New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and The Reality
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes you to join us for the third program in our Quintessential New England series for adults, “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality,” on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Steve Taylor, independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official is presenting. Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Taylor was the founding Executive Director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state’s rural culture.
Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.
Please come early and check out the Library’s Glass Display Case at the entryway where artifacts and memorabilia relating to the History of Schools in Amherst may be viewed. The display was created by the Historical Society of Amherst’s members Bonnie Knott and Susan Fischer, along with Katrina Holman, local historian. The display is on exhibit for the month of October and coincides with the 25th anniversary of Souhegan High School, 50th anniversary of Wilkins School, and 80th anniversary of Clark School this year.
Please join us for the rest of the Quintessential New England series for adults: “Paint Night for Adults: Re-create ‘An Indian Summer Morning in the White Mountains’” on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.; and, “New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic with Ted Reinstein” on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.
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.”
“An Indian Summer Morning in the White Mountains” by Jasper Francis Cropsey
“Paint Night For Adults: Re-Create ‘An Indian Summer Morning In The White Mountains’”
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library welcomes Kerry Harman, an instructor from the Currier Museum of Art, to lead us in, “Paint Night for Adults: Re-Create ‘An Indian Summer Morning in the White Mountains” on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Johnson Meeting Room of the Library. Part of the five-part series for adults, Quintessential New England, this program is a hands-on workshop where we will begin by exploring Jasper Francis Cropsey’s “An Indian Summer Morning in the White Mountains” (currently on view at the Currier Museum of Art). Born in 1823, Cropsey was a Hudson River School painter. Painted in 1857, “An Indian Summer Morning in the White Mountains,” depicts the White Mountains as a primeval paradise. The rising sun illuminates a varied prospect: a snow-capped mountain, craggy peak, rolling hills ablaze with autumn hues, and a briskly running mountain stream emptying into a deep, still pool that reflects the shapes and colors of the surrounding landscape. Inspired by Cropsey’s painting, Kerry will lead participants to create their own autumn landscapes in vibrant tempera cake paints. No art experience is required and all materials provided.
Kerry Harman has a BA in Studio Arts - Painting from UNH. She has taught extensively in both two- and three-dimensional media, with a specialized interest in ceramics. Many inspirations for her work come from the natural world. Kerry has also attended ceramic and printmaking seminars at both Peter’s Valley in NJ, and Haystack Mountain in ME, as well as exhibited in local galleries in Epsom and Manchester, NH.
All programs in the Quintessential New England series for adults are free and open to the public. The final program of the series is “New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic with Ted Reinstein” on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. 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.”
“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 through October 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.
If you have any questions contact Christine Farris at FOLArts@icloud.com.
New England’s General Stores: Exploring An American Classic With Ted Reinstein
AMHERST – Ted Reinstein, reporter for “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV Boston’s award winning nightly news magazine, presents at the Amherst Town Library, “New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic,” on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the final program of the Library’s Quintessential New England series for adults.
The general store, old as America itself, harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. The general store conjures a country-like place where kids come in to buy penny candy, and adults buy everything from swaths of fabric, to fresh vegetables, to four-penny nails. It was a place to pick up mail, the newspaper, and perhaps tarry a bit on a cold, winter’s morning to chat over a cup of coffee and warm wood stove. Fact is, the general store is still very much here, and very much in business. What’s more, like the diner, it has seen a resurgence. In some places, it is even being reimagined for a new era. The tale of general stores goes beyond nostalgia and shopping. Society needs “a place to gather.” In profiling the colorful stories of some of New England’s most iconic general stores in this lively talk, the long, ongoing story of this remarkable region itself comes to life.
Ted joined “Chronicle” in 1995 as a reporter and producer. Politics is also a passion and he is a weekly contributor for WCVB’s political roundtable show, “On the Record.” Ted received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brandeis University, where he was valedictorian on graduation in 1984. He is the author New England Notebook, Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds, and New England General Stores: Exploring an American Classic. This is a great opportunity to see Ted LIVE!
All programs in the Quintessential New England series for adults are free and open to the public. Registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for these events 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.”
The Quintessential Brass Presents "Made In America"
AMHERST - Residents of Amherst and surrounding communities are invited to join the Amherst Town Library Trustees at the annual Anna Boardman Concert November 5 at 5:00 p.m. to hear Quintessential Brass presenting a program entitled “Made in America.” The band will be highlighting music by American composers and performers and celebrating America’s rich musical traditions.
The musical program will include the music of artists such as Leroy Anderson, John Phillip Sousa, John Bon Hovi, Henry Mancini, and the Beach Boys, as well as music from Broadway, the Big Band Era, and popular TV and movie themes. It should be a lively and entertaining concert!
Founded in 1990 to play brass classics, the Quintessential Brass Band found a common love in jazz and popular music. The group consists of two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and bass trombone or tuba. Members of the group have, individually, performed with groups all over the world, recorded CDs and movie soundtracks, performed for presidents and played at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and on NPR. They are well renowned for their polished professional take on modern and traditional songs.
The concert, held at the library, is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register, call the library at 673-2288 or visit the library homepage at www.amherstlibrary.org. There will be refreshments following the concert along with an opportunity to meet the musicians.