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

History Moment

by on March 30, 2017 in Calendar, Home Page, Promote

Haying below Greengate

The Nelson Library hosts

 History Moment, 11am, Saturday April 8th

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


 “A House, A Barn and Two Families” with Don Bennett

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

3 Ravens Concert

by on March 20, 2017 in Concert, Home Page

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents

Lui Collins, Max Cohen, and Donna Hébert 


 Saturday, March 25th at the Nelson Town Hall.

The concert starts at 8:00 PM; admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

The group joined forces in 2016 to create a show with NY Times bestselling author Jane Yolen based on her otherworldly poetry. Now Max Cohen, Lui Collins and Donna Hébert roost musically as ‘3 ravens‘.
The trio crafts an evening out of their originals, instrumentals and traditional songs, as well as Jane’s verses set to music. Harmonies blend three strong voices, paring down to just one when the story shifts shape. Donna’s fi ddling morphs from light to dark, while Lui’s piano, banjo and ukulele converse fl gently with Max’s guitar. 3 ravens off ers a rich and joyful audience experience . . . and if the fiddle catches your feet, you might just fi nd yourself dancing!

“Elegant, mystical, delicate tales told in imaginative ways. Every tune they spin turns to gold. Just gorgeous!” – Hudson River Sampler DJ Wanda Adams Fischer(WAMC-NPR Albany, NY).

Salamander Crossing

by on March 16, 2017 in Home Page, Promote
Salamander Crossing Brigades:
Volunteer Training

Sponsoring Organization: Harris Center for Conservation Education and the Nelson Conservation Commission
About this Event: As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Every year, the Harris Center for Conservation Education trains citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region. These heroic volunteers move migrating amphibians across roads by hand during one or more “Big Nights” each spring, keeping count as they go. To join the ranks — or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration — attend this volunteer training in Nelson on March 16, the one at Keene State College on March 24, or the one at the Harris Center on April 1. (One training will do!)
What to Bring: The training session is indoors, so there is no need to bring anything to the training, except perhaps a writing utensil for taking notes. If you plan to participate in the Salamander Brigades on Big Nights, you will need to bring a reflective vest, rain gear, and a bright flashlight and/or headlamp.
Youth Volunteers? Youth volunteers — elementary-school age and up — are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by their parents.
Event Details: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Nelson Town Hall in Nelson, NH.
Questions? Contact Brett Amy Thelen at or (603) 358-2065.

2017 Nelson Election Results

by on March 15, 2017 in Home Page

Selectmen –

Maury Collins

Trustee of the Library –

Kathleen Vetter, Laurie Smith

Cemetery Board –

Elaine Giacomo

Emergency Management Officer –

Dennis Dellagreca

Planning Board Member –

David Bower
Zoning Board of Adjustment –

Robert W. Lenox

Road Equipment Committee –

Dennis Dellagreca
Trustee of Trust Funds – To Be Decided
Treasurer – John Shea

Article 2 passed

The actual ballot count results are posted in the town office and on the Bulletin Board

School Board Member: Lynn Mullett
School District Clerk: Katharine Schillemat
School District Moderator: Lewis Derby
School District Treasurer: Hope Lothrop

Book of the Month

by on March 7, 2017 in Home Page

Our Book of the month allows you to start reading a book on this site at  To read more download this book with your library number  at or come check out the print book at the library. The book this month is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

How to Class – Free Ebooks Online – Apple Devices

by on February 8, 2017 in Home Page, Promote

Get free downloadable ebooks on line with your library membership.

This class, lead by Lisa Seiverts, will teach you how to get ebooks downloaded onto your Kindle or other apple device from an Apple device.

Saturday, February 11th at 11am.

Wild Edibles

by on January 24, 2017 in Agriculture, Home Page, Promote, Wildlife

This Saturday, January 28th 11am
Al Stoops will be lecturing on Wild Edibles
at the Olivia Rodham Library
Come for coffee and donuts and stay for the talk.

Learn about easily identifiable edibles, Al Stoop’s lecture is sure to be informative, and thought provocative.

You will leave thinking differently about our woods in Nelson.

If you enjoy Al’s talk, perhaps you would like to join Al and Kathy on their Monday forays into the woods.

Photos by Kathy Schillemat

Author Dan Szceszy to speak at Nelson Library

by on November 3, 2016 in Home Page


Hiking and Travel with Kids: The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie is a memoir/trail book of travel author Dan Szczesny’s one year bonding journey with his foster daughter when she was nine yeas old. They tackled one of our state’s least known, but most beautiful mountain lists, called the 52 With a View. Later, Dan took his ten-month-old daughter overseas on an epic journey to India and Turkey. Join Dan for a journey from the White Mountains to Istanbul with a slide show about how to get kids started, how to keep them safe and happy on the road.
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.

Scottish Music at Nelson Town Hall

by on October 20, 2016 in Home Page


Troy MacGillivray with Wendy MacIsaac & Buddy MacDonald “a special evening of Cape Breton music” , Nelson Town Hall

by on August 28, 2016 in Concert, Entertainment, Home Page, Promote
The Monadnock Folklore Society 
 Sunday , September 18 – 7:00 PM

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.

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 

Sunday, June 127:00 PM


$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.

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!


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