Nature & Music: 30th Annual Celebration
Saturday, September 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.
How has nature inspired musicians and composers in the past? How does nature continue to inspire the creative process now? What is it like to be a resident musician in rural America? Join Elise Kuder and Mike Kelley, violinist and violist with the Apple Hill String Quartet, as they explore these ideas with words and musical performance, featuring music from the distant past, all over the world, and close to home in the Monadnock region. Our program kicks-off our 30th anniversary season and also includes presentation of the 2019 conservation awards, project updates, and refreshments. Free and open to all; bring a friend! Click here to learn more, or register now.
Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Alumni Recital Hall at the Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, 90 Wyman Way, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Melissa Whittemore or call 603-357-0600, ext. 101.
Woodlot Walks Series: Blanchard Hill & Woodland Hill Farms
Thursday, September 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Come and learn from neighbors, Sheldon Pennoyer & Penelope Beal and Jesseca & Abe Timmons who, along with their family members, have been managing their land across property boundaries for 20 years. Their story will include discussion of an extensive network of carefully maintained walking and mountain biking trails, wildlife habitat improvements, field reclamation, and their passion and commitment to thoughtful stewardship and partnerships. Please register in advance by emailing or calling the contact below.
Encore Showing: “Leaning into the Wind” Film
Tuesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.
Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second screening of this captivating documentary. The film follows British artist Andy Goldsworthy as he uses natural materials like stone and flower petals to create site-specific art installations all over the world, including right here in New England. Tranquil, meditative, and visually lush, “Leaning into the Wind” has been called “a work of art in itself.” This film is presented to celebrate the intersection of the human and natural worlds that can be illuminated through art and film. Doors open at 6 p.m. First come, first served. (If you didn’t get a spot at the August screening, please email or call 603-522-7190 to reserve a seat.) Free of charge, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Scully Architects.
Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education, and Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF).
Location: Keene Cinemas 6, 121 Key Road, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email MONIFF or call 603-522-7190.
Woodlot Walks Series: Roaming Badger Farm
Thursday, September 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Landowners Swift Corwin, licensed forester, and Beth Ann Corwin will lead us on a walk that focuses on how they are managing their land in context of the broader landscape. Come and learn how the land can be managed for timber production, wildlife habitat, maple syrup, and recreation. Please register in advance by emailing or calling the contact below.
“A Squirrel’s Guide to Success” Film Showing
Thursday, October 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Discover the extraordinary abilities of ordinary squirrels in this charming PBS “Nature” documentary — from the brainy fox squirrel who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts to the acrobatic gray squirrel whose tree-top leaps are the basis for new designs in robotics. Following the film, Harris Center naturalist and mammal enthusiast Susie Spikol will be on hand for questions, along with some squirrelly selections from the Harris Center’s natural history collection. Suggested donation: $5.
Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education, and Keene State College Film Society.
Location: Putnam Arts Lecture Hall theater, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Brett Amy Thelen or call 603-358-2065.
Harvest Barn Dance
Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Monadnock Conservancy is turning 30 — what a great excuse for a party! Come for a fun, family-friendly evening of dancing and good eating at Mayfair Farm in Harrisville, N.H. Highlights include tours of the farm, where you’ll find pigs, sheep, chickens, and stunning views from the green pastures; a live band; farm-to-table fare; 50/50 raffle; and a cash bar for beer and wine. The evening wouldn’t be complete without outdoor games and a campfire (bring your S’mores stick). Buy your tickets now before they sell out: $30 per adult, $10 for ages 7–12, children 6 and under are free. There’s also a VIP option for $50.