Pruning Apple Trees with Ted Lenk

by on April 23, 2018 in Home Page

This will be a hands on demonstration pruning Apple trees at the Nelson Library.

April 28th, 11am

This program is a 2+ hour program if you intend to stay for the hands on demonstration.

More info: call the library at 603-847-3214.

Contra Dance

by on April 23, 2018 in Home Page

Contra Dance in Nelson NH on Saturday April 28th Celebrates 40 Years of Monday Dances

 The Monadnock Folklore Society celebrates 40 years of the MondayNight Contra Dance on Saturday April 28th at the Nelson NH Town Hall.  Performers from across the decades will call and play music, including Harvey Tolman, Mary DesRosiers, Don Primrose, Dave Eisenstadter, Roger Treat, Lloyd Carr, Ken Segal and more.

The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far, and visitors are always welcome.

The event begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.

The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH at 7 Nelson Common Road. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit

School Board

by on April 19, 2018 in Home Page

Nelson School Board Vacancy

The Nelson School Board invites any registered Nelson voter interested in filing for the open school board position for approximately ten months starting on June 4, 2018 to submit a notice of intent to seek appointment to the Board. The notice should include a resume/brief statement of qualifications and brief statement of intended goals. Registered Nelson voters may file for candidacy with the SAU 29 Superintendent of Schools, Robert Malay, during the filing period Monday, April 23 – Friday, May 4, 2018.*

All qualified candidates will be interviewed by current board members in an open session of the board on June 4, 2018 or at another date June to be set by board chair, Kelly French.

*The superintendent’s office is located at 193 Maple Avenue, Keene.

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please deliver your notice of intent information in person or via email to


by on April 16, 2018 in Home Page

Learn to make origami with Linda Singer at the Nelson library.

Saturday morning at 11 am: April 21st

(see picture for this months project)

Please come to the library to sign up or call 847-3214.

Movie Night at the Library

by on April 16, 2018 in Home Page

 Goodbye Christopher Robin PG

Wednesday April 18th, 6pm at the Nelson Library
A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin,
whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.


by on April 16, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

2018 Nelson School Auction

by on April 11, 2018 in Home Page

Spring Swap

by on April 9, 2018 in Home Page


by on April 3, 2018 in Home Page
 FRIDAY, APRIL 6 – 8:00 PM

Same Size Feet is a collection of musicians local to the Monadnock region of NH. Members of the group have many years experience playing in local bands like Run Gazelle Run, The Terry Landis Band, Adam and the Flood, Crazy Love, The Nines, and contradance bands Birl and Spintuition, in addition to touring regionally and internationally supporting numerous mantra artists such as Snatam, Jai Uttal, Ajeet, and Simrit Kaur, to name a few. Take all those musical adventures and experiences, roll them into a ball, and what do you get? Same Size Feet, of course! Blending many world music traditions with contemporary original styles to create a unique and creative set of instrumental music to delight the body, mind, and soul.

Bruce Elliot – Saxophone
Samuel Foucher – Accordion
Walker Landis – Bass
Ezra Landis – Guitar
Owen Landis – Percussion
Larry Ames
Monadnock Folklore Society

Wondering how to receive maximum SS income?

by on April 3, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

Getting ready to file for Social Security?

Not sure of the next step?

Wondering how to receive maximum SS income?

Josh Houle, Wealth Manager at Monadnock Capital Group, is NSSA certified to counsel and guide you on the best way to claim Social Security (SS) benefits in order to optimize lifetime SS income. Join us for an important SS workshop with Josh on Saturday, April 7, at 11:00 am at the Nelson library.

You can find out more about Josh and Monadnock Capital Group at or

Steward Partners Global Advisory LLC and Monadnock Capital Group maintain a separate professional business relationship with, and our registered professionals offer securities through, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC. Raymond James is not affiliated with NSSA.

Protect your garden and livestock, fencing options

by on March 26, 2018 in Ag Com, Home Page

Saturday, March 31st at 11am in the Nelson library with Tiger Batchelder

Ranchers first started using electric fences more than a hundred years ago as a way to  keep cattle in and keep them from being injured by barbed wire. Here in Nelson electric fencing has saved many a garden from woodchucks and deer. Simple fences help chickens and sheep roam protected from predators.

Nelson Agricultural Commission 2018 Lecture Series

April 28 – Pruning Apple Trees with Ted Lenk

This will be a hands on demonstration pruning Apple trees at the
Nelson Library.
May 19 – Soil Workshop – with

Mary Ellen Cannon, USDA NRCS Soil Conservationist
Brandon Hathaway – Gardener
Curious about no-till gardening, making soil with hugelkultur,
discover how to determine the make-up of your soil.
Bring your questions, a jar and a scoop of your soil to this hands on
workshop. Rain or shine.
This workshop will run 11:00 – 1:00pm

All lectures are free and open to the public.

They take place at 11am in the

Olivia Rodham Public Library, 1 Nelson Common Rd, Nelson, NH.



Putting Faces On the Textile Industry: The Workers of the Amoskeg Manufacturing

by on March 21, 2018 in Home Page

Image result for amoskeag millsAt the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson

Saturday, March 24th at 11am

Daily life for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company’s textile worker was not easy. Robert Perreault sheds light on how people from a variety of European countries as well as from French Canada made the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society and how that change affected families, cultures, the nature of work, and relationships among workers themselves.

Robert B. Perreault has worked as a research assistant/oral history interviewer, librarian/archivist, freelance writer, historical tour guide, public speaker, photographer, and conversational French teacher to promote Manchester’s history and New England’s Franco-American culture since 1973. His works of nonfiction and fiction, written in French, in English or in both languages, include seven books and more than 160 articles, essays, and short stories published in the US, Canada and France. Perreault holds an MA in French with specialization in New England Franco-American studies from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. In June 2012, Manchester’s Centre Franco-Américain named him “Franco-American of the Year.”

Nelson Election Results

by on March 14, 2018 in Home Page, Town Government

Election Results 2018

Selectman David Upton
Moderator Lewis Derby
Trustee of the Library Lewis Derby
Trustee of the Trust Funds Thomas Newcombe
Cemetery Board Marty French – Write In
Nelson Fire & Rescue Equipment Committee John Bunce
  Barbara Roland
  Bob Lenox
Supervisors of the Checklist Anita Flanagan
Emergency Management Officer Dennis Dellagreca
Planning Board Member Mark Levine
Zoning Board of Adjustment John Cucchi
  Dennis Dellagreca
Road Equipment Committee John Bunce
Treasurer John Shea

Two NH Poets Reading in Nelson

by on March 6, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

March 10 at 11 am at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library


The poems in Begin with Trouble by Martha Carlson-Bradley often lift, erase, disarrange, or
subvert the language of the 1727 New-England Primer—a book read by children
in New England and beyond throughout the eighteenth century and into the
nineteenth. Begin with Trouble captures different voices in the Puritan community,
from white Puritan children struggling with class and mortality, duty
and the afterlife, to a Native American survivor of internment and an enslaved
young man from Africa.
As poet Diane Gilliam remarks, “Martha Carlson-Bradley brings to the
fore, with her own sharp-edged lines, the mortality of all humanly formulated
mandates that arise from the great transpersonal stories. . . . [She] has given us
the kind of book on which our lives depend.”
Martha Carlson-Bradley is the author of several poetry collections and
her poems have been published in many literary
magazines and anthologies. Her awards include
the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship
from the American Antiquarian Society and
an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New
Hampshire State Council on the Arts. CarlsonBradley
has a PhD in English from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MFA in
Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College,
and a BA in English from Salem State College.

Beating the Bounds, a book by Liz Ahl that explores intersecting
natural and human-made landscapes, “settling down” into domesticity and
community, and what it means to find and make a home.
Readers will recognize places and elements of their lives in many of these
poems—three-season camps, town meetings, rutted mud-season roads, farm
stand sweet corn, and chores like splitting firewood or making trips to the
transfer station.
As fellow poet Ann Hudson shares, “Ahl explores psychological and literal
geographies, what it means to inhabit a space, and the beauties and mysteries
she discovers there. . . . These dazzling poems draw us in to the vibrant spaces
they mark and make.”
Liz Ahl is the author of the poetry collections Home Economics (Seven
Kitchens Press, 2016), Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012),
Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine (winner of the
2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest).
Luck received the Reader’s Choice in Poetry
award at the 2011 New Hampshire Literary
Awards. Her poems have appeared in numerous
literary journals, including Prairie Schooner,
Atlanta Review, Able Muse, Measure, Crab
Orchard Review, River Styx, and North American
Review, among others. Her work has also
been included in several anthologies, including
This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on
the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Mischief, Caprice, and Other
Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004), and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology
of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012). She has
been awarded residencies at Playa, Jentel, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow,
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center.
She teaches at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Mayfair Farm Behind the scenes with Craig Thompson

by on February 22, 2018 in Ag Com, Home Page

February 24 – Mayfair Farm Behind the scenes with Craig Thompson


Craig will share how they found Harrisville, their trials and successes and daily life on a farm. If you’ve ever enjoyed Mayfair’s dinners, shopped at the farm store or picked berries and been curious about their operation, then this discussion is for you.

They are a small scale, diversified family farm and kitchen in Harrisville, New Hampshire. The unique combination of quality, local farm products, an onsite commercial kitchen, and personalized client attention offer true farm-to-table catering and events with an emphasis on seasonal, local menus.

Nelson Agricultural Commission 2018 Lecture Series

Sophie & Fiachra: Music of Quebec and Ireland

by on February 22, 2018 in Home Page
 – February 25 – 3:00 PM –
     Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.
     Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
“This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at it’s very, very best” said Mike Harding. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with their respective musical traditions.
Larry Ames 
Monadnock Folklore Society

Double Feature with a Buffet: Amy Beach–Listening for the Birds and Kettle Of One With Eric Masterson

by on February 20, 2018 in Home Page

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson

Presents an exploration of the life of an American composer, including 18 illustrated biographical panels and music.

Amy Beach–Listening for the Birds”

Thursday, February 22nd at 6pm

Buffet Style light meal provided.

For more information call the library at 603-847-3214.

Kettle Of One
With Eric Masterson
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Nelson Town Hall
Many of us dream of following migrating birds to warmer climates for the winter, but few people actually do it. Eric Masterson did – by bicycle.
Both programs are free and open to the public


Hike and Cookout at Spoonwood Pond Dam

by on February 9, 2018 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page
These Pictures are from 2018 hike.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:30 am
Join the Nelson Trail Committee for a leisurely walk across the ice of Nubanusit Lake, through the isthmus of Louis Cabot Preserve, across pristine Spoonwood Pond to the 1859 vintage 12’ high and 280’ long dam & spillway. For 111 years, that water impoundment, in addition to the Nubanusit Lake impoundment beginning in 1861, provided most of the energy to power Harrisville’s woolen mills until 1970.
At the dam, the Trail Committee will host a free cookout and provide hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate. Depending on conditions, bring ice walkers (such as STABILicers or Yaktrax), boots, snowshoes or cross country skis  – your choice. As of January 27, only ice walkers are appropriate. There is no snow on the lakes.
Round trip: 4 miles. Total elevation gain: 0 feet. Meet at Dave Birchenough’s (827-3552) at 162 Nubanusit Road, Nelson  on February 3 at 10:30 AM. We should be back by 2:30 PM. Families and pets are welcome.
If you plan to participate, and have not previously signed up, please click this link to sign up. That will help us plan for the cookout. If weather causes a cancellation or postponement, we will notify you by email – if you’ve signed up.
Looking northeast at Nubanusit Lake from the Spoonwood Pond Dam

Willa Cather

by on February 7, 2018 in Home Page

Kindness and Cruelty
​(a musical about Willa Cather)

Nelson library, Saturday at 11 am on February17th

This enthralling three woman show centers on the summer Willa Cather spent in Jaffrey, NH when she was writing ​Sapphira and the Slave Girl​.  This show is written by William Ogmundson and Tom Dunn, and Mary Niederkorn, Jocelyn Duford and Rachel Coffin star.


Rudyard Kipling In NH Humanities Living History Presentation

by on February 1, 2018 in Home Page

Language and Literature, Living History at the Nelson Library on Saturday February 10th at 11 am.

Rudyard Kipling was the most internationally-celebrated author of his day. The first four years of his marriage and fatherhood were spent in New England where he built his dream house – Naulakha in Dummerston, Vermont – now preserved as a Landmark Trust property. It was there that he penned The Jungle Bookand other classics. These were productive and happy years for the young literary giant, but eventually deeply troubled.