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Friends' Monthly Programs

Friends' season kicks off September 12th!   Below you'll find the list of all the great events that the Friends of the Hampstead Library has planned for your entertainment, education, and enlightenment. 
 
Tea & Chocolate
FRIDAY, October 13 @ 2 pm

Tea expert, Linda Simmons, gives a talk about tea and it’s relationship to chocolate, including the anti-oxidant connection between the two. She also provides a sample of tea with “chocolate notes.” There will be time for Q&A. Linda is the popular speaker who presented the Downton Abbey Tea last spring. Please call the Library  to sign-up in advance 329-6411.
 
Layer Upon Layer: Women’s Clothing in the Civil War
Tues, November 14 @ 7 pm

Have you ever wondered how in the world ladies dressed in the “Era of the Hoop?” This presentation and demonstration will answer all your questions and more about the way in which women dressed during the time of the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Elizabeth Hallett & Aileen Kelly will demonstrate exactly how the women dressed layer upon layer.
 
Concord Coachmen Concert
Tues, December 12 @ 7 pm

Get in the holiday spirit with a musical performance by the Concord Coachmen Acapella Chorus. This group has been entertaining audiences for over 60 years, and members range in age from 15 to 88.  They’ll sing holiday songs and a few old time favorites to lighten your heart. The Concord Coachmen are part of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an all-male singing society.

Galileo Galilei, the Starry Messenger
Tues, January 9, 2018 @ 7 pm

Michael Francis presents this dramatic fun-filled adaptation of Galileo's short treatise "Siderius Nuncius." Dressed in 17th-century costume, he arrives to present a public lecture on his most recent discoveries made using his newly-devised spyglass. As he describes those discoveries, Galileo's new method of observation and measurement of nature become apparent. Audience members can be involved in experiments and demonstrations. This program is made possible with a grant from the NH Humanities.
 
African Safari
Tues, February 13 @ 7 pm

Kristy Lacroix takes us on an adventure into Africa.  She spent four days touring Cape Town and four days at a conservancy, which included 6 safaris.  The conservancy was 22,000 acres.  Join us as she shares pictures of her trip and explains how the conservancy works.
 
A Guide to New England
Tues, March 13 @ 7 pm

Laughter is the best medicine.  Fred Marple’s Guide to New England (for Locals and People from Away) is a hilarious look at all the things about Yankees that seem to confuse outsiders. Fred discusses Yankee food, Yankee fashion, and life in a small town. 
 
Life & Times of Norman Rockwell
SATURDAY, March 31 @ 11 AM

The nation’s premier illustrator for more than six decades, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) was the people’s painter, depicting scenes from American life for the covers and pages of the most prominent publications. Local historian Gus Reusch will discuss the life of Norman Rockwell and the stories behind his paintings and illustrations. 
 
Robert Rogers of the Rangers
Tues, April 10 @ 7 pm

On a frontier where individualism flourished, New Hampshire’s consummate woodsman was just the leader to bring his men back safely from deep in dangerous country, even in stormy, freezing weather. The famous "Major Rogers’" renown was such that he became perhaps the single-best-known American on both sides of the Atlantic. This program is made possible with a grant from the NH Humanities.
 
The Art of Coin Collecting
SATURDAY, April 14 @ 11 AM

Joe Andrews has been collecting coins all of his life. An expert on rare and valuable coins, Joe talks about collecting coins as a hobby and also for profit. Do you have any rare coins lying around you’d like to find out more about (U.S. coins 1794 - 1964)? Or are you interested in getting into coin collecting as a hobby?  Joe will not purchase your coins but will tell you where to go to avoid scams and dishonest dealers.




 
End of the Season Potluck Dinner- Tuesday May 8 at 5:30pm
 

The annual Potluck Supper for the Friends is always a wonderful evening to bring our season to a close. 

Bring a favorite dish to share, and watch our slide show of past performances. 

A sign-up sheet will be posted at the Library in April.