Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday October 23 at 7:00 PM

Of Mallards and Men: Woodrow Wilson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and The Migratory Bird Treaty

A century ago, conservationists faced a crisis--the birds of America were under assault!  They rallied behind a series of laws designed to protect birds from hunting, but each was defeated.  Finally, they turned to diplomacy and negotiated a treaty with Canada to protect birds in North America.  With support from famous leaders like Woodrow Wilson and Oliver Wendell Holmes, conservationists won the day and preserved the nation's birds.  In this illustrated talk, birder and historian Kurk Dorsey will explain the origins of a law that is still saving our birds after nearly a century. Kurk Dorsey, a native of Cincinnati, received his PhD in History from Yale University in 1994. He has taught at UNH since then. He lives in Durham with his wife, Professor Molly Dorsey, and their two sons. Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Environmental Education.

Lovely Mums...

Thanks to the Grim Family for the mums decorating the Walt & Dot Grim Memorial Bench.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wednesday October 22 at 7:00 PM

The Antrim Ukelele Society plays the Hancock Town Library!!! This seven-member group will play favorites from the Beatles to the Beach Boys to Edith Piaf. How can you resist?? Free, as always, and open to all.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 9th at 7:00 PM ~ Poet Paul Hostovsky

Poem on the Fridge

The refrigerator is the highest honor
a poem can aspire to. The ultimate
publication. As close to food as words
can come. And this refrigerator poem
is honored to be here beneath its own
refrigerator magnet, which feels like a medal
pinned to its lapel. Stop here a moment
and listen to the poem humming to itself,
like a refrigerator itself, the song in its head
full of crisp, perishable notes that wither in air,
the words to the song lined up here like
a dispensary full of indispensable details:
a jar of corrugated green pickles, an array
of headless shrimp, fiery maraschino cherries,
a fruit salad, veggie platter, assortments of
cheeses and chilled French wines, a pink
bottle of amoxicillin: the poem is infectious,
it’s having a party. The music, the revelry
is seeping through this white door.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Sydney Williams: One Man’s Family – 
Growing up in Peterborough & Other Stories

These essays—or as Sydney Williams calls them, “musings”—are evocative of a time and a place—of growing up in a New Hampshire village in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sydney Williams was the second of nine children whose parents were sculptors and who was raised on a small farm, with horses, goats and chickens—an unconventional life in an unconventional place, but during a conventional time. You’ll read about the Shetland pony that joined the family’s Christmas celebrations; about impromptu days taken off from school to ski; about starting a rubber toy business; about learning the value of charity from an older sister’s founding of a circus and the value of compassion from a younger brother’s struggle with disabilities. Throughout the book, Williams ties his personal experiences to events in the wider world—his father’s return from war on V-J Day; a neighbor’s reaction to the ban on school prayer; the significance of Memorial Day celebrations to different generations—and to the events of his later life, including deaths, births, marital stresses, and school and family reunions. Williams left Peterborough in 1956 to go off to school, yet his bonds to Peterborough persist. His brother Willard owns and manages the Toadstool. Besides Willard, three sisters—Betsy, Charlotte and Jenny—live nearby. Sydney lives with his wife Caroline in Old Lyme Connecticut. Free and open to all.