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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.

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 http://nelsonhistory.org.

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 nelsonhistory.org

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 library@townofnelson.com.

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 www.nhhumanities.org

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 thelen@harriscenter.org 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 http://townofnelson.com/nhdb.  To read more download this book with your library number  at https://nh.overdrive.com/ 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.