Summer 2015 Friends of Forbes Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 2
Friends' Garden Tour Is a Rite of Spring
Promising enchantment and delight, the Friends of Forbes Library’s 22nd Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Garden Tour will inspire and educate seasoned and aspiring gardeners with plantings in a variety of appealing and unique landscaping settings incorporating paths, stone walls, gazebos, arbors and ponds.
Each garden will have a guide to answer questions as well as printed descriptions of the plantings so visitors can take their time strolling through each garden and note their favorite plants and arrangements. Tickets for the tour are available at Forbes Library, Bay State Perennial Farm, Hadley Garden Center, North Country Landscapes, Cooper’s Corner and State Street Fruit Store for $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the tour. Included with the ticket are directions to each of the six gardens.
In addition to the tour, there will be a raffle of donations by local merchants, which include plants, garden supplies, tree and landscape consultations, and gifts. Raffle tickets are two for $5 and five for $10 and are available at Forbes Library and at garden No. 4 on the day of the tour.
Goodbye and Hello
PHOTO: JEEP WHEAT
Forbes Library's new writer in residence, Naila Moreira, is a polymath. Ms. Moreira writes fiction and poetry and freelances as a science journalist; she also teaches in the English Department at Smith College. She is taking over from Susan Stinson, who has served as Forbes' writer in residence for five years. On May 30, Ms. Stinson received the 28th annual Trustees Award, and at the ceremony she was eulogized by Lisa Downing, assistant director, and presented with the award by Board of Trustees President Russell Carrier. Ms. Moreira (in photo, right) read from her book of poetry, Gorgeous Infidelities, and Ms. Stinson (center) read from her historical novel, Spider in a Tree. They were joined by Forbes' first writer in residence, Diana M. Gordon (left) who read from her just-competed novel.
Best Friends Forever
The Friends of Forbes Library had a busy spring, kicking off with the annual meeting in April. The program was themed "Northampton and the Coolidges in the 1920s." Martha McCormick, Friends board president (above, left) introduced the proceedings. Librarian historian Elise Bernier-Feeley ended her talk by bursting into a song from the period, accompanied by Jason Mazzotta on the ukelele (above, right).
The Friends group also sponsored an antiques appraisal at the end of April, with family treasures evaluated by staff from the auction and appraisal firm Skinner, Inc. Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner, examined a chair before offering an appraisal (below, left). Jenny Pelissier (below, right) recently joined the Friends board and is helping with the Garden Tour and Fall Wine Tasting.
Museum Pass Program Expands
Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
The library has expanded its museum pass offerings with support from the Friends of Forbes Library, now offering passes to 15 different area attractions. New this year are passes to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The library has reinstated passes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, and the recently expanded Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. All of the passes may be borrowed for two days with a library card except for those for the Boston MFA, which do not need to be returned. Passes offer free or reduced admission price for between one and eight people depending on the pass.
Opening on Trustees Board
There is a vacancy on the Forbes Library Board of Trustees, the governing body for the library, for the term beginning January 2016. The four-year, volunteer position will be decided in the City of Northampton’s elections on Nov. 3. Candidates must be Northampton residents and at least 18 years old. Election papers are available at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall. These papers must be signed by at least 50 registered Northampton voters and turned into the Northampton Registrar of Voters by July 24. Those interested in seeking a position on the board should contact Library Director Janet Moulding (firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-1016) or any of the current Trustees.
Please consider forwarding our newsletter to anyone you might think would be interested in happenings at Forbes Library. If you have comments or suggestions, email Lisa Downing at email@example.com. Our many thanks to all who contributed. ~The Editors
Collage works by Akinbo Akinnuoye, photography and narrative by the NHS Teen Advisory Group, and mixed media works by Pat Bega. Reception for Akinbo Akinnuoye and Pat Bega Saturday, June 13, 2 pm to 4 pm. Read more.
NHS Teen Advisory Group
Phyllis Kornfeld, curator,
“Folk Arts and Artifacts From America’s Prison Culture”; Leslie Tane,“Curatorial 365”; Greg Saulmon,
“The Birds Downtown.”
Beth Filson, scratchboard etchings, “Grief and Resurrection”; Marjorie Lehan, paintings and sculptures.
Movie and Concert Schedule
The Gaslight Tinkers
The Gaslight Tinkers perform on the library lawn on June 17. Northampton's own Beach Honey opens at 6:45 p.m. On June 24, Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic Jaws screens on the lawn. Arrive at 8:45 p.m., and the film will begin at dark. The Well Tempered Ukes play in the Coolidge Museum on July 29 at 7 p.m.
Every Hero Has a Story is this summer’s reading adventure theme. Kids ages 3-13 can register beginning July 13 for the program in the Children’s Department. The program will include weekly programming on Tuesday afternoons with a free family entertainment series.
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