Swanzey.”
“Information courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County”
Dan is a long time author, journalist and editor living in Manchester, NH. He’s written for a wide variety of regional and national publications including the Buffalo Spree, Pennsylvania Magazine and the Huffington Post. He’s published four books, including his latest Mosquito Rain: Alaskan Travel Essays and will be spending 2017 working in The White Mountain, a book on the cultural and social history of Mount Washington.
Troy MacGillivray was raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia; his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.
Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home!
Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it.
Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer.have been chasing audiences around since thirty five years .
Cape Breton singer-songwriter Buddy MacDonald has performed all over Canada and the United States, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Holland as a solo act and as part of celtic folk band combinations.
Buddy MacDonald was born and grew up on Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, in a rural setting where culture is strong and music is important, and it is that format that he follows, entertains is what he does.
GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. Kids learn how to build a zoetrope (a pre-cinema animation device), while learning about illustration and animation with Goldie and her friends!
The Nelson Library has the Dash and Dot robots from the NH State Library, for the month of July. Dash can move in all directions, dance, speak, turn toward your voice, and even launch balls. Dot can play back your own sound effects, and more. Dash and Dot on their own will keep kids engaged and working together as a team for more than a full hour. These robots are an instant hit and a big success!
Sunday, June 12 – 7:00 PM
NELSON TOWN HALL
$12/$9(senior, student, or in advance)
Referencing the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook Ari and Mia create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls.
Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.
Ari & Mia “blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Their newest album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011 and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. Their new album, Land on Shore, was released in May 2013.
Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a masters of music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, she is in current exploration of American roots traditions, early jazz, a range of classical repertoire, and in composing songs and pieces influenced by her diverse musical tastes. She tours internationally with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, plays with New England’s highly acclaimed fiddle band, Childsplay, and has taught at music camps and programs from New England to New Zealand.
Mia Friedman began playing violin and singing at an early age. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. She graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Her song “Across the Water” won the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. She tours around the United States with Ari and has her own solo act.
Create 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 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.
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!
Mothers Day – May 8 – 7:00PM
RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET
NELSON TOWN HALL
$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!
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
Saturday, April 23rd, 11 a.m.
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 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.
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 email@example.com. This program is possible by a grant from the NH Humanities.
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 www.nhhc.org. For more info please call (603) 332-2255.
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.
Saturday Scoop at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
March 5, 2016 11am