Quilt Trunk Show: In Celebration of Yankee Frugality and Beauty, or “Give A Scrap Slap”
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes you to Quilt Designer Beth Helfter’s “Quilt Trunk Show: In Celebration of Yankee Frugality and Beauty, or “Give a Scrap Slap,” scheduled for Thursday, September 28th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Beth’s presentation is the kick-off for the four-part Fall themed series for adults, Quintessential New England. While attending this lively, amazing and colorful presentation of Beth’s quilt making journey, set aside some extra time to view the Friends of the Amherst Town Library’s September Art Exhibit, “The Alphabet in Quilts” adding beauty to the walls of the Library with a collection created by the Souhegan Valley Quilters Guild.
Quilts made from scraps have been popular among quilters for centuries; sometimes out of necessity, but in the modern age, more often out of the love of being able to use all the fabrics we love in the same quilt. Beth shares many of her quilts made from her own original designs—scrappy, colorful and inspiring! She also shares her thoughts on what makes a good scrap quilt, why scrap quilts are her favorites, and insights in to how one-idea morphs into so many more during the design process.
Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, Beth Helfter has published over 40 patterns and her work has been featured in Quilter’s World, The Quilter, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and Cotton Spice magazines. She was appointed to the 2014 Quiltmaker magazine “Scrap Squad” along with five other quilters, all chosen to remake one particular design per issue in all scraps. You will never look at a quilt pattern just one-way again after hearing Beth’s lecture and viewing her trunk show!
This program is free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED due to space limitations. You can register for this event and all programs in the Quintessential New England series by calling 673-2288, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
North Sea Gas Concert—
On Tour from Scotland
AMHERST – One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies, North Sea Gas, performs at the Amherst Town Library on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhráns, Banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment. They have received the Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They have released 19 albums. As Celtic Radio Boston states, “The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious, spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling, and beautiful harmonies.” Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald, and Grant Simpson are the band members.
Dave Gilfillan, founding member of North Sea Gas, is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where his interest in music started at an early age. He plays guitar, banjo, mandola, bodhrán, foot drum, harmonica, and whistle. Dave has built up a reputation for rousing sing-along vocals and big heartfelt ballads. His brand of folk music has taken him, and North Sea Gas, all over the world.
Ronnie MacDonald, is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, and now lives in Edinburgh. “Mac,” as he is known, has been involved with music and bands all his life and joined the band in 2002. He plays guitar and bouzouki and sings both lead and harmony vocals.
Grant Simpson, originally from Lossiemouth in the northeast Scotland, and now living in Edinburgh, has been playing fiddle since he was a very young child. He joined the band in 2006. Besides playing the fiddle, he also sings harmony vocals, the occasional solo, and plays guitar, bouzouki, and mandola.
This concert is free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED due to space limitations. You can register for this event 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.”
“A Cool Morning Mist” by Phil Bean, Oil on Canvas
Natural Element of Light, Color and Nature…
AMHERST – The Friends of the Amherst Town Library is honored to exhibit Phil Bean, an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, as part of the 2017 Professional Artists Exhibit series. Natural Elements of Light, Color & Nature exhibit will be on display October 2 - 31 at the Amherst Town Library. Through his oil paintings, Phil recreates his vibrant visual experience to share with the viewer. "I feel compelled to paint when I see the landscape undergoing very dramatic changes at certain times of the day. Light with its elusive and fleeting qualities can have a pronounced effect on the mood and atmosphere of a particular scene.”
Originally from New England, Phil grew up in California where he began his first painting experience with oils after being inspired by the works of other painters. Primarily self-taught, Phil continued to study and develop his techniques until an opportunity to move to Alaska brought about more artistic challenges. From an artist’s perspective, he acquired a deep appreciation for the wilderness and scenic wonders of that rugged landscape before moving back to the New England of his youth. Working both in the studio and outdoors en plein air, he draws on his inspiration from the effects of light and shadow on the natural landscape using a combination of brush and painting knife techniques to create his oils paintings.
On Sunday, October 15 the public is invited to the Artist’s Reception from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Amherst Town Library located at 14 Main Street in Amherst. If you have any questions contact Christine Farris at FOLArts@icloud.com.
New England Pie: History Under A Crust With Culinary Historian Robert Cox
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes you to join us for the second in our Quintessential New England series for adults, “New England Pie: History under the Crust with Culinary Historian Robert Cox” on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Pie has been a delectable centerpiece of Yankee tables since Europeans first landed on New England’s shores in the seventeenth century. With a satisfying variety of savory and sweet, author Robert Cox takes a bite out of the history of pie and pie-making in the region. From the crackling topmost crust to the bottom layer, explore the origin and evolution of popular ingredients like the Revolutionary roots of the Boston Cream. One month at a time, celebrate the seasonal fixings that fill New Englanders’ favorite dessert from apple and cherry to pumpkin and squash. With interviews from local bakers, classic recipes, and some modern twists on beloved standards, this mouthwatering history of New England Pies offers something for every appetite.
Robert Cox is Head of Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst, an archive that specializes in the history of social change and the histories of New England including the history of food in our region. As an historian, he has written on American religious movements, Quakers, Native Americans, and New England foods. He is the author of three books: A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal; Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table; and, New England Pie: A History under a Crust.
Thanks to the Friends of the Amherst Town Library, there will be a delicious spread of pies to taste to add to the fun and delight of the evening!
This program is free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED due to space limitations. You can register for this event by calling 673-2288, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”