Free concert at United Church
On Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., a piano/mezzo soprano duo will perform at the United Church of Penacook as part of the fall series of concerts presented in conjunction with Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Anne Rainwater and Melinda Becker will perform three-song sets – Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Quatro Canciones Andinas” in Spanish, selections from Barber’s “Hermit Songs” in English and Debussy’s “Trois Chanson de Bilitisin” in French. Samples of their work can be found at newmoonduo.com. Find additional concert information and directions at ucpnh.org.
The Capital Crime of Witchcraft
Co-Sponsored by the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Baker Free Library, come to the Baker Free Library in Bow on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. for a presentation called “The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us.”
On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in 17th century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when 19 people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Margo Burns, the 10th-generation great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged in Salem in 1692 on the charge of witchcraft, will be the featured speaker. She is the project manager and an associate editor of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press.
Better Choices, Better Health
Concord Regional VNA is offering Better Choices, Better Health, a six-week interactive workshop for adults living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, hypertension or any other ongoing mental or physical health condition. The program is on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at GoodLife Programs & Activities, 254 N. State St. in Concord.
This workshop provides valuable tools and information to help manage disease symptoms, maintain proper nutrition and exercise, communicate with your healthcare provider and more.
There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Concord Regional VNA at 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit crvna.org.
Grants available via NH Humanities
New Hampshire Humanities offers the only grants program in our state dedicated to making the humanities accessible to all. The humanities are the ideas and knowledge about human history and culture that help people understand life today. Nonprofit applicants work with a trained expert to plan all kinds of programs, from lectures to book or film discussions to walking tours to community conversations.
New Hampshire Humanities invites nonprofit organizations serving people in New Hampshire to submit proposals for humanities-based community projects. Mini Grants are for requests up to $1,000 and Major Grants for more involved projects ranging up to $10,000. With six mini grant rounds and four major grant rounds, funds are available throughout the year. NHH is eager to work with new as well as repeat applicant organizations, and especially encourages nonprofits in northern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region, Manchester and Nashua to apply. View the Community Project Grants page at nhhumanities.org/grants for descriptions of recently funded projects, 2019-2020 deadlines, guidelines and templates.
Grandparents workshop at BGS
Broken Ground School will host a program called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on Tuesday evenings through the month of October beginning Oct. 8. The group will discuss the joys and challenges of raising grandchildren and explore a variety of topics that help support this important parenting journey.
The meetings will take place at Broken Ground School, 51 South Curtisville Road, Concord, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A light family meal and child care/children’s program will be offered. This program is for Concord families only. Register with Ruth Christino at 225-0855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.