“Ramblin’ Richard” – American Patriotic Songs Over the Ages

May 26, 2017

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“Ramblin’ Richard” – American Patriotic Songs Over the Ages

Thursday, June 29th, 7pm

New Ipswich Library

“Ramblin’ Richard” is coming back to the New Ipswich Library, and you don’t want to miss his show!

This interesting and entertaining program covers American patriotic songs over the ages. The hour-long program is “illustrated” with music and will include narrative introductions and descriptions of all of the songs played – their background, history, and relationship to the times in which they were popular.

Over the past two years, “Ramblin’ Richard” has been invited to appear at nearly 75 libraries, historical societies, and museums in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. A sample from his World War II program 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.


Clutter Control with Dave Downs

March 27, 2017

Join us at the New Ipswich Library

Thursday, April 6th, 7pm

Clutter Control with Dave Downs

 We all have STUFF! Why do we acquire and save more possessions than we need? What happens when our stuff starts to own us? Why can’t we just throw things away?
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With his upbeat and unique approach, Dave Downs explores the many reasons that our drawers, closets, and garages get filled with STUFF. Downs offers helpful hints for managing this difficult problem. Dave uses colorful stories throughout the talk to engage as well as inform the audience. You may recognize a part of yourself in these stories.
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Participants will leave knowing that if we are thoughtful about what we acquire, what we keep, and what we discard, we will start to reverse the tendency to bury ourselves in “treasures!”
 
This event is sponsored by the Stearns-Burton Lecture Fund.

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.


Jerry Schneider – “The Butterfly Guy”

July 15, 2015

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Jerry Schneider – “The Butterfly Guy”

Tuesday, August 4th, 3:30pm

New Ipswich Library

Jerry Schneider, “The Butterfly Guy”, will be presenting Butterfly Heroes, a beautiful slide presentation of Eastern butterflies.

Audiences will learn the how, where and when of the amazing Monarch migration, in addition to obstacles the butterflies face each fall and spring, as they make their way to and from Mexico.

In addition to learning about the Monarch migration, we will discuss differences between butterflies and moths, where to find butterflies and how to attract butterflies to our gardens. We will learn interesting butterfly facts and behaviors (did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or that the Viceroy butterfly looks like the Monarch and is protected because birds tend to avoid the poisonous and distasteful Monarch?).

After the slide show, children will create their own butterfly tee shirts (heavy, 100% cotton) using a combination of Rit fabric dye sprays, plants, and butterfly cut-outs. Children may purchase shirts for $4.00 or bring their own.

This program is suitable for children ages 5 and up, and the presentation will take around 50-60 minutes. The program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.