School Daze

Soon to be a swinging place!

Nelson School Principal Nicole Gordon has sent us a welcoming message for the start of the school year. Even more exciting, she will be contributing a regular monthly column with updates from the school, and will also be encouraging teachers to share student’s writing, artwork and other information so we can provide the community with a better idea of what goes on at the Nelson School (it’s a lot!). Read Nicole’s update .  .  .  

And Looking Ahead

Farmer’s Market

This weekend (Friday – Monday) visit the Old Library for the Paint Out Exhibit. On Sunday afternoon enjoy the Ice Cream Social while hearing the Nelson Town Band’s final Nelson concert of the season, on the Congregational Church lawn. The following Saturday you can hear Bill Waterston talk about a Frank Lloyd Wright restoration project, and / or head over to the Nelson School for the annual Farmer’s Market, sponsored by the PTO and Nelson Agricultural Commission. This involves much more than vegetables! There will be crafts, music, a barbecue, and even a contra dance.

Tuesday, September 13 is of course Primary Day, and the Friends of the Library have added an enticement for those coming to the Village to vote: a book sale in the lower library. More details about each of these events is found on the Nelson Events Calendar.

Town Clerk Karen Castelli advises us that they could still use some ballot counters for the Primary. That work starts as soon as the polls close at 7 p.m., and should be done around 9:00. Interested in helping out? Contact Karen at 603-847-9043,

Rev. Eliot Fay’s Installation

Eliot Fay and his family

Last Sunday, August 28, about 50 people (some on Zoom) gathered to celebrate the formal installation of Rev. Eliot Fay as the Nelson Congregational Church’s settled pastor. Special guests included Rev. Sara Marean (who was ordained in the church about 20 years ago), Rev. Stacey Kullgren (from the Southwest Association of UCC churches), and Rev. Richard Slater (UCC Conference minister for NH).

After the 3 p.m. service, everyone gathered on the lawn to enjoy cake, homemade goodies, and beverages organized by Charlotte Chamberlain and the Congregational Life committee.

What does it mean to be “installed”? In the UCC, ministers are first “called” by the congregation, then “installed” after a settling-in period, to affirm and witness the covenant between pastor and congregation. So, Eliot has been called, settled, and installed, to our mutual happiness!

~ Susan Peery