Rantin' Pipe and Tremblin' String: Early Music of Scotland
Sunday March 24, 2019, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
AMHERST – Our program explores the unique crossroads of 17th and 18th-century Scottish folk and classical music. Homesick Scots, English music lovers, and Italian composers all found themselves bewitched by these simple northern melodies. You’ll hear traditional tunes for fiddle and pipes including toe-tapping jigs and reels along with soulful airs and strathspeys. We'll play works by talented Scots composers like James Oswald and William McGibbon along with tuneful selections from the Straloch lute manuscript, the Dixon bagpipe manuscript, and the Scots Musical Museum. We’ll pay homage to Scottish drawing rooms and dance halls where the only difference between a fiddler and a violinist was the music in front of him! Seven Times Salt is Karen Burciaga, fiddle & voice; Dan Meyers, bagpipes, recorder, drum & voice; Josh Schreiber Shalem, bass viol & voice; Matthew Wright, lute & voice.
Seven Times Salt is a Boston-based early music ensemble performing music of the 16-17th centuries on period instruments. We specialize in repertoire for the 'consort-of-six” that was popular during the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Praised for our creative programming and 'impeccably balanced sound,” the group has performed since 2003 at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Plantation, the New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and numerous schools and historic societies. Seven Times Salt has researched and presented original programs for the Amherst, Bloomington, and Boston Early Music Festivals (Fringe), the Society For Historically Informed Performance, and our own self-produced concert series. We delight in blurring the lines between 'art music” and folk tunes, and feel at ease performing in the concert hall, the dance hall, or the beer hall! In Fall 2018, we released our new album Pilgrims' Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers. www.seventimessalt.com
Tech & Travel, a Three Part Series at the Library
Jennifer KoerberAMHERST – The Amherst Town Library is launching a new three part series for adults, Tech & Travel, beginning with the first program, “Before You Go- Travel Planning and Prep” on Tuesday, March 26 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Johnson Meeting Room. Presenter Jennifer Koerber, freelance writer, consultant, and trainer on technology in everyday life, brings her specialized expertise to create informative learning environments on all things tech. As Jennifer says, “I don’t just train people; I help them find the confidence to learn.”
In this series, learn how mobile technology and online tools can simplify and enrich your travels. From finding the best deals to sharing your photos, there’s a tool that can help! In this first Tech & Travel program, Jennifer will discuss travel search engines like Kayak, translation apps, and airline/bus/train/transit apps.
Jennifer Koerber worked for 17 years at the Boston Public Library, and has written extensively for Library Journal on technology and public service in libraries. Delivering many trainings on technology and online life to the public and for staff development, she is also the co-author of Emerging Technologies: a Primer for Librarians (2015) and is author of a forthcoming book on library services to immigrants and new Americans. She earned her MSLIS from Simmons College.
Mark your calendars and sign-up for the whole Tech & Travel series. Tuesday, April 16 is “Travel Photography with Any Camera” and Tuesday, May 21 is “Telling Your Stories” with audio and video recordings.
Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is REQUIRED for each Tech & Travel presentation scheduled from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. You can register for these events by calling 673-2288, emailing email@example.com or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
An Evening Program for Parents
BE THE PARENT, PLEASE: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat
A Skype-visit presentation by author Naomi Schaefer Riley
AMHERST – How much screentime is too much for our children? The explosion of technology in the world today is presenting parents with the daily challenge of determining a healthy level of interaction with the on-screen world for their children.
Please mark your calendars for this important program at the Amherst Town Library, Wednesday March 27 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM to hear author Naomi Schaefer Riley discuss her recent book, bringing to the conversation the latest research on technology usage and drawing from her own experience as a mother of three. She will talk about how to address concerns we are beginning to feel about our children and the time they spend engaged with electronic devices. We’ll learn what the latest research is showing about this issue, and also get some practical tips on how to set limits on your own children’s technology use.
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on issues regarding child welfare as well as a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She also writes about parenting, higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture.
She is a former columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer, as well as the author of six books
Please go to our online calendar (www.amherstlibrary.org) and register online so we can plan for audience size for this important program.
March Art Exhibit at The Amherst Town Library
AMHERST – The Friends of the Amherst Town Library is pleased to welcome Marie Doherty and her incredible paintings to the library on display starting March 11th. Marie paints in oil, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. Marie has been painting since 1991 and studied art with Helene Barber, Alice Freund, Charles Muench, and Alexander Zimin. Her art has been exhibited all across the country and received best of show at the Triton Museum in San Jose, CA.
If you are interested in having an art show at the Amherst Town Library, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Armchair Travel Series: National Parks of Alaska
Adventurer Steve FarrarAMHERST – In the second presentation of our National Parks series Monday April 1, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, we will learn the geography of Alaska as we visit all eight of the state’s parks. Adventurer Steve Farrar will combine a visual tour with insights into the geology, wildlife, history, and climate of the region in the course of showing us what a trip to each of the great parks can look like.
Our presenter, Steve Farrar, grew up in the Boston suburb of Medfield and experienced his first National Parks as an impressionable 14-year-old on the way to the 1969 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Idaho. The 5-day bus trip from Salt Lake City included stops in Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, and Glacier NP which sparked a fascination with natural beauty that has evolved into Steve’s life-long passion for visiting our National Parks. His adventures exploring 57 of the 60 parks include hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, scuba diving the coral reefs of the Virgin Islands, camping among the wolves on Isle Royale, scaling rock faces in Yosemite, and climbing to the summits of Mount Rainier and Denali.
Steve’s pictures and stories of his travels are sure to stoke your personal wanderlust, so come prepared to be inspired!
We are excited to welcome Steve back to explore specific parks more in depth. This will be a 3-part series (3/4, 4/1, 5/6) that focus on a number photographic groupings.
Alaska (April 1): Glacier Bay, Wrangell-St. Elias, Kenai Fjords, Lake Clark, Katmai, Kobuk Valley, Gates of the Arctic, and Denali
Seeing Through the Eyes of a Poet: Remembering Mary Oliver
The Reverend Carol StreckerAMHERST – The Amherst Town Library invites you to a “Seeing through the Eyes of a Poet: Remembering Mary Oliver” on Thursday, April 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.
Beloved, prolific, award-winning poet Mary Oliver died on January 17th. Oliver, whose work is greatly influenced by her love of the natural world and is infused with a deep spirituality, believed poetry “mustn’t be fancy”. People responded strongly to her very accessible work, making Oliver one of the popular and poets of her time. The New York Times described Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Oliver was a New Englander - living in Bennington, Vermont and later, for many years, in Provincetown.
The Reverend Carol Strecker, Interim Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Milford and a self-avowed lover of Oliver’s work, will present “Seeing Through the Eyes of a Poet: Remembering Mary Oliver” - a program that will honor her recent passing by lifting up the words and images that have helped so many look at life just a little more closely and see a little more deeply that which connects us to all that is. If you have a favorite Mary Oliver poem, please bring it with you to share.
Rev. Strecker attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and was ordained as a UU minister in 1999. She also has a Master of Social Work from Boston University.
All adult programs offered at the Amherst Town Library are free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for this event by calling (603) 673-2288 or by visiting the website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then drop down to “Sign-Up for Programs.
Annual Trivia Night Hosted by Friends of the Amherst Town Library
AMHERST – Calling all Trivia lovers! On Saturday, April 6th the Friends of the Amherst Town Library will be hosting their 8th annual Trivia Night at the Hampshire Hills Athletic Club (50 Emerson Rd. Milford, NH 03055). Doors open for a raffle and buffet dinner will begin promptly at 5pm. Appetizers and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Trivia hosted by our MC Porter Dodge begins at 7pm!
Tables of 10 are available for $200, or individual tickets are available for $20 a piece.
To reserve your ticket email email@example.com or contact Stephanie Tannariello (321-558-4999) and Liz Larson (769-7039).
To learn more about Trivia Night or “The Friends,” visit https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheamherstlibrary/. We hope to see you there!
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