Stories About This Place

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Join us 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 sense of gratitude about this beautiful region you call home.

Thank you to all who came to last year's event! Save the date for 2019: Saturday, March 30. Registration details are coming soon.


2018 Featured speakers

John Allen
He says that "when it comes to the great outdoors, I'm all in!" Whether it be hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, dirt biking, ATVing, cutting wood, making trails, or gardening, John prefers to be outside. He grew up on the land in Marlborough, N.H., then serving as an apprenticeship at Hamblet Electric and became a master electrician in 1981. He founded his own company, J A Allen & Son Electric in 2003. John now lives in Alstead, N.H. with his wife, Pam, on a portion of what was his great-grandfather's farm, where they built a timber-framed Colonial house that is heated with wood and is powered by solar panels.

Francelia Clark
Francelia has had several pairs of interests in her life, and her new book, "Circle Around Monadnock: Time Travel with Horses," shows two: adventure and a history of settling on Monadnock. Her early life was spent in Washington, D.C., yearning for New Hampshire summers. She has long been interested in creating art, writing, and teaching; spending her career as a lecturer at the University of Michigan. Now enjoying retirement, Francelia is free to develop art from the region's lovely landscapes and write about exploring on a trail horse. She lives in Hancock, N.H.

Donna Bascom Lund
Donna attended area schools and graduated from Green Mountain College, in Poultney, Vt., with an associate of arts degree. She often paints outside in watercolor or soft pastels; the play of light and shadow on the landscape and the beauty of nature as inspiration. Her work has been shown in local venues and exhibits where she has enjoyed awards, sales, and activities with area art groups. She lives with her husband, Perley, in East Alstead, N.H.

Kathy Schillemat
In addition to her responsibilities as an easement monitor for the Monadnock Conservancy, Kathy is a volunteer amphibian crossing guard for the Harris Center for Conservation Education, a member of the Nelson Conservation Commission and trails committee, and a Speaking for Wildlife and Coverts Cooperator for UNH Cooperative Extension. She and her hiking buddies have been hiking and paddling in and around Nelson almost every Monday since December 2010. She hopes that she has instilled her love of the outdoors to her seven children and nine grandchildren. Kathy and her husband, Duane, have lived in Nelson, N.H., for 34 years.

Craig Thompson
Craig takes pleasure in all aspects of farming, from lambings and farrowings to raising raspberries and apples, making hay in the summers and maple syrup in mud season. In addition to farming, Craig serves on the Town of Harrisville’s Planning Board, the New Hampshire Farm Bureau’s Legislative Affairs Committee, the board of the Monadnock Food Co-op, and is a candidate in this year's election for the Cheshire 14th District House seat. Craig and his family live in Harrisville, N.H., at Mayfair Farm.

Douglas Whynott
Doug is the author of five nonfiction books: "Following the Bloom," about migratory beekeepers; "Giant Bluefin," the story of the bluefin tuna fishery on Cape Cod; "A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time," about a boat yard in Maine; "A Country Practice," about a rural veterinary clinic; and "The Sugar Season," an account of three years at Bascom's Maple Farm in Acworth, N.H. He is the great-great-grandson of a Cape Cod seacaptain who sailed wooden ships around the world. Doug lives in Langdon, N.H.

Please email Anne McBride or call her at 603-357-0600, ext. 102.