Friends of the Samuel Wentworth Library are pleased to present local author Mj Pettengill, discussing her recent book, The Angels' Lament, in the Community Room of the library in Center Sandwich on Tuesday, July 23, at 4:00 pm. This event, free and open to the public, also features light refreshments. Autographed books will be available for purchase.
The Angels' Lament is Book Two in the Etched in Granite Historical Fiction Series.
For the Hodgdon women, 1872 is a year of reckoning. Alone and determined, 17-year-old Sarah Hodgdon boards a train, trading farm life in New Hampshire for the textile mills of Fall River. Woefully disillusioned, she finds herself trapped in a brutal factory and living in a filthy tenement.
She is tormented when she learns the fate of her family. Returning home is no longer possible. About to drown in a sea of spindles, she meets lamplighter, August Wood, who illuminates the gap between the affluent and the undesirables that dwell in the murky shadows.
Stripped down to her bare instincts, she retreats into a secret world, that if revealed, would shatter all that remains. Everything collides when Bess, the captivating woman across town, emerges, navigating the dense world of the local elite, offering a glimpse into an era when women were beginning to take the stage. Survival, a resilient thread of music, interweaves their compelling stories, binding them together, unveiling grievous misdeeds from the past.
Mj Pettengill is an author and social historian with a focus on cultural narrative and traditions, collective and intergenerational trauma integration, ancestral healing, and social welfare development.
She is a cellist and has a background in Civil War Musicology and trumpet performance. Before transitioning to the world of writing, she performed as a soloist and with various musical organizations featured in numerous Living Histories, Reenactments, and Historical Events throughout the Northeast.
Mj works and creates in her woodland studio and lives on a farm in North Sandwich, New Hampshire. In addition to writing and music, she is a wildcraft herbalist, aligned with her passion for nature and the ancient healing traditions, customs, and folklore of her ancestors.
Sandwich residents (especially those of us who live in North Sandwich) are thrilled that the North Sandwich Store has reopened. For those of us who live far from the center of town, where the Village Green Café does a wonderful job, a local cafe where we can get coffee, pastries, milk, local vegetables, and much more, is a welcome addition to our vibrant community. Many thanks to Lobin Frizzell for this valuable initiative.
Lobin writes: WE ARE OPEN! (finally) Please stop by for coffee, homemade pastry or just to say hi. We are a work in progress so please make any suggestions. If you would like to consign an item or products please email Bryce@northsandwichstore.com. Our hours of operation in the future will be Thursday-Tues 7-6 (closed Wed). All the best, Lobin
What people are saying:
"I stopped in this week and it looks fabulous. I purchased pastries that were yummy and the sandwich menu looks so good! Welcome and best of luck!"
"Hurray for life being blown back into the historic North Sandwich Store! I for one am going to to celebrate Independence Day by dropping into a newly minted independently-owned store this evening on my way to the festivities!"
"I was pleased to find the North Sandwich Store open this morning…. The sweet smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and fresh coffee lured me in…..what a wonderful breakfast treat. Thank you, Lobin Frizzell"
Book and Supply Money
If you are a Sandwich resident and a recent high school graduate working on your first undergraduate degree, you have until August 1 (postmark) to write a note to Sandwich Woman's Club, PO Box 48, Center Sandwich, NH 03227. In the note you should introduce yourself and include your name and contact information, your goals for the future and your plan to reach those goals.
Students may request Book and Supply Money each year (no more than 4 years) of their undergraduate career. The Sandwich Woman's Club raises money with a raffle during Old Home Week (Thursday 8/8/19 at 2 pm on the green). Funds raised are used to help Sandwich young adults with some of the expenses that come with continuing their education. The amount is usually 150 to 250 dollars per student depending on the funds raised by the raffle and the number of students requesting funds. Checks are written to the student shortly after Labor Day and do not interfere with other financial aid awards. Students must write the notes themselves and if they are short on time or out of town, they may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The August 1 deadline will still apply. Please include Book and Supply in the Subject Line.
Jenn Elliot writes: Please join the Sandwich Friends and Fiber Group, this Saturday June 8, 11am - 1pm, as they join thousands of other knitters around the world all gathered to knit in public. The group will be outside the Sandwich Home Industries, on the grass or under the the porch is case of rain at 32 Main Street, on the Green Center Sandwich, NH.
Bring your knitting, finished items for show and tell, and lawn chair. Crocheters, spinners and fiber artists of all kinds are welcome to join in. Or just stop by to meet and greet us and see our knitting. Bring your own snacks or swing by the Village Cafe for coffee and a pastry or sandwich. Many thanks to Martha Nichols, manager of SHI for graciously hosting us.
WKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter-run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. For more on World Wide Knit in Public Day, see http://www.wwkipday.com/
"Better living through stitching together"
Why was Pablo Picasso so inspired by printmaking that he bought his own etching press? Many other artists, including Rembrandt, Matisse, and Winslow Homer, have used printmaking to express their artistic visions. Learn the characteristics of hand-pulled prints and why they have captured the interest of so many famous artists. On March 24th, Peggy Merritt, a Sandwich printmaker, will talk about her craft at the Benz Center in Sandwich.
Peggy will describe various printmaking techniques, including etching and lithography, using images from well-known artists and from her own work. The audience will have an opportunity to examine these prints closely, as well the plates and tools used to produce them. She will also talk about current practices and modern materials that reduce hazards in the printmakers’ studio and increase the breadth of artistic expression.
“I love to express my imagination in hands-on work,” says Peggy. “The technical details of printmaking also appeal to my background as a chemist.” She hopes that her talk will remove some of the mysteries about her chosen medium.
The printmaking talk takes place on Sunday afternoon, March 24th, at 4 o’clock at the Benz Center on Heard Road in Center Sandwich. It is part of a series of free Sunday afternoon seminars offered this winter and spring by the Sandwich Home Industries. The final talk in this series is scheduled for April 14 when Rebecca Goodale will talk about art books, including her “Illuminated Autobiography.”
This year Sandwich's annual Winter Carnival was held on the first Saturday in February. The carnival is a daylong event for locals to have some fun at the coldest, gloomiest time of year. The first main event is the all ages, all abilities, Costumed Cross Country ski race.
Over the course of several hours, Brian Stockman created one of his masterful ice sculptures. This one was a fox, in honor of the Sandwich Central School's mascot.
And the Chili Contest! While Brian was busy carving, anyone who wanted to could go into the school and sample a great variety of chilis, all made by local cooks, with chips, sour cream and grated cheese as add-ons. What a fun way to eat lunch. And then you vote for your favorite.
The Cardboard Sled Derby is another Main Event of the Winter Carnival. There are prizes for all participants in a variety of categories, including best design, longest ride, shortest ride, most colorful, and more.
The day ended with family ice skating, hot chocolate, and hot dogs at Remick Park in North Sandwich. A great time was had by all! Hope you see YOU next year. Thanks to Ole Anderson and the Sandwich Recreation Department for so many activities and events that make this town the wonderful place it is. email@example.com
Advice To The Players Presents William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in Sandwich, March 15th – 24th.
Advice To The Players, Sandwich’s own Shakespeare Company, is starting their 20th Anniversary season with one of the Bard’s famous comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by ATTP founder Caroline Nesbitt, and presented by an all-star ATTP cast, including Carsey Walker, Jr., Kimberly Miller, Rebecca Mansfield, Dennis Sullivan, Frederick Bickford, Luke Haskell, Corey Trask, Ellie Bartz, Andrew Burke, and Vicky Dworkin, along with Amelia Nudd-Homeyer, Kat Sugar, CJ Dall, Andrew Sugar, and Ginger Priestman. This production is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.
A play within a play, The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of a Lord’s trick on a local drunkard, in which he convinces the drunk that he is, in fact, a lord and has his servants put on a play to entertain him. The play they perform is the main story of The Taming of the Shrew – where an Italian noble, out of their wits with their eldest daughter Kate, a mean-spirited and independent woman, decrees that Kate must marry before her sweet, gentle, and beautiful younger sister Bianca can. Bianca’s suitors, of which there are many, despair; but it is her suitor Hortensio who comes up with the scheme to marry Kate off to his strong-willed and determined friend Petruchio.
Petruchio is enticed by Kate’s dowry, and decides to accept the challenge of ‘taming her’. Meanwhile, a young student named Lucentio has also fallen in love with Bianca and secretly woos her while the others are distracted with Kate and Petruchio’s tumultuous courtship – making The Taming of the Shrew a hilarious comedy from start to finish.
Performances will be at the Sandwich Town Hall Theater, March 15th, 16th, and 23rd
at 7:30 pm and March 17th & 24th at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at advicetotheplayers.org or by calling 603-284-7115.
Sandwich Home Industries Lecture Series
What could a fourth century Italian pavement possibly have in common with the New York City subway? Mosaics! Mosaics are everywhere! Explore the past and present of this glittering art with Cindy Stanton, who has studied and practiced mosaic art for many years. Cindy, who lives in Moultonborough, will show how mosaics have evolved, and how they have decorated spectacular churches, elegant homes, and today even subway walls. Some mosaics are used to tell stories. Cindy will demonstrate common mosaic methods, tools, and materials, and show where mosaic collections can be found in New England and elsewhere. After the presentation, participants will be invited to handle some of the materials.
“I’m planning a hands-on mosaic workshop for later this year,” says Cindy. “Participants will work with a variety of materials and create their own 4 inch by 4 inch mosaic.”
The mosaics talk takes place on Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, at 4 o’clock at the Benz Center on Heard Road in Center Sandwich. It is part of a series of free Sunday afternoon seminars offered this winter and spring by the Sandwich Home Industries. On March 24th Peggy Merritt will discuss the art of printmaking, and on April 14 Rebecca Goodale will talk about art books, including her “illuminated autobiography.”
In September Kathryn Field was an Artist-in-Residence at the Sandwich Central School for two weeks. Each grade got to experience drawing and printmaking every day for a week. The students did a fabulous job learning to transfer their drawings onto foam plates, inking them up and finishing with a 3-color print.
Each student produced 3 final prints. The works were then displayed at the Sandwich Fair and are on permanent display at SCS.
The opportunity to offer an artist-in-residence program at the Sandwich Central School came about through the efforts of the Association for School and Community—the new PTO. The funding to bring this program to every student was provided by the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts.
Kathryn teaches adult and children's art classes in her Sandwich studio. Her students range in age from 6 – 96 and from beginners to advanced painters. You can find a listing of upcoming classes for April and the summer at her website FieldFineArt.org.
One highlight (among many) at Sandwich's annual Winter Carnival, is the transformation of a block of ice into a beautiful, cold, short-lived sculpture by Brian Stockman. This year he made a fox to represent Sandwich Central School's mascot.
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