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September 2018

Gilgamesh: A Retelling of an Ancient Tale

Friday, September 28, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of people tells stories around a campfire. (photo © Ville Miettinen)

Join master storyteller Sebastian Lockwood as we gather around the campfire for a new telling of the 4,000-year-old epic, Gilgamesh – a Mesopotamian myth filled with adventure, friendship, loyalty, and even a monster.

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July 2019

Nature on Tap: A Loon Ranger’s Life

Wednesday, July 17, 2019,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
A fuzzy loon chick nestles up to its parent. (photo © Kittie Wilson)

Join us at the Post & Beam Brewery for happy hour storytelling with Caroline Hughes of the Loon Preservation Committee. Find out the secrets of one of New Hampshire’s most iconic species and raise your glass to this majestic bird!

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October 2019

“Danika the Rose” with Odds Bodkin for Families

Saturday, October 5, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Families and friends, come experience "Danika the Rose," a musical fairy tale adapted for a young audience!

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“Danika the Rose” with Odds Bodkin

Sunday, October 6, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Monadnock Center for History and Culture

As a prelude to the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary, come celebrate how nature inspires art. Melding song and storytelling, "Danika the Rose" weaves together Dvorak’s sublime Moravian Duets with an original fable written and narrated by Odds Bodkin to create a musical fairy tale for our tumultuous times.

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Harris Center Classic: Jefts Cemetery by Dark

Friday, October 25, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED to 10/26.
Pitcher Mountain

Join local history buff Eric Aldrich and ghost story enthusiast Susie Spikol for a favorite Harris Center hike to a remote cemetery in Stoddard’s Andorra Forest. Come learn about the lives of those who once lived here and spend time in the graveyard hearing some good old-fashioned ghost tales, just in time for Halloween...

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Harris Center Classic: Jefts Cemetery by Dark

Saturday, October 26, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain

Join local history buff Eric Aldrich and ghost story enthusiast Susie Spikol for a favorite Harris Center hike to a remote cemetery in Stoddard’s Andorra Forest. Come learn about the lives of those who once lived here and spend time in the graveyard hearing some good old-fashioned ghost tales, just in time for Halloween...

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November 2019

An Evening with Walt Whitman

Friday, November 1, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
NOTE: Unfortunately, this program has been CANCELED due to illness.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman. (photo © Stephen Collins)

Stephen Collins brings Walt Whitman to life in this acclaimed one-man show by playwright Michael Keamy.

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January 2020

Stories in the Stars

Friday, January 24,
8:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Note: This program has been POSTPONED due to cloudy skies.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

The winter night sky is filled with brilliant stars and legendary constellations. Get to know some of them during an evening of stargazing and storytelling with astronomy buff Victory Novotny and constellation mythology fan Susie Spikol.

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February 2020

Nature on Tap: Love, Sex, and Wow in the Animal World

Wednesday, February 12,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Hancock Inn
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Harris Center naturalists Brett Amy Thelen, Jenna Spear, and Susie Spikol for a special Valentine’s Day discussion on some of the unusual ways wild animals court and mate. Drinks on you, conversation on us!

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Bobcats Before Breakfast: John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Saturday, February 22,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Toadstool Bookshop

Join Susie Spikol and Meade Cadot to learn about the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist and, if conditions allow, do one of the things he loved the most – winter tracking!

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April 2020

Earth Day Storytime: Me….Jane

Wednesday, April 22,
4:00 pm
to 4:15 pm
YouTube
Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson reads a story book to a group of preschoolers. (photo © Ben Conant)

On Earth Day, join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads "Me…Jane" -- which tells the story of a young young Jane Goodall and her toy chimpanzee -- by Patrick McDonnell.

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May 2020

Storytime with Jaime: The Dandelion Seed

Tuesday, May 12,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube
A dandelion seed head. (photo © Giuseppe Amato via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads the beautifully illustrated book "The Dandelion Seed" by Joseph Anthony, just in time for dandelion season!

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Storytime with Jaime: Everybody Needs a Rock

Tuesday, May 26,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube
A child holds a heart-shaped stone. (photo © Lisa L Wiedmeier via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads the Byrd Baylor classic, "Everybody Needs a Rock."

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June 2020

Storytime with Jaime: Chipmunk Song

Tuesday, June 9,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube
A chipmink with a mouth full of nuts. (photo © Alex Lauzon via unsplash)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads "Chipmunk Song" by Joanne Ryder. Let your imagination come alive as you pretend to be a chipmunk gathering nuts and berries, hiding from a hawk, or curling up inside your burrow.

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Storytime with Jaime: Wonderful Worms

Tuesday, June 23,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads as she reads "Wonderful Worms" by Linda Glaser. If you’ve ever wondered, “what’s so wonderful about worms?" this story is for you.

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July 2020

First Day of StoryWalk: “Flight School” by Lita Judge

Monday, July 13
Hancock
An image from the book "Flight School" by Lita Judge

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the whimsical picture book "Flight School" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Follow along with this whimsical story about a little bird who never gives up on a dream and the friends that help make it come true.

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Meade’s Tall Tales

Thursday, July 16,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Meade Cadot smiles as he leans on one of the Harris Center's many stone walls.

Join Naturalist Emeritus and retired Harris Center Director Meade Cadot for a virtual cocktail party, where he'll share some of his favorite Harris Center memories through stories and slides. Come find out how Meade put the "super" in "SuperSanctuary"!

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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Flight School” by Lita Judge

Friday, July 31
Hancock
An image from the book "Flight School" by Lita Judge

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the whimsical picture book "Flight School" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Follow along with this whimsical story about a little bird who never gives up on a dream and the friends that help make it come true.

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August 2020

First Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Monday, August 3
Hancock
An illustration from Beth Krommes' book "Swirl by Swirl"

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the picture book "Swirl by Swirl" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Joyce Sidman's lyrical writing and Peterborough illustrator Beth Krommes' vivid scratchboard artwork will inspire you to look for spirals in your own backyard, and beyond...

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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Friday, August 28
Hancock
An illustration from Beth Krommes' book "Swirl by Swirl"

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the picture book "Swirl by Swirl" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Joyce Sidman's lyrical writing and Peterborough illustrator Beth Krommes' vivid scratchboard artwork will inspire you to look for spirals in your own backyard, and beyond...

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