Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social band pictureCELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER WITH AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL IN NELSON on SEPT 4

Gather on the lawn of the Nelson Congregational Church on Sunday, Sept 4 for an Ice Cream Social with the Nelson Town Band from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. There will be ice cream sundaes for $5 including ice cream, homemade chocolate and butterscotch sauces, strawberries, an assortment of toppings, and whipped cream. Ice Cream Socials with the Nelson Town Band are a decades-long tradition and always draw a good crowd. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the music. For more information, call 847-3424.

Annual Great Meadow Hike

by on August 17, 2016 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page
Pair of Canada Geese

Pair of Canada Geese

The Nelson Trail Committee has scheduled another annual Great Meadow Paddle “Water Hike” for Saturday, August 20 from 1 pm to 5 pm from Nubanusit Lake in Nelson to the boat launch on Harrisville Pond.
The Great Meadow is a scenic deep-water wetland and is a conservation priority for both Nelson and Harrisville. It’s a favorite 3 mile paddle with flow enhancement, if necessary, by a Nubanusit Lake water release. About half way to Harrisville, everyone helps others carry boats across the single 1000 ft portage.
Meet at Dave Birchenough’s house at 162 Nubanusit Road, Nelson, NH 03457, just beyond the Nubanusit Lake Gatehouse dam at 1 pm and get ready to launch at 1:30. Bring your own canoe or recreational kayak and legally required PFD. We will arrange carpool transportation from the Harrisville Pond boat launch back to the beginning by 5 pm.

Maker Play Toys at the Library

by on August 2, 2016 in Home Page, Library
Goldie BloxLook out for new Maker Play toys in August! We will have Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, and GoldieBlox and The Movie Machine at the Library!

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!

 Snap Circuits is a neat electronic toy with that can be used to make FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and more!
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. It turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet…
Also, for those who like the old games we have Jenga and Kerplunk.

by on July 19, 2016 in Concert, Home Page, Promote

Ilumina’ is a duo of lifelong musicians who perform an uplifting blend of dazzling instrumentals, world music, jazz, sacred poetry and soulful original songs.  Stuart Fuchs (guitar, ukulele, Native American flute & didjeridoo) and Sarah Carlisle (upright bass, mandolin) tour internationally to music festivals and with the renowned sacred chant artist Snatam Kaur.

Stuart Fuchs is a performing multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about bringing the healing benefits of musical play into everyone’s life. He performs virtuosic instrumental music and soulful original songs on Ukulele, Guitar, Native American flute, Aboriginal didjeridoo and the Bolivian charango.  Through his innovative, compassionate and holistic workshops he introduces people of all backgrounds to their “long lost musician” – from Fortune 500 company executives to hospice patients.  Stuart has been featured on National Public Radio with his award winning gypsy jazz band “Babik” and has collaborated in creating and performing orchestral arrangements of Django Reinhardt’s music with symphony orchestras.  Stuart worked as an artist in residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for over six years and in 2014 was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to composing and perform healing music with cancer patients and performed these multimedia compositions at the University at Buffalo Mainstage.

Sarah Carlisle (Siri Kirtan Kaur) began her musical studies on the double bass at the age of ten, and in 1998 attended the Peabody Conservatory on full scholarship. She studied classical and jazz music in college and spent many years playing jazz in Washington, DC, and New York City.

Larry Ames
Monadnock Folklore Society

Words from the Mowing

by on July 12, 2016 in Home Page, Library
fred atstairSaturday, August 6th , 11 am at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
Leslie Lawrence has been summering “on the mowing” in
near Tolman Pond since 1986.  She will read from a piece of creative nonfiction about the mowing,
collected in her recently published debut volume
The Death of Fred Astaire and Other Essays From a Life Outside the Lines (SUNY
Press). A veteran teacher, Lawrence will also discuss the writing process and will be
happy to field your questions.  For more info about Lawrence and her book, go to

Dash and Dot

by on July 7, 2016 in Home Page, Library

Tdashanddothe 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!

Nelson Solar Panel Installation

by on June 22, 2016 in Civic Opportunity, Home Page
solarpanelsThe time has come to install 34 solar panels on the Nelson Library South roof. The equipment is in and the weather is cooperating to begin installation this Friday, June 24. The weather should be perfect, but in case of rain, installation will begin Monday, June 27. Feel free to stop by anytime Friday or the following Monday to watch the progress. If you’re inclined to get involved with the installation, arrive at 9 AM Friday and Greg Blake, owner of South Pack Solar, will demonstrate how we, the system owners and Nelson residents, can mount Enphase microinverters onto the back side of each solar panel to prepare them for installation. We don’t need to bring any tools and we won’t be crawling around the library roof. We’ll do our magic on tables on the library lawn.
In case you missed our March Town Meeting, this solar photovoltaic system will provide about 12,300 kWh of electricity every year, and that is about 76% of both the Town Hall and library electricity needs. Over the system’s warranted 25-year life, it’s been calculated that we will produce total savings of $71,200.

ARI & MIA – Boston’s Americana Sister Act: Nelson Town Hall

by on June 7, 2016 in Concert, Entertainment, Home Page, Promote
The Monadnock Folklore Society 
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Sunday, June 127:00 PM

NELSON TOWN HALL

$12/$9(senior, student, or in advance)

www.monadnockfolk.org
 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.

Larry Ames
Monadnock Folklore Society

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!

RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET

by on May 3, 2016 in Home Page, Promote

Mothers Day – May 8 – 7:00PM

The Monadnock Folklore Society
presents the

RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET

Displaying
‘keeping the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding’

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!

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

11a.m.-12noon

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 library@townofnelson.com.

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 library@townofnelson.com. 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 www.nhhc.org. 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.

TOWN OF NELSON ELECTION RESULTS

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

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