Colonial – Inspired Dooryard Garden

by on June 8, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page, Promote

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?

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


by on March 30, 2017 in Promote, Town Clerk

I would like to publicly express my immense gratitude to all the election workers who assisted me at our town election held on March 14th, during the Blizzard of 2017. Nelson received over 18” of snow over the course of a stormy and blustery day; throughout this challenging time all of my workers showed up on time, ready to work and with a smile on their faces. My back-up plan in case of cancellations was implemented without any inconvenience, thanks to willing last minute volunteers. I am so very thankful to the following: Moderator: Lew Derby; Supervisors of the Checklist: Hope Lothrop and Donna Kidd; Ballot Clerks: Jeff Taylor, Val Van Meier, Amy Whitney and Andy Wilson; Counters and Watchers: Tom Buttrick, Joy Birdsey, Phil and Karen Castelli, Bill Dunn, Paul Giacomo, Bob Jones, Mark Levine, Kathy Schillemat, Heidi Tompkins and Tal Gregory, Elizabeth Williams, Emily and Sarah Wilson. There were also a few townspeople who on their way in or out of the Town Hall would eagerly shovel the walkway which was continually being covered by falling or blowing snow. And last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Rich Church for driving to Marlborough to pick up our pizzas. All-in-all it was a good day in spite of conflicting directives from the state and the media.

I am always looking for new people to help out during elections. If you are interested in being of service to your town, please contact me at 847-9043 or A small stipend is paid.

Julia Lennon

Town Clerk/Tax Collector

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.

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

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

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


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

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!

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.



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.

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.

Nubanusit Lake to the Spoonwood Pond Hike

by on February 16, 2016 in Nelson Trail Group, Promote
You are invited to hike across Nubanusit Lake to the dam at the end of Spoonwood Pond on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11 AM – 2 PM.

                                                                                  Looking northeast at Nubanusit Lake from the Spoonwood Pond Dam
Join the Nelson Trail Committee for a leisurely walk across the ice of Nubanusit Lake, through the isthmus of Louis Cabot Preserve, across pristine Spoonwood Pond to its 1859 vintage 12’ high and 280’ long dam & spillway. For more than 100 years that impoundment provided much of the energy necessary to power the Harrisville mills.

At the dam, the Trail Committee will host a free cookout and provide hot dogs, chips, cookies and hot chocolate. Depending on conditions, bring ice walkers (such as STABILicers or Yaktrax), boots, snowshoes or cross country skis  – your choice. Round trip: 4 miles. Total elevation gain: 0 feet. Meet at Dave Birchenough’s (827-3552) at 162 Nubanusit Road, Nelson at 11 AM. We should be back by 2:00 PM.



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

Scots Gaelic Singer – Jennifer Licko

by on July 7, 2015 in Concert, Home Page, Music, Promote
The Monadnock Folklore Society 
Scots Gaelic Singer 
Jennifer Licko
Wednesday, July 15 – 7:30 PM
Nelson Town Hall
Admission $12/$9(senior, student , or in advance)
Jennifer Licko, a Scots Gaelic singer living in Brazil, but originally from North Carolina, is an International touring artist featured on national radio in the US, and a respected musician within the Celtic genre while acquiring fans outside of that niche. Jennifer masterfully combines the Appalachian music of her North Carolina roots with the traditional Celtic music of her ancestors. “Jennifer Licko could very well be the heir-apparent to Canada’s Loreena McKennitt and Clannad’s Maire Brennan,” says Celtic Life Magazine.

The folk music of North Carolina has strong roots in Celtic traditions; Jennifer Licko will be singing various types of traditional Scots Gaelic song such as oran luadh (work songs) and puirt a beul (dance tunes), along with folk songs (from North Carolina via Scotland) sung in English including some of her original material which has been greatly influenced by Irish and Scottish songwriters such as Dougie MacLean and John Spillane.

Jennifer will accompany herself on guitar and bodhran and at times will ask the audience to participate in singing and rhythm parts in the spirit of the oral singing tradition.

Jennifer’s most recent album ‘A Thousand Curses Upon Love’ has been receiving critical acclaim from the Celtic/Folk and World music community and is receiving national radio airplay. Currently Jennifer is working on a new album with producer and guitarist Patsy Obrien (The Cathie Ryan band) and four time All Ireland fiddle champion, Dylan Foley (The Yanks). The long awaited album will be trad based with world influences. The Irish Edition writes, “At times, Jennifer Licko has a haunting vibrato in her voice, at times she attacks songs with a deep feeling, but she always attracts as she sings.”


Larry Ames 
Monadnock Folklore Society

Book Sale Donations Needed Now for August Sale

by on June 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library, Promote


Library booksale in the Town Hall

Please bring your donations of  books to the library.  The annual book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library on Old Home Day, supports the library in many ways.  Your donations make that possible.  Clean gently used books are needed.  We cannot use textbooks or magazines. This year, the book sale will be in the meeting room below the library. Thank you.

“Sustainability and Simplicity: a Personal Journey.”

by on June 15, 2015 in Home Page, Promote


The Nelson Sustainability Group’s first speaker will be David Voymas, whose topic will be “Sustainability and Simplicity: a Personal Journey.” David and his wife, Barbara, began considering the implications of sustainability in the 1970s: their journey has brought them to Nelson, where they are working to build a simple and efficient lifestyle.
David’s presentation is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, at 7 pm, in the Nelson Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. We invite your participation.