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Sketching in Your Garden: Amherst Garden Club Side Shoots event



THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

      Join us on Zoom to delight in author-artist Amy Stewart’s beautiful sketches from her own garden and her travels This collaborative virtual event with the Amherst Garden Club and Amherst Town Library  will tell us about the joys of garden sketching, as well as share helpful materials and techniques. Amy’s presentation will include a video demonstration followed by Q&As.

      As noted on her website,, Amy’s books include the best sellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants, as well as several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world.  She’s also written several novels in her beloved Kopp Sisters series, which are based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs and her two rambunctious sisters.  

 You may find some inspiration to use in your own gardens in the warmer months to come and we’ll get ready to do some sketching in the Spring!

Virtual Program. Registration Required.

Portable Generator Safety

(In Person)


TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 7:00 – 8:15 PM

Lower Level- Johnson Meeting Room, Amherst Town Library,

14 Main Street, Amherst, NH 03031

      If you have a portable generator or you are thinking of buying or upgrading your generator, this program will be of interest to you. You will learn about the different types of generators including the new inverter generators and solar backups, their appropriateness for your needs, the options for wiring the generators to your house, and the safe placement and operation of generators. One of the risks of using any fuel burning engine is carbon monoxide poisoning. This odorless gas kills thousands each year. You will learn how to reduce the risk of CO poisoning, how to detect and respond to CO poisoning as well as the resources available to you online and from your Fire Department.

      The presenters will be Amherst Fire and Rescue Chief Matt Conley and Souhegan CERT Coordinator, Don Holden.

      Virtual Program. Registration Required.

To Warm the Winter's Night: Irish Harpist/Singer Aine Minogue in Concert

(In Person)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM   In Person

Main Floor- Main Reading Room, Amherst Town Library,

14 Main Street, Amherst, NH 03031

      Sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst Library, this event marks the return of the Winter concert series.

      As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both here and in Ireland, Áine Minogue is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence. Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her work. Ireland’s The Guardian said “. . it is in performance that the real Áine Minogue emerges....through her sheer talent as a musician and storyteller . . “ while critic Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe said “beguiling style . . . Áine Minogue’s harp was dark and beautiful.”

      Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine moved from Ireland to the United States as an adult and settled in New England. She continues to concentrate on the traditional music of her homeland, both as a soloist and collaborator, exploring the ancient art form, but adding her own creativity to each piece. She has entertained former Irish Presidents and Prime Ministers, and is a regular performer at folk festivals and concerts throughout the United States.

      Enjoy some great photos of Áine, listen to some of her songs, read about the Irish harp, and so much more with a visit to her website.

In-Person Program. Registration Required.

Ice Magic



MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

      Join us for a lets-enjoy-winter presentation featuring images of snowflakes, frost, frost flowers, ice bubbles, icicles, icebergs, and elegant patterns on stream and lake surfaces. Secrets of how these formations appear and conditions favorable to their creation are discussed. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation.

      Presenter John Root is a naturalist and musician. John has used his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and graduate study in Botany to inform his career as a certified organic landscaping professional and science teacher. He gives gardening and nature talks on a variety of topics, leads edible wild plant walks, and is an organizer with the Western Mass Pollinator Network.

      Virtual Program. Registration Required.

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