The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

Tuesday, December 1, 2020     7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     virtual program via zoom

A well-illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the 21st Century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. The celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year. But many customs we take for granted as part of the current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history. The presentation will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Clause came to town.  Ken Turino is a curator, educator, director, producer, and author, and Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England.

Pontine Theater presents 'A White Heron'

Tuesday, December 8, 2020     7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Virtual programming

Join Pontine Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers & Marguerite Mathews, online, as they share their original staging of Sarah Orne Jewett’s beloved story, A White Heron.

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was born in the coastal town of South Berwick, Maine. She is admired for her stories celebrating small town life set on the Maine seacoast. Jewett’s story comes to life with storytelling, toy theatre figures, shadow puppetry and a rolling panorama, created by Mr. Gathers.

Co-Artistic Directors, Marguerite Mathews and Gregory Gathers, have produced over fifty original works. Creating and performing these works, Pontine has introduced their unique form of theatre to audiences throughout New England, transforming audience interest in gestural theatre, puppetry, toy theatre and storytelling into enthusiasm for this distinctive synthesis of forms.

Brewing in NH: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present

Wednesday, December 16, 2020      7:00 PM to 8:00 PM     virtual program via zoom

Presenter Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a 'tea-totaler', this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.  Knoblock is a long-time lecturer, has given his  'New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones” lecture to nearly 100 New Hampshire towns.

ZOOM Family Storytime

Tuesday, Nov. 17 through Dec. 15     10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Virtual programming

Ages 3 and up, younger siblings welcome.

Our family storytimes are for the entire family to enjoy. We begin every session with a welcoming routine. We follow that with a simple story targeted primarily to the younger siblings in the group (but still plenty of fun for the older ones!).

After that, we'll move on to stories that require a little more focus. If your youngest children are getting 'antsy' at that point, you are welcome to bring them out to play in another room (or simply check that the 'mute' button is on)---making sure to come back to join us for the concluding routines and craft at the end of each program.

Make sure to include your email address in the registration. Check your inbox on the morning of the program for your Zoom invitation! (the same invitation link will work for all 6 meetings in this session)

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