Earth Day Camp Fire Poetry - A Night of Mary Oliver
April 27, 2019
Join us at sunset around the camp fire as we share some of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Readers and listeners are both welcome to enjoy the evening sky, a bright fire and some refreshments at our visitor center at 200 Canaan Mountain Road, Falls Village.
Bring your own camp chair, relax, and watch the stars come out as you listen to some specially chosen poems celebrating Mary Oliver’s life and talents.
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200 Canaan Mountain Road
Free; donations welcome.
Thoreau's Last Lecture: Fall Color in the Autumn of Life - Lecture by David K. Leff
May 11, 2019
Suffering with his final illness, Henry David Thoreau journeyed to Waterbury, Connecticut to deliver the last lecture of his life in December 1860. It was the only time he spoke in Connecticut, and the trip hastened his decline.
Lecturing on “Autumnal Tints,” Thoreau not only spoke evocatively of the beauty of trees in the fall, but of the role of fallen leaves in the cycle of life, including funereal imagery that is uncomfortably poignant in retrospect. Written in an age before foliage tourism, “Autumnal Tints” is particularly refreshing, especially when it scolds New Englanders for not noticing the changes. The contrast with contemporary views of fall color is breathtaking and offers a lens through which we can better understand the meaning of this annual phenomenon for the culture of the region.
Don’t miss this slide illustrated talk that was given to rave reviews at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in 2018.
David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of six nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and two novels in verse. Two of his books are about H. D. Thoreau: the award winning Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash, and Deep Travel. In 2016-2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). David has twice given presentations at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering.
Reception to follow.
To register, email email@example.com or call the Douglas Library at (860)824-7863.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, Ackerly Brown LLP.
Douglas Library, 108 West Main St., Canaan, CT
Free, donations accepted