Stories About This Place

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Join us each spring for an evening of stories told from the heart by people in our community who love the land. This annual event is a crowd-pleaser and will leave you with a deeper sense of gratitude about this beautiful region you call home. The event is free and open to all, with donations to defray costs gratefully accepted.

Stay tuned for 2020 dates and speakers!


2019 Featured speakers

Swift Corwin
As a consulting forester with Calhoun & Corwin Forestry, LLC, Swift learned how to be effective from his mentor, John Calhoun. The biggest lesson learned: that forestry is as much about the people as the trees. Some of his favorite projects have involved land protection, working with children and creating trails that showcase special places. Swift studied forestry at the University of Wisconsin. He has been involved with professional and service organizations serving on boards including the Peterborough Conservation Commission, the Granite State Division of the New England Society of American Foresters, Project Learning Tree, Monadnock Rotary, and the Monadnock Conservancy. Swift enjoys biking, skiing, swimming in lakes, writing poetry, and capturing what he sees through his photography. He and his wife live in Peterborough, N.H.

Sebastian Lockwood
Sebastian is a storyteller, teacher, and author. He tells the Epics as well as Passaconaway, the story of the great chief who ruled from the Merrimack to the Piscataqua rivers and beyond. Sebastian has recoded 10 Audio books all available on He lives in Greenfield, N.H., in the shadow of Crotched Mountain, with his wife, jazz singer and author, Nanette Perrotte.

Martha Pinello
Martha holds a master's degree in anthropology and history from UMass-Boston, and has over three decades of experience working on historic sites throughout New England. She served for many years as chief archaeologist at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., and has special expertise in paleoethnobotany and landscape archaeology. She is also a coverts volunteer for UNH Cooperative Extension as well as a longtime member of the Antrim Conservation Commission. She and her husband in Antrim, N.H.

Kin Schilling
Founder of the Cornucopia Project, Kin grew up amidst farmland in Southborough, Mass. She says, "the Cornucopia Project is a huge extension of my childhood, knowing children are our future and the more knowledge we can pass along about health, healthy food and care of the land, the better off we may all be." She lives in Hancock, N.H., and in her spare time enjoys painting and spending time with her 12 chickens, two dogs, and two sheep who think they’re dogs.

Mitchell Thomashow
Mitchell devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. He is the author of Ecological identity, Bringing the Biosphere Home, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus, and the forthcoming To Know the World: Why Environmental Learning Matters, all published by The MIT Press. He is president emeritus of Unity College, and spent 30 years at Antioch University New England. His recreational interests include basketball, baseball, bicycling, board games, jazz piano, electronic keyboards, musical composition and recording, hiking, and lake swimming. He and his wife live in Dublin, N.H.

Jesseca Timmons
Jesseca is a freelance writer and editor, hockey mom, and former teacher. She writes case studies for Babson College, her own blog called Everybody Just Relax, and is currently working on a satirical novel. She has been recently published by the Boston Sunday Globe and is a contributor to the Monadnock Ledger–Transcript. She and her family have visited the Monadnock region every summer since 1994 and moved to Greenfield, N.H., in 2011.