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Events & Programs
The Beekley Historical Lecture Series. Presented by Hamish Lutris. Hamish is an Associate Professor of History, Political Science, and Geography at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and cultural history, World War I, World War II, and the American West. Forgive Your Enemies, But Never Forget Their Names.In the 1960s, the Cold War reached a peak, with crises occurring around the world and close to home. Three Presidents- Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon- spanned the decade, each with their own priorities and policies. They each impacted domestic and international politics, laying ground work that is still in effect today. This talk will center on the power of the presidency and the presidents who governed during that turbulent decade. Saturday, October 26th at 1:00 pm. Defending Peace is the Duty of All. The Caribbean and its affairs have attracted the attention of the United States since its settling in the 1700s. The US has consistently maintained its right to intervene in Caribbean affairs, and it has done so numerous times in the 20th Century. The 1960s saw events occur in the region that brought the country to the brink of nuclear conflict. The events and policies of that decade have shaped the Caribbean policies and activities of presidents ever since. This talk will center on the relationship of the US toward its southern neighbors, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. It will also explain the place of the Caribbean in the context of the larger Cold War then being played out between the United States and the Soviet Union. Saturday, November 23rd at 1:00 pm. It Became Necessary to Destroy the Town to Save It.The United States became involved in Southeast Asia in the late 1940s, seeking to thwart what they saw as Communist efforts to take the area over. Soon, these efforts centered on one country, Vietnam, with a long history of tenacious resistance to invaders and enemies. This talk will examine the course of that long war, from the earliest days of US involvement with the French to the policy of Vietnamization that came with later administrations. It will also explore the political side of the war in the United States, where protests and resistance within the government influenced both domestic politics and Vietnamese actions as well, and have had a lasting effect on the actions of subsequent presidents and political parties. Saturday, December 21st at 1:00 pm.
Nights at the Beekley Season 13!
All concerts start at 7:30, doors open at 7:00.
Beth Nielsen Chapman. A two time Grammy nominee and member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame. “If you are going to a Beth Nielsen Chapman concert get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing you can count on is one great song after another and some fascinating stories woven between them.” Club Passim. Saturday, October 27th.
Will Varley. This UK singer-songwriter has legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. “Already able to count the likes of Billy Bragg and Frank Turner amongst his fans, Will Varley is one of the UK’s fastest rising folk songwriters. Pedal steel, violins and piano all provide the backbone to plucked guitars, as Varley’s trademark vocal tells tales with typical resonance, evoking the likes of Bright Eyes, Springsteen and Dylan effortlessly.” Dave Beech. November 9th.
Susan Werner. “One of the most innovative songwriters working today.” Chicago Tribune. “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon..” No Depression. “Susan Werner,a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to the popular song.” The New Yorker. Saturday, January 18th.
Arnie & the Hedonists. “Once again, Annie the Hedonists transport us back to an age when heartache, boozing, and all sorts of romantic mayhem seems like one big stylish adventure. Annie struts right to the heart of each sassy, nostalgic song and gives us a piece of her mind in a voice that sits comfortably alongside the greats of the American jazz tradition.” Sarah Craig, Café Lena. “The woman is great period.” Music Row. Saturday, February 8th.
James Maddock. This Leicester UK-born native now calls NYC his home. His career in rock and roll has featured the entire roller coaster – top 5 radio hit, touring with some of the best known bands, establishing a dedicated fan base internationally. He comes with his band to leave his indelible mark on us. A not to be missed evening with a man who has made a life with music and rock and roll. March 14th.
Dala. “Dala can sing! What beautiful flights of melody and harmony, reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Emmylou Harris and associates; though Dala can trade a melody line and leave one wondering who is taking the lead and simply leave one behind when the harmonies kick in.” Peterborough Examiner. April 18th.
Story Times with Miss Nicole: Will meet again in September. Morning Story Times generally follow the New Hartford Elementary School calendar. Wednesdays 10:30 for Stories and Finger Plays with Miss Nicole followed by playtime. Ages 0-3, Fridays 10:30 with Miss Nicole for Stories and Finger Plays followed by arts and crafts. Ages 3-5
Pajama Story Time with Miss Val. On break until further notice. Thursdays 6:15 pm for Pajama Story Time with Miss Val followed by activities and crafts. Ages 3-6
For more information on these programs, please contact the library at 860-379-7235.
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