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Wednesday, December 7th

The American St. Nick
with Author Peter Lion
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Film: American St. Nick
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Discussion with Author
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Tom Brokaw wrote that The American St. Nick is, “One more memorable and inspiring story from the greatest generation...It will touch your heart and make you proud.”

The American St. Nick tells the remarkable true story of a handful of American soldiers who during the chaos of war in December of 1944, help bring Christmas back to a small Luxembourg town, and unknowingly create a holiday tradition that continues to this very day!

Knowing they won’t be home again for the Holidays, soldiers from a 112th regiment Signal Company Message Center in the town of Wiltz, realize that although the town has been liberated after nearly five years of Nazi occupation, the ravages of war have left the townspeople with nothing to celebrate on St. Nicolas Day. So the soldiers organize a Christmas party for the children, including a special visit from St. Nicolas himself. Ten days later however the Battle of the Bulge erupts in the Ardennes; Wiltz and the 28th Infantry Division are overrun. The joy of that one St. Nicolas day was gone...but not forgotten. Following the war Wiltz rebuilt and those who survived vowed never to forget the kindness and generosity of those few American soldiers and that one St. Nicolas Day.

A Seven-Time EMMY winning Producer/Director, Peter Lion graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in Journalism and double minors in English and Communications. Visit his website at: americanstnick.com. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The author will provide books for sale & signing. Registration is required.

Sunday, December 11th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Theodore Roethke & Jane Kenyon
Poetry Discussion with Jim Kelleher
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Although Jane Kenyon and Theodore Roethke are not household names they are major poets for their work, for the influence they exerted on colleagues and students, and for the lasting value of their words. Both continue to be widely anthologized and studied.

Jan Kenyon passed away at age 48 from cancer. In her short life she wrote classic poems such as “Let Evening Come” and “Otherwise.” Her style is deceptively simple and plain. One might compare her poetry to Shaker furniture in its seeming simplicity and grace.

Theodore Roethke was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. His poems reflected his passions and an abiding love for nature; a descriptive talent; and vivid images. “I learn by going where I have to go” is one of his most-quoted lines from “The Waking.”

A reading packet of the selected poems will be available about four weeks before the discussion. It is strongly suggested that all attendees read the selected poems before the discussion.

Jim Kelleher is a member of the poets’ group The Wise Old Owls who meet at the Oliver Wolcott Library once each month. Jim teaches composition and literature at Northwestern Community College and has published two books of poetry with Antrim House, Connecticut. Registration is required. 

Tuesday, December 13th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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Thursday, December 15th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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Two Short 1940’s Radio Plays
with Peter Tavino & Friends

Although Ring in the holidays with Peter Tavino and friends as they present two short Christmas-themed radio plays from the 1940’s.

Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas Bride: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are invited to Pendragon Castle by the father of the bride to make sure nobody stops the wedding. Of course something goes awry requiring Holmes and Watson to set things right.

Christmas in Connecticut: This romantic comedy features journalist Elizabeth Lane as one of the country’s most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, who takes care of her children and is an excellent cook. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can’t even boil an egg. The owner of the magazine has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on “her” farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do? Registration is required.


Monday Scholars


Food: A Cultural History

Mondays, December 5th through March 13th 2017
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Taught by: Dr. Ken Albala 
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove


December 5 thru March 13th, 2017   
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Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. The series combines the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

About the Course: 

In every era, the unfolding of history has been intimately tied to the need for food, the production of food, and the culture of food. In all major religions, food choice has been an integral part of religious identity. The quest for spices and exotic foodstuffs led to the European discovery of the New World, as well as to the connecting of the entire globe through trade. In 1840s Ireland a single food- the potato- changed the course of hsitory.

Incorporating extensive study of historical recipes, food preparation techniques from around the world, and activities you can try at home, these lectures take you through the entire spectrum of food history, from the cuisine of ancient Egypt to the great flowering of European cookery in the Middle Ages, and from celebrity chefs of 18th-century France.

Along the way, you learn in depth about food preduction and technology in each area; the social, economic, and political factors surrounding food culture; and thinking on diet and eating through the centuries. The result is a compelling inquiry that will change the way you look at both history and food itself. 

About the Professor:

Dr. Ken Albala is Professor of History the University of Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches food history and the history of early modern Europe. He is also a Visiting Professor at Boston University, where he teaches an advanced food history course in the gastronomy program. He earned an M.A. in History from Yale University and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Professor Albala is the author or editor of 16 books on food including Eating Right in the Renaissance; Food in Early Modern Europe; Cooking in Erurope, 1250-1650; The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe; and the award winning Beans: A History. He also coedited Food and Faith in Christian Culture and A Cultural History of Food in the Renaissance, among other books.


In 2009, he won the Faye and Alex G Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award at the Univeristy of Pacific.






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