Nelson In Common Weekly Update 051221

One of the joys of early spring is getting to see what natural gardens provide – plants and places that don’t require any of our efforts. This allows us to try to be a little more patient while we wait for our own gardens to come in. We can also still look into the forest and scan some distance, before undergrowth fills out and lessens our view. If you must have a quick fix of spring, there’s always Keene, which is a good two-weeks ahead.

Old Home Day Update

As we look to the summer in Nelson, one sad but necessary fact is that Old Home Day will not take place this year. This is largely due to not knowing what protocols will be in place for gatherings and use of town spaces, but there is an overriding factor that warrants immediate attention. For many years a dedicated group of volunteers has done the planning and day-of-event work necessary to make Old Home Week come to fruition. In recent years that group has diminished in numbers, and now there are simply not enough volunteers to make this happen. Ironically, cancelling Old Home Week gives the committee a chance to regroup: to consider what has been successful, look at some new ideas, and to assemble a new team of volunteers. If you think you might be interested in being part of a new Old Home Week team, please contact Elaine Giacomo ( She will be the point person as new plans get made.


The Watermelon-Eating Contest, from a long time ago Old Home Day

It probably won’t be a totally culturally dry summer – there are rumors some outdoor music in the planning stages, including, if we can find the right venue (ideas?) at the open-to-the-public annual meeting (and potluck) on August 21). We look forward to being able to announce and promote any upcoming events on this website, and through The Black Fly Express.

Good Giving

It has often been demonstrated, at town meeting and elsewhere, that Nelson folks are generous and compassionate. Two examples of this as reported from Nelson’s churches: The Nelson Congregational Church has donated the full proceeds of their Easter offering, plus matching funds for the first $500.00, to Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene. The total donation was $1,520.00. And over the last year The Chapel By the Lake has been receiving and distributing donations of food for The Community Kitchen, and clothes and other items for Hundred Nights. Both organizations are impressed and extremely thankful for the giving spirit of so many individuals.

Population Perspective

This news item is from the New Hampshire Sentinel; May 12, 1881, page 2. Nelson’s population from the 1880 Census was 438. Looking at the graph here, you’ll see that in 1790, the first Census, Nelson’ population was 721, and our most recent (2020) census has the population at 734 – 13 more people than 230 years ago. The story however is a bit of a roller coaster, and if you click here (or on the graph) you can see some further details of this curious path.

In The Pipeline

As we hope everyone knows, this website is new (went live in early April) and is a work in progress, which in many ways it always will be, as we want to be responsive to the ongoing needs and interests of the community. In the coming weeks we are going to be adding several “directories” – pages which will serve as a linked index different categories of activity in Nelson. For instance, the artists page will have thumbnail images representing each artists work, a short description and information about them, and a link to their website (or a link to an internal Nelson In Common page if they don’t have a website). There will be pages available for musicians, writers, and also for Nelson businesses. If you or anyone you know would be a candidate for inclusion, please send us an email with appropriate information, and we’ll get this feature cooking!

On The Side

Erythronium, americanum, also known as Yellow Trout-lily, American Trout-lily, Eastern Trout-lily, Yellow Dogtooth Violet, Adder’s Tongue

Veratrum viride, also known as American white hellebore, bear corn, big hellebore, corn lily, devils bite, duck retten, itch-weed, itchweed, poor Annie, blue hellebore and tickleweed. One reason this plant is abundant is that it is quite poisonous, so it does not become forage for wildlife (or people!)

Photos ~ Brenna Kucinski


Granite Lake Island

~ Emily Tucker

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