Social Event

2015 Celebrate Nelson

by on October 27, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson, Social Event

Nelson’s creative juices will be on display once again.

So, join us to help


Saturday, November 7, 2015

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Nelson Town

 The Olivia Rodham Library Lower Level

The Old Library

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Living among the trees and hills and valleys and neighborhoods of our little town, the people of Nelson will leave their homes on November 7 and gather in Nelson Village to overflow it with items for sale and/or information about their hobbies, passions, occupations and livelihoods:

sawing complex jigsaw puzzles

clearing walking trails in our woods

folding paper into origami

protecting the water quality of our lakes and ponds

boiling maple syrup

recording CDs of local performing artists

advocating for agricultural activities

planning art exhibits for Nelson’s sestercentennial

writing about Nelson’s history, as well as fiction and poetry

wrapping beads with wire into custom jewelry

crafting by some of Nelson’s school children

extracting local honey

continuing the Friends of the Library summer book sale

painting landscapes, flowers and abstracts

performing live on the stage in our preserved Town Hall

constructing wreathes for our holiday doors

studying Nelson’s future sustainability

carving wood into decoys

preparing a revised local phone book

drawing Zentangles on shelf mushrooms

revamping Hotel Nelson Revisited into a CD

spinning yarns, stuffing duvets, weaving and knitting with wool from Nelson’s sheep

sculpting forms from stone

selling food from what’s prepared in our kitchens and grown in our fields

and handcrafting many more items that add to this impressive variety of skills

Don’t forget the new edition of the Nelson Phone book being sold for $2 in the lower level of the library.

And, if this list doesn’t tempt you, come by to pick up the 3rd annual “collector’s item” calendar depicting old photographs from Nelson and Munsonville. This 2016 edition focuses on the occupations, hard work and passions of some of our earlier residents—thus honoring their contributions to our town.

There will be door prize drawings for those who visit all three venues

Light refreshments will be available

Don’t miss this wonderful display of

the many talents of our Nelson neighbors

Great Meadow Paddle and more…..

 by Dave Birchenough

Saturday August 22nd, a brave cadre of eleven paddle-hikers went deep into Nelson’s Great Meadow wilderness to conquer Nubanusit Creek, tested their skills against beaver construction projects and learned all about flora and fauna from Al Stoops, our intrepid resident wildlife biologist. 

Weather was a challenge. Kidding! It was a perfect day – 75º, sunny with just enough clouds for shade when we needed it and plenty of extra water to slide right over those beaver dams. A few adventurers even triumphed by going over the final six-foot high dam. Don’t miss next year’s paddle-hike. These photos are from another Great Meadow paddle – everyone on Saturday was smart to not bring a camera.

Last week Maury Collins and I rebuilt the main Murdough Hill Meander bridge by eliminating the upstream hand rail to provide more walking space. For safety, we decided to reconstruct the upstream bottom foot rail and moved all the decking to create more tread width. It feels nice and roomy now. The millstone remnants are more impressive every time I see them. Next we plan to improve access to the trail by building a small gravel parking lot at the trailhead on Granite Lake Road.

A workday is planned September 12th at 1PM on a new trail near the Village on land conserved by the Conservation Commission some years ago. The trail will explore the old stone dam built to support Asa Wilson’s sawmill in the nineteenth century and the beautiful brook that runs through the property. Anyone interested in helping with the project is welcome to join us. We’ll be breaking in our new tools acquired with the help of the Nelson Conservation Commission and a grant from the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership. You’ll find the work party just off Log Cabin Road behind Bert Wingerson’s house.