• April 2021

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    The Met: Live in HD presents La Bohème Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm- Location: Online viewing April 21-27 (various times) Fee: $15

    Puccini’s "La Bohème", the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. In this live transmission from 2018, Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and tenor Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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    I Love Paris in Springtime – A Wine Tasting with couch + cork *SOLD OUT* Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $60

    There is possibly nothing as magical as Paris during the spring. couch + cork invites you to learn about French wine. You'll receive three full-size bottles of wine, a shopping list, prep instructions, recipes and a surprise or two. Topics include: What is an AOC and do they matter? How much should I spend on French wine? When should I drink the wines in my collection? When travel is available, which are the go-to places and experiences to seek out in France's wine regions (and which regions are okay to skip).

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    Great Art on Screen Documentary Series: Secret Impressionists Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm- Location: Online viewing April 28 - May 4 (various times) Fee: $10

    Secret Impressionists reveals the story of the art revolution sparked by the Impressionist movement, along with an unveiling of 50 previously unseen works by Impressionist masters Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Signac, Sisley and Morisot. These hidden treasures, loaned from some of the most important private collections, are now on display for the first time in Rome’s Palazzo Bonaparte, in an exhibition of the same title. Audiences will be taken on a fascinating journey through the most captivating and intriguing artistic movement which created some of the most beloved works of art in the world, depicting the late nineteenth-century film stills of Paris, alluring portraits of women, and splendidly vibrant light-infused masterpiece works.

  • May 2021

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    The Weekly Roundtable: Assessing Public Policy Priorities for the Biden Administration *SOLD OUT* Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $60

    This weekly discussion group will focus primarily on assessing public policy priorities for the Biden Administration. The purpose is to stimulate informed discussion and debate about a range of domestic and foreign policy issues currently confronting the country and the world as a new presidential administration gets underway. The sessions will be less about reinforcing views we already have than deepening our understanding of the complex tradeoffs decision makers in the new administration must consider when addressing some key issues at the forefront of the public policy agenda. Prior to each meeting the moderator will distribute brief readings pertaining to the topic, along with a few discussion questions. Enrollment is limited. Moderated by Roger Leeds.

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    Discovering Lowell Thomas Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    This talk will be a narrative account of the years spent uncovering who Lowell Thomas was. The tale begins in 1980 and carries forward forty years to the present. The presentation will reveal the motivators, the moments that kept the quest going and the actual making of the documentary, "Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News", which premiered nationally on PBS in the fall of 2019. Supported by photos and video clips, this is a story that covers the 20th century, first following the life of Thomas and then the years it took to present it.

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    From London’s West End: 42nd Street – The Musical Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm- Location: Online viewing May 12 - 18 (various times) Fee: $15

    One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes to cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical.The musical, set in 1933, tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. Peggy arrives in New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh. She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady. Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl. When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found —someone like Peggy Sawyer!

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    Needle Felted Landscape Painting Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $45

    Come “paint” with wool and create this fabulous landscape painting with wool fibers! Using a photograph as a reference, you will learn to transfer the design to your background fabric, color in the different sections of the picture with wool and then incorporate blending and details to add depth and bring your final painting to life. Since this workshop is virtual, we will all work from the same picture. You will receive a kit ahead of time that has all the tools, wool colors and supplies you need to make the project. This class is perfect for both beginners and more experienced felters.

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    "Red Kite, Blue Sky" – In Conversation with Madeleine Kunin Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom - Free Program with Northshire Bookstore Fee:

    "Red Kite, Blue Sky", the debut poetry collection from Madeleine May Kunin, celebrates life and the natural world, occasioned by the birth of grand-children, the memories of friendship and past birthdays/Bar Mitzvahs, a gift of plum-colored gloves from the poet’s daughter, the Sicilian sun which “melts my argument against myself," with sharp observations and humor. Like Emily Dickinson before her, Kunin does not shy away from death; rather she embraces the anticipation “before death drags me deep,” the gap in her life when her beloved husband dies, the fear of immigration to America during World War II with “an H for Hebrew, I found out later,” and the sadness of being isolated as an older woman living alone during the pandemic. For years Kunin was caught in the tempo of politics—as governor, as a federal official, and as an ambassador—but as she eased into retirement from public life, she found a door that opened for her to explore the multi-layered language of poetry.

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    The Health of Democracy and the Role of Political Journalism Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Journalism, especially political journalism, may be under assault, but its enshrinement in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is in no danger. Political reporters witness what citizens can’t and tell stories that can change laws, leaders, and our lives. A native of Vermont, Garrett M. Graff’s political reporting captures the zeitgeist of our nation through his writing on the mechanics and machinations of American government and political hot button topics. In this talk for GMALL, Graff will draw on his reporting experiences, and a distinctive body of work, which blends breaking news national political reporting and deep examinations of U.S. government institutions and latter 20th century American political history.

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    Great Art on Screen Documentary Series: Hermitage - The Power of Art Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm- Location: Online viewing May 26 - June 1 (various times) Fee: $10

    A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture. The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations.

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    Cézanne, van Gogh, and Matisse in the South of France Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $45

    Cézanne, van Gogh, and Matisse were major innovators in the development of modern art. All three spent significant time in the south of France where they found inspiration in the dramatic light and bold landscapes of Provence and the Riviera. In a series of video lectures, we will trace the lives and careers of these artists as they explored new directions in their work, moving away from conventional modes of representation toward a new art of powerful expression and daring abstraction.

  • June 2021

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    The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed - And Were Changed – by the American Civil War Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    The singular actions of Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, Sarah Josepha Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Tubman led to their prominence during the American Civil War and launched them into successful public roles following the conflict. This talk, based on Robert Plumb's book, will cover highlights of the women’s contributions, their legacies, and their defining qualities such as courage, self-assurance, and persistence that led to their successes.

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    'Oumuamua: The Scout from Interstellar Space Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    In 2017 our solar system was briefly visited by an object from interstellar space. Observatories around the Earth studied it intensely for the few days it remained detectable by modern instruments. The object was named ‘Oumuamua, which is Hawaiian for ‘scout’, and had unusual characteristics. While most astronomers have concluded that the interstellar object was likely made of rock and ices (e.g., asteroid; comet), a prominent astrophysicist at Harvard University, Professor Avi Loeb, has argued that the object may be an ancient spacecraft launched by another civilization in our Milky Way galaxy. The concept of space archaeology has emerged. This presentation will describe the observational data about this interstellar visitor known as ‘Oumuamua.

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    Ansel Easton Adams: The Man and His Photography Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Ansel Adams was quite literally the most influential and beloved photographer and conservationist of the 20th century, becoming a national institution. The popularity of his work has continued to increase well after his death in 1984. Even to those who are not familiar with Adams, his magnificent black and white photographs of the West inspire and amaze photographers even today for their sheer beauty, and his work has and continues to elevate photography to a true art form. He developed many of the basic tenants and techniques of photography in use today. Adams once said, “It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than any other art medium.” And masterpieces they remain today.

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    Common Misconceptions About Cuba Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Cuba tends to be characterized in media and film as a Caribbean paradise favored by organized crime in America, which established a foothold there in the 1940’s and, in more recent times, by young visitors who stage decadent bachelor parties and smoke fabled Cuban cigars. In reality, Cuba has a long and rich history that began with the first voyage of exploration by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

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    The State of Commercial Aviation Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    After decades of strong growth, the commercial aviation sector was dealt two severe blows: the grounding of the Boeing 737MAX and a worldwide reduction in passenger traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines, aircraft manufacturers, their suppliers, maintenance and repair operations, and airport communities are suffering an estimated trillion-dollar loss of business. All have shrunk drastically, and some have ceased operations. We will discuss these two factors in turn. First, the MAX – what went wrong? What changes were made prior to recertification? What lessons have been learned? Second, the outlook for the recovery of passenger traffic – by region and on international routes. The timeline will be affected by the availability and effectiveness of vaccines, and international agreements regarding quarantine procedures.

  • July 2021

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    The Railroads of Manchester Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Local historian G. Murray Campbell wrote in 1961: “There was a time when echoes of the whistles of three separate railroads could be heard in the daily life of Manchester.” First was the Western Vermont Railroad, later known as the Bennington & Rutland. The other two have long since become silent. The Manchester, Dorset & Granville (MD&G) ran five miles of railroad from Manchester Depot to the South Dorset quarries. The Rich Lumber Company, which felled large spruce stands up Lye Brook and around Bourne Pond and Bourne Brook from 1914 – 1919, operated a bustling logging railroad with 16 miles of standard gauge track. Material in the Manchester Historical Society archives has turned up a fourth rail operation. Although not a common carrier railroad, a Manchester lumber mill strung some wire and ran a small electric rail line on their property. Join railroad history expert Bill Badger and curator Shawn Harrington for a look at these important chapters of Manchester history.

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    The Politics of Nuclear Weapons Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Whether we think about nuclear weapons or not, since the dawn of the nuclear weapon age in 1945 we have lived, and continue to live, under the nuclear shadow. This talk will focus not on the technical or military aspects, but on the politics: Why do countries have them, or not have them? What is their purpose, or purposes? What lies in the politics of keeping and updating them? Can we ever do away with them altogether? If so, how? If not, why not? What are the prospects of proliferation? What political efforts are being taken to curb them? And are such efforts successful? Political leaders must wrestle with these and other related questions and there are no easy answers.

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    Wrongful Convictions: Past, Present, and Future Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Since 1989, when postconviction forensic DNA testing was first used to clear the innocent of crimes they did not commit, more than 2,700 people have been exonerated in the United States. A multitude of factors contribute to wrongful convictions including mistaken eyewitnesses, faulty forensic science, false confessions, government misconduct, inadequate defense lawyering, and more. In addition to exploring contributing factors, this talk will address the consequences of wrongful convictions for exonerees and the broader community. How do exonerees navigate life after exoneration? How is society harmed when actual perpetrators of crimes remain free to commit more crimes while the innocent are incarcerated? Finally, this talk will explore emerging issues in wrongful convictions.

  • August 2021

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    Celebrating 31 years with the Hubble Space Telescope Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    The Hubble Space Telescope, NASA’s first Great Observatory, launched in April of 1990 and has been going strong ever since. Astronomers from across the globe have utilized Hubble to make discoveries related to stars, galaxies, exoplanets, and the early Universe. To date, there have been over 10,000 scientific papers published using Hubble data, making it one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history. This talk will cover a brief history of the Hubble Space Telescope and explore some of Hubble’s most amazing and recent discoveries.

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    The Norcross-West Marble Company Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    The Norcross-West Marble Company was formed by Orlando W. Norcross of Worcester, MA and Spafford H. West of Dorset, VT to provide the 500,000 cubic feet of pure white marble needed for the New York Public Library being built on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Operations began in 1901, with hundreds of thousands of dollars spent building the required infrastructure, with a state-of-the-art finishing mill at Manchester Depot and a railroad connecting to the quarrying operations in South Dorset. By 1934, the mill was gone and the rails torn up; today the swimming quarry along Route 30 remains the only visible reminder of this monumental undertaking. Join Bill Badger and MHS curator Shawn Harrington for a look at the legacy of this era, both in the Northshire and around the nation.