Book Club Pick for September 2015

August 15, 2015

The Girls of Atomic City

The New Ipswich Library’s Adult Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month. Books are agreed upon by members of the group and topics vary.

In September, we’ll discuss Denise Klernan’s The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 7pm. No registration is required, but if you’d like to borrow a copy of the book, please contact Anne Soini at 603-878-4644.

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Ramblin’ Richard – Songs of World War II

August 13, 2015

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Ramblin’ Richard – Songs of World War II

Thursday, August 27th, 7pm

New Ipswich Library

Presented by “Ramblin’ Richard,” this interesting and entertaining program recalls the music and brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1939 – 1945. Songs like: “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover,” “You are My Sunshine,” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” and “Sentimental Journey.”

Richard asks questions such as: What popular song was written as a response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor? What song was popular world-wide and thought to be from each country where it was popular? What song, popular here and abroad, was written to lift the spirits of our allies prior to our involvement in WW II? What popular WW II era song was a top hit, and written and recorded by a state governor?

This special hour-long program, “illustrated” with music, was debuted, in part, at the “Humanities Fair” in Concord sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and has been presented throughout the region. Intended for libraries, historical societies, and other community groups, “Ramblin’ Richard” revisits the popular songs from this special period of our history and tells the fascinating and largely unknown stories about them. A sample may be found on-line at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaOUioJsptE&feature=youtu.be.

Richard, a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music and is an active musician who makes more than 200 performances each year. He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo and baritone ukulele.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated. This program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.


Vellamo (Finnish Folk Music) Concert

August 6, 2015

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Vellamo (Finnish Folk Music) Concert
Thursday, August 20th, 7pm
New Ipswich Library

Enjoy an entertaining musical performance and get an introduction to the Finnish language and the folk music tradition combining Scandinavian and Slavic influences with Finnish folklore!

Vellamo is the performing and songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia’s ethereal lead vocals and Joni’s virtuosic guitar stylings. They write instantly memorable songs in English, as well as their native Finnish, and also perform traditional ballads from the Finnish, Celtic and Scandinavian folk traditions. They are known for establishing a rapport with any audience: The duo has been touring around Europe, in New Zealand and three times in the US. First album came out in early 2013, which was recorded in Vermont, US. In 2014 Vellamo released their second album, recorded with a full band. This folk-rock gem contains beautiful arrangements of traditional songs from the Finnish and Swedish traditions. Third album will be released in the fall of 2015.

You can learn more about the duo at their website, https://vellamoband.wordpress.com/.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated. This program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.