Connecting with Cranes, Flowers, and People

Linda Singer explores the power of connection through her art, her gardening, and her friendships. It all may be natural, but good things also require hard work. Her article this month allows us to connect with her inspirations. Link to Linda .  .  .  

Fitness on Old Home Day

Nelson Old Home Day is a great way to stay in shape! Start the day with the Nelson Marathon, whether on foot or bicycle. For kids, a couple of hours of games under the direction of Maureen Lord and others will put their youthful energy to work. Later in the day, the waterball contest and softball game keeps it going. And cap the day off with Nelson’s most notable form of recreation, a contra dance.

See the full schedule for Old Home Day, Saturday, August 6

And there’s more . . .

Why limit your fitness to your body? We all know that intellectual stimulation is vital to our mental well-being. And consider this: The Friends of the Library have a huge variety of books, including, unique for this year, a large selection of books on the classics.

Bruce White spent childhood summers and holidays at Five B Farm (formerly Miss Rodham’s) in Nelson. In later years, he began to write stories based on accumulated memories of the diverse characters of Nelson and their ways of life from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. $10

Albert Duvall Quigley spent most of his life painting the people and landscapes of the Monadnock region. A self-taught musician, he built and repaired fiddles, wrote dance tunes, and played at local dances. He also made frames known for their beautiful workmanship and originality, and prized by many Monadnock artists. This is a catalog of his work.  $30

Books will heat you three times: first when you carry the box (because you’ll get many) to your car, second, when you unload it at home, and third, when you’re curled up by the fire reading in the winter. 

And there’s even more . . .

The Friends of the Library occasionally sell books by local authors. These two treasures will be available this year at the Old Home Day book sale.

See the full schedule for Old Home Day, Saturday, August 6

Coughlin’s Field ~ Sarah Wilson

Capture the Landscape

Calling Local Artists

The Old Library in Nelson, NH is hosting an exhibit of landscapes celebrating conserved properties in our region. This year they are accepting painting, drawing and photography. The Paint Out! show will open on Labor Day Weekend. Interested artists should contact Lynn by August 5 at  You’ll be connected with a landscape sure to whet your palette.

Lovin’ It

Do you believe in magic? Remember that Lovin’ Spoonful song from 1965? It turns out that band member John Sebastian had experienced some magic at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music at around that time. He even wrote this song for Apple Hill!

If you were worried about withdrawal from a wonderful week of Old Home activities, and you’d like to show support for Apple Hill, consider attenting their annual gala concert on August 9. Enjoy good food and beautiful music, as Apple Hill welcomes new Executive Director Javier Caballero. A diverse program featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet, the gala cello ensemble, and the summer premiere of Miriam Sharrock’s “Remembrance.”  Info and Tickets .  .  .