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First Friday

Posted by Ardyce on April 24th, 2015

May 1, 2015
7:00 pm
Watercolors, Fly-tying and Bluegrass at Pember May First Friday
What could be better than having a self-described lover of the Pember Museum of Natural History as featured artist for May First Friday?  Jean Mackay, who is a serious watercolor artist of natural subjects, is returning to First Friday with new works of birds, insects, and other beings from the natural world.
Jean has used the Pember’s collection of natural specimens as resource material for her paintings on numerous occasions, and says that she feels like a kid in a candy store whenever she is there.
We are also fortunate to again have Lynn D. Pratt, former architect turned watercolor artist with us to show her wonderful work.  Lynn paints barns and birds, flowers and animals, as well as close-ups of interesting things – a hinge on a wooden gate, the steeple of a church, or the window of a building.  Her style can be described as heightened realism.
Lynn D. Pratt
Also returning as a First Friday exhibitor is Ron Duel, who will demonstrate his exceptional fly-tying skills.  He will have on hand his locally-famous, fly-tied earrings; fanciful, feathery and colorful poufs of joy!1926660_815445925198350_4526183444802024464_n
And for your entertainment pleasure, we are featuring, for the first time, the Hale Mountain Pickers, a foot-stomping, string-twanging Vermont bluegrass band, who will fill the air with old time-y bluegrass-y goodness.
We hope to see you there! First Friday is May 1st, from 7 – 9 pm.

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Book Club

Posted by Ardyce on April 24th, 2015

May 19, 2015
1:00 pm

The book club will be reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.


From Goodreads :
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting“ in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” — will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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Genealogy 101

Posted by Ardyce on April 23rd, 2015

April 29, 2015
6:00 pm
May 13, 2015
6:00 pm
May 27, 2015
6:00 pm

Please join us for a series of workshops:

April 29, 6-8 PM. Join us at the Pember Library, 33 West Main St in Granville, for a free series of genealogy programs by Kathleen Moore. The first course, Genealogy 101, explains how to begin a genealogy search — without spending money. It highlights the excellent free sites available, and the subscription sites available at many libraries. Kathleen will also go over the basics for starting searches in different countries. Pre-registration is not required. Call the library for more information 518 642-2525.

Other workshops in the series:

May 13, 6-8 PM. Intermediate Genealogy ~ Family Stories.

May 27 (tentative date), 6-8 PM. Intermediate Genealogy ~ Problem Solving / Immigration.

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Pennies for Pember

Posted by Ardyce on April 17th, 2015


Your pennies are still adding up nicely to help support the Pember.

Thanks to all who donate!

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First Friday

Posted by Ardyce on April 15th, 2015

May 1, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
June 5, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

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