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Scriven Arts Colony to host cultural events in historic Gilmanton barn

GILMANTON — The Scriven Arts Colony has just launched to host sporadic cultural events in a circa 1790 barn in Gilmanton. The Colony is located at 452 NH Route 140 in Gilmanton and is named in honor of Jane Scriven Cumming (1904-1998), a publicist, interior decorator, and bon vivant best remembered as the author of the 1993 classic, Gilmanton Summers, still in print and available through The Gilmanton Historical Society.

The Colony is the brainchild of Jane's grandson, Bill Donahue, a Gilmanton journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, among other publications.

The 2015 calendar features two events. Admission is free and open to the public.

Silent Movies, Friday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Pianist Jeff Rapsis plays a live soundtrack to two Buster Keaton classics, Sherlock Jr. (1924; 40 minutes) and Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928; 70 minutes). Rapsis is co-founder and associate publisher of The Hippo, New Hampshire's weekly journal covering the arts, entertainment, food, culture, and lifestyle. Prepare for this event by reading the definitive biography, Keaton, written by Gilmanton's own Rudi Blesh in 1966.

History Talk by Gilmanton's own Rebecca Onion: Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m. 19th-Century Boyhood on Paper: Homemade Books by the Nelson Brothers of Goshen, New Hampshire.

Rebecca Onion grew up in Gilmanton Corners and is now the history writer for Slate Magazine. She will gives a 45-minute talk about three little-known New Hampshire authors—the Nelson Brothers of Goshen. The Nelsons were late 19th century farm boys, and in their early youth, writing on spare scraps of paper, they created a fictional universe replete with its own land masses (the Big, Round, and Long Continents,), as well as its own farm fields and wars.

Rebecca is the daughter of longtime Gilmanton residents Anne and Perry. She is an alumna of Gilmanton Elementary, Gilford Middle School, Milton Academy (Milton, MA), Yale University, and the University of Texas at Austin (in that order). She holds a Ph.D in American Studies. Her book, Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. She currently lives in Athens, Ohio.

For more information, email ScrivenArtsColony@gmail.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 04:27

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Book sale at Ashland library on July 11

ASHLAND — The Friends of the Ashland Town Library will hold a book sale by donation on the Library grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Those donations will be used for improvements at the Town Library, as the Friends support the Library through the purchase of books, videos and equipment and by funding programs and other services.

The Ashland Town Library is located at 41 Main Street in the center of downtown Ashland, at the junction of Routes 3 and 25 with Route 132. Come to find some good books (or videos or music CDs) and to support Ashland's public library.

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Gilmanton Corner Library adds summer program to introduce kids to non-fiction

GILMANTON — How hot is the sun? Is it a mineral or a rock? What's left behind at a crime scene? The Gilmanton Corner Library has all the answers in our summer program "Explore Nonfiction."

These and other questions encourage kids to discover the excitement of nonfiction books. Books on the solar system, rocks and minerals, and a new series of Crime Scene Investigation books have been added to the library collection. These books combine the logic of science and technology with the intrigue of mystery and suspense.

Pick up a free solar system poster, information log book, magnifying glass, or make a star wheel to read the night sky. Enter a raffle and a chance to win a beautiful framed "Explore Nonfiction" poster.

The library will hold a bok sale on July 4th from 9 a.m. tio noon at the Gilmanton Corner Library.


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Floating Classroom departs from the Weirs every Thursday this summer

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Association's (LWA) Floating Classroom has launched for the summer season. Beginning July 2nd and running through Sept. 3rd, educational cruises will be offered Thursdays each week throughout the summer, as well as by special reservation.

The Floating Classroom is a fun and informative hands-on program designed to teach both young and old about lake ecology and the issues threatening Lake Winnipesaukee. The tour features a 2 hr. boat excursion on a pontoon boat, where participants get an opportunity to be the 'scientist', measuring water clarity, temperature, and viewing zooplankton collected with a plankton tow.

"This tour was everything it promised ... lots of fun & learning, low stress hands on lab activities and informative lecture about geology and history. Thank you FC crew!" was one of many wonderful comments from last year's participants.

Tours depart from the Weirs public docks on Thursdays at 10 am and 1 pm. The cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child under 16. Members of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association receive a 10% discount. Cruises should be booked two days in advance and registrations can be made on line at: www.winnipesaukee.org. The floating classroom is made possible through the generous support of Anchor Marine Corp., Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Sanborn's Auto, UNH Center for Freshwater Biology, and the Wolfeboro Inn/Winnipesaukee Belle.

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