Forward March

by on March 1, 2009 in Life in Nelson

We’ve been through some winter! No sooner were we exhausted of political campaigns (which had taxed us heavily in New Hampshire for a couple of years) than we fell into that unprecedented period of darkness which, ironically, coincided with the final shortening of days as we approached the solstice.

By all accounts Nelson folks carried on quite respectably, with gratitude for those who so recently had not only the foresight, but the skill and energy to build the new Emergency Shelter in back of the Town Barn. Also – still grateful for those amazing tree and wire crews who labored through some very challenging weather.

Then through January without a thaw, and really February too, with not many days that would inspire sap to run.

Now here we are, not too distant from mud and blackflies, but we have a very rich slate of activities to get us through this month. First, coming right up on Thursday, March 5th, a “Meet the Candidates” night at the town hall. This forum, sponsored by the Library, gives townspeople a chance to meet (and presumably hear) the candidates for Selectmen, and perhaps other town offices.  This event starts at 6:45.

The benches will scarcely have cooled off when we can come back the next night at 7:00 for the annual School District Meeting.  This may not be anyone’s ideal way to spend a Friday night, but once a year it’s good to get some interesting perspective on what goes into the business of education. Town Meeting (Tuesday, March 10th) needs no introduction. Nelson is fortunate to have retained this tradition, and the percentage of voter turnout has historically been very impressive. Everyone is guaranteed some good entertainment while keeping democracy well nurtured at the local level.

Come back to the village Saturday night (March 14th) for Corned Beef and Cabbage at the Nelson Congregational Church (starts at 5) and stick around for the contra dance in the Nelson Town Hall, with a workshop at 7:30 and dancing at 8.

If these various activities don’t quite chase off the doldrums, come on down to the library, where you can bring your laptop (or use a library computer) to catch some fast Internet, check out a video, or even read a book!

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